Friday: Hili dialogue (and Mietek monologue)

May 29, 2020 • 6:30 am

We’ve reached the end of another dreary week, heading into a weekend that we can’t distinguish from the work week. Yes, it’s Friday, May 29, 2020, and National Biscuit Day, celebrating a uniquely American comestible. No other country has biscuits, and no, scones are not biscuits, though they have their own charm. Another food holiday today: World Coq au Vin Day. (Appropriately, it’s also World Digestive Health Day.)

Here are some biscuits with country ham (the kosher kind). Doesn’t that make you hungry? (The raspberries, of course, are completely superfluous.)

Finally, it’s End of the Middle Ages Day.  Why? As Checkiday notes:

Many historians consider May 29, 1453, to be the date on which the Middle Ages ended. It was on this date that Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, fell to the Ottoman Empire, after being under siege for almost two months. With the fall of the capital, the Byzantine Empire ended as well. Following the fall, Byzantine scholars left Constantinople and Greek culture began being studied outside of the area of the old empire. Learning based on classical Greek sources was revived and it helped bring on the Renaissance.

News of the Day: After the horrible death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, apparently suffocated in police custody, demonstrations and protests have spread across the country, some violent and including looting and a police station set on fire. All of us have seen the video, and the officers involved, who have been fired, should surely be indicted for murder. Floyd was not resisting arrest. Yet prosecutors haven’t yet decided to charge anybody. I believe those charges will be brought, as the police committed what looks like an out-and-out homicide. On the other hand, while peaceful protests are warranted, there’s no excuse for arson, rioting, and looting.

And Jebus, Trump signed an executive order trying to clamp down on social-media companies after Twitter fact-checked (and “asterisked”) two of his questionable tweets about mail-in voting. CNN reports:

The executive order tests the boundaries of the White House’s authority. In a long-shot legal bid, it seeks to curtail the power of large social media platforms by reinterpreting a critical 1996 law that shields websites and tech companies from lawsuits. But legal experts on both the right and the left have raised serious concerns about the proposal. They say it may be unconstitutional because it risks infringing on the First Amendment rights of private companies and because it attempts to circumvent the two other branches of government.

What a damn infant he is!

Today’s reported Covid-19 death toll  The U.S. toll is now 101,635, and it may, after a while, approach the 200,000 figure once considered impossible. The world death toll is now 360,039.

Stuff that happened on May 29 includes:

  • 1886 – The pharmacist John Pemberton places his first advertisement for Coca-Cola, which appeared in The Atlanta Journal.

Here’s that ad, reproduced on GeorgiaInfo:

As someone once said, Coca-Cola and onions are two food items that are cheap and common, but people would pay lots of money to get them if they were rare.

There has been some controversy about Eddington’s results and their conflicts with other contemporary observations (these were made during a solar eclipse, looking for shifts in the apparent positions of stars). However, the theory was confirmed in a redo in 1979 and later.  Here’s a brief video about Eddington’s experiment:

Here are Hillary and Norgay after their successful climb:

  • 1973 – Tom Bradley is elected the first black mayor of Los Angeles, California.
  • 1999 – Space Shuttle Discovery completes the first docking with the International Space Station.

Notables born on this day include:

  • 1736 – Patrick Henry, American lawyer and politician, 1st Governor of Virginia (d. 1799)
  • 1874 – G. K. Chesterton, English essayist, poet, and playwright (d. 1936)
  • 1903 – Bob Hope, English-American actor, singer, and producer (d. 2003)
  • 1914 – Tenzing Norgay, Nepalese-Indian mountaineer (d. 1986)
  • 1917 – John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States (d. 1963)
  • 1932 – Paul R. Ehrlich, American biologist and author
  • 1956 – La Toya Jackson, American singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1958 – Annette Bening, American actress

Those who began playing the harp on May 29 incude:

  • 1829 – Humphry Davy, English-Swiss chemist and academic (b. 1778)
  • 1911 – W. S. Gilbert, English playwright and poet (b. 1836)
  • 1951 – Fanny Brice, American singer and comedian (b. 1891)

Here’s Fanny Brice singing one of her trademarks songs, “My Man,” in 1938, which she made famous in the Ziegfeld Follies. It was originally a French song called “Mon Homme.”

And here’s Barbra playing Fanny Brice in the 1968 movie Funny Girl, singing the song right after she’s parted form her love, the gambler Nicky Arnstein. This is a truly remarkable performance and an amazing piece of acting as she transitions from incoherent sadness to defiance:

  • 1972 – Moe Berg, American baseball player, coach, and spy (b. 1902)
  • 1979 – Mary Pickford, Canadian-American actress, producer, and screenwriter, co-founded United Artists (b. 1892)
  • 1998 – Barry Goldwater, American general, activist, and politician (b. 1909)
  • 2010 – Dennis Hopper, American actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1936)
  • 2017 – Manuel Noriega, Panamanian general and politician, Military Leader of Panama (b. 1934)

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili has a hard choice to make:

Hili: The night is coming and a decision has to be taken – a warm bed or hunting.
A: And?
Hili: Serious decisions require long thought.
In Polish:
Hili: Idzie noc i trzeba podjąć decyzję – ciepłe łóżko czy polowanie.
Ja: I co?
Hili: Poważne decyzje wymagają długiego namysłu.

And Mietek speaks—about food, of course:

Mietek: Good morning. What are we having for breakfast?
In Polish: Dzień dobry. Co mamy na śniadanko?

A funny photo from Bruce Thiel:

From reader Pliny the in Between’s site The Far Corner Cafe, where he presents “Mount Blushmore”!

From Jesus of the Day we have a painful d*g confession:


Titania has a new piece out on POGs:

From Ken, who notes, “During this time of national health and economic crisis, it’s comforting to know that Fox News host Laura Ingraham can devote a segment of her show to the crucial issue whether Joe Biden broke wind in his basement.”

Tweets from Matthew. I think Matthew’s not correct though, as “I beat COVID” probably means that Trump escaped infection in India.

Indeed! Did you know there were amphibious millipedes? I didn’t.

Well here’s a zinger:

Now this makes no sense at all! Why Danny Devito?

Matthew calls this bizarre and worrying, but I’ll add that to me it’s also infuriating. I refuse to give up my aloha shirts because a pack of morons has decided that they’re symbol of their own white supremacy. Look how convoluted was the creation of this association between nativists and aloha shirts, which you can learn about by reading the whole thread.

The thread identifies this as the Aussie bird the grey-crowned babbler (Pomatostomus temporalis). And this one loves to play!

17 thoughts on “Friday: Hili dialogue (and Mietek monologue)

  1. Some may look at the George Floyd story and wonder – Minnesota? However, the bigotry and prejudice in this country goes into the whitest places as well.

  2. I agree with your analysis of what is going on in Minneapolis. The cops should be charged with homicide and soon. The riots, arson, and looting (as opposed to peaceful protest) are acts of sheer stupidity. I doubt that most of the arsonists (probably a very small percent of the protestors) did their acts out of anger to what happened to George Floyd. Several of the stores torched were important to the people who lived in the neighborhood. What happened in Minneapolis last night is reminiscent of what happened after Dr. King was assassinated. Now, as then, we can expect a backlash, this time orchestrated by Trump. Last night, I watched MSNBC and CNN coverage of the riots. I didn’t hear a word of condemnation of the arson. This may very well result in the right-wing having another opportunity to attack “liberal” media. Trump will be the big winner out of this incident.

    So, the nation is now experiencing a pandemic, economic collapse, and riots. Can it get any worse? The good times are over for years, maybe decades. I despair for the young people.

    1. Please. We sit here on this site and condemn poor journalism all the time. To say why didn’t the news people condemn the rioting? That is not there job. So if you think that is a plus for Trump, you are probably right.

      1. If you watch CNN and MSNBC (which I believe you do),particularly in the evening, you will note that everything the hosts do is to give opinions. Whether or not you consider this journalism is irrelevant;opinion giving is their means to attract an audience.

        In 1968, Nixon ran as a law and order candidate. This probably helped him win. Trump will attempt to use these riots for political advantage. Liberals should make it clear that they differentiate between riots and peaceful protest. The media is the means to do this.

        1. I know exactly what they are doing on MSNBC and mostly what they do on CNN. On MSNBC the evening shows as you say are specific to commentators, such as Maddlow or O’Donnell. Most of the time they are doing political commentary. However, sometimes as actual news is happening they break away and cover it, such as the events in Minnesota. At that time, live on TV, they are covering an event, NEWS. Maybe you do not see the difference but there is a difference. Now, if tomorrow or next week they refer back to this event during commentary, they might inject all kinds of opinion.

          Some cable channels do both, even Fox attempts to do both, they just do a damn poor job of both.

    1. A Greek proverb quoted by Pliny (1st century ad) in allusion to the belief that Africa abounded in strange …”

      Wait till they get a load of Australia …

  3. Country ham:

    My honorary Uncle Rutherford, who tested ordnance trajectories for the Navy and taught me thie basics of the internal combustion engine, always referred to Smithfield ham as country ham. Once long long ago he went along with the rest of the family to a church benefit picnic way up in the country in Western Maryland. Lovely setting, white church under big oak trees with stout farm-looking women serving the food from a long table. One of them was carving a ham. UR says, “Oh, boy, is that country ham?” To which she replied, “I don’t rightly reckon they grow them in the city, mister.”

  4. On the lighter side, those biscuits look great. Wish i had read hili dialog before i made breakfast…would have whipped up some biscuits with butter for national biscuit day. Will celebrate a day late tomorrow morning. Thanks for the heads up.

  5. A POG? Is that a cross between a pig and a hog?

    I’m not actually having a go at overweight people, more at the inventors of clumsy and unfortunate-sounding acronyms. Didn’t it ever occur to them that it resembles unflattering epiphets for their subject? ‘Pog’ even *sounds* clumsy and rather indelicate, as do many short words that start with ‘p..’
    Whoever came up with the euphemism ‘People of .. whatever’ was setting political correctness up for a series of own goals, I think.


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