Your Holler Friends~

Check out the critters who dropped by The Holler in the last week or so.

Grosbeaks are building nests all over Hollerdom.
Red winged blackbirds are new arrivals and are hopefully nesting too.
The orioles own the place, and their distinctive hanging nests are up and going.

Yep, we put out a snoopy toddler pool for wildlife watering.
Wily E. sniffed it a bit and helped himself mid-day, soon after we filled it! Cheeky wily one.

Osprey came to check out all the action.
Maybe he followed the bald eagle.

One Ceanothus Moth typically shows up each year, usually in May. This one was early and had a five-inch wingspan!
Cheers to your from your Holler critter friends~

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I Got A Flu!

The wonderful Toothsome is back for us all to share – but where has she been, I wonder. xx

allaboutlemon-All Around, In, And Out Of My Own Universe

I am experimenting my comic strips here.  hehehe
Curious, who this Mac Giggles is?  Well, he is one of my blogger friends in Word Press who always make me laugh every time he writes me a comment.  You can check his blog here: Mark Armstrong Illustration

And I got his comic name from Linda Vernon who is also a funny woman, check her funny blog here:  Linda Vernon

So there you know that I am also a funny woman 🙂

Click Toothsome to meet her co-toons!  graphic comments-Funny Graphics

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It’s Final and It’s Clinton and Trump

Beyond the Cusp

Sure it is still possible for Cruz/Kasich or Bernie Sanders to steal the limelight with the teaming up of Cruz/Kasich to temporarily stop Trump or for Bernie to turn the world on its head and win the nomination outright, but pigs have a better chance of flying. So we may as well face it that the United States election will place a criminal against an egotistical buffoon. Such a choice will likely produce the smallest turnout for a Presidential election in American history with over half the eligible voters blowing off the election out of sheer disinterest. The election will be won by whichever of the two candidates sickens their base less than the other. Call it the election where large portions will be voting for the one that makes them less ill. The question must seriously be looked at as to what each Presidency would look like and what…

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UK’s Labour Party, in thrall to Islamic supremacists, has “serious anti-Semitism problem”

The Labour Party has a “serious problem” with anti-Semitism, a senior Labour peer has warned.

Lord Levy told BBC Newsnight he believed anti-Semitism existed across the political divide, but it seemed “more prominent” within Labour.

It follows the party’s decision to suspend MP Naz Shah from the party over comments about Israel on social media, pending an investigation.

Ms Shah has made a “profound apology” in the Commons for her remarks.

The MP for Bradford West has been widely criticised for Facebook posts she made before she became an MP, in which she suggested, among other things, that Israel should be moved to the United States.


On This Week’s Episode of ‘Broad City,’ Abbi Invites Her Tinder Matches

There are certain youthful memories that transcend the past in a way that makes it appear to have been impossibly perfect. This perfection of the past, especially if it occurs in a foreign language, corrects for immigrant anxieties and also compensates for exilic losses.

In the spring of 1985, when the events described here occurred, the political situation in the Soviet Union hardly promised any quick changes of fortune. The “rule of corpses”—Brezhnev’s latter years followed by Andropov’s brief stint on the Soviet throne—had ended in March 1985 with the passing of Konstantin Chernenko. The 54-year-old power-hungry Mikhail Gorbachev had just been elected general secretary of the Communist Party, and his grip on power was still tenuous.

I remember a particularly fine Sunday morning in April of 1985, one of those liberating mornings in Moscow when everybody knows that winter is over. At the time I was a freshman at Moscow University, a kid from a family of veteran Jewish refuseniks. My friend Maxim Mussel (aka “Krolik=Rabbit”), now a marketing guru and a mobile filmmaker, was then a sophomore at the Moscow Electrotechnical Institute of Communications (nicknamed “Institute of Liaisons”). I left the USSR almost 30 years ago; Krolik is still living in Moscow—not far from the old haunts of our raw Soviet youth.


U.S. at Easter: When Christians Are Slaughtered, Look the Other Way

Boko Haram, the Nigerian Islamic extremist group, has killed more people in the name of jihad than the Islamic State (ISIS), according to the findings of a new report. Since 2000, when twelve Northern Nigerian states began implementing or more fully enforcing Islamic sharia law, “between 9,000 to 11,500 Christians” have been killed. This is “a conservative estimate.”

In addition, “1.3 million Christians have become internally displaced or forced to relocate elsewhere,” and “13,000 churches have been closed or destroyed altogether.” Countless “thousands of Christian businesses, houses and other property have been destroyed.”

The report alludes to a number of other factors that connect the growth of the Nigerian jihad to the growth of the global jihad. The rise of anti-Christian, Islamic supremacism

“did not emerge in Northern Nigeria until the 1980s, when Nigerian scholars and students returned from Arabic countries influenced by Wahhabi and Salafist teaching. Each year, thousands of West African Muslims get free scholarships to pursue their studies in the Sunni Arab countries; this has had a major impact on Nigerian culture.”

This “major impact” is not limited to Nigeria. Saudi Arabia annually spends over $100 billion disseminating “Wahhabi and Salafist teaching” — or what growing numbers of Muslims refer to as “true Islam”. They also do so through European mosques and those in the United States. Behind the radicalization of ISIS, Boko Haram, and Lone Wolf Muslims, stand America’s best Muslim friends and allies.


Shakespeare and Cervantes Both Died 400 Years Ago This Week. Which of the Two Might Have Been Jewish?

This week marks 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare, so of course everyone is scrambling to find a Jewish connection. Don’t misunderstand, there are some good ones: From his maybe-Jewish maybe-muse to lots and lots and lots of discussions of Shylock. But in all the excitement, perhaps we have forgotten that it’s not only the Bard’s quadricentennial yahrtzeit.

There is historical evidence that Shakespeare actually died the same exact day as Miguel de Cervantes, the Spanish author of Don Quixote, widely considered one of the most influential novelists of all time. There’s no way to be sure, given Spain and England’s different calendars at the time, but the deaths of two giant contributors to their respective languages were definitely close, and they both deserve accolades.

Besides, unlike Shakespeare, Cervantes may have had Jewish ancestry.

Yes, by the time Cervantes was born the Jews had been kicked out of Spain for over fifty years, but there is some evidence to suggest that he was descended from conversos, Jews who accepted Christianity to avoid persecution. These reasons include denial of a visa to the “New World,” often the fate of members of historically Jewish families, and a name that comes from the word for “deer,” at a time when Jewish names were often taken from animals. Besides, Cervantes, the son of a surgeon, would not be the only “New Christian” to join the ranks of Spanish intelligentsia; many former “heathens” contributed greatly to Spanish culture.


Socialism Works Until You Run Out of Other People’s Money, Then All Money

Margaret Thatcher famously said that Socialism works until you run out of other people’s money. Venezuela has run out of money. Period.

The speaker of Venezuela’s opposition-controlled National Assembly said Wednesday the legislature cannot pay lawmakers or employees because the government has failed to allocate its budget.

Leading opposition figure Henry Ramos Allup told journalists the legislature has run out of money, the latest victim of the crisis gripping the recession-racked country.

“There’s no money to pay salaries this month… because the government isn’t sending us the funds,” he said.

“Lawmakers and employees should know that if we can’t issue their paychecks, they should go to the finance ministry and the presidential palace to collect their salaries,” he added sarcastically.