T   P   O
The Patient Ox (aka Hénock Gugsa)

G r e e t i n g s !

** TPO **
A personal blog with diverse topicality and multiple interests!

On the menu ... politics, music, poetry, and other good stuff.
There is humor, but there is blunt seriousness here as well!

Parfois, on parle français ici aussi. Je suis un francophile .... Bienvenue à tous!

* Your comments and evaluations are appreciated ! *

Sunday, September 29, 2019

A Lee Marvin Anecdote ... ~ by TPO

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A Lee Marvin Anecdote
["The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance"]
~ by TPO ~ 
          I read an interview of Lee Marvin* close to his death.  He was asked about many of his films, and then about co-stars.  
          The story about filming Liberty Valance was interesting.  The year 1962, rumbles about getting fully involved in Vietnam in the news.  Now three years before Stewart became a Brigadier General, John Ford was still a Commander in the USNR, and Lee still saw VA doctors about the nerve damage from his war wounds.  On set the Duke mouths off with a rant to some crew and others about bombing and sending in the Marines ‘to teach them all a lesson’. 
          Overhearing this rant are Marvin, Jimmy Stewart & John Ford.  Stewart was sitting in his chair reading the newspaper, Ford was talking to a camera operator, and Marvin was getting his costume adjusted.  Wayne finishes his rant and sits in his chair next to Stewart.  Marvin comes over and takes his chair the other side of Wayne. They both also start reading parts of the newspaper, Ford finishes with the crew member and still looking over paperwork walks over by his stars. 
          Mischievously, Marvin asks, ‘How are you doing today General Stewart?’  Stewart with a slight smile says ‘Just fine Private Marvin, just fine.’ Ford by this point is also starting to smile, and then laughs when Stewart asks ‘How are you feeling today, Commander Ford?’ 
          By this point the Duke has the newspaper all the way up covering his face, hiding.  Then Ford tells everyone on set to take their places.  Last to walk on set is the Duke and the makeup lady runs forward because she is worried about his makeup being wrong because he has turned a nice shade of pink under his makeup. He waves her away and they shoot the rest of the day.  After that the Duke NEVER brought up politics or war or violence around any one of those three.  This was all the more interesting considering the plot of Liberty Valance.  
          After Marvin died, Stewart was on the Tonight Show and Carson asked about this.  Stewart was even more tongue-tied than normal and finally just waved his hand to dismiss talking about it.

The wonderful Lee Marvin (1924-1987)
 * Lee Marvin served as a Marine in WW-II, was wounded in action, and won a Purple Heart for his heroism.  In real life, he was (like Richard Widmark) against violence ... he was also a liberal democrat to the core.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Demera in Addis Ababa ~ by TPO

Demera (Maskal) celebration these days!

Demera in Addis Ababa
~ by TPO ~

The holiday of Demera in Ethiopia falls on the eve of Maskal (መስቀል), which is a religious commemoration of the discovery of the actual Cross upon which Jesus was crucified.  The Cross (Maskal, መስቀል) was lost for a long time and was discovered by Eleni (Helena, እሌኒ) who was the mother of Constantine, the first Christian Emperor (272-337 AD).  

** According to Wikipedia ===> The Meskel celebration includes the burning of a large bonfire, or Demera, based on the belief that Queen Eleni, as she is known, had a revelation in a dream. She was told that she should make a bonfire and that the smoke would show her where the true cross was buried. So she ordered the people of Jerusalem to bring wood and make a huge pile. After adding frankincense to it the bonfire was lit and the smoke rose high up to the sky and returned to the ground, exactly to the spot where the Cross had been buried. **

This video from a German journalist source from 1956. Emperor Haile Selassie, his two elder sons, and high government were attending the celebration of Demera.


Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Facing Harsh Realities of the Past and the Present ~ by TPO

Facing Harsh Realities 
of the Past and the Present!
~ by TPO ~

Racism - Past and Present  ... (Please click on picture to magnify.)
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          America was never ever [fully] great in all of its history.  Sure, there were outstanding flashes of brilliance, of goodness, and of exemplary leadership.  But America's strength has been in its aspirations, its dreams, and its infectious and dynamic optimism!  Thus, it is really a nonsensical and even an idiotic proposition to suggest that we should or will "make America great again!"  The nation has been on a historical journey ... it has been inspiring, and idealistic.  It has been bloody, it has been heroic.  It has also been shameful, cruel, and simply awful.  But the unique thing about America is that it has constantly evolved, it has generally been growing and maturing politically, socially, and economically.  

          In November 2016, however, the country stumbled and fell on its face.  We awoke to a call for intransigent, and unapologetic regression to reactionary impulses to progress, and to common sense, and higher ideals.  

          Racism has never gone away from daily life in America.  And perhaps this evil will always be around in one form or another.  But at present, racism is back in full force with the blessings of a racist and corrupt President.  His idea of greatness is going back to the ugly face of America !

          Fortunately, the end of the current disease may be near.  Just today, Congress (the democrats) are standing up to this evil man  ... they are embarking on a process of Impeachment to put a check on him !!! 


Thursday, September 19, 2019

Pa Janvier - by Leyla McCalla & Cedric Watson

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Pa Janvier (ፓ ዣንቪዬር )
- by Leyla McCalla & Cedric Watson - 

Leyla McCalla and Cedric Watson make good music together ! 

~ Janvier means January, and Pa Janvier means Father Winter. The song is about a young man telling Pa Janvier that he (the young man) is in love with Pauline, Janvier's daughter. He is begging Janvier to give him Pauline because he loves her so much. [If or when] Janvier refuses, the young man says his heart will be crushed and it will be the ultimate and forever farewell! 

~ Elsewhere (at a venue in Ireland), Cedric gives a little more detailed background story for this song. It is about "a pretty lady with dark hair and dark eyes, like most women in Louisiana, and she's really young and she gets a little drunk for Mardi Gras, and she decides to go in a little horse and buggy ... back then, even though they didn't have motor vehicles, you still couldn't go riding around drunk. She ended up running off a bridge and she fell into a bayou ...."

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Victory in Rural France (La victoire de la ruralité)

Victory in Rural France

Victory in rural France ===> Morris, the rooster, can now legally resume his early morning cock-a-doodle-doings to his heart's content! A Rochefort court tribunal has not only ruled in favor of the king of the roost, but has penalized the plaintiffs 1000 € (euros) for damages and for making such a fuss !!! 💙

አስደሳች ድል ለአቶ ሞሪስ ===> በፈረንሳይ ገጠር በ ሳን-ፒየር-ዶሌሮን የሚኖረው አውራ ዶሮ ፥ ሞሪስ ፥ እንደልቡ የፈለገውን ያህ ማለዳ ጠዋት እንዲጮህ በሕግ ተፈቀደለት ። እንዲያውም ዳኛው ከሣሾችን በሞሪስ ላይ ስላደረጉት የመንፈስ ሽብር አንድ ሺ (1000 ዩሮ € ) እንዲከፍሉ በተጨማሪ ፈርዶባቸዋል !!! 💙

La victoire de la ruralité ===> Le coq Maurice pourra continuer ses vocalises matinales. Le tribunal de Rochefort (Charente-Maritime) a tranché jeudi 5 septembre. Faute de preuve, la juge a débouté les plaignants, condamnés à verser 1000 euros de dommages et intérêts !!! 💙