2010 Panama Canal Cruise, part 17

The Panama Canal-Ft. Lauderdale to San Francisco-20-night Voyage, May 6-26, Regent Seven Seas Navigator

Text by Snookums, Pictures by Filbert

Part Seventeen

May 24 (Monday, Day 20, San Diego, continued) –

Le Cirque Navigator

The Le Cirque show was odd and didn’t make any sense at all. It turns out there was a reason it didn’t make sense (and not just, as Filbert thought, it was a Cirque-style show, which aren’t supposed to make sense according to him . . .)

More after the jump . . . Half-way through the show, Paul Reynolds came out and said that it had to be stopped since two straps that the aerialists used were malfunctioning and interfering with the rest of the show. Out came the ladder and the backstage crew and in about five minutes they had it fixed and the show continued. It still didn’t make any sense. We found out later that the four female dancers that were in shiny unitards with attached pointy hats were supposed to be sharks. We knew that a crow started the show, but we never did figure out how sharks came into play.

The straps, in use
Strap malfunction!
Paul’s unscheduled intermission . . .
. . . to fix the strap malfunction
Someone got the hook! (OK, that was cruel.)

Later, we found out the reason the show made so little sense is that a costume of a butterfly, that was supposed to fight with the crow that did show up (the fight is an integral part of the plot) got wrecked in the rehearsals. No crow-butterfly fight pretty much blew any hope for a comprehensible plot completely out of the water (if you can say that about a show on a cruise ship). Combined with the strap malfunction, it was basically a complete disaster.

Oh well. Barb had to get off the ship by 10:30PM and barely made it since the show ran long. It was a quick visit, but lots of fun. Unfortunately, Filbert didn’t get asked to take any pictures of Barb and Snookums, so that didn’t happen!

Filbert watched us sail away at 11PM while listening to local radio. At one point the ship passed a buoy that a bunch of sea lions were on and he barked at them and they barked back!

May 25 (Tuesday, Day 21, At sea) –

The day before disembarkation is always a bit of a downer since you have to pack. For some very odd reason, Snookums didn’t sleep well last night since she kept waking up worrying about packing. This didn’t make any sense at all. Packing at the end of a cruise is always very easy since you just have to empty the cabin of all of your possessions and put them in the suitcases. We started to pack before lunch and in about one hour we were 99% packed, including the stick-on thermometer and our door decoration. Filbert takes charge of all packing (pre-cruise and post-cruise) and does an excellent job balancing out the suitcases.

Snookums did one last load of laundry since the pants she wore yesterday ended up getting quite sooty. The boilers on the ship frequently spit out chunks of soot. They tried to fix them when the ship was in dry-dock but didn’t succeed. They are still working on the problem and hope to get it fixed before the ship reaches Alaska since the EPA might not be too happy with the pollution issue. Anyway, the soot easily washes out and since Snookums wants to wear these pants on the way home, a wash was in order.

Filbert did some last-minute dolphin spotting, and while there were dolphins to be seen, none were close enough to be photographed. He did however spot a couple of humpback whales going south (which is the wrong direction for humpbacks this time of year–that was weird.)

Two humpbacks
The final fluke

The day was mostly cloudy but the sun peeked out every now and then. The temperature was around 65 so it wasn’t too bad. Snookums spent the afternoon by the pool talking to Bill. After lunch she had two scoops of chocolate ice cream with chocolate sprinkles and caramel sauce and then she had two colada sensations milkshakes (three scoops of vanilla ice cream, cream of coconut, pineapple juice and whipped cream). After eight scoops of ice cream she was still ready to eat dinner later that night!

Snookums, Judy and Mom shopped at the boutique to spend $64 still on our shipboard account. Nothing jumped out at us so Filbert ended up with a new high quality polo shirt that does not have any logo on it at all. And, a large fit him rather than his usual extra-large!

Mom, Dad and Snookums attended “Krew Kapers” before dinner and thoroughly enjoyed it. On every cruise the crew puts on a show. It usually consists of the best crew singer singing “Impossible Dream”, some dances from their home countries (like the Filipino Candle Dance and the Filipino Tinikling [stick dance]), five or six crew members hip-hop dancing to some modern songs and other acts. Anyway, this version was the best Snookums had seen. It lasted 35 minutes and each act immediately followed the other so there wasn’t any dead time. The acts were very short, too. She liked it so much due to the fact that it was short and sweet and also since each performance was just the right length of time.

The crew show

After the show it was time for dinner and Judy joined us but Filbert ate his low calorie and high protein instant oatmeal in the cabin. Snookums returned to the room and it was time to put our fully packed luggage in the hall.

Judy, Mom and Dad went to Marty Henne’s show about Gershwin. They enjoyed it but not as much as his first show a few nights ago.

May 26 (Wednesday, Day 22, San Francisco) –

Goodbye to the Golden Gate

Snookums woke up when she heard the fog horn. She thought it was the ship’s, but found out it was the Golden Gate Bridge’s fog horn. It was 5:45AM and she didn’t plan on getting up since she’s sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge before. Filbert, of course, was already on the balcony snapping pictures of the fog. We waved to Bill on his balcony and he came to our room for a morning chat. He was dressed and ready to go. We still had to shower so he left and we got ready for the day.

We were supposed to be out of our suites by 8AM and we were supposed to get wheelchair assistance for Dad at 8:45. Well, since the ship wasn’t cleared until 8:30, we just stayed in our suite and went to the Navigator’s Lounge at 8:45. When no one ever came for wheelchair assistance, we decided to just leave at 9:15 (and, yes, our tag color had already been called so we weren’t jumping in the front of the line [yet]). Filbert pushed Dad to the gangway and they quickly converted the stairs to a ramp. The Captain (John McNeill) and General Manager (Franck Galzy) were at the bottom of the gangway saying goodbye to everyone. That was a nice touch, but Snookums bypassed them since there was a little bit of a backup. Our luggage was waiting for us and we got a porter for it. A wheelchair porter (not a Regent employee) also came to push Dad through the terminal. When we exited the terminal we saw a very, very, very long line for taxis and not many taxis. Snookums started to inwardly panic since our flight left at noon and it was already 9:30. (Yes, that seems like a lot of time but when you factor in lots of luggage for a traveling party of five and a wheelchair, you need extra time.) The wheelchair pusher said he would take us to the front of the line and none of us tried to stop him! He told the taxi dispatcher that we needed a van for the five of us. We got the next SUV but it could only legally hold four passengers. No problem, Snookums and some of the luggage got in the next cab.

Both cabs made it to the airport and we were at the gate by 11AM. Then we found out that there was a 30-minute “Obama delay” since the President attended Democrat fundraisers in town the previous night.. No problem since we still needed to buy lunch, use the bathrooms and generally just relax. Other than that, our trip home was completely uneventful. We like “uneventful,” at the end of a cruise trip. We did circle Emporia, Kansas a few times on the flight home, waiting for wind shear to depart the area of the Kansas City airport, but we were still able to enjoy the trademark chocolate chip cookies. We landed about 30 minutes late and Matt was there waiting to pick us up.

The President’s plane, departing
Our ride homeward

We got home around 7:30PM, opened and sorted our mail and Snookums went to the store for a gallon of real skim milk (not that long-life, boxed stuff that ships have). Unpacking and doing laundry waited until the next day. We did weigh ourselves, though. Snookums gained three pounds and Filbert gained eight. Not too bad for a 21-day vacation that covered 5,416 nautical miles. Hopefully we’ll lose it within a week! Stay tuned for our next adventure – a 14-day Alaska cruise. Maybe we’ll have pictures of bears, moose and salmon to post.

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Memorial Day 2010

Yesterday, I heard–on a local TV newscast, I think–someone say “Happy Memorial Day.”

No. Wrong.

The intent of Memorial Day is to be a day of memory–specifically, remembering those who wear the uniform of the United States, who have fought and died to defend this country.

Now, in certain circles, this is not a politically correct thought. It is uncomfortable to recognize that our liberties require at times an active, violent defense–a defense which often has an extremely high cost. It certainly is inconvenient at least to think of such things, as people rush back and forth between the big 2-Day Sale to the family barbecue at the lake.

It’s a specific case of one of the most widespread and corrosive problems our society has today.


So take five minutes, go somewhere quiet, sit down, and think about your freedom to do that very thing, and think about how that freedom came about.

Most people throughout history have not even had that simple freedom to take a few minutes to themselves. Most people have had to get up in the morning, work hard, backbreaking, physical labor from sunrise to sunset, somehow manage to eat and drink enough to keep them alive, and then go to sleep with little more hope than to get through the next day of toil and pain. Sitting and contemplating their freedoms would be an absurd impossibility for much of humanity over most of our history.

And there you sit, well-fed, well-clothed, comfortable and safe, secure in your self-absorption on this “traditional first weekend of summer.”

Think long and hard about how you came have the freedom to ignore the real meaning of Memorial Day.

And, if you’re one of those who have worn the uniform that secures our freedom and liberty, or if you are the family member or friend of one who has been wounded or has died in the service of this country, you have my solemn sympathy, respect, gratitude, and love. Be well.

UPDATE: Even The Heritage Foundation[*1] has succumbed to the corrosive “Happy Memorial Day” saying. I still assert it is properly a day of reflection, a day of gratitude–and for some, a day of deep emotional pain. I think cavalierly chirping “Happy Memorial Day” on this day seriously demeans the sacrifices of those who have given the “last full measure of their devotion.” “Happy New Year,” yes. “Happy Halloween?” Sure. “Happy Christmas?” Certainly, if you’re British or an Anglophile. “Happy Martin Luther King Day?” I can even see that. Even “Happy Veteran’s Day” can work–you’re honoring veterans who are still alive on that day, after all. But “Happy Memorial Day?” There’s some serious emotional/cognitive dissonance going on there, in my opinion.

Yeah, I’m a curmudgeon. Always have been, really.

2010 Panama Canal Cruise, part 16

The Panama Canal-Ft. Lauderdale to San Francisco-20-night Voyage, May 6-26, Regent Seven Seas Navigator

Text by Snookums, Pictures by Filbert

Part Sixteen

May 23 (Sunday, Day 19, At sea) –

Sunrise, May 24

The ship was rocking a bunch all day today. Snookums was fine for breakfast but around 11AM she started to feel a little icky. She took a meclizine (seasick pill) and that knocked her out for the next 4 hours or so. More after the jump . . .

Mom was pretty much out for the day since she kept taking one meclizine after another. The package says not to take more than two per day, but Mom has taken many more than that on this cruise. We say that she’s addicted to them. Filbert woke Snookums up around 6:30PM to find out if she was going to dinner with the rest of the family but she said “no”. He went next door to inform them and found out that Dad was not feeling that well, either, since he was so tired. We don’t know what Judy ended up doing for dinner. Mom ordered soup in her cabin while Dad slept through dinner and the night. Snookums ordered a full meal and enjoyed eating it in bed. She was feeling fine other than being extremely lazy. She watched “Wild Child” which probably didn’t even make it straight to DVD but instead probably went to remainder DVD (per Filbert). Emma Roberts starred in it and Natasha Richardson was also in it, but that didn’t make up for the stupid plot.

At 8PM an announcement came into all of the suites about the evening’s show. A “Le Cirque”-type show was supposed to be performed but due to the rocky conditions, it was postponed to tomorrow and a movie was shown instead. Dad even slept through this announcement!

May 24 (Monday, Day 20, San Diego) –

The seas calmed down at some point during the night and the morning was calm. Snookums, Filbert and Judy attended the galley tour at 10:30AM and learned that the ice cream on the Navigator is not homemade. The ice cream on the Voyager and Mariner is homemade since they are bigger ships and have room for ice cream makers. It was interesting to see some of the 40 chefs and 17 utility workers (dish washers) working in such a small space. The Executive Chef, Anthony Gatherall, said that he’s worked on the 3,000 passenger ships and smaller ships and he doesn’t really care what the size is as long as things are organized.

The Galley Tour (6 pictures):

Seals on a buoy, entering San Diego Harbor
The USS Benfold
Three aircraft carriers, the Carl Vinson, the Nimitz, and the Ronald Reagan, at home port in San Diego
The USNS Matthew Perry

We docked in San Diego around noon but Customs and Immigration wasn’t completed until around 1:45PM. No one could leave the ship until it was completed. Snookums was anxiously looking forward to her friend, Barb, coming onboard. Regent lets visitors board the ship after getting permission in advance. Snookums decided to wait for Barb in front of the large terminal and Barb called Snookums when she was about 15 minutes away. Snookums’s phone rang again about 30 minutes later and it was Filbert saying that Barb and everyone else was sitting by the pool! Somehow Barb walked right by Snookums, who was reading her book, and neither one noticed the other. She had found her way to Filbert and Snookums’ suite and had rung the doorbell. Filbert had answered, and was quite perplexed that Barb was there, but Snookums wasn’t. He tried calling Snookums’ cell phone, but didn’t get an answer, so he collected himself and took Barb up to the pool deck, where the rest of the family was sitting in the sun.

Snookums got to the pool right away and the reunion started. Barb immediately ordered a strawberry daiquiri and a blue cheese bacon cheeseburger. After that we both enjoyed ice cream and Barb had another strawberry daiquiri while Snookums tried a chocolate banana milkshake. We enjoyed sitting by the pool and the sun was quite warm although the air temp was around 62. We returned to the cabin around 6:20 (dinner was at 6:30) and Filbert was all dressed up in his suit (“in order to impress”) which meant that we needed to change our clothes. That didn’t take too long and we were in Compass Rose in no time. Dinner was great (and we all loved the first rhubarb dessert served during the entire cruise) and then we all went to the Le Cirque show. (Dad decided to call it a night and he went to bed.)

Strawberry rhubarb crumble

Next: Le Cirque de Strap malfunction!

Afternoon Whip, May 30, 2010

Memorial Day [*1] — A poem, forwarded by That Woman, Sarah Palin:

“It is the veteran, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the veteran, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the veteran, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the veteran, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble.

It is the veteran, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the veteran, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote.

It is the veteran, who salutes the flag, who serves under the flag, and whose coffin will be draped by the flag.”

Glenn Reynolds [*2] — Interview with the Instapundit[*3] , who is more important and influential than he thinks he is–or wants to be, really. I suspect he’d be appalled by the reality of that statement, which is why I like him. Oh, that, and the fact he’s an unrepentant geek.

Pathetic: BP Buses in Temps for Obama Photo Op [*4]

He Was Supposed to Be Competent: The spill is a disaster for the president and his political philosophy. [*5]

The president, in my view, continues to govern in a way that suggests he is chronically detached from the central and immediate concerns of his countrymen. This is a terrible thing to see in a political figure, and a startling thing in one who won so handily and shrewdly in 2008. But he has not, almost from the day he was inaugurated, been in sync with the center. The heart of the country is thinking each day about A, B and C, and he is thinking about X, Y and Z. They’re in one reality, he’s in another.

“He Was Supposed To Be Competent” [*6] The big surprise with the current president is not so much that he is incompetent, inexperienced and divisive, but the extent to which he is all of those things, and the extent to which anyone is surprised. It’s not like there weren’t enough warning signs on the way in, all of which were summarily dismissed.
Law Prof Surveys Legal Secretaries, Chronicles Layoffs, Conflicts with Female Lawyers [*7]

One discovery: Legal secretaries said they preferred to work for male associates and partners. In written responses, the secretaries said females were emotional and demanding, with “more to prove” and a penchant to “put on airs,” the story says.

“Working for a woman exposes some very complex class dynamics,” Batlan told Missouri Lawyers Media. “A woman working for a man is naturalized,” she said. “It’s what’s expected. It seems ordinary.”

Witnessing the heart as it cracks – UPDATED [*8] — I think that really sums up my feelings as I watch the Obama Administration flail towards disaster. For every minute or two I’m angry, I’m an hour or two just simply heart-sick at the sheer waste and stupidity of what they’re doing, just tearing this country apart while thinking they’re doing really good things. They really need to get out of San Francisco, Manhattan, and the Beltway more, and get out into the rest of the country.

In Spite of State Law, Maryland Law Enforcement Officials Still Arresting, Charging People for Recording Cops

Now we have another video of an arrest during the Preakness Stakes in which a Baltimore police officer can be heard telling the camera-holder, “Do me a favor and turn that off. It’s illegal to record anybody’s voice or anything else in the state of Maryland.”

That simply isn’t true, and it’s outrageous that Maryland law enforcement keeps perpetuating this myth. Perhaps that officer was merely misinformed. But Maryland police spokesmen and prosecutors are giving the impression that the state’s wiretapping law is ambiguous about recording on-duty police officers. It really isn’t. They’ve just chosen to interpret it that way, logic and common sense be damned.

The Unprecedented Intensity of the YouCut Movement [*9]

As families have been forced to cut back and make tough choices out of necessity, they look towards Washington — where the exact opposite attitude persists. The Democrat majority in the House, for instance, will likely fail this year to pass a budget resolution for the first time since the modern budget rules were adopted in 1974.

An utter failure in leadership.

Bystander in Chief: Obama says he’s doing everything he can to control the Gulf spill [*10] — This is undoubtedly true. The President has very little capability to stop the flow of oil–BP has to do that, unless Obama wants to light off a nuke a mile underneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. Where the Federal Government (read: the Obama Administration) has demonstrably failed is in their utterly inept and inadequate response to the oil as it begins to lap up against the Gulf coast. Obama, as President, is responsible for that. It’s not the leak per se that Obama’s responsible for. It’s what happens next.

In this respect, the analogy to Bush and Katrina has a bit of merit: Bush was not responsible for Katrina, but he was held responsible for the response. (Of course, in the case of Katrina, it was the Governor of Louisiana and the Mayor of New Orleans who had primary responsibility for disaster mitigation and for disaster recovery from Hurricane Katrina, but that teensy little fact was inconvenient to The Narrative. And, when Governor Blanco (Democrat) and Mayor Nagin (Democrat) demonstrated their incompetence, Bush’s Federal Government had to step in.) We see a pattern here: Democrats seem incapable of dealing with disasters. Unfortunately, with the Gulf oil spill, there are no Republicans in power who can step in to clean up the mess–literally.

If the Obama Administration had spent the first month of this disaster actually responding effectively to the problem rather than putting a priority on playing politics and assigning blame, things might be better right now. We don’t know, now do we?

Unplugged Christians living off the grid [*11]

“Christians should be looking for a way to take care of one another without forcing their neighbor to contribute to their welfare. In essence that’s coveting your neighbor’s goods through the agency of the governments you create.”

And that is a sin.

The Thinker: Barack Obama explains his job. [*12] — Wile E. Obama, Genius. The only difference is that the Warner Brothers cartoons were actually funny.

Vote for These Free Enterprise Videos! [*13]

Dennis Hopper: the hippest American bikes off [*14] — I did not know that Hopper was a Republican. Did you?

Solar Scientists Agree That the Sun’s Recent Behavior Is Odd, but the Explanation Remains Elusive: The most recent solar minimum was both long and pronounced. But why? [*15]

Poll finds anger over country’s leaders [*16]

Obama, the Thin-Skinned President [*17]

May’s Big Selloff Could Be Just the Beginning [*18]

Some pretty smart people are cautious. Seth Klarman at Baupost Group is worried. John Hussman of the Hussman Funds says all sorts of warning lights have lit up across his screen. Even Ron Muhlenkamp of the Muhlenkamp Fund, who usually takes a sunnier view of things, says he has moved a big chunk of his mutual fund into cash in case there’s a plunge.

The best strategy right now IMHO is to (continue to) hunker down. The storm hasn’t hit yet. All we’ve seen so far are the first few rain bands.

Covering Obama, press encounters Nation of Islam [*19]

Le affair Sestak – in a nutshell [*20]

Michele Bachmann Slams Dems For Voting to Give Government Employees $30 Billion 10 Year Raise (Video) [*21]

Obama Won’t Meet With Governor Brewer… But Makes Time For McCartney Concert [*22]

Obama, ACORN and Stealth Socialism [*23]

Community organizers became the “information police” for minorities in dozens of cities. As the official representative for its members, ACORN was able to frame the debate in ways that aligned with its People’s Platform. The platform is based on the socialist idea of sharing the wealth. Members were asked, even coerced, to attend rallies and protests for issues ACORN had decided would lead to power.

The victims of ACORN don’t know what they don’t know.

“Top Kill” Fails to Stop Obama Oil Spill; UPDATED [*24]

Jacks fall short in championship [*25]

Breaking: Taliban Using Chemical Weapons Against US Troops? 4-5 Troops Reportedly Fall Ill [*26]

Crackpot Lefist Stalker Explains Why He’s Stalking the Palin Family in Alaska [*27]

Dave Weigel, Joe McGinniss, Jesse Griffin and the Palin-Hater Next Door [*28]

Authoritarian High Modernism [*29] — Modern urban planners and other do-gooders have done more harm to our overall sense of community than perhaps any other factor in society. I’m reading Jane Jacobs’ Dark Age Ahead right now. One thing that solidified my antipathy towards “urban planning” was reading some of Jacobs’ other works. Cities are organic creatures, almost alive. Urban planning is like the ancient Chinese, who bound the feet of their females–or the ancient Mayans who put a flat board over the forehead of infants, because they thought such alterations of natural human forms were in some way attractive. But where they’re not actively destructive, they’re a waste of time.

Cities should be allowed to grow, develop, breathe. This isn’t an argument against any kind of zoning at all (although I’m not totally convinced zoning is a net benefit, either) but it is an argument against the kind of urban micro-management of every single square inch of land anywhere near any city in the country. It ain’t natural.

Let cities live.

The media wolf pack holds itself at bay [*30]

Is Democrat Party Hack Frank Rich Even Trying Anymore? [*31]

Russia seeks EU’s help with visas, technology [*32] — Hmm, Russia wants help “modernizing its economy.” Maybe it should start with stamping out organized crime and corruption, and promoting the rule of law. Of course, we in the US should probably do the same, now shouldn’t we?

Memory and Survival [*33]

acts of group memory, like Memorial Day, are not simply events held for ceremonial purposes but are sources that are vital to the group’s — and the individual’s existence. Without that history — without that memory — then individuals will eventually forget the benefit derived from the altruism of their forebears and become susceptible to the preachings of the ’selfish mutant’. In a society without traditions the “free riders” may gain ascendancy and even suppress history to aid their increase. Gradually they may destroy a society’s capacity for mutual altruism and take it over for themselves. Yet even so their victory may be short-lived. Within their mutation lie the seeds of their own downfall. For “if the pathogen’s virulence kills the host and interferes with its own transmission to a new host, virulence will be selected against.” Eventually they kill the host and then themselves die.

It may take a while, but the demise eventually happens. And then the survivors gradually rediscover the benefits of thinking in terms larger than themselves and begin to act on that basis. And then the words, “truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” will become comprehensible again.

This is why it’s necessary to correctly remember history. “Airbrushed” or edited history, history manipulated to emphasize one or another trendy, current political view, or history suppressed to hide some embarrassing episode in the past, is ultimately cheating yourself, your society, and the world of the self-knowledge we all need to go forward successfully into the future.

What’s the saying? There are no such thing as failed experiment. There are only experiments that tell you what does not work.Still Wrong on the Middle East [*34]

Thanks Barack… Dow Suffers Worst May Since 1940[*35]

Liz Cheney on Bill Clinton: “There’s Not Exactly an Impeccable Record of Integrity There on the Part of the Former President” (Video) [*36]

Dowd: President Present strikes again [*37] — Are the real sheep beginning to wake up?

France warns on credit rating [*38]

What good are friends if they don’t hold your feet to the fire? [*39]

Evening Whip, May 29, 2010

We’re too broke to be this stupid [*1]

So the easiest “solution” to the problem is to throw public money at it. You know how it is when you’re at the mall and someone rattles a collection box under your nose and you’re not sure where it’s going but it’s probably for Darfur or Rwanda or Hoogivsastan. Whatever. You’re dropping a buck or two in the tin for the privilege of not having to think about it. For the more ideologically committed, there’s always the awareness-raising rock concert: it’s something to do with Bono and debt forgiveness, whatever that means, but let’s face it, going to the park for eight hours of celebrity caterwauling beats having to wrap your head around Afro-Marxist economics. The modern welfare state operates on the same principle: since the Second World War, the hard-working middle classes have transferred historically unprecedented amounts of money to the unproductive sector in order not to have to think about it. But so what? We were rich enough that we could afford to be stupid.

That works for a while.
. . .

By the way, where does the government get the money to fund all these immensely useful programs? According to a Fox News poll earlier this year, 65 per cent of Americans understand that the government gets its money from taxpayers, but 24 per cent think the government has “plenty of its own money without using taxpayer dollars.”

“Where did Obama get the funds?” “I have no idea!””I don’t know where he’s getting the money, but he’s giving it to us!”

There’s your problem, right there.

Comrade Hillary: “The Rich Are Not Paying Their Fair Share of Taxes in Any Nation” (Video) [*2] — A finer, more succinct statement of Marxism/”progressivism” would be difficult to find . . . “From each according to their ability, to each according to their need.” — Karl Marx, co-author of The Communist Manifesto. There’s only one problem: It Doesn’t Work. Ever. Anywhere. Any time it’s tried. It always devolves into dictatorship, because somebody has to decide what the rest needs. That’s the dirty little secret of “progressivism”, Marxism, communism, socialism, call it what you will. If you let any person decide for him or herself what he or she needs, that person will always say that they need MORE. This is, in the modern phraseology, “unsustainable.” Therefore, you need the Mother of All “Death Panels” — the Government — to decide Who gets What and How Much.

And that’s tyranny. Dictatorship. Command economy. Again, call it what you will. It means that YOU won’t get to decide what you do with what you create, and YOU won’t get to decide what you need and don’t need. That will be decided for you.

So, why are you still a Democrat? Morning Bell: White House in Disarray [*3]

What they got from President Obama was a glimpse of a White House in total disarray, where one hand doesn’t know what the other hand is doing and where there are more questions than answers. At 12:45 PM EDT yesterday, President Obama stood before the country and did his best to convey one clear message regarding the oil spill – the federal government is in control and that he will hold BP to account.
. . .
Unfortunately for the President, he couldn’t maintain that message for the duration of his 63-minute press conference. When it came time to questions, he admitted that the federal government just doesn’t have what it takes to keep the oil spill under control.
. . .
From total control, to lack of control, to personal responsibility – that’s heck of a mixed message. What will President Obama do with that responsibility? For one, he announced a halt to all new offshore drilling and called for the United States to move toward “investing in renewable source of energy” in order to “accelerate the competition with countries like China.” And he also warned that “easily accessible oil has already been sucked up out of the ground.”

The truth, though, is a different story. Unlike us, China is pursuing increased offshore drilling for oil, including deep-sea oil development. And for all the President’s talk about China’s alternative energy push, the reality is that China’s dependence on coal is actually growing.

Obama simply keeps spewing bullsh*t with his trademark confident voice and hypnotizing cadence, and hopes that the majority of the marks don’t catch on to the fact that he has no idea what he’s talking about. Do you actually listen to what he says, or do you let him and the Old Media mesmerize you?

Reid in virtual tie with all GOP challengers [*4]

ObamaCare: Death Panels Are a Real Concern After All [*5]

Gulf Oil Spill & the “dominant narrative of Katrina” [*6]

Obama Votes ‘Present’ on Arizona Boycott, but Not on Tea Parties [*7]

“Kagan pursued two paths on ‘don’t ask’ at Harvard” [*8]

Denver Post Embargoes Own Scoop On White House Crime [*9]

Now Writers Can Self-Publish to iBooks [*10]

Cuccinelli on Obamacare Lawsuit: ‘We Are Doing What the Founders Expected’ [*11]

Ultimately, Cuccinelli said his legal challenge to Obamacare is more than a fight over government-run health care. He said America’s first principles are at stake.

“I don’t think in my lifetime we’ve seen one statute that so erodes liberty than this health care bill,” he said. “Certainly, we view our lawsuit as being not merely about health care. That’s actually secondary to the real important aspect of the case, and that is to protect the Constitution as we essentially define the outer limits of federal power. If we lose, it’s very much the end of federalism as we’ve known it for over 220 years.”

Deep Subduction of the Indian Continental Crust Beneath Asia [*12]

Discriminating Between Discriminations — There’s a simple, handy, easy guide to understanding what discrimination is acceptable, and what isn’t: if the discrimination is acceptable to a “progressive” (i.e. discrimination against whites–especially white males–or against devout Christians, or against people with property or wealth earned through free enterprise, or against people of any race, sex, religion, or carnal inclination who actually produce more than they consume, or indeed against people who simply want to be left alone to lead their lives the best that they can without “help” from those selfsame “concerned” “progressives”) then the discrimination is not discrimination at all, but simply “making things more fair.”

White House admits pushing Sestak to drop Senate bid [*13]

An iPhone for Verizon and Sprint: Dream On [*14]

The Making of an Oil Spill [*15] — A large share of the blame needs to be laid on those who forced BP to look for oil in mile-deep sea water, rather than in more easily worked coastal waters or indeed on the dry land of northern Alaska.

4 more ebooks by Ludwig von Mises [*16]

Sestak Statement [*17]

Has Bill Clinton Broken Federal Law? [*18]

California Uber Alles and the Dead Kennedys’ Coming Revival [*19]

Woman sues airline for leaving her asleep in seat [*20]

Book publishers agree change coming; details murky [*21]

In Their Own Words: CBO Admits Obamacare Unsustainable [*22]

New Rand Paul “scandal”: We shouldn’t have birthright citizenship for illegals [*23] — Actually, I believe that the United States is one of the very few countries in the world that does allow children born within its territory of criminal entrant parents to become citizens. So, by the test of Internationalism (i.e. What Would Europe Do?) then we should certainly scrap that relic of a past age, shouldn’t we? Of course, “progressives” have never been particularly known for intellectual consistency–other than the consistent assertion of whatever policy will make them feel good about themselves at that particular time.

Tavis Smiley: Christians Are Killing People Every Single Day [*24]

Record of Previous Answers Says Sestak and White House Are Coordinating In a Lie[*25]

Sestak speaks: Hey, no biggie [*26]

The Public Education Spending Binge Must Stop [*27] — Actually, I think you can edit that to “The public spending binge must stop.” We’re driving at maximum speed off of a very high cliff, and about to see if our late model automobile called The Economy can fly.

Oh boy: Obama proposed downsizing Coast Guard crisis center three months before spill [*28] — I predict this will quickly drop down the Old Media memory hole, if indeed it ever gets widely reported in the first place. It doesn’t fit the narrative, you see.

Mitt Romney’s main strategy in the GOP primaries of 2012 is to hammer Sarah Palin as “a quitter”. Message to Mittens: it’s not going to work [*29] — I think Mitt Romney will, in the run-up to the 2012 Republican primaries, be politically torn limb from limb by a very, very, very angry pack of Tea Partiers.

Wicked good: Royals bean Boston 12-5[*30]

Bill Clinton in the limelight, Part Two [*31] — Bubba is never happier than when the spotlight is on him.

South Dakotans among kings of road when it comes to smart drivers [*32]

Jacks to play ORU for title [*33]

Gadget Patrol: iPad [*34]

Magic v. Science: Doctor Who Part III [*35]

The Asher doctrine applied [*36]

Rush is right, says … Chris Matthews? [*37]

Don’t Panic [*38]

Throwing the polar bears under the bus [*39]

Necessary Secrets: A necessary review [*40]

Is Obama the New Cheney? [*41]

Libertarian Sci Fi Anyone? [*42]

How Whales Have Changed Over 35 Million Years [*43]

King Canute is in over his head — a mile deep! [*44]

Versus America [*45]

The passage of ObamaCare dispelled the myth of the moderate Democrat. The illusion of the patriotic Democrat died in their thunderous applause for Felipe Calderon. The Democrats obviously find more in common with this shadowy foreign ally than the people of Arizona… or the wider American population, which supports Arizona’s immigration law by lopsided majorities. Any sense of unconditional loyalty to the United States is obviously not distributed evenly across all fifty of them.

Sestak not eligible for unpaid position offered? [*46]

James O’Keefe Gives His Side [*47]

Destroyed by court order: The footage of a Landrieu staffer admitting the senator’s office had no problem with their phones [*48]

Arctic Ice Volume Has Increased 25% Since May, 2008 [*49]

Noonan: Where is the competence? [*50]

White House Sestak Story Doesn’t Pass The Smell Test [*51]

Uh-Oh: “Junk Shot” Fails; “Top Kill” Halted and Being Reevaluated [*52] — Oh, man. This may cut into Wile E. Obama’s basketball and golf practices . . .

Shocker: Court Destroyed Evidence That Landrieu’s Phones Were Working Fine, Just As O’Keefe Endeavored to Establish [*53]

Hi Neighbor! — Special Guest Commentary by the Sarah Palin Homunculus that Lives Inside Liberals’ Heads [*54]

Now where were we? Oh yes, Tina Fey. Now, just the other day Tina… umm… is everything all right? I mean, you have the strangest look in your subthalamus. Oh…! Oh, this. The bikini. Funniest thing. Turns out once I’m inside a liberal’s head, It’s like poof! Off with the clothes. I tell ya, it’s gotten to the point that I really don’t even notice it anymore. No, don’t be embarrassed or ashamed, most of your friends don’t even give me the bikini.

I guess that explains why Governor Palin finds it so easy to get and stay in their heads . . .

Afternoon Whip, May 29, 2010

Things have stacked up again . . . let’s get started:

Ye Olde Shell Game [*1]

The desire to remake America along the lines of a European-style welfare state is running into the hardest of all possible obstacles: the lack of money. Obama’s new national security stance sends the message that all available resources are going to be shifted to saving his domestic agenda or at least keeping the domestic economic troubles from spinning out of control. That will be problematic because cutting costs must run counter to the concept that government is a solution to ‘problems’. Cap and trade, immigration reform, a vast expansion of health entitlements by definition now become national security issues. At the very least they become political job security issues. Any sufficiently effective effort to create a prosperous economy will require Obama to liquidate his ’solution’s. But they are the point of his presidency, the goal of his legion of spoils-seekers. The President is in the impossible position of standing in his own way.

Or, shorter: We Are Out Of Money. We can’t afford all of the big shiny new government ideas and projects that Obama wants in order to remake America into a European-style social-democracy worker’s paradise. Hell, Europe can’t afford it. The only reason they’ve staggered along as long as they have is that they’ve hidden behind the shield of the American military from the various barbarians at the gates, from the Russians to the radical Islamists. The Europeans have partied hearty while we paid the bills in blood and treasure to try to keep the world somewhat civilized. But now, we look with naked envy at all the fun and frivolity the Europeans are having, and via Obama and the Democrats seem bound and determined to get a drink or two of what they’re having.

This will not end well. More Obama: Let me get back to you on our possibly felonious job offer to Joe Sestak [*2] — Dear Mr. Obama: When someone refers to you as a “piece of work” they are not being complementary. And you, Sir, are definitely a Piece of Work.

Obama on My Metro Pass [*3] — Dear Leader: a Piece of Work.

Obama: If You Think I Screwed Up On the BP Disaster, You’re Just Ignorant [*4] — So sayeth the Piece of Work . . . actually, no, I’ve reconsidered. Obama is not a Piece of Work. He’s Wile E. Coyote, Genius.

Bad news: Chris Matthews’s tingle finally ends [*5] — Hmm . . . “idiotic cerebral meritocracy” . . . has a certain ring to it . . . “letting the people who do things take over” sounds even better, however. Let’s review again the utter lack of executive or business experience Wile E. Obama brought to his current position, the one he’s so disastrously failing at . . .

Joe McGinniss’s Latest Rationale: The Palins’ Neighbor Made Me Do It. [*6] — Another apparent Piece of Work, and I’m not talking about the former Alaska Governor . . .

Go ask a native of Eastern Europe–the former Soviet Bloc, now experiencing freedom, and you’ll get an earful. If you think Tea Partiers are radical, you haven’t heard anything until you spend some time with people who lived under the Soviets, and now see the same damn thing happening to the West and especially the United States. They’ve seen it before. They’re seeing it again.

DISCLOSE my ass! [*7] — I will not submit.

Royal Society to review climate consensus position [*8]

Never-say-die Jacks win tourney opener [*9]

Not All the ‘Easy’ Oil is Gone Mr. President [*10]

Not all of it. He also could have noted that billions of barrels of “easily accessible” oil have been turned into “impossible to access” oil by federal regulations and moratoria that block any access. There is still a lot of non-deep sea oil available off the cost of California that can be accessed from onshore. And, don’t forget, there are the 10 billion barrels in ANWR. All of this oil has been placed completely off limits by federal regulations.

And so, it is logical then to affix at least a portion of the responsibility for the current disaster in the Gulf to the environmentalists, the “greens,” the “progressives,” the “renewable energy” zealots, and the Democrats who have blocked exploitation of easier-to-reach oil resources in the United States.

They did this to us–at least in part. They made BP go to mile-deep Gulf water to get the oil that we and the rest of the world still needs.

We need to work on new sources of energy–primarily fusion, IMHO. We need to build lots of new nuclear fission powerplants–and yes, we need a place to store the spent fuel (and so we recall that Obama cancelled the one best place in the U.S. we found to store the stuff–Yucca Mountain.) We need better batteries or fuel cells–energy storage devices–in order to make a transition from hydrocarbons. Wind and solar power will not be adequate replacements for oil any time soon, and may not ever be a complete replacement.

The left wants to sound serious about getting off of hydrocarbons. But they don’t advocate serious policies that will actually do that.

The ultimate stealth candidate [*11] — A cautionary note on Carly Fiorina . . .

Arizona on the aegean [*12]

Obama Revises History [*13] — It’s all the Road Runner’s fault, says Wile E. Obama . .

Passing The Buck Doesn’t “Plug the D#*! Hole” [*14] — Sarah Palin asks some good questions of Wile E. Obama:

. . . why did it take nine whole days before the administration asked the Department of Defense for help in deploying equipment needed for the extreme depth spill site?

Why was the expert group assembled by Energy Commissioner Steven Chu only set up three weeks after the start of this disaster?

Why was Governor Jindal forced more than a month after the start of the disaster[*15] to go on national television to beg for materials needed to tackle the oil spill and for federal approval to build offshore sand barriers that are imperative to protect his state’s coastline?

Why was no mention of the spill made by our President for days on end while Americans waited to hear if he grasped the import of his leadership on this energy issue?

Why have several countries and competent organizations who offered help or expertise in dealing with the spill not even received a response back from the Unified Area Command to this day[*16] ?

Links are in Palin’s original.

Frontier, Midwest Confusion (Trip Report) [*17]

Death Threat: “Liberal Tolerance” On Full Display [*18] — Sometimes people wonder why I cling to the thin veneer of anonymity on this blog . . . this kind of thing is why. But I may still “come out of the closet” as a Public Libertarian/Conservative one of these fine days. I’m still thinking about it, although I am not sure Snookums would appreciate a bunch of SEIU goons on our front lawn.

So You Think You Want to Commit Novel: the idea [*19]

On plotting and optimism [*20]

Pace–It’s not a race [*21]

Lost the plot: has the television serial run out of creative lebensraum? [*22] — Stargate Universe, in particular, is atrociously bad . . . and yet I keep watching . . .

SF and religion (If thy right hand…) [*23]

Don’t leave it to Cleaver: Last call [*24]

We believe that the congressmen’s story was a fabrication intended to defame the Tea Party movement and distract attention from the resistance to Obamacare. Not a single video corroborates it, despite Andrew Breitbart’s offer of a $100,000 reward to anyone producing such a video. And no independent journalist or other eyewitness has stepped forward to vouch for the congressmen’s story.

Given the involvement of Rep. Clyburn in promoting the story, the fabrication extends to the Democratic congressional leadership. It is a scandal that warrants the attention of the mainstream media, yet the story has languished and died.

In the past several installments of this series, a total of 17 in number, we posted correspondence — both our own and that of our readers — with McClatchy News investigative editor James Asher. (All previous installments can easily be accessed via the search engine in the right border.)

Many readers — persistent, articulate, informed and observant — forwarded their correspondence with Asher to us. This correspondence powerfully points out the deficiencies of the messages we posted from Asher. The common theme of his response to us and to our readers is Asher’s demand that a witness be produced to contradict McClatchy’s story. Asher simply ignores the several videos that belie McClatchy’s story far more effectively than any witness ever could. Asher obviously has no interest in examining the merits of the story.

The great 2007 ice crunch – it wasn’t just melt [*25]

Rumor: Justice Ginsburg to Retire [*26]

Polling the oil spill [*27]

Moody’s downgrades Northwest Missouri State University bond rating [*28] — Just a random blip in the news . . .

The Alleged Absence of Depressions under Totalitarianism [*29] — Perhaps because economies under totalitarian, socialist, or even “progressive” governments are permanently depressed . . . as Mises says:

Where there is no business at all, business can be neither good nor bad. There may be starvation, and famine, but no depression in the sense in which this term is used in dealing with the problems of a market economy. Where the individuals are not free to choose, they cannot protest against the methods applied by those directing the course of production activities.

Rush Limbaugh: I know I’ll be destroyed eventually: Radio giant fears not only for his life, but also his wealth, accomplishments [*30]

Detailed metabolic profile gives “chemical snapshot” of the effects of exercise [*31]

Exercise-associated changes were seen in more than 20 metabolites, reflecting processing of sugars, fats and amino acids as fuels as well as the body’s utilization of ATP, the primary source of cellular energy. Several changes involved metabolic pathways not previously associated with exercise, including increases in niacinamide, a vitamin derivative known to enhance insulin release.

2010 Panama Canal Cruise, part 15

The Panama Canal-Ft. Lauderdale to San Francisco-20-night Voyage, May 6-26, Regent Seven Seas Navigator

Text by Snookums, Pictures by Filbert

Part Fifteen

May 22 (Saturday, Day 18, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico) –

Sunrise, May 22

Filbert woke up at 5:45 AM in order to do some early sealife watching. He didn’t see anything other than a nice sunrise.

More after the jump . . . Our kayak and snorkel excursion left at 10AM. We were supposed to have a van transfer us to the beach but had to walk instead. The Mexican guide said it was about 1.5 blocks but we think he meant 1.5 kilometers. We made it just fine, but everyone was wondering about the van transfer that was supposed to have occurred. We got our kayaks and Judy paired up with Arwin, the casino manager. We were supposed to paddle to the El Arco rock formation (the famous Cabo arch) but instead got as far as Pelican Rock when the guide told us it was too rough. We beached our kayaks and then went snorkeling. Snookums put her wetsuit on and was still shocked by how cold the water was. The Sea of Cortez has COLD water and it literally took her breath away. Even with his half-Norwegian blood, Filbert was a little chilled. Both Snookums and Filbert were amazed when Judy went ahead and got all the way in the water and snorkeled, too. We snorkeled around Pelican Rock and the fish were larger than we had seen in Grand Cayman or in Huatulco and the water was a little murkier. Only about 1/5 of the group snorkeled since it was so cold. We got back in our kayaks and paddled back to the original beach. After we were all done the guide said that the rough water was hard to kayak in and that he was impressed that we all made it. We did get to take a van back to the pier which was nice. Then we shopped for Filbert’s Mexican shirt and found one. This one was white (compared to the first one which was cream) and we paid $28 for it. The vendor started at $44. The ones we saw at Sam’s Club yesterday were around $30 so we felt okay paying $28 for it.

Sisters at sea, in kayaks
Kayaks on beach (with bonus glamour shot of Snookums, at right–I didn’t do that on purpose, honest, hon!)
Pelicans on rocks
One of these fish is going the wrong direction
Lots of fish, murky water
The best fish picture of the snorkel
Bill, on his balcony, not blurry
The Mexican navy wants no incidents
Moon over Cabo

As we sailed away, we finally got to see the El Arco rock formation (the famous Cabo arch) that we were supposed to kayak to. Judy didn’t get to see it since she was at yoga. (Judy went to the 9AM and 5PM fitness classes most days which usually meant she did two sessions of Pilates, yoga or stretch & relax.) The wind started picking up and we left the balcony earlier than we would have liked to.

The Cabo arch

Snookums and Filbert were invited to join Paul Reynolds, Cruise Director, and Bill for dinner. We had a great time and around 9:25PM Bill happened to glance at his watch and announced the time. (We met Paul [and Bill] on our 30-day Hawaii/Tahiti cruise in 2005. Paul was onboard to figure out whether he wanted to be a cruise director or not. He decided he did and the rest is history.) Paul always introduces the 9:30 show so he had to hustle to Seven Seas Lounge in order to introduce the comedian, Tom Fletcher. We went to the show but walked out after three jokes since he was so bad. We went back to our suite to wait for the 10:30PM Liars Club. Unfortunately Snookums fell asleep and when Filbert woke her up to ask about going, she declined. Kayaking must have worn her out.

Next: San Diego, here we come!

2010 Panama Canal Cruise, part 14

The Panama Canal-Ft. Lauderdale to San Francisco-20-night Voyage, May 6-26, Regent Seven Seas Navigator

Text by Snookums, Pictures by Filbert

Part Fourteen

May 21 (Friday, Day 17, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, continued) –

Snookums gets nuzzled

Snookums, Filbert and Judy went on the “Sea Lion Encounter” shore excursion. We took a 30-minute bus ride to Cabo Adventures where they have dolphin and sea lion encounter. Snookums and Filbert swam with dolphins a few years ago in the Bahamas so this time we chose the sea lion adventure. Plus, Filbert does a great imitation of sea lions (and has even had the sea lions in San Francisco on Pier 39 answer in return!)

More after the jump . . . There were 10 of us that signed up for the sea lion encounter. Two sea lions, one of whom was pregnant and ready to deliver at any time, were in a small pool and we all got in and stood in the shallow end by the wall. The water was extremely cold and Snookums didn’t have her wetsuit, but she braved the frigid temps anyway. Judy thought the water was too cold and wasn’t too excited about interacting with sea lions so she sat on the side of the pool.

Filbert gets sea lion tongue (on left)
Everybody say aah!

We learned about sea lions and got to constantly pet them. Their flippers are very strong and frequently their flippers pushed up against Snookums when they turned to go the other direction and forced her closer to the wall. She was amazed at their strength. They also have “toes” and “toe nails” on their hind leg/flipper-thingies and that was neat to see. We were kissed by the sea lions and they jumped over us and other tricks were done, too, and the photographer took pictures of everything. (The photos were for sale — $25 for one or $99 for a CD of 10. We helped the economy by choosing the $99 deal.)

Group portrait
Snookums and the sea lion share a quiet moment

After our 30 minutes or so in the water it was time for the buffet lunch. It was pretty good and had an interesting assortment of food – delicious onion rings, chicken nuggets, cheese enchiladas, spaghetti, ham and cheese wraps, poblano pepper chicken, guacamole, chips, fresh fruit and a couple of desserts. Judy and Snookums really enjoyed the cheese enchiladas, guacamole and onion rings and Filbert liked the ham and cheese wraps and onion rings. We were sitting under a plastic roof and kept hearing strange noises. We looked up and could see feet and a long tail and realized that iguanas were above us. There was also a small aviary with tropical birds. Snookums let one of the birds kiss her and was very surprised that the bird actually had a tongue between its very long beak. Snookums also held the bird and it was quite heavy. Filbert wasn’t interested in a bird kiss or in holding the bird.

Buying pictures
Iguanas on the roof

When we got back to the pier we hurried back to our cabins for a quick change out of wet bathing suits so that we could go across the street to Sam’s, WalMart and the mall. Since Filbert has lost so much weight, he needs to replace his two heavyweight cotton shirts. We already got him one in Huatulco, but we’re still on the hunt for a second one. Sam’s Club actually had some, but not in his size. The Puerto Vallarta Sam’s Club looked pretty much like a US one and gave food samples, too. Judy and Snookums had a delicious two layer dessert that was moist, rich chocolate cake on the bottom and creamy flan on the top. Filbert didn’t partake due to his diet.

We then went to WalMart and didn’t find anything but had to spend time at the $13.90 peso store (like a dollar store) that was inside the WalMart. After that we went to the upscale mall that was basically deserted. The big department store had some shirts, but not the right color. After walking all around the mall, we decided to head back to the ship.

After leaving Puerto Vallarta, we were treated to one of the best dolphin spottings we’ve ever seen while at sea. The dolphins suddenly appeared, and they were everywhere. Fortunately, Filbert was out on the balcony, working on picking out photos for this journal. Unfortunately, that means that the dolphins took him by complete surprise. They were mostly playing in the stern wave of the Navigator, leaping and splashing and generally looking like they were having way too much fun. There were a couple of dozen of them at least and they frolicked around the ship for at least five full minutes. Mom enjoyed watching them and Dad decided he needed to come outside, too. (Our cabins were next to each other which also meant our balconies were, too.) However, Dad put his hand on the sliding glass door while it was not in a locked, open position and when it moved unexpectedly, he also moved unexpectedly. That meant that he went “thud” on the balcony. Snookums ran next door and found that he was okay and ended up with some slight bruising on his arms and a little black eye. Filbert showed him the dolphins on the camera, so he got to see them, too.

Dolphins! (3 pictures)

After dinner, which Filbert didn’t attend due to his diet (and that meant that every waiter had to ask where he was!), Mom, Dad and Judy attended Marty Henne’s show called “Songs you Know by People you Don’t” and said it was fantastic.

Next: Kayaks in Cabo!