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Battle of Isly by Vernet

Battle of Isly by Vernet

This will be a preview of Saturday’s Art post, a scene painted by Horace Vernet.    Tomorrow at this time, the post will tell about the artist, his work and his effect.

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Ruth Calvo

Ruth Calvo

I've blogged at The Seminal for about two years, was at cabdrollery for around three. I live in N.TX., worked for Sen.Yarborough of TX after graduation from Wellesley, went on to receive award in playwriting, served on MD Arts Council after award, then managed a few campaigns in MD and served as assistant to a member of the MD House for several years, have worked in legal offices and written for magazines, now am retired but addicted to politics, and join gladly in promoting liberals and liberal policies.


  1. Marion in Savannah
    June 12, 2015 at 7:21 am

    Happy Friday, pups. Today we have Brooks and Krugman. Bobo has decided to tell us all “How Adulthood Happens.” He informs us that the “Odyssey Years” before age 30 are a crucial part of American adults’ formation. In the comments “gemli” from Boston has this to say: “Mr. Brooks’ columns are more like post-hypnotic suggestions than they are social or political commentary. He murmurs, “When you see college grads living at home, you will blame the victims….” And when we later hear reports of un- or under-employed kids living in their parents’ basements, or read stories in The Times about people defaulting on student loans, we’ll wonder, what’s the matter with kids today?” Prof. Krugman, in “Seriously Bad Ideas,” says the financial crisis has given remarkable staying power to false explanations of big events. And they continue to warp policy.

    HERE they are, and

    HERE’s Krugman’s blog.

    The coffee and tea are ready, and I’ve got waffles with warm maple syrup this morning. Well, I’ve discovered that my ability to make it rain still operates. I got out early yesterday morning to water the plants and yesterday afternoon it poured. It’s cheaper and easier than getting the car washed… Having had her breakfast Chatty Catty is now whining (imagine a small air raid siren) to go outside so it’s time for me to put on my doorman uniform and let her out. Have a great day.

  2. Ruth
    June 12, 2015 at 7:23 am

    thanks, Marion, have a mental picture of you holding an umbrella over kitty to give her the morning stroll.
    and Bobo happily dreaming up flaws for our youth to suffer from, so we don’t have to feed and keep them employed.

  3. Ruth
    June 12, 2015 at 7:37 am

    morning, pups, another steamy one here, but the garden is happy.

  4. Boxturtle
    June 12, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Morning All!

    My taste in art runs to Banksy and Dali. I’m told that someday there will be a treatment for that. *sigh*

    I was struck by a deer this morning. Never saw it coming. Passenger side door is now FUBAR. The deer’s condition is unknown, but if I had to guess I’d say it never made it off the right of way.

    There was one of those buttbucket car ashcans in the cupholder at the bottom of the door. The hit was so hard, it flew out of the cupholder and hit the side of my head.

    Boxturtle (WIDE awake now)

  5. Boxturtle
    June 12, 2015 at 8:00 am

    We’re expecting a steamy day today here, too. With popup thunderstorms that are expected to be small and severe.

    Boxturtle (It’s good to be a computer geek, we ALWAYS get air conditioning)

  6. Ruth
    June 12, 2015 at 8:02 am

    So sorry to hear it, of course you’re lucky the deer didn’t aim for the windshield, but it’s bad enough as it is.
    Banksy probably has done a painting like that.

  7. Ruth
    June 12, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Here the boomers come in later. AC is the only way to fly, too.

  8. Boxturtle
    June 12, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Bobo has decided to tell us how adulthood happens. And the NYT paid him to do it. Perhaps it’s time for Bobo’s editor to start suggesting topics.

    Boxturtle (Or, as I’ve suggested before, show him the door and hire Gemli!)

  9. oldhippiejan
    June 12, 2015 at 8:13 am

    Glad you weren’t injured. Plan on your insurance rate going up at least 10%.

  10. oldhippiejan
    June 12, 2015 at 8:17 am

    Beautiful garden, Ruth. The weeding you’re always on top of looks to have paid off. Looks pretty much weed-free. Best of all you know where it came from and what’s been used on it.

  11. Ruth
    June 12, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Thanks, this is very important, no chemicals. It’s going to be weeded before the rain today, a little bit a day really.

  12. Alice X
    June 12, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Morning all, Battle of Isly, fie on those colonialists.

    Yikes BT, woe be the car, woe be the head, woe be the deer!

    Until coffee I am sticking to short words…

  13. Boxturtle
    June 12, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Yeah. there’s going to be quite a bit of body work. *sigh*

    Boxturtle (Probably won’t be too bad. First claim in 10 years)

  14. oldhippiejan
    June 12, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Of course it will rain all day today, as I wanted to mow. Should have grass ankle high by the time I get to mow.

  15. Ruth
    June 12, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Wanting to commemorate wars at least has mostly gone away. BTW, the other paintings have more interesting subjects, tomorrow in Saturday Art.

  16. Boxturtle
    June 12, 2015 at 8:26 am

    If so, I couldn’t find it.

    My favorite Banksy:

    Boxturtle (Would love to hang it beside the original)

  17. oldhippiejan
    June 12, 2015 at 8:36 am

    I hadn’t had a claim in years until a couple years ago I had a “wreck” in the cemetery. I got stuck in the snow on Valentine’s Day taking a rose to my husband and daughter. I walked to a house down the road who called a for help from the local grain elevator. A guy in a big truck showed up that hooked up to one of my axle’s instead of the frame and promptly bent my axle all to hell. As I attempted to make my way out, I got stuck again. With his “help” I slid backwards into his bumper, smashing the hell out of my back quarter panel. With a bent axle my car was undriveable, had to call a tow truck. I paid for the damages out of pocket because the insurance company told me my rates would raise 10% for at least 3 years. When my bill arrived for the following year, they did indeed raise my rates. We shortly parted company thereafter. So good luck.

  18. Ruth
    June 12, 2015 at 8:37 am


  19. Ruth
    June 12, 2015 at 8:38 am

    I had one summer in N.TX. that was too dry to need to mow, actually only mowed twice in those three months.

  20. oldhippiejan
    June 12, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Since I’m not particularly well schooled on the subject of art, other than to know what I like and what I don’t, so I’ll just bitch. The House is voting on the disastrous TPA today. Apparently it will pass or they wouldn’t call it up for a vote. Also extremely pissed about the repeal of COOL. I’m fortunate in the fact that I can go straight to the farm if I want meat, although I don’t eat much of it anymore. But occasionally I buy fish and I sure as hell want to know where it’s from.

  21. oldhippiejan
    June 12, 2015 at 8:46 am

    The longest I’ve ever got to slide was 5 weeks. Although I love a nice looking lawn, a break from mowing once in a while is a relief. Gas hit $3.00/gal here in IN yesterday, which eats into my meager disposable income.

  22. Ruth
    June 12, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Actually, should have done it with a push/cylinder mower for the exercise, a quarter of the yard at a time.

  23. Ruth
    June 12, 2015 at 8:57 am

    I think the push is under the old thinking, that third world countries were using things that are bad for you, like, say, Roundup. I’m more worried about what is going on on U.S. crops.

  24. Ruth
    June 12, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Am about to go weed the garden before it’s too hot to be outside there.
    thanks for good company.

  25. Beverly Lawson
    June 12, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Good Morning All, Sorry about the meeting with the deer. We had a similar hit when I was a kid. We were in a rural area when one wanted to jump over the hood, but the jump was certainly not executed before the hood interfered…..I think I still recall the noise……”ordeal” was the word.
    Also sorry about your head…Ill leave it at that…;)

  26. Beverly Lawson
    June 12, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Reports that Hillary will be making a “major policy speech” this weekend in NYC…focus will not be the economy issues as that will be a later, separate speech.

  27. Boxturtle
    June 12, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Will Fiorina be there to rebut? Am I the only person who thinks Fiorina’s sole purpose as a GOP “candidate” is to say things about Hillary that would sound foul coming from a rich white male?

    Boxturtle (I’d expect her. Her job seems to be to follow Hillary)

  28. Alice X
    June 12, 2015 at 9:31 am

    They are voting on several components before TPA. One is the TAA, Trade Adjustment Assistance, that helps workers who lose their jobs. The first take on that used a cut in Medicare as a slush fund. I’m not clear what has been done to change that. If TAA passes then they will vote on the TPA.

    So the first thing to say there after the cuts to Medicare is, yes, lots of workers are going to lose their jobs.

    If TPA passes then they will try to take out the anti-human trafficking poison pill put in the Senate version by Bob Menendez of NJ. Human trafficking, as in slavery which is a way Malaysia gets its advantage.

    This thing from beginning to end has a moral stench that all the flowers in the world will not hide.

    Obama’s principal ally in the House is Paul Ryan, Mr. throw seniors under the bus himself.

    I voted for Nader in ’08 and Jill Stein in ’12.

    I saw Obama for what he was.

  29. Beverly Lawson
    June 12, 2015 at 9:35 am

    What a clever comment…Do you really think the Rs are that smart? I find F. not very effective or appealing.

  30. Alice X
    June 12, 2015 at 9:36 am


    I remembered about your husband but didn’t understand about your daughter.

    I’m sorry.

    And corporations are evil. The only way to make them democrat is to do away with them.

  31. Alice X
    June 12, 2015 at 9:42 am

    I use a push/cylinder mower as Ruth describes it. It doesn’t do all that well so I have to keep at it.

    I cut down some small trees yesterday. I am learning to not let them get too big.

    My little flower garden is next on the list for weeding.

    I was hoping to make it the rest of the month on my 1/4 tank of gas but it won’t happen.

    I got a little behind several months ago and then I can’t catch up.

  32. Boxturtle
    June 12, 2015 at 9:43 am

    The R candidates would lose an intelligence contest with a Republican. 🙂 However, they ARE smart enough to hire smart people and at least one of those people was smart enough to recruit Fiorina.

    She is neither effective nor appealing, but she is female which gives her enough cover to attack Hillary.
    Has she even bothered to try to contrast herself from the rest of the GOP field?

    Boxturtle (Hey Carly! You gotta beat the clown car for a crack at Hillary)

  33. Marion in Savannah
    June 12, 2015 at 9:48 am

    I’d love to see gemli given the job! However, if all Bobo can find to do these days is babble (Brooks do babble, don’t they…?) about growing up (he should try it some day) it means he’s too depressed to write about the Republican Clown Car. Which may be good news.

  34. Marion in Savannah
    June 12, 2015 at 9:49 am

    No, you’re not the only one. And I just LOVE that they’re touting her great “business experience…”

  35. Marion in Savannah
    June 12, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Love the comment about the air conditioning! Mr. Marion in Savannah joined the army to beat the draft in the early 60s and signed up for computer programming. He figured that a) they were too big to be near the front lines, and b) they were always air conditioned. The service served him well — he retired as a systems analyst.

  36. oldhippiejan
    June 12, 2015 at 10:36 am

    I heard about the Medicare slushfund, If it gets anymore expensive I’ll have to just drop it. No one gets out of this world alive, anyway, but will have everything wrong with me fixed by the end of the year, if possible. Gotta admit I didn’t see O for the shill that he is, bu voted for Stein in ’12. I knew from the minute he announced his cabinet that I’d been had. Won’t buy pretty words again.

  37. oldhippiejan
    June 12, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Angling for a top spot in a GOP administration? Secretary of Labor?

  38. Molly
    June 12, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Sorry about the car and the deer, BoxTurtle. But I guess it could have been worse, all things considered. When I lived in Cincinnati we had lots of deer in the roads, even on relatively major thoroughfares. In my neighborhood, I lived near the end of a very rural road (less than a mile from a big mall, so not exactly “in the country”) and had to watch driving home near dusk because there would be lots of deer wandering around. I guess they feed near dawn and dusk, and there never was only one, usually several.

  39. Boxturtle
    June 12, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Yeah. I got more than one friend laid off from HP while she was getting that “business experience”. From a practical standpoint, her campaign is going to go nowhere, she has no base with the wingnuts, she has no sugar daddy, and her “business experience” will be used against her as opposed to being a plus. Which is why I think she’s there simply to attack Hillary. If she goes too far, she slinks away with no great loss to the GOP’s election position.

    Boxturtle (The only GOPer that Hillary likely fears is Susan Collins)

  40. Boxturtle
    June 12, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Yeah. Or head of the SBA. Or Ambassador to the United Nations.

    Boxturtle (The GOP really loves to show their contempt for the UN)

  41. Canyon2
    June 12, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Good afternoon everyone.
    Thank you for the post Ruth.
    I love your pictures of coming attractions and will look forward to Saturday’s post.
    We got hammered here with rain, lightening, winds so much so that the golf course is closed, the lake is closed to boat traffic, and the trails are closed. Many Chicagoans coming out to their 2nd homes for the weekend might want to think twice about making the trip this weekend.

  42. Beverly Lawson
    June 12, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Why Susan Collins? Thanks for the info….

  43. Canyon2
    June 12, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Alice X,
    Thank you for the comment and I really appreciate your “This thing from beginning to end has a moral stench that all the flowers in the world will not hide..” and the comment about Paul Ryan was perfect too.
    I sure was fooled about Obama voting for him twice and if there was a chance for a third time it would be a no vote from me. Some fools like me learn too late.

  44. Canyon2
    June 12, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    I am so sorry about what happened to you oldhippiejan, you certainly did not need that bad luck.
    Hoping for better things to come for you. I love your comments on here and glad you stayed with us. You are special.

  45. Canyon2
    June 12, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    I second oldhippiejan’s comment Ruth, it is a beautiful garden and anyone can see that it takes a lot of work. Good for you and spuds.

  46. Boxturtle
    June 12, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    IMO Sen. Collins is the only sane GOP female left. She’s a pro-choice republican with liberal (for today’s politicians) social views and her politics are very close to Hillary’s in a lot of ways, except she’s NOT Hillary. She was one of the few republicans to vote against Bill Clinton’s impeachment.

    If the election was Collins vs Clinton, I’d have to do some research to decide as they both have pretty much the same goods and pretty much the same bads.

    However, Collins has no hope of getting any traction even if she runs. She’s WAY to close to the center for the GOP far right. They’d bury her.

    Boxturtle (The GOP plans to bury anybody electable in a slimepit of conservative fuckery)

  47. June 12, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    This just in from the Huff Post: Democrats rebel to block the trade deal. I didn’t read any further so I have no idea as to details.