Tuesday, January 15, 2019


It was on this night 44 years ago that someone entered my life-a black Labrador whom I christened Lady.

I wasn't even five, but I hated being alone, so my parents and I went and this this little black puppy with white fur on her chest.  I don't think that she had even been fully weaned yet, but we took her home.

Lady instantly became my partner in crime, as we stood in line for our respective spankings-her, too.

She pulled me in the Radio Flyer wagon all the time, and she learned that I was (and still am) a messy eater.

When my parents and I brought Tags (Siberian Husky-German Shepherd) home as a puppy in 1984, Tags couldn't understand why Lady sat by my side of the table.  Lady was like: "Watch and learn."

Tags learned very quickly as she realized how unkempt my dining habits were (and still are, I'm ashamed to admit).  However, I'm not fat.  I'm just in too much of a hurry.

Every little boy yearns to have a dog, and mine was the best.

I know that everything has a soul, and I know Lady appreciates my remembrance of her tonight.


The Death of Brexit?

by Jim Rousch

I don't know, you be the judge here: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/brexit-vote-live-mps-to-decide-whether-to-back-theresa-mays-deal-today-a4038506.html

It's bad for everyone involved, and the only ones who really want it are the equivalent of Trump supporters, as this link points out (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0176268018301320).

According to the abstract of this article, it is the older, the lowly educated, white, and poor who support this ridiculous idea, while those with more education and higher income prefer to stay in the European Union.

This is much like those who want to secede from the United States of America: stupid, racist, white, and rural.

Yet another commonality is the hatred of foreigners in both groups, according to the following studies:

 Whitaker and Lynch, 2011

 Clarke and Whittaker, 2016Arzheimer, 2009

Just like the United States, conservatives and liberals argue viciously over this issue, and common ground between Brexiteers and and Trumpsters is their hatred against immigrants.

As I write this, Brexit just got shot down 202-432 in the House of Commons.