Friday: Hili Dialogue

Is it Friday already? Yes it is: Friday, June 8, 2017. The good news is that although the results aren’t all in, Britain’s conservatives, though leading in votes, appear to have lost their >50% representation in Parliament; and that’s a problem for Theresa May. As the New York Times reports this morning:

LONDON — Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain suffered a major setback in a tumultuous election on Thursday, losing her overall majority in Parliament and throwing her government into uncertainty less than two weeks before it is scheduled to begin negotiations over withdrawing from the European Union.

Mrs. May, the Conservative leader, called the snap election three years early, expecting to cruise to a smashing victory that would win her a mandate to see Britain through the long and difficult negotiations with European leaders over the terms of leaving the union.

But according to results reported early Friday morning, the extraordinary gamble Mrs. May made in calling the election backfired. She could no longer command enough seats to avoid a hung Parliament, meaning that no party has enough lawmakers to establish outright control.

With all but one of the 650 seats in the House of Commons accounted for, the BBC reported that Mrs. May’s Conservatives would remain the largest party. But they were projected to win only 318 seats, down from the 331 they won in 2015, and eight seats short of a majority.

Now I know you’re asking yourself, ‘What about the cats?” Grania reports this, and sent a photo:

Pets at the polling booth has been a Thing; mostly dogs of course, but also a horse, a rat and some cats. Kitteh don’t care none. 🙂

And it’s National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day. Now I know some readers like that comestible, but I cannot abide rhubarb in any form, especially in a pie. Why not just make a delicious strawberry pie without defiling it with a bitter vegetable? Why add the rhubarb, when strawberry pie by itself is so good? But I fulminate; this holiday is probably a conspiracy by Big Rhubarb. It’s Coral Triangle Day as well, calling attention to the loss of biodiversity in the world’s epicenter for marine biodiversity:

On this day in 1934,  Donald Duck first appeared in a Disney Cartoon—The Wise Little Hen. Here it is, with Donald appearing at 1:59.  He’s pretty much as he was later, though his beak was longer and hadn’t yet undergone neoteny:

And it was on June 9, 1954, that this famous exchange occurred between Senator Joseph McCarthy and counsel for the Army Joseph Welch. It was the beginning of McCarthy’s downfall and the end of his Communist-hunting in the government. N0te Roy Cohn’s appearance.

On this day in 1973, the magnificent horse Secretariat the won the Belmont Stakes and thus the Triple Crown. Look at this horse run—he won by about 25 lengths! 

 Notables born on this day include Cole Porter (1891) and Michael J. Fox (1961). One notable who died on this day was geneticist and Nobel Laureate George Beadle (1989) wh0 was once President of the University of Chicago. Meanwhile in D0brzyn, Hili is borrowing from the playbook of the social justice warriors:
Hili: I’m spotting a microaggression.
A: Where?
Hili: On the horizon.
In Polish:
Hili: Dostrzegam mikroagresję.
Ja: Gdzie?
Hili: Na horyzoncie.

In Winnipeg, Gus is lolling in the sun, probably stoned on catnip again:

And a short tw**t video from reader Barry, who doesn’t understand the cat’s behavior at the end of this encounter.

80 Comments

  1. Eric Hayman
    Posted June 9, 2017 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    So you think “The good news is that although the results aren’t all in, Britain’s conservatives, though leading in votes, appear to have lost their >50% representation in Parliament; and that’s a problem for Theresa May.”

    From the comment, you appear not to be British, nor most likely not to live in the UK. Thus you will not have experienced in any way the latest mass murders by Muslims in the UK, and at least one other attack on a woman walking in the street by a Muslim woman shouting “Allah” before stabbing her.

    The UK and the rest of the West is in disarray over what to do about Muslims in general and those that murder and attack non-Muslims in particular. None of the UK political parties is willing to face up to this endless assault on Western values by Muslims, not May, not Corbyn. So what is so good about having a hung parliament? With only two effective parties, the USA does not risk having this weakening of parliament by forced coalition.

    • Frank Bath
      Posted June 9, 2017 at 7:52 am | Permalink

      I am a UK citizen and a daily follower of this website. It’s obvious that you are not, because the subject of your last two paragraphs gets continuous critical scrutiny here. Go fire your bullets elsewhere.

      • bric
        Posted June 9, 2017 at 8:17 am | Permalink

        Here here!

        • Richard Jone4s
          Posted June 9, 2017 at 8:21 am | Permalink

          Hear, hear!

          • bric
            Posted June 9, 2017 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

            OK I was up late 🙂

      • Eric Hayman
        Posted June 9, 2017 at 8:47 am | Permalink

        What makes you think I do not look at this website every day? You are wrong. As for what I said about UK political parties not standing up against murdering Muslims and the Muslimification of the UK, why should I not say what someone else may also be saying? Your “bullets” metaphor is, shat shall I say, crass.

        • Eric Hayman
          Posted June 9, 2017 at 8:48 am | Permalink

          For “shat” read “shall”

          • Tim Harris
            Posted June 9, 2017 at 8:52 am | Permalink

            I’ll try.

        • Grania Spingies
          Posted June 9, 2017 at 8:59 am | Permalink

          The bit where you say “From the comment, you appear not to be British,” is a bit of a giveaway. I mean, really – you just noticed that Jerry Coyne, emeritus professor at the University of Chicago, might not be British?

          Here’s a helpful list of some other folk who also might not be British: Emmanuel Macron, the Dalai Lama, Courtney Love and Carl Sagan.

          • Eric Hayman
            Posted June 9, 2017 at 9:04 am | Permalink

            Some “humor” (sic) wears a bit thin – after 200 plus years following UDI.

            • Tim Harris
              Posted June 9, 2017 at 9:07 am | Permalink

              Oh, dear, we’ve right one here! (And that’s not you, Randy.)

              • Randy schenck
                Posted June 9, 2017 at 9:32 am | Permalink

                No, not me. Appears to be one of his comments from below to me but in the wrong place?

              • Tim Harris
                Posted June 9, 2017 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

                Yes, I got the wrong place!

          • Eric Hayman
            Posted June 9, 2017 at 9:08 am | Permalink

            Being a professor at an American university does not preclude him from being British. Bob Hope – the “American” comedian was born in England.

            • David Coxill
              Posted June 9, 2017 at 9:30 am | Permalink

              Alleged Comedian .

              • Eric Hayman
                Posted June 9, 2017 at 9:35 am | Permalink

                Millions laughed at his jokes and patter over decades to make the “alleged” wrong.

            • Posted June 9, 2017 at 10:54 am | Permalink

              Oh for chrissake; there are videos of me all the time here. Anyone with an ear will know I’m American. Go away.

        • Randy schenck
          Posted June 9, 2017 at 9:05 am | Permalink

          I wonder, have you ever heard the term, Ugly American. Or better yet…people in glass houses.

          • Eric Hayman
            Posted June 9, 2017 at 9:17 am | Permalink

            And who is this hypothetical “Ugly American”?

        • Heather Hastie
          Posted June 9, 2017 at 10:37 am | Permalink

          Muslimification of the UK? About 4.5% of the population is Muslim. Three times that call themselves atheist, and a lot more are non-religious. Being fast growing in percentage terms makes little difference in numbers when you’re that small a percentage.

          And you really think a political system that results in the mess in the US would be better? Every Bill has all sorts of irrelevant things attached to it to buy votes. They have a special term clean Bill, because no special clauses are so rare. All Bills are clean in the UK.

          They constantly have ridiculous negotiations to raise the debt limit that include things like whether a women’s healthcare provider should be funded because they provide the legal service of abortion vs more money for the military. And the gun lobby has such control over government that so-called lone-wolf terrorists cause far more devastation even though there are a lot fewer of them because of the lax gun laws.

          And there are multiple anomalies in the UK electoral system, but so far it’s never produced a Trump. Though admittedly, the change that lead to Corbyn becoming leader of the Labour Party was a pretty stupid one. Labour might be in charge today with a better leader, and probably Brexit wouldn’t have happened either.

    • Posted June 9, 2017 at 10:51 am | Permalink

      Umm . . . I write about Muslin terrorism, in the UK and elsewhere, all the time. And if you read this site you’d know I’m an American.

      You, sir, are not only rude but ignorant.

  2. TJR
    Posted June 9, 2017 at 6:45 am | Permalink

    One of the worst results in the election, though, is a conclusive demonstration that terrorism works.

    Sinn Fein/IRA spent decades murdering people, then suddenly said they were not going to murder people any more, and as a result are now the only catholic party in Northern Ireland with MPs.

    SDLP, the catholic party that never murdered anybody, have been rewarded for this by losing all of their seats.

    • somer
      Posted June 9, 2017 at 7:14 am | Permalink

      Yes very sad and no doubt a destabilising result for N Ireland

      • somer
        Posted June 9, 2017 at 7:20 am | Permalink

        However the negotiation with the IRA was necessary – the problem now is both Sein Fein and DUP – but now the SDLP is diminished.

      • Tim Harris
        Posted June 9, 2017 at 7:54 am | Permalink

        The destabilising result for Ulster will be not the results of this election, but the results of the implementation of Brexit, which will mean having a policed and ‘customised’ border between Eire & Ulster. The ‘troubles’ may well recur. A good friend of mine, a Protestant from Ulster who is married to an Arab-American, has now got himself Irish as well as British nationality since that means he can move freely, and does not have to deal with the hysteria about immigrants and immigration that prevails in Britain in consequence of Murdoch’s press and the Tory fomenting of fears for votes.

        • kieran
          Posted June 9, 2017 at 8:06 am | Permalink

          Sinn Fein are not a catholic party, they’re positions are mostly socialist with a little Mao thrown in for good measure. I don’t like Sinn fein for a number of reasons but they’re policies are not catholic for example they support abortion, equal rights and same sex marriage. They are also apologists for murderers but so are the DUP.

          DUP, whose members are not squeaky clean regarding loyalist terror, are also young earth creationists, free presbyterian, anti gay, anti nationalist, anti Irish language and traditions. They are now going to be in government and one of the guiding principles of the good Friday agreement was that the governments of the United kingdom and republic of Ireland would act as referees for the agreement. It completely upsets the balance of politics in northern Ireland and could very well re-ignite the troubles as the start of the IRA campaign was raids on border check points in the 1950’s.

          Google DUP, ash scandal, Clontibret,Caleb Foundation, DUP and same sex marriage and the list goes on, these are the people who will hold the balance of power in the next parliament.

          • Tim Harris
            Posted June 9, 2017 at 8:14 am | Permalink

            Thank you, Kieran, for the clarification, and drawing attention to the dangers. Yes, I see what you mean all too clearly about the role of the DUP. I am, though, well aware that SinnFein can hardly be regarded as catholic, either with a small or big ‘c’!

            • kieran
              Posted June 9, 2017 at 8:38 am | Permalink

              I should’ve replied to the original poster sorry. I also like rhubarb and for that I’m not sorry!

          • somer
            Posted June 9, 2017 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

            I never thought the Tories, however ruthless, would do something so obviously destabilising. Western politics is so depressing now.

            • Diane G.
              Posted June 10, 2017 at 1:07 am | Permalink

              Not to mention, scary.

    • Frank Bath
      Posted June 9, 2017 at 7:55 am | Permalink

      Just to point out the Sein Fein MPs do not turn up to Parliament because they don’t recognise its authority in Northern Ireland.

    • Tim Harris
      Posted June 9, 2017 at 8:48 am | Permalink

      And one other thing: can you explain, TJR, exactly why that the results of the election are ‘a conclusive demonstration that terrorism works’?

    • Historian
      Posted June 9, 2017 at 9:26 am | Permalink

      “One of the worst results in the election, though, is a conclusive demonstration that terrorism works.”

      Of course, terrorism can work. There is nothing new here. If the terrorists gain enough strength and force the government or group they are fighting against to negotiate then the terrorists have won. The American Revolution is a classic example. The British Crown viewed the revolutionaries as terrorists, who were using “uncivilized” tactics to undermine the legitimate government of the colonies. If the terrorists ultimately prevail then over time the brutal methods they used to gain power tend to fade from memory for most people, particularly if the now in power terrorists project themselves as legitimate rulers and abandon terrorism as a means to retain power.

      Terrorism is a method for groups that are weaker than the ones they are fighting to gain a degree of parity with the latter (asymmetrical warfare). Terrorism will never go away and is now particularly dangerous since terrorist groups may get access to biological, chemical or nuclear weapons. Thus, the anxiety most people feel regarding terrorists is quite understandable, but, unfortunately, it is difficult to relieve it.

      • Eric Hayman
        Posted June 9, 2017 at 9:33 am | Permalink

        ” If the terrorists gain enough strength and force the government or group they are fighting against to negotiate then the terrorists have won. ”

        And that gave the Good Friday Agreement. The result being at least one terrorist as a government minister.

        Today’s UK terrorists – Muslims – are in a category of their own: prepared to kill themselves to further their cause. How does one deal with terrorists who want to be dead, to the point of suicide by the same weapon they are using to murder others?

        • Steve Pollard
          Posted June 9, 2017 at 11:12 am | Permalink

          Your second para is complete nonsense. Sinn Fein/IRA entered into the negotiations that led to the Good Friday Agreement not because they were “winning” but because they eventually accepted that they could not achieve their objective of a united Ireland through violence and terrorism. The GFA provides for periodic referendums on uniting the two parts of Ireland, and all parties are pledged to abide by it.

          I suppose your comment about a terrorist becoming a government ministers refers to the late Martin McGuinness. He was Deputy First Minister in the devolved NI administration, not a UKG Minister.

          • John Ottaway
            Posted June 12, 2017 at 5:26 am | Permalink

            I would also argue that Sinn Fein/IRA have hampered the devolution and possible integration back into a united Ireland, of N. Ireland, not won

            Scotland has a fully devolved parliament and all without firing a shot, yet the NI Assembly is constantly being dissolved over various issues and the (former?) links to terrorism are high amongst them

            They haven’t won anything

    • Posted June 9, 2017 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

      + 1. I am sad now, as I was after the Spanish elections following the Madrid train bombing. I disagree with the judgement of Prof. Coyne. He wants to see May and her party gone because of the fox hunting and the weasel attitude to ivory trade (and possibly other reasons as well). To me, all this pales compared to Corbyn’s willingness to Islamize Britain.

      Not to mention that this outcome may encourage Islamists throughout Europe to bomb native Europeans into voting for Islamophilic parties and candidates.

      • Tim Harris
        Posted June 9, 2017 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

        I am sorry but this is pitiful, though unsurprising, nonsense.

        • Posted June 10, 2017 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

          And I am sorry for your government “upgrade”.

          • Tim Harris
            Posted June 12, 2017 at 6:47 am | Permalink

            I don’t think you are sorry at all, maya. You just want to jeer and enjoy a little self-indulgent schadenfreude. Cheers!

            • Posted June 12, 2017 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

              I am sorry. Other things aside, I have friends in Britain.
              What I implied was that I understand that you feel frustrated at the prospect of a government backed by those creationists, and this makes you lash out at me, a totally innocent person.
              You are welcome to use the “it” pronoun for me if this will make you feel better.

  3. Posted June 9, 2017 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    The election result page of the BBC.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election/2017/results

    It’s basically catastrophic for Theresa May. She’ll form an alliance with the DUP to stay in power but her power both in terms of seats and personal has been severely dented.

    On the other hand, Corbyn has been strengthened, which is somewhat ironic since he lost, but his supporters don’t seem to have realised it yet.

  4. Randy schenck
    Posted June 9, 2017 at 6:55 am | Permalink

    Looks as if the British may be experiencing some of that power some accused us, me specifically, here in the Colonies of not having. We are all discovering that voting in itself, does not solve all our problems.

    Nice cat day and love that horse. If you did not see Big Red run those races back in 73, at least you can review on Youtube.

    • Eric Hayman
      Posted June 9, 2017 at 8:49 am | Permalink

      “Looks as if the British may be experiencing some of that power some accused us, me specifically, here in the Colonies of not having.” Which Colonies? This is 2017.

      • Randy schenck
        Posted June 9, 2017 at 8:58 am | Permalink

        It is but humor, although apparently escapes you. Pretty sure I know the year.

        • Eric Hayman
          Posted June 9, 2017 at 9:02 am | Permalink

          Some “humor” (sic) wears a bit thin – after 200 plus years following UDI.

          • Randy schenck
            Posted June 9, 2017 at 9:11 am | Permalink

            Yes and as someone already mentioned, you do not have to look, or comment.

      • Posted June 9, 2017 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

        There were recently pompous comments here by Old Worlders, basically saying that Americans cannot cope with democracy.

  5. Posted June 9, 2017 at 6:55 am | Permalink

    It is play, and kitteh make nice.

  6. Linda Calhoun
    Posted June 9, 2017 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    It’s actually June 9, not June 8.

    Completely agree with you about rhubarb. Yuck.

    L

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted June 9, 2017 at 10:50 am | Permalink

      You’re both wrong! It’s yummy!

      And who would destroy a lovely strawberry by sticking it in a pie anyway? A strawberry pie would need rhubarb to balance the sweetness and mushy texture of cooking strawberries and sugar together. Otherwise it’s just strawberry jam in pastry.

      • Posted June 9, 2017 at 10:59 am | Permalink

        No, you mix in fresh strawberries! A good strawberry pie has a mixture of whole fresh strawberries and some cooked ones!

        • Heather Hastie
          Posted June 9, 2017 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

          Now I expect you to make me one if you ever come back to NZ! I’ll do roast lamb for the main. 🙂

  7. Tim Harris
    Posted June 9, 2017 at 7:10 am | Permalink

    I agree strongly with Professor Ceiling Cat here (I certainly do not always), and, being British, nevertheless find Eric Hayman’s suggestion that if you do not belong to a particular group or nation you cannot comment on their affairs risible (I could use a stronger word, but will refrain). As for TJR’s remark, he might perhaps have noticed that there has not been in recent years much IRA terrorism in Ulster, Ireland or Britain, and that is thanks to the Good Friday Agreement. Thatcher’s posturing merely prolonged the agony, as such posturing generally does. I loathe Tony Blair with a passion, but his – or Mo Mowlam’s – efforts have resulted in a modus vivendi, at least, which means that there is not constant sectarian strife and car bombs going off in, for example, Manchester. Does JR really want those days back again? Of course, they may come back as Brexit bites…

    • bric
      Posted June 9, 2017 at 7:41 am | Permalink

      And it is written in to the Good Friday Agreement that the European Convention on Human Rights is adhered to by all sides. Mrs May’s determination to ‘rip up’ the Human Rights Law is going to be very problematic, however popular the idea is with her baser acolytes

      • Mike
        Posted June 9, 2017 at 8:05 am | Permalink

        Sir Keir Starmer QC ,ex Director of Public Prosecutions ,a Human Rights Lawyer and Labours Brexit Spokesman has said this

        “Theresa May’s comments that human rights laws may need to be changed to counter the terrorist threat simply do not address the real problems we are facing. Instead, they are a dangerous distraction, designed to deflect attention from the serious questions that have been asked about the cuts she has made to police numbers (20,000 officers, including 1,300 armed officers) and resources in her seven years as home secretary and prime minister. As the mayor of London has said, cuts to police budgets in the capital have become “unsustainable” and must be addressed. These concerns are mirrored in police forces across the country.

        In my five years as DPP I saw many cases involving serious terrorist plots. Not once did human rights laws prevent the Crown Prosecution Service from pursuing a prosecution, or our dedicated counter-terrorist teams from monitoring and apprehending suspects.”
        So all May is doing is pandering to the nutjobs that support her by flailing around in a panic as her Majority went down the pan.

  8. Ken Elliott
    Posted June 9, 2017 at 7:16 am | Permalink

    I love the shepherd / tux video. Our tuxedo is Gunner, who loves to play with our big goof of a golden retriever, Lucca, in the very same way. Sometimes the cat jabs come so furiously at Lucca he begs to go outside for escape, but usually he ends up giving Gunner a nice bath with his ever active golden retriever tongue. Regardless of outcome it’s apparent the two enjoy each other’s company.

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted June 9, 2017 at 10:56 am | Permalink

      I think it’s a lovely video as well. It’s obvious throughout the dog is loving it.

  9. Andy Lowry
    Posted June 9, 2017 at 7:28 am | Permalink

    I’ve never noticed anything bitter about rhubarb. Sour, sure, but I like sour. PCC(E), maybe your experience was with immature stalks? I’ll have to see if there’s a way to get some of my mother’s rhubarb custard to you; it might change your opinion of that noble plant.

  10. Terry Sheldon
    Posted June 9, 2017 at 7:44 am | Permalink

    Sorry to disagree with the most eminent judge of comestibles, namely PCC(E), but strawberry rhubarb pie (as well as it’s cousin rhubarb custard pie) is one of the finest desserts known to man. However, I may not be the most impartial observer on the planet, as I have been known to consume raw rhubarb on occasion as well.

    • bric
      Posted June 9, 2017 at 8:21 am | Permalink

      That’s hardcore rhubarb

  11. James Walker
    Posted June 9, 2017 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    My parents used to grow rhubarb in the backyard and pie made with fresh rhubarb was one of the highlights of my childhood.

    As a UK citizen who grew up in Canada and is now living in Australia, I’m not sure whether I’m allowed to pronounce on the election results …

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted June 9, 2017 at 11:01 am | Permalink

      We had rhubarb in the backyard too (NZ), and Mum would cut it fresh for breakfast or a pie or sponge or tart.

      My favourite is rhubarb muffins. Mum actually never made those, but I do.

  12. claudia baker
    Posted June 9, 2017 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    I think that strawberry-rhubarb pie is a result of financial hardship back-in-the-day. Strawberries (unless you grow your own) are expensive, and rhubarb is cheap. And almost everybody, who has a bit of a yard, can grow it. By combining the two, you could have the semblance of the luxury of a strawberry pie, while cutting the cost in half or less.

    When I was a kid, we would have “stewed” rhubarb as a dessert. You cook it down, sweeten it with maple syrup and put a dollop of fresh whipped cream on top. Delicious and nutritious.

    • Posted June 9, 2017 at 8:41 am | Permalink

      As someone who has made and enjoyed rhubarb pie without strawberries, I doubt rhubarb was grown to dilute strawberries.

      • claudia baker
        Posted June 9, 2017 at 8:57 am | Permalink

        No, not “grown to dilute strawberries”, but used, in some cases, to make a nice pie that was a bit cheaper.

        • Terry Sheldon
          Posted June 9, 2017 at 9:41 am | Permalink

          My personal opinion is that strawberry pie on its own tends to be too sweet and that the rhubarb therefore adds some much needed tartness. I also enjoyed “stewed” rhubarb as a kid, but maple syrup was too dear to be used in it. Plain old cane sugar for us!

          • Posted June 9, 2017 at 11:03 am | Permalink

            Again, you can adjust the sweetness of strawberry pie by using whole strawberries and less sugar. One of the best pies I’ve ever had was a pie without a top crust, filled with fresh strawberries and enough cooked ones to make a filling, and then topped entirely with fresh whipped cream. That’s the way that Helen’s in Machias, Maine, makes their blueberry pie: fresh + cooked berries,

            • Terry Sheldon
              Posted June 9, 2017 at 11:23 am | Permalink

              Your point is well taken, good sir! My experience with strawberry pie is unfortunately limited to a certain chain restaurant in PA that is renowned for a strawberry pie that does mainly use fresh strawberries but then proceeds to smother them in a cloying glaze.

  13. Richard Bond
    Posted June 9, 2017 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    I live in Scotland, and my mother and late wife were both Scottish. From my point of view, the good thing about the British election was that it slashed the representation at Westminster of the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP), our national socialist government. Parties supporting the union got 60% percent of the vote, and the result thus probably deferred any further referendum on Scottish independence indefinitely. Perhaps Scotland can now settle to a less unpredictable future, with a bit more growth than in the last couple of years.

    And the really good news: windbag Alex Salmond lost his seat.

    • David Coxill
      Posted June 9, 2017 at 9:37 am | Permalink

      Why did Scotland elect tory MPs ,have you all forgotten about the poll tax .

      • Eric Hayman
        Posted June 9, 2017 at 9:44 am | Permalink

        The poll tax meant people paying for what they use. What can be fairer than that?

        • bric
          Posted June 9, 2017 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

          Curiously that’s exactly what it wasn’t: it was a flat-rate tax not related to ‘what they use’. That was the problem.

    • Colin McLachlan
      Posted June 10, 2017 at 4:25 am | Permalink

      Yes, a good result for Scotland, and good riddance to slimy Salmond.

  14. Ken Kukec
    Posted June 9, 2017 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    Amazing that there are still some on the wingnut right, like Ann Coulter in her asinine Treason book, who continue trying to rehabilitate Joe McCarthy.

    Part of the subtext to the hearing (and the reason Roy Cohn looked so damn uncomfortable in the clip) were the allusions to Roy Cohn’s closeted homosexuality. Welch had an agreement with Cohn not to raise any issues about the preferential treatment Cohn’s “friend” David Schine had received from the Pentagon, in exchange for McCarthy’s not maligning Welch’s associate for his membership in the National Lawyers’ Guild (which in McCarthy’s vivid imagination was a “communist front group”). Notwithstanding this agreement, McCarthy (who looked and sounded to be in his cups) blundered ahead, to Cohen’s evident chagrin.

  15. Posted June 9, 2017 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    Just last evening I enjoyed a big slice of homemade strawberry rhubarb pie with a thick yet delicate crust. Mmmmm! What a wonderful food!

    (And I didn’t make it.)

    Sorry you had a bad experience with rhubarb, PCC(E). I’ve never experience bitter rhubarb. Unless you have a sadly different biochemistry in your tastebuds, the plant you experienced was in some way stressed. I hope you get a chance to eat well made strawberry rhubarb pie someday. Most places make it overly sweet to the point that you wonder if there’s any rhubarb in there, so ask around to find the best pies. Tart and yet sweet. Excellent.

  16. David Klotz
    Posted June 9, 2017 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    The apparent year of death for George Beadle is incorrect; 1961 is the year he became president of UC. (He was president during my 1964-68 time in the College.) Correct year of death is 1989.

  17. Tom Chambers
    Posted June 9, 2017 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    I was always fascinated with the McCarthy era. I always wondered how he was able to perpetrate such fraud on our citizens so I went to the web and read again about the exchange betWelch and McCarthy. But I noticed about this that Mr. Welch was the judge in the movie Anatomy of a Murder. I have watched that that movie many times and believe it to be among the best I have seen. Your post today p me to look prompted me to look it up and that’s when I still at work this connection.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted June 9, 2017 at 10:28 am | Permalink

      The discussion Jimmy Stewart had with Ben Gazzara at the jailhouse before Gazzara took the witness stand, which tread a treacherous ethical line, is known generically among defense lawyers as the Anatomy-of-a-Murder talk.

      Great score by Duke Ellington. My favorite Otto Preminger movie.


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