Archive | May 7, 2015

Father’s Day 2015 — For 4th Time Since 1990 Will Be On The Summer Solstice (Northern).

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> 2014 Summer Solstice.
>> Fremont Solstice Festival 2014.
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Summer Solstice 2013
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>> Google Solstice Doodles.

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fathersdaysolsticeTeischan, my 9-year old, pointed this out last night — Father’s day will be (as she calls it) on the first day of Summer. She is into things like that, and I am glad.

Got me thinking as to how often this happens — like Easter and Passover on the same weekend.

Father’s Day, in the United States, is on the third Sunday of June. It was first celebrated in the U.S. in 1910. It was officially recognized as a holiday, by President Nixon, in 1972. Mother’s Day started c. 1870.

The Summer solstice occurs between June 20 and June 22.

June 22nd is one day out to ever be the third Sunday. But, Father’s Day can and will fall on a June 20 or 21st.

I went and checked it from 1990 to 2020.

2020 is interesting. Father’s Day is on June 21 BUT the Solstice is on June 20.

So this is the last conjunction for a while.

Enjoy. Happy Father’s Day. Happy Summer Solstice — though it is MY LEAST favorite day of the year. As of the Summer Solstice days start getting SHORTER. To me that is NOT the start of Summer. That is the start of Winter. I revel in the Winter Solstice. To me that is the start of Summer.

Don’t forget the Fremont, Seattle, Washington State Summer Fair takes place on the Solstice. 


Does Ed Miliband, Next Presumptive U.K. PM, Have Any Indian In Him?

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Doodle for 2015 U.K. elections.

++ Scottish referendum results.
++ Scottish referendum. …


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Ed Miliband’s early bio from Wikipedia. Click to ENLARGE and read here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Miliband to access original.


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Given that I didn’t see much U.K. TV until I got SkyNews via my Roku 3 and BBC News (for awhile) via DirecTV during the last few months, I had not seen much of Ed Miliband or even know who he was.

The very first time I saw him, during PM’s Question Time, I just ASSUMED that he must have had an Indian parent! Would not be at all unusual in multiracial Britain. From then on each and every time I would see him I would be struck by his Indian appearance. With the elections looking it struck me that he could be the first Indian PM of the U.K. Not a bad thing at all and I, for one, would be delighted, though I am, of course, not an Indian (and have never been good looking or smart enough to be one). The other night I was forced to go check his parentage on Wikipedia. (See above) I was very surprised. But that, as we all know, means diddly.

It is as with Prince Harry — and I am no stranger to James Hewitt. I can never look at an image of Harry and NOT be reminded of James. As a Web acquaintance once said, you would have to be very drunk and be squinting in a special way NOT to see the resemblance.

It is possible with Miliband that the Indian connection could be from an earlier generation.

Am I the ONLY one who sees the Indian?

I also just had an e-mail from the U.K. saying that, if ‘elected’, he would be the first atheist PM. I checked. He has never said he was an atheist. He claimed to be a Jewish atheist — and I am adding that to my favorite list of oxymorons. You can’t be Jewish and an atheist. You could be ‘born Jewish’ and an atheist. AND if you were just wondering Benjamin Disraeli, as attested by his name was born Jewish, converted to Anglicanism at 12. And NO there have been no Catholic PMs. But, of course, we have had a female PM.


Pope Francis’ Edict To Forgive Abortion Will NOT Sit Well With Many U.S. Catholics — Cardinals Already In Rebuttal Mode.

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Some Related Posts (click to access):
* Coming U.S. via Cuba.
* Peace with nuns, riles Cubans.
* Visits by popes to the U.S.
* Prior Pope – U.S. President Meetings.

>> Francis has dig at gay marriage.
>> Francis nixes gay French ambassador.

Pope Francis co-writes song.
† Appointment of Juan Barros in Chile.
Francis does NOT shelter the homeless!
† Weak Francis chokes re. Keith O’Brien.

Francis says the darnest things 

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Click to access original from IBT.


While, of course, it will make some extremely happy, this, as you can easily imagine, will NOT sit well with conservative U.S. Catholics. This is a firm slap in the face to the Church’s supposed sanctity of human life. This pope is again reveling in being a maverick for the sake of being a maverick.

It also highlights the arbitrariness of Catholic sin. Suddenly, for a year, it is no longer a sin. What rank nonsense is this?

Check this to see how some cardinals are already rebutting the ol’ pope.


Recycled, Simple Google Doodle For United Kingdom Parliamentary Elections May 7, 2015.

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Last Google Doodles:
>> Nellie Bly 151st.
>> Bartolomeo ‘Piano’ Cristofori.

++ Scottish referendum results.
++ Scottish referendum. …

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Click images to access the Google Doodles.

Permanent access, independent of date,
provided via the Google Doodle Archive.

Just shown in the U.K.


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Click to access rather good Wikipedia summary of the election.


I have, in marked contrast to my intense agitation leading up to the Scottish referendum last September, have remained quite ambivalent about this election — though I have been following it, in somewhat desultory manner, on SkyNews (on my Roku) and occasionally in the U.K. Daily Mail. The real issue is that I feel chagrined that I can’t vote — only being able to do so, as I am due, if I get over there for the election. I miss voting in elections. I have, in all my life, only voted in Britain — and while there I did so diligently without once missing a election or referendum. Yes, I am proud to say even 40 years later that I was one of the 2% that voted ‘NO’ in the 1975 ‘should we join the European Union’ referendum.

In addition, now that we averted the Scottish Independence nightmare I am not that concerned about U.K. politics — given that it is rarely ever as ugly, bitter and decisive as things tend to get over here. Plus the ‘red v. blue’ line is not as marked. Though I have been quite the Democrat since ‘Shrub’ declared his disastrous war, and want the White House to stay in safe Democrat hands for another 8 years, I have no qualms about David Cameron, though he is a Conservative. He is not rabid. He is quite sensible and sane. Plus there is the fact that I was a ‘right of Margaret Thatcher‘ conservative for well over two decades of my life. For reasons I still cannot put a finger on ‘Ed Miliband‘ does not ring true to me and it cannot be just his beliefs. More on that in another post. Furthermore, he, to me, looks Indian. Have you noticed that.

Hung parliament. Never a pleasant prospect. So lets wait and see what comes to pass.


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