Monthly Archives: December 2020

Happy New Year with a Dinner for One

By Robert Willmann A short comedy sketch is a staple on New Year's Eve in Germany, featuring Miss Sophie and James the butler.  The introduction is in German and the skit is in English.  Happy New Year to All, and … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!       (as much as it can be, that is)       С Новым Годом! RUSSIA AND COVID. Total deaths in the first 11 months of 2020 are 13.8% higher than in 2019 – 81% of this increase, she estimates, … Continue reading

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“Liz Peek: 10 New Year’s resolutions for Biden”

President-elect Joe Biden, like most Americans, is probably thinking about New Year’s resolutions. Here are 10 helpful suggestions I would give him if we could have a talk. 1 — Stop — please stop — that little jog you do … Continue reading

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Solon on the importance of state justice and lawfulness

Translated by Steven Willett     Demosthenes 19.254~56 Solon Fragment 4 Note: Solon c. 630~c. 560BC was an Athenian statesman, lawmaker and poet. He is often credited with having laid the foundations of Athenian democracy.   Our city will never … Continue reading

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“Trump ends Obama’s 12-year run as most admired man: Gallup”

"Eighteen percent of the survey's respondents named Trump as their most admired man, compared to 15 percent who named Obama and 6 percent who named President-elect Joe Biden. Three percent named National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci, while … Continue reading

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Good Grilling – 57 Fahrenheit in the back garden


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Trump signs the pork-laden spending and covid-19 bill. Maybe a vote to come on more money and section 230.

By Robert Willmann President Trump has signed the estimated $2.3 trillion Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021.  Its 5,593 double-spaced pages are stuffed with pork to grease domestic and foreign hands in order to get it passed for the piddling $600 for … Continue reading

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Mimnermus on love, pleasure, age and death

Translated by Steven Willett     Note: Mimnermus was an elegiac poet from Colophon or Smyrna in Ionia active 630~600BC. Both Solon and Plutarch criticized his hedonism and selfindulgence. Plutarch specifically referred to Fragment 1 as "the utterances of intemperate … Continue reading

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The Bidonians at play.

"Another Biden walks free. Joe Biden’s niece Caroline Biden pleaded guilty to DUI on Dec. 3 — and was sentenced to 20 days to six months of "confinement," Pennsylvania court records said. But the small print shows Biden, 33, won’t see a day behind … Continue reading

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“And now for something completely different …”

Congressman Ted Budd, Republican of North Carolina, is not a favorite of Nancy the Ice Cream Lady. He is one of the 120 Republican members of the House who signed an amicus brief in support of Texas' lawsuit against Pennsylvania et … Continue reading

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