Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Monday, February 27, 2017
I've noticed that persons representing the Socialist Alternative organization have showed up at several of the anti-Trump rallies around D.C. I took the trouble to look them up online and agree with many of their ideas, although I disagree with their estimation that "big businesses" are always and everywhere a bad thing.
I frankly rather appreciate some big businesses, especially the ones that give evidence of possessing a social conscience. In fact, I would go so far as to say we ought to encourage big businesses to become more socially engaged rather to simply disparage them.
Heck! Apple is a big business and it's greatest fault is that it produced the product that I use every day to maintain this blog. Microsoft is a big business and I use it's word processor more than I use my toothbrush. Google is a big business. . . Well, you get the idea.
So I don't agree that big businesses are in and of themselves a problem. There are some big businesses that do a tremendous amount of good. We just need to better regulate the ones that don't.
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Saturday, February 25, 2017
I totally support this young lady's opposition to many of the Trump administration's "fascist" policies. Before you can say yes to something, you almost certainly have to say no to something else. Yes, I support humanitarian values, but what exactly are those values? Once we're rid of Trump and his troop of misfits, who will we elect to represent us both at the local and national levels?
Fortunately, I know I'm not alone in this opinion. Others, too, are already looking to what we call our mid-term elections here in the United States in 2020 when a number of key congressional positions will be determined. And as I'll show you here, there were a few candidates for those seats present at the rally. The great question everyone must be asking themselves at this point is do these candidates represent the way forward for our country and the world?
Rally for the Affordable Care ActLafayette Square, H St. and 17th St. NW
Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have called for nationwide rallies in support of the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. Join us on Saturday, February 25, to do just that. Send a message that taking healthcare away from millions of Americans is NOT OK!
Friday, February 24, 2017
Chillon Castle, Switzerland
Lake Leman lies by Chillon's walls:
A thousand feet in depth below
Its massy waters meet and flow;
Thus much the fathom-line was sent
From Chillon's snow-white battlement,
Which round about the wave inthralls:
A double dungeon wall and wave
Have made—and like a living grave
Below the surface of the lake
The dark vault lies wherein we lay:
We heard it ripple night and day;
Sounding o'er our heads it knock'd;
And I have felt the winter's spray
Wash through the bars when winds were high
And wanton in the happy sky;
And then the very rock hath rock'd,
And I have felt it shake, unshock'd,
Because I could have smiled to see
The death that would have set me free.
~ Lord Byron
~ Lord Byron
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Chillon Castle (French: Château de Chillon) is an island castle located on Lake Geneva (Lac Léman), south of Veytaux in the canton of Vaud. It is situated at the eastern end of the lake, on the narrow shore between Montreux and Villeneuve, which gives access to the Alpine valley of the Rhone. Chillon is amongst the most visited castles in Switzerland and Europe. It is also known to be the inspiration behind the castle in The Little Mermaid movie.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Maybe you heard about the Not My President's Day rallies held yesterday in cities all across the United States. Here in D.C., ours started at Dupont Circle. You can see some folks in the photo below arriving. Looks like they may have taken one of the Red Line trains and emerged from the Dupont Circle station.
"The park within the circle is maintained by the National Park Service. The central fountain designed by Daniel Chester French provides seating, and long, curved benches around the central area were installed in 1964. The park within the circle is a gathering place for those wishing to play chess on the permanent stone chessboards. Tom Murphy, a homeless championship chess player, is a resident. The park has also been the location of political rallies, such as those supporting gay rights and those protesting the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund." ~ Wikipedia
Monday, February 20, 2017
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Saturday, February 18, 2017
"Because impeachment and conviction of officials involves an overturning of the normal Constitutional procedures by which individuals achieve high office (election, ratification, or appointment) and because it generally requires a supermajority, it is usually only reserved for those deemed to have committed serious abuses of their office. In the United States, for example, impeachment at the Federal level is reserved for those who may have committed "high crimes and misdemeanors". Several Federal officials, including two Presidents (Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, who were both acquitted) and several judges, have been impeached over the course of US history. US President Richard Nixon resigned before Watergate scandal impeachment proceedings could begin." ~ Wikipedia
Given the rules for impeachment, I figure it's much more likely that Trump will be forced to resign before the 2018 mid-term elections. After the mid-term elections. . . who knows? As a lawyer friend of mine likes to say, "stay tuned". :-)
Friday, February 17, 2017
The Anglican Church was established in Villars in 1883. The Chapel was the property of the Commonwealth & Continental Church Society for over a century and was then bought by Aiglon College in 1996. Villars is home to a large population of English-speakers due in part to students at international schools and tourists. So the Aiglon College Chapel offers a service in English to satisfy and meet local demand.