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I Will MISS Elijah Cummings — He Was A MAN.

by Anura Guruge

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I was shocked. I was even more shocked when I discovered that he was only 68-years old! Just 2-years older than I.

I saw him on TV just a few days ago — and it might have been a clip from late Summer. He was walking into a hearing using a walker. Surprised I. I had not realized that he had been infirm. But, I also thought he was older than 68.

He was QUITE the MAN.

Somebody, and we all know who, should do his utmost, if he is capable, of not criticizing or denigrating this great man, in his death, as he has done with John McCain, another national hero. Mr. Cummings was loved and respected across the spectrum. As with John McCain people will not take kindly to any disrespect for him. At tragic loss. We should honor his legacy and try to learn from it.

Thank YOU, Mr. Cummings

by Anura Guruge

I Take Back All The Bad Things I Called Jeff Flake Over The Last 48-Hours.

by Anura Guruge

Well, well, well.

I saw the elevator incident, this morning, LIVE. You should have heard what I was calling him. Those that know me know that I rarely, if ever, swear. I weaned myself off it, cold-turkey, when I was 21 because I would hardly speak a sentence without a swear word in it. Just because I don’t swear doesn’t mean I don’t know how to, or have a colourful repertoire.

I am glad that Jeff Flake, FINALLY, did the right thing.

To BUTCHER Mark Twain: “Always do the right thing if you are Senator. This will gratify MILLIONS and astonish the rest“.

Jeff Flake, TODAY, at the 11th hour, you did good. You can, again, hold your head up high. John McCain would be proud of YOU. Not sure what he will make of his buddy Lindsey ‘Bloody’ Graham.

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Videos Of ‘Blue Angels’ Missing-Man Fly By At John McCain’s Funeral!

by Anura Guruge

‘Missing Man’ fly by is always special — evocative and cool.

I heard they were going to do one for John McCain and I wanted to see it. I knew I could find at least one video on YouTube. I found these three on YouTube and wanted to share with you.

Wow. I checked the ‘Blue Angels’ Website. They have issues. It is way out-of-date. Not what I expected.

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Just As I Feared Callous Donald J. Trump Played Golf During John McCain’s Funeral!

by Anura Guruge

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Make America Decent AGAIN!

I was hoping against hope that he would NOT do it. He would have some sense and some decorum. Alas NO.

What a shame.

It makes him look even worse than he is — and that takes some doing.

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Just Have A Hunch That Donald J. Trump Will Be Out Golfing During John McCain’s Funeral.

by Anura Guruge

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I HOPE I am wrong. But, I just have this hunch. It is a long, holiday-weekend. Trump will hit the links.

I can’t find where he will be spending the weekend. I doubt whether it is the White House and even if it is, he goes out to his golf clubs in Virginia.

The only thing that can save us is rain, but we don’t want it to rain on John McCain’s parade. [I gather it rained quite hard when his body was being taken to the Capitol on Friday.]

This is NOT going to look good!


I HOPE I don’t have to remind you that he did GOLF during dear Barbara Bush’s funeral! That was idiotic.

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Oh How I Wish John McCain Had Donated His Body To Science.

by Anura Guruge

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Click to access my post from nearly 5-years ago.

Click to access the Harvard program.

I have never understood WHY people want to be buried, cremated or fed to the vultures. To I, donating your body to science makes so much more sense.

In this post, from October 2013, I detail how my adoptive grandfather served as the inspiration for this. He was quite the man.

Yes, John McCain has given to others more than most.

But, I wonder if he ever thought about this. It would have been such a GREAT final flourish. His last act of heroism. And he would have been such an example. People would have taken notice.

I would not expect it from Aretha Franklin, of the gaudy, tacky Golden casket. She was an exceptional talent, but I am not sure whether anybody has used ‘cerebral’ as an adjective related to her.

Anywho …

Please think about this. It is painless. That I can promise you.

Thank YOU.

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by Anura Guruge


I Second (& Third) Jimmy Kimmel Re. Senator John McCain Being A Hero — Again & AGAIN.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. Jimmy & Joan Kimmel on Twitter a few minutes ago.

I used to be HUGE fan of John McCain — and now I am BACK to being a HUGE fan.

He was a hero and of that there could never be any doubt. That the DOTARD got away with questioning Senator McCain’s hero status and still got elected President — to I, says a LOT about the American psyche.

I had the honor of meeting Senator McCain — 17 years ago, during his 2000 Presidential bid. My son, Matthew, 7-years old at the time, taking my lead, was also a big McCain fan. One Monday morning in February 2000 McCain was scheduled to speak at the Gilford Fire Station. I lived in Gilford at the time. I kept Matthew home that day so we could go see McCain.

We went early in the morning — and it was COLD. There might have been 80 people there, Matthew by far the youngest. He got himself right up to the front and watched McCain — TRANSFIXED.

And now for the NEAT part.

When he finished speaking the FIRST thing McCain did was come up to Matthew and KNEEL DOWN! Yes, he knelt down and talked with Matthew and gave him his autograph. It was total silence in the room. Everybody just watched. I was SO proud and happy.

Then came Elián González the then 7-year old Cuban boy. Elián was the same age as Matthew, and like Elián dad, I too was divorced and only had joint-custody of Matthew. This is where John McCain and I could NOT see eye to eye. As far as I was concerned — and it is still the case — a FATHER’s rights are paramount. Nothing can get in the way of that. IF the father wanted Elián back in Cuba — that had to be THE LAW. So, that was when I ceased to be as fond of John McCain.

But, I will NOW forgive him.

Bravo, Senator McCain. YOU are the MAN. The ETERNAL hero.

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NH Highland Games At Loon, 2012: The Featured Band Is ‘Carnegie Mellon University Pipes & Drums’

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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The Strathclyde Police Pipe Band that regaled us at the 1999 Loon Highland Games. No they, nor any Grade 1 bands, will be there in 2012.

It took me awhile to find the ‘Featured Band‘ for 2012 mainly because I was not expecting it to be a University band. I am going to keep an open mind and wish them well. Yes, I went and read up about them. They have a new Piping Director from Northern Ireland, Andrew Carlisle, who is highly ranked and looks very promising. I am looking forward to seeing and hearing him.

All this said, I am a tad disappointed and frustrated and as is my wont when I am like that, I did some research last night. Here is a complete list of the pipe bands at the 2012 games as published on their Web site [and I am not sure whether they meant to include the not-so-generous travel stipends that are being doled out]. Notice that there is not a single Grade 1, i.e., top-tier, band. Carnegie Mellon (CMU) is ranked as a Grade 4 band, though some of my Web research indicated that they might have got up to Grade III on some occasions.

Queen’s Piper Jim Motherwell that lit up the 1998 Games. What a MAN.

Over the last few years I had a sneaking feeling that we were getting short changed by the organizers of the Highland Games when it came to the bands and the performers. So, yesterday I went looking for my old programs from past games, because I remember enjoying PROFESSIONAL regimental bands from the U.K. In 1999 we had the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band. In 1998 we had the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders. In 1998 we also had two Pipers to Her Majesty The Queen, Pipe Major Gordon Webster and the incomparable Pipe Major Jim Motherwell, the 10th Queens Piper.

I ‘know’ Gordon Webster and his wife. I have chatted with them often, they always amused at my willingness to go back home given that they moved heaven and Earth to move up here. Very nice people. I think at the sombre 2001 Games Gordon marched up to the top of the bleachers on the Parade Ground and I think played ‘Taps’ or something equivalent. It was moving. I still remember his story about when he was the Queens Piper and had to on one occasion play for the Queen and her guests from a row boat on a Loch — and how the boat sprang a leak.

But, whenever I think of the Queen’s Piper, it will be Jim Motherwell that will always come to mind. What a man. One of those rare men with irrepressible presence and a surfeit of charm. What an ambassador he was for the U.K., the Queen, piping and mankind. During those Games of 1998, which I attended with my son (6 years old) on both Saturday and Sunday, Jim seemed to be everywhere — invariably talking to people. I spoke with him a number of times. One of my most abiding memories of the games is that of Jim, in full kilt, kneeling on one knee, with his pipes in his hand, talking to Matthew and showing him the details of his uniform — this taking place on the concrete between the Parade Ground and the Governor’s Lodge. Matthew thought he was the cat’s whiskers. He was in awe of him. Talked about him, the Queen’s Piper, for years. I am sure that meeting Jim was a key factor in why Matthew was devoted to those games for the next 6 years or so. [In those days when he was little, Matthew had a knack of getting people to kneel down and speak with him. Another indelible image is that of John McCain, in 1999, during his Primary Bid, on a extremely bitterly cold February day in Gilford, kneeling down, on one knee, talking to Matthew for about 3 minutes — while about 100 people looked on; Matthew having listened to the Senator’s speech from right below his feet.]

I haven’t seen Gordon at the Games in a few years. This could be because we tend to now go either on Friday or Saturday. I don’t think Jim Motherwell has been back. They really should invite him back. He would do so much to lift the Games, which of late seem to be sagging, like a Helium balloon slowly losing its shape.