Saturday, April 23, 2011


Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.
Winston Churchill

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Funny Money

Funny Money

Sunday, April 17, 2011

My Pix

Mirror, Kew Gardens, 1993
Kodak High Speed Infrared


Never in the House did I use the word which comes to mind. The nearest I came to doing so was when Sir Winton Turnbull, a member of the cavalleria rusticana, was raving and ranting on the adjournment and shouted: "I am a Country member". I interjected "I remember". He could not understand why, for the first time in all the years he had been speaking in the House, there was instant and loud applause from both sides.
Gough Whitlam

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Fort Sumter

Fort Sumpter, April 14, 1861

The other anniversary this week. The photo was taken 150 years ago today and shows the Confederate flag flying over the newly won fort.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Fukushima Daiichi

    Fukushima Daiichi reactors 1 -4 March 18, 2011.  Photo by Digital Globe.

The press reports about the disaster at Fukushima have been fragmentary and occasionaly hysterical.  This article from the BBC is the best one page explanation of what happened and what needs to be done.  Highly recommended.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

50 Years in Space

    Yuri Gagarin in the capsule before launch.

On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the 1st human to orbit the earth.  It was a stunning achievement that took the world by surprise.  As the tides of history flow and our own age is forgotten, they will still remember Yuri Gagarin.  Nobody else can ever be the 1st man in space.

Monday, April 11, 2011


In politics, nothing moves unless it's pushed.
Morton C. Blackwell


If you need drugs to be a good writer, you're not a good writer.
Rod Serling


    One of the amazing photos from Japan showing the power of a tsunami.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

My Pix

    Union Station, Chicago, 1988

Monday, April 4, 2011

My Pix

Window, Paros, 1986.  This was the day it started clicking for me in Greece.


Rehab is 4 quitters
Grafiti on side of rehab facility