Archive for July, 2010

Casey at the Bat

When I got a comment on the Bull! posting, I clicked on a youtube clip of Ferdinand the Bull, and I notcied some other Disney classics on youtube. One of them was ‘Casey at the bat’, I never heard / saw that one. After googling the text I altered the poem a bit:

Casey at the Bat
After a poem by Ernest Lawrence Thayer

The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Baez team that day:
The score stood four to two, with but one inning more to play,
And then when Lyon left at first, and Cheney did the same,
A pall-like silence fell upon the patrons of the game.

A straggling few got up to go in deep despair. The rest
Clung to the hope which springs eternal in the human breast;
They thought, “If only Casey could but get a whack at that–
We’d put up even money now, with Casey at the bat.”

But Lee preceded Casey, as did also George and mom,
And the latter was a hoodoo, while the former was a bum;
So upon that stricken multitude grim melancholy sat,
For there seemed but little chance of Casey getting to the bat.

But Lee let drive a single, to the wonderment of all,
And Cin , the much despisèd, tore the cover off the ball;
And when the dust had lifted, and men saw what had occurred,
There was Cindy safe at second and Lee a-hugging third.

Then from five thousand throats and more there rose a lusty yell;
It rumbled through the valley, it rattled in the dell;
It pounded on the mountain and recoiled upon the flat,
For Casey, mighty Casey, was advancing to the bat.

There was ease in Casey’s manner as she stepped into her place;
There was pride in Casey’s bearing and a smile lit Casey’s face.
And when, responding to the cheers, she lightly doffed her hat,
No stranger in the crowd could doubt ’twas Casey at the bat.

Ten thousand eyes were on her as she rubbed her hands with dirt;
Five thousand tongues applauded when she wiped them on her shirt;
Then while the prosecutor ground the ball into her hip,
Defiance flashed in Casey’s eye, a sneer curled Casey’s lip.

And now the leather-covered sphere came hurtling through the air,
And Casey stood a-watching it in haughty grandeur there.
Close by the sturdy batsman the ball unheeded sped–
“That ain’t my style,” said Casey. “Strike one!” the judge then said.

From the benches, black with people, there went up a muffled roar,
Like the beating of the storm-waves on a stern and distant shore;
“Kill him! Kill the judge!” shouted someone on the stand;
And it’s likely they’d have killed him had not Casey raised her hand.

With a smile of Christian charity great Casey’s visage shone;
She stilled the rising tumult; she bade the game go on;
She signaled to the bailiff, and once more the dun sphere flew;
But Casey still ignored it and the Judge then said, “Strike two!”

“Fraud!” cried the maddened thousands, and echo answered “Fraud!”
But one scornful look from Casey and the audience was awed.
They saw her face grow stern and cold, they saw her muscles strain,
And they knew that Casey wouldn’t let that ball go by again.

The sneer is gone from Casey’s lip, her teeth are clenched in hate,
She pounds with cruel violence her bat upon the plate;
And now the pitcher holds the ball, and now he lets it go,
And now the air is shattered by the force of Casey’s blow.

Oh, somewhere in this favoured land the sun is shining bright,
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light;
And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout,
Yes there is joy in Orlando–mighty Casey knocked her self out.


The original ‘Casey at the Bat’ was written by Ernest Lawrence Thayer (August 14, 1863 – August 21, 1940) an American writer and poet.

“Thayer was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts and raised in Worcester. He graduated magna cum laude in philosophy from Harvard in 1885, where he was editor of the Harvard Lampoon. Its business manager, William Randolph Hearst, hired Thayer as humor columnist for the San Francisco Examiner 1886-88.

Thayer’s last piece, dated June 3, 1888, was a ballad entitled “Casey” (“Casey at the Bat”).

It took several months after its publication for the poem to make Thayer famous, since he was hardly the boastful type and had signed the June 3 poem with the nickname “Phin”. Two mysteries remain about the poem: whether anyone or anyplace was the real-life Casey and Mudville, and, if so, their actual identities. On March 31, 2004, Katie Zezima of The New York Times penned an article called “In ‘Casey’ Rhubarb, 2 Cities Cry ‘Foul!'” on the competing claims of two towns to such renown: Stockton, California, and Holliston, Massachusetts.

On the possible model for Casey, Thayer dismissed the notion that any single living baseball player was an influence. However, late 1880s Boston star Mike “King” Kelly is odds-on the most likely model for Casey’s baseball situations. Besides being a native of a town close to Boston, Thayer, as a San Francisco Examiner baseball reporter in the offseason of 1887-88, covered exhibition games featuring Kelly. In November 1887, some of his reportage about a Kelly at-bat has the same ring as Casey’s famous at-bat in the poem. A 2004 book by Howard W. Rosenberg, Cap Anson 2: The Theatrical and Kingly Mike Kelly: U.S. Team Sport’s First Media Sensation and Baseball’s Original Casey at the Bat, reprints a 1905 Thayer letter to a Baltimore scribe who was asking about the poem’s roots. In the letter, Thayer singled out Kelly (d. 1894), as having shown “impudence” in claiming to have written it. Rosenberg argues that if Thayer still felt offended, Thayer may have steered later comments away from connecting Kelly to it. Kelly had also performed in vaudeville, and recited the poem dozens of times, possibly, to Thayer’s dismay, butchering it. Incidentally, the first public performance of the poem was on August 14, 1888, by actor De Wolf Hopper, on Thayer’s 25th birthday.” from wikipedia. I suppose the original poem is a part of American culture.

North Korea: famine and shortage of medicines

According to Amnesty International , North Korea’s health system in its new report, released Thursday last week, is in big trouble. The state fails to provide even the most basic health and survival needs for its people.
“Supplies, such as syringes are used and re-used, sometimes with very little care for hygiene,” said Norma Kang Muico, an Amnesty International researcher. “And there’s such a shortage of medicines that surgeries are often performed without the aid of anesthesia or not enough anesthesia to control the pain.”

Amnesty says its information comes from health professionals who work in the reclusive country and 40 North Koreans now living abroad. They say malnutrition has caused chronic health problems, with the hungry resorting to eating grass, roots and tree bark. The report also says that tuberculosis has made a comeback in the country.

What can the UN do for these people? In Februari it was already known that Korea had a food shortage.

What has been done to help the people since then?

“16 July 2010 – United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes today allocated some $41 million in emergency funding to boost humanitarian operations in nine countries where people are suffering the effects of hunger, malnutrition, disease, and conflict.

The money from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) will help cover funding gaps in key humanitarian projects in Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Yemen, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Central African Republic (CAR), Djibouti, Eritrea, Republic of Congo and Nepal.

Joy of life – inspired by a mail :)

Sometimes, when you don’t expect it, life has the nicest surprises for you. Yesterday evening I got a very nice message, from a dear person (none of your business lol) and it made my day.

The song is just here cause of the title 🙂 For the longest time.

Full of energy I will start work to day. 🙂 I hope some of my joy will rub off lol.

Today I sat on a German, let me tell you how come.

It all started because we were out of milk and I was the only one not interested in the tv coverage of the Dutch soccerteam being honoured by the people in Amsterdam. I just have had it with orange. I cannot see another orange anymore. So I went to the store, with my bag. It is a short walk really, down the street on a dune, across the lighthouse square, and there it is, our local supermarket. Everything you need for a meal is there.

There were also many tourists. They were not in a hurry. They had to read every label on every tin, pot or box and translate. “Mutti, wass ist denn dass?”

I got the milk and wanted to go to the checkout counter. And while I was walking in that direction, a backwards German decided to run into me. That is, he walked backwards and swapped me of my feet? Anyhow, he sort of slided and I landed on top of his leg. Don’t ask me how!

I suppose it was embaressing, to sit like that on the floor, and it became even worse when his wife started to yell at him. “Was machst du jetzt?”
But he was okay. I was okay. Even the milk was okay.
He got up and helped me up. How nice of him! I said Danke Schön and payed for my milk.

When I got home, I noticed the plastic bottle had a bruise.
“How come, do you think?” my husband asked.
“International problems on the food market,” I explained. 😉

Peace comes from within

“Peace is a state of balance and understanding in yourself and between others, where respect is gained by the acceptance of differences, tolerance persists, conflicts are resolved through dialog, people’s rights are respected and their voices are heard, and everyone is at their highest point of serenity without social tension.” (wikip)

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” ( Buddha)

One of his teachings: Anicca That all things are impermanent.

So that means:  there are times of innertrouble, and times of innerpeace I suppose . Times you are at war with yourself and  the world, and times you are not.

Makes sense.

all about Buddha

all about peace. The study of peace is called irenology (Irene = godess of peace)

Just wondering if Jesus could have been influenced by a Buddhist monk. I will look it up, so this posting is under construction.

“Buddha and Jesus

It is agreed that the Buddha legend was known in the general western world and it has been asserted by Orientalist Samuel Beal that the story of the birth of the Buddha was well known in the West, and possibly influenced the story of the birth of Jesus.

Saint Jerome (4th century CE) mentions the birth of the Buddha, who he says “was born from the side of a virgin” (the Buddha was, according to Buddhist tradition, born from the hip of his mother)The story of the birth of the Buddha was also known: a fragment of Archelaos of Carrha (278 CE) mentions the Buddha’s virgin-birth.

In the 1893 book, Influence of Buddhism on Primitive Christianity, Arthur Lillie argues that the birth accounts of the Buddha were copied into the gospels listing the following infancy parallels:

1. The palm-tree bends down to Mary as the Asoka tree to Yashodara.
2. The story of Simeon, the accounts of the bright light being almost word for word the same.
3. The idol bending down to the infant Jesus.
4. The miracle of the sparrows restored to life.
5. Judas Iscariot in early life attacked Jesus, just as Devadetta, the Judas of Buddhism, attacked Buddha. A violent blow that Jesus received in the left side made a mark that was destined to be the exact spot that received the mortal spear-thrust at the Crucifixion.
6. The whole story of the disputation with the doctors seems copied servilely from the “Lalita Vistara”. ”

from Was Jesus a Buddhist:
* Born as an incarnate god.
* Born from a virgin mother.
* Birth claimed as a divine event and prophesied as the same.
* Birth attended by singing angels.
* Birth attended by wise men bearing gifts.
* Prodigious childhood.
* As a child astounded teachers with knowledge.
* Fasted in the wilderness for forty days.
* Tempted while alone by the devil.
* Resisted the devil successfully.
* After the devil left, supernatural events occurred.
* Were vegetarians (fish excepted).
* Began ministry at thirty years of age.
* Attract large following mostly from lower classes.
* Attracted disciples who traveled with him.
* Attracted one disciple who was treacherous.
* Changed disciples’ names.
* Encouraged celibacy for their disciples.
* Consecrated in a holy river.
* Itinerant ministry instead of at a fixed place.
* Performed miracles such as curing blindness.
* Renounced worldly riches and required the same of their disciples.
* Ministered to outcasts.
* Advocated universal love and peace.
* Taught mostly through use of parables.
* Triumphal entries (in Jerusalem and Rajagripa).
* Gave major sermon from a mound.
* Disregarded by the dominant religious elite (Pharisees and Brahmans).
* Just before death dispatched disciples to preach in other areas.
* Death accompanied by supernatural event.

Can we assume that Jesus was the Western interpretation of Buddha?
His reincarnation perhaps??

Soccer wc Brazil-The Netherlands: 1-2! We did it!!

“The Netherlands came from a goal down to beat 10-man Brazil 2-1 in their World Cup quarterfinal clash in Port Elizabeth on Friday.

An early goal from Robinho had put Brazil in command, but in the second half the Dutch drew level when Wesley Sneijder’s cross was deflected into his own net by Felipe Melo.

Inter Milan’s Sneijder then headed his team ahead in the 68th minute after Arjen Robben’s corner had been cleverly flicked on by Dirk Kuyt.

A miserable afternoon for Melo was completed when he was sent off for stamping on Robben.

The Dutch will play either Uruguay or Ghana in the semifinals, but for Brazil and coach Dunga it is a bitter defeat.

The five-time World Cup champions took charge from the start as Melo found Robinho with a precise pass through a static Dutch defense and he made no mistake as he swept his shot past Maarten Stekelenburg in the 10th minute.

Further chances fell to the Brazilians as Dani Alves set up defender Juan who blazed his volley over.

The best move of the match involving Robinho and Lus Fabiano saw Kaka draw a brilliant save from Stekelenburg, while right back Maicon shot into the side netting on the run as half-time approached.

There seemed no way back for the Dutch, but a 53rd minute aberration from Brazil keeper Julio Cesar turned the tide of the match.

He totally missed Sneijder’s left-footed cross from the right and the unfortunate Melo saw it brush his body before finding its way into the net.

More poor defending allowed Sneijder to give the Dutch the lead and when Melo was deservedly shown red it was the end of the line for the South American champions.

Only a strong run and shot by Kaka which was deflected away offered them much hope and they might have fallen further behind to Dutch counter attacks.” this is from CNN

The world here is orange. It is party time!

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