April Ryan

Ice cold response to demeaning patronizing by Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Ryan has been a member of the White House press corps for American Urban Radio Networks since January 1997 and has long been the only black female reporter among the White House correspondents.


Is it ok to have this calendar up in my office?

got it for free at Laguna Beach Surf and Sport.

Asked a female colleague her opinion, she didn’t care, but how much can we weigh that?  here it is in some more context.

Another surf shop in Laguna is Thalia

Thalia as we all know is the muse of comedy

Thalia by Nattier 

Here’s today’s surf report from Thalia via magicseaweed:

 


Is it interesting?

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that William F. Buckley and Ayn Rand kind of look alike?


The story of Profumo

In the early 1960s Michael Profumo was the British minister of defense.  He was also banging a party girl who was also banging a Russian spy.
at like big swinging sex parties.
He had to resign, disgraced.  But he handled it well.  Wife stuck by him.  Spent the next forty years cleaning toilets and working in East End soup kitchens.

Shortly after his resignation Profumo began to work as a volunteer cleaning toilets at Toynbee Hall, a charity based in the East End of London, and continued to work there for the rest of his life. Peter Hitchens has written that Profumo “vanished into London’s East End for 40 years, doing quiet good works”. Profumo “had to be persuaded to lay down his mop and lend a hand running the place”, eventually becoming Toynbee Hall’s chief fundraiser, and used his political skills and contacts to raise large sums of money. All this work was done as a volunteer, since Profumo was able to live on his inherited wealth. His wife, the actress Valerie Hobson, also devoted herself to charity until her death in 1998. In the eyes of most commentators, Profumo’s charity work redeemed his reputation. His friend, social reform campaigner Lord Longford said he “felt more admiration [for Profumo] than [for] all the men I’ve known in my lifetime”.

Right before he died the Queen invited him to dinner and had him sit next to her.
Like forty years of solid, humble repentance.
From his obituary:
Profumo’s dedication and dignity won him enormous admiration from people in all walks of life. The author Peter Hennessy, a fellow trustee at a charitable foundation associated with Toynbee Hall, described him as “one of the nicest and most exemplary people I have met in public or political life; full of the old, decent Tory virtues”. Margaret Thatcher called him “one of our national heroes”. “Everybody here worships him”, a helper at Toynbee Hall was once quoted as saying. “We think he’s a bloody saint.”

World’s biggest Jeep

 

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That’s owned by Hamad bin Hamdan Al-Nahyan of Abu Dhabi.  He also once carved his name in kilometer-long letters on his own island:

hamad

(It’s since been erased.)


Bases in the desert

(vid taken by me during a demonstration on a tour of Fort Irwin)

From 1942-1991 the US Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines built enormous bases in the desert.

Partly this was to train for the coming war in North Africa.

Indio, California. A half-ton jeep rolling over the desert at the desert training center June 1942.
Farm Security Administration Office of War Information/Library of Congress. Source.

Fort Irwin, built in 1940, deactivated 1971, returned to active status 1981.

China Lake Naval Weapons Center, which is, to use the tiredest comparison in American geography, bigger than Rhode Island.

Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twenty Nine Palms, growing and growing since 1949

Edwards AFB.  Those are just some of the ones in California alone.

We built the bases, and then we found reasons to have wars in the desert.

Is that interesting?

 


Melancholy

Put it to the test; leave a king entirely alone quite at leisure, with nothing to satisfy his senses, no care to occupy the mind, with complete leisure to think about himself, and you will see that a king without diversion is a very wretched man. Therefore such a thing is carefully avoided, and the persons of kings are invariably attended by a great number of people concerned to see that diversion comes after affairs of state, watching over their leisure hours to provide pleasures and sport so that there should never be an empty moment. In other words they are surrounded by people who are incredibly careful to see that the king should never be alone and able to think about himself, because they know that, king though he is, he will be miserable if he does think about it.

from Pascal’s Pensées, quoted by Laszlo Foldenyi in his book about melancholy, quoted by Dan Wang!