Tuesday, March 17, 2015

"Calling You"

Hola Darlings!

I'm still being lazy in this now seventh week of my retirement.  I am doing things around the house -- the more than foot of snow that lingered for weeks because of the abnormally cold temperatures melted over the past week, thank Goddess!  We had far above normal temperatures, the last of which was yesterday when we reached 71 degrees F!!!  I worked outside raking up the left-overs of last autumn's leaves in the warm sunshine and worked up a sweat!  Now the cold has returned with bitter winds out of the northwest, but I think the worst may be over for this season.  I am planning a trip to sunny Las Vegas next month to get away from Milwaukee's chill and hopefully, when I return, the cold will be gone for six months!

I stumbled upon the Polish version of  "The Voice" links.  Poland!  I do not understand a word that is being spoken other than the English words that Dorota Osinska sings in her version of the mega-smash-hit "Calling You" that was sung by Jevetta Steele and is the flag-ship song of the movie "Bagdad Cafe."  Dorota sang the song with pure, raw emotion and an angelic voice.  I cry every time I watch this video and here her sing.  I think about Mr. Don and how much I miss him every day.

This is the video of Dorota's first appearance on Poland's "The Voice" and is over 7 minutes long -- it shows the judges in their chairs and their reactions as Dorota sings.  The actual song itself is about 2.05 minutes so you can stop the video after her performance if you don't want to watch the rest.  But watching the entire performance and the judges' reactions, even though not understanding a word they said, is well worthwhile:

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Hales Corners Chess Challenge XXI!

Hola darlings!

It's that time once again.  The Hales Corners Chess Challenge XXI will be held NEXT MONTH, woo woo!

Geez, it seems like yesterday that Goddesschess first offered prize money to Southwest Chess Club's Hales Corners Chess Challenge VIII!  That was thirteen Challenges ago.  Since that first tentative reach-out to the Southwest Chess Club, Goddesschess has provided thousands of dollars in prize funds to the Challenges.  How time flies.

This year's spring version of the HCCC will be held on April 18, 2015 at the Olympia Resort in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, so mark your calendars and get ready for a great event! Synopsis below, you can find the flyer with registration online at the link provided at the end of the synopsis. Please come and participate in this great southeast Wisconsin/regional event that attracts some of the highest-rated players in the region. Personally, I have attended a few Challenges in the past and had a wonderful time at each one -- me, not even a patzer level chessplayer!  If I can do it, darlings, you can, too.

Chess Magnet School Junior Grand Prix!

4SS, G/60;d6. 2 Sections: Open & Reserve (under 1600). Olympia Resort Hotel, 1350 Royale Mile Rd., Oconomowoc, WI 53066; 1-800-558-9573 (mention Southwest Chess Club for $99 room rate). EF: $40-Open, $30-Reserve, both $5 more after 4/15. Comp EF for USCF 2200+. $$GTD: Open: 1st-$325, 2nd-$175, A-$100, B & Below-$75; Reserve: 1st-$100, 2nd-$75, D-$50, E & Below-$40. Goddesschess Prizes for Females in addition to above prizes, Open: $40 per win/$20 per draw; Reserve: $20 per win/$10 per draw. Reg.: 8:30-9:30. Rds.: 10-1-3:30-6. Entries to: Allen Becker, 2130 N. 85th St., Wauwatosa, WI 53226; allenbecker@wi.rr.com. Questions to TD: Robin Grochowski: 414-861-2745.

In addition to Goddesschess prizes for the chess femmes, which are awarded to them in addition to any other prizes for which they may qualify, the top female player in each section will receive a Goddesschess gift bag that I take great delight in putting together. The top female finisher in each section also receives paid entry to the next Hales Corners Chess Challenge courtesy of Goddesschess, if she wishes to participate.

We all take a great deal of pride in the fact that over time the Hales Corners Chess Challenges have produced an above-average turn-out of female chessplayers in a safe, family-friendly environment. We hope you will be able to join us on April 18th and check it out for yourself.

Another Horrific Rape In India -- Seventy Year Old Nun Gang Raped During Attack At Christian School

Yet another horrifying rape in India -- I just learned of this incident today while reading at The Daily Mail online.  There is video footage of some of the suspects retrieved from a security camera that has been publicized, at least in London; one hopes that people are also seeing the video footage in India too, but who knows, and who knows if it might reach the villages where these sexual terrorists are bred and raised, generation after generation.  I hope the authorities catch these sexual terrorists and that their penises are cut off and stuffed down their throats.  That is the only fitting penalty for a rapist.

Suspects pictured in hunt for men who gang-raped elderly Indian nun at convent 

  • Nun was trying to prevent six men from robbing the Christian school
  • Gang believed to have gagged security guard before violent rampage
  • CCTV footage released shows suspects leaving the school's staff room
  • Five others have been detained for questioning, police said  
  • Latest in a series of violent gang-rapes that has shocked the country

Arnab Ghosh, a police superintendent, said: 'CCTV footage showed that six men, aged between 20 and 30, scaled the boundary wall around 11.40 pm and entered the school and disconnected the telephone lines.'
The robbers then tied up and gagged a security guard before entering the nuns' room, where they found the women sleeping, police said.

Mr Ghosh added: 'At least two of them were armed and the rest were carrying burglary tools. In the chapel, a holy scripture was found torn and a bust of Jesus was broken.' 

The nun is recovering in hospital in Ranaghat. 

Furious residents took to the streets yesterday, shouting slogans demanding action and blocking off the main highway.

Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal Chief Minister, also tweeted her condemnation of what she called a 'horrific attack', promising 'swift, strong action'.

Archbishop Thomas D'Souza has appealed to people to maintain peace and harmony in the area.
He said: 'In our Sunday Mass, we prayed for the sister to recover quickly from trauma, fear and her physical injuries. We will pray for her again this evening.

'They not only committed a heinous crime, but they also vandalized the chapel. This is the first time such an attack has happened in India.'

The incident comes at a time of heightened sensitivity over women's safety in India, which last week saw a documentary about the 2012 gang-rape of a student in Delhi being banned.

Authorities said screening the documentary could have caused public disorder, but critics accused the government of being more concerned with the country's reputation than the safety of its women. 

Shocking footage also emerged this week of an angry mob stripping and slowly beating a man to death in an Indian village after he was accused of raping and murdering an 11-year-old girl. The prolonged attack on the 18-year-old was watched by a jeering 1,000-strong crowd. [Shocking?  Why?  Posse or vigilante justice is what happens when the structures put in place to enforce laws fail to protect innocent citizens and often overlook crimes such as rape. I hope it was a large crowd of women who executed justice against the rapist.]
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