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A splendid mid-june evening in the center of the universe: wellfleet, usa! @capecod_online @capecodtimes #capecod — CapeCast (@capecast) June 16, 2016 Continue reading
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Friday. June 24, 2016. Take 1800, for example: The election of 1800 started as a bitter fight, but a legitimate one, over federal powers and the role of the president. Jefferson thought that Adams had overstepped his bounds and was guilty of “a monarchie masque,” a masked monarchy. It was a matter for sober constitutional debate, but the campaign soon devolved into personal attacks, with Adams’s followers winning the early rounds. It was intimated in many quarters that there was something sinister about a man with philosophical pursuits. Jefferson’s side answered back in a style just as slithering. Meanwhile, the... Continue reading
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Posted June 23, 2016. L.A. helps Havana's vintage neon signs glow again — Los Angeles Times (@latimes) June 18, 2016 Continue reading
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Finally blasted from the notebooks. May 21, 2016. Posted June 22. Assiduously ignoring they’re stuck in the 1970s: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, and Angourie Rice in The Nice Guys. The Nice Guys is set in L.A. in 1977 and there are moments when it looks like it was filmed in L.A. in 1977. It looks more like it was filmed in L.A. in 1977 than some movies actually filmed in L.A. in 1977. It looks more like it was filmed in L.A. in 1977 than The Rockford Files, and nothing looks more like it was filmed in L.A in 1977... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Lance Mannion
Chris, as I'm sure you know, there are millions and millions of women who not only disagree with you and want "this one" to be the first but who when any man says he's all in a favor a woman president "just not this one" don't believe him for a minute.
Sunday. June 19, 2016. Scientists deploy 'Frankenturtles' in Chesapeake Bay to boost survival of loggerheads — Los Angeles Times (@latimes) June 19, 2016 Continue reading
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Mined from the notebooks. Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Posted June 18. Pick-up came up behind me tonight as I was waiting at a light and I guess when the light changed I was too slow off the mark for the driver because he laid on the horn and then passed me on the right, using the shoulder. He cut back in as soon as he felt had room and floored it, getting a whole twenty yards ahead of me before he came up on the tail of another car ahead and had to slow down again. That one he was... Continue reading
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Posted June 18, 2016. I love this story from Hillary Clinton’s memoir Living History for a number of reasons, among them the historical irony of three future Democratic nominees for president meeting when only one of them was realistically looking at a chance that would happen, one of them was only beginning to dream and scheme, and the third apparently and likely had no clue as to what her own future would bring. But what really makes me smile is remembering Jimmy Carter’s smile back when he was still full of hope and promise and had reason to smile like... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Lance Mannion
Posted June 16, 2016. Just another old-style pol: Hillary Clinton on the night she became the first woman to clinch one of the two major political parties’ presidential nomination, June 7, 2016. Like I would know, but I suspect that a lot of Bernie-voting young women who claimed they didn’t care if we elect the first woman president this time out are finding out that they do. Also like I would know, but I’ve believed all along that the majority of Bernie’s voters are good liberal Democrats who voted for Bernie because they wanted a more liberal nominee or at... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at Lance Mannion
Posted June 10, 2016. Mowgli (Neel Sethi) and his panther mentor Bagheera (voiced by Ben Kingsley) prepare to meet the elephants in The Jungle Book, director Jon Favreau’s reimagining of the Walt Disney cartoon classic as a heroic action-adventure tale in the spirit of Rudyard Kipling’s novel and stories. Immediately below him the hillside fell away, clean and cleared for fifteen hundred feet, where a little village of stone-walled houses, with roofs of beaten earth, clung to the steep tilt. All round it the tiny terraced fields lay out like aprons of patchwork on the knees of the mountain, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at Lance Mannion
Sunday. June 5, 2016. Revised Tuesday, June 7, with the editorial advice of Oliver Mannion. Oscar Isaac in an all too typical moment of mighty frowning as the supervillain Apocalypse with Jennifer Lawrence in an untypical moment of blueness as the heroic shape-shifting mutant Mystique in Bryan Singer’s disappointing X-Men: Apocalypse. I hadn’t heard promising things about X-Men: Apocalypse going in, but I didn’t expect to spend time watching it thinking, “You know, Batman v Superman wasn’t so bad.” Hold your four horsemen! I’m not about to make the case that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice wasn’t bad or... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2016 at Lance Mannion
Thank you very much, Obilo. And welcome to Mannionville! I'm glad you're enjoying the place so far! Stellaaaa, I used to admire Bernie too but I never saw him as future president. As you point out, he's never demonstrated a capacity for leadership as opposed to rabble-rousing and the last couple of months that has really shown. HRC, however...
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June 2, 2016. Rudyard Kipling follows up on my post The Candidate of the Woeful Countenance: Next month, when the city had returned to its sun-baked quiet, he did a thing no Englishman would have dreamed of doing; for, so far as the world’s affairs went, he died. The jewelled order of his knighthood went back to the Indian Government, and a new Prime Minister was appointed to the charge of affairs, and a great game of General Post began in all the subordinate appointments. The priests knew what had happened, and the people guessed; but India is the one... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at Lance Mannion
Mined from the notebooks. May 24, 2016. Posted June 1. President of the College Government Hillary Rodham, Wellesley College Class of 1969, speaking at her commencement ceremony, May 31, 1969. No mention in the news of the day if she was too shouty. Photo courtesy Wellesley College. Bernie Bitter-enders online are going down with the ship with their I HATE HILLARY flags nailed to the mast. That’s the way it’s been with many of them, the Bernie Boys at Salon and other outlets like Huffington Post, Jacobin, and the Intercept. It hasn’t been enough for them to champion Bernie. They’ve... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at Lance Mannion
Island Rattlesnake Colony Gives Small-Town Massachusetts Jitters: Proposing an uninhabited island as a place ... — NY Times Popular (@nytimestop) May 30, 2016 Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2016 at Lance Mannion
May 30, 2016. ...for me, the modern world begins when Don Quixote de la Mancha, in 1605, leaves his village, goes out into the world, and discovers that the world does not resemble what he read about it.---Carlos Fuentes in his introduction to the 1986 edition of Tobias Smollett’s 1755 translation of Don Quixote De La Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes. When I tell you Bernie Sanders has been reminding me lately of Don Quixote, I’m not referring to any impossible dreaming or tilting at windmills on his part. I’m not suggesting you go looking for specific windmills he’s mistaken... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2016 at Lance Mannion
El Jefe, Sad to report, we're not down on the Cape. The photo was sent as "Wish you were" by Uncle Merlin. We probably won't be able to get back for at least a couple more summers. But Uncle Merlin report's the weather's fine and the beaches are still there.
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Dutch Firm Trains Eagles to Take Down High-Tech Prey: Drones — The New York Times (@nytimes) May 29, 2016 Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2016 at Lance Mannion
Saturday. May 28, 2016. Cape Cod post card from Uncle Merlin. This morning around eight. Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2016 at Lance Mannion
The Coast Guard’s latest mission was a bit unusual: rescue a lighthouse — The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) May 25, 2016 Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2016 at Lance Mannion
May 26, 2016. Look. You can’t go by me. All last summer I thought the Donald would fade over the course of the fall as the primaries drew closer and voters started paying serious attention. And I didn’t think it would be because he’d finally go too far and people would turn away from him in disgust. I thought he’d start boring people the way he bored me. Shows you what I know. Still… I think Trump has a great, glaring weakness. Ok. He has many. But so far they’ve been difficult to exploit. But there’s one I’m counting on... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at Lance Mannion
The “Roosevelt Museum of Natural History”, founded in his bedroom by eight-year old Theodore Roosevelt, got off to a shaky start: While other children might have been content with a small collection of seashells or some neatly pressed flowers, Roosevelt’s collection included some truly grotesque finds. When he acquired a live snapping turtle---an aggressive pond-dweller covered in algae and decorated with a gruesome frill of leeches---the entire household rebelled. ---from The Naturalist: Theodore Roosevelt, A Lifetime of Exploration, and the Triumph of American Natural History by Darrin Lunde. Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2016 at Lance Mannion
…was also a future president: Jostled by the swarms of fashionable shoppers, the boy continued along Broadway, glancing through the storefront windows, until he passed a familiar grocery, where something caught his eye. Amid the usual cartons of fruits and vegetables was an object strangely out of place, splayed out on a slab of wood. It was the dull mass of a seal, dead less than a day. Placed on display to attract paying customers, its corpulent body drew the child’s attention. Sliding his hand along the seal’s glossy-smooth pelt and peering deeply into its clouding eyes, he was overwhelmed... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2016 at Lance Mannion
Bronx evenings: Spuyten Duyvil train station on the Harlem River, under Henry Hudson Bridge. — Joseph Dolman (@CityEdition) May 24, 2016 Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2016 at Lance Mannion
May 16, 2016. Posted Saturday, May 21. A Whipple Cast and Wrought Iron Bowstring Truss Bridge crossing a section of the old Erie Canal Vischer Ferry, New York. Monday morning. May 16, 2016. Picking up from my post from earlier, another odd thing about what I remember about that passage from Player Piano that isn’t actually there for me to remember. Beside the fact that it isn’t there for me to remember. I remember it as containing a detailed enough description of local geography that I could tell right off that Vonnegut had reversed the map and put General Forge... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2016 at Lance Mannion