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Wednesday, November 03, 2021

So Liz at Breakfast of Losers had her baby, Sophia Sofia, this weekend.

Not only that, she had it on Halloween. First thought is that it might suck while growing up, as it does if your birthday is on or near Christmas. But actually, if your birthday is going to coincide with any holiday, Halloween’s the one. Consider: All the candy you get during your trick-or-treating doesn’t actually count toward your birthday loot; so not only do you load up on the sweets, the day is topped by a bunch of presents! Plus, you get to dress up in a crazy costume for part of the day.

The downside? I suppose you run the risk of becoming enamoured of Satanism. Heck, it’s worth it.

Congratulations, Liz. Grow her up right.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 11/03/2021 11:44pm
Category: Bloggin'
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So tomorrow is the quarter-century anniversary of the Iranian hostage crisis. It was an event that served as a many-layered historic passageway: From the rollicking 1970s to the more conservative ’80s; the final flowering of American liberalism and subsequent rejuvenation of its conservativism; the end of relative Middle Eastern stability and the dawn of radical Islamism.

The timing is just right: I just received a book dealing with this time period.

I was but a wee lad of 8 when the Iranian crisis went down, but I have distinct memories of it, particularly the final stages. Why? It just so happens that when the hostages’ release was secured, their homecoming was set for Stewart Airfield, now known as Stewart International Airport. I grew up a few miles away from Stewart.

When word got out that the hostages were coming to town, we knew we were in for a big media circus. The day of the arrival, a couple of friends and I attempted to ride our bikes into Stewart and be a part of the action. Our biggest aspiration for the day was to just get on TV. I think we only made it to one of the airfield’s outer fences, from where we could see absolutely nothing. Fame would have to wait for another day…

It’s hard to imagine the frenzy the hostage situation created back then. It was still the Cold War era, and the notion that you or your loved ones could be nabbed by fundamentalist fanatics halfway around the world was just another layer of anxiety in an already worrisome world. Even as a kid, I felt it was overblown — if you were daft enough to travel to the Mideast, you were already taking your chances. As further hostage crises raged throughout the ’80s, I looked forward to the end of the phenomenon. By the ’90s, it had indeed run its course as an effective political ploy in the terror game.

Nowadays, hostage-taking in the Middle East doesn’t garner anywhere near the same reaction. Have we just hardened ourselves? Or have the stakes risen to the point where hostages aren’t as valuable as bargaining chips?

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 11/03/2021 10:27pm
Category: Political, Society
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What’s the latest craze to sweep America’s heartland? Why, it’s cornhole, of course.

Cornhole may very well be a sanctioned sport, with proscribed rules of play. But in my ‘hood, it’s not the type of game I’d play.

And people wonder why I always make fun of Midwesterners.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 11/03/2021 09:50pm
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Can’t bear the thought of enduring four more years? Thinking about a run for the border? Think again, says Canada:

“You just can’t come into Canada and say ‘I’m going to stay here’. In other words, there has to be an application. There has to be a reason why the person is coming to Canada,” said immigration ministry spokeswoman Maria Iadinardi.

So if one NAFTA partner shuts the door, do a 180 and head south, down Mexico way. Think about it: Where would you rather ride out the next four years, frigid Saskatoon or sunny Cancun? That’s what I thought.

If you don’t want to risk Montezuma’s revenge, you can always opt for Europe.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 11/03/2021 09:39pm
Category: Political
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And I’m up while the dawn is breaking
Even though my heart is aching
I should be drinking a toast to absent friends
Instead of these comedians

- Elvis Costello, “The Comedians”, 1984

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 11/03/2021 05:08pm
Category: General
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