Fox News pulled off the air in Britain – Aug. 29, 2017

Bulldog writes: I definitely have mixed feelings on hearing this news: on the one hand, it’s very good that folks in the UK won’t be hearing the constant half-truths, distortions and complete lies that come on Fox Noise. But on the other hand, it’s one more bit of evidence that the Brits are way smarter than us Yanks! They just wouldn’t take the bait. Final thought: the timing was great! For me, it’s the best birthday present EVER! <Smile!> Details right here:

Rupert Murdoch and his sons are pulling Fox News off the air in Britain.

Source: Fox News pulled off the air in Britain – Aug. 29, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Hits Houston and It’s Not Over Yet!

Hurricane Harvey Hits Houston and It’s Not Over Yet!

As all of you know, the metro Houston area and a large chunk of East Texas is in very bad shape after being laid low by Hurricane Harvey. This storm has poured a truly biblical amount of rain on east Texas and — incredibly, now three days down the road — more rain is on the way.

This is the worst damage to a major U.S. city since Katrina walloped New Orleans exactly 12 years ago today. I’m sure I’m not the only American having “Katrina flashbacks” today; it all seems a bit surreal.

The irony in this situation is that many who fled Katrina went to the Houston area. So quite a few folks are really in “full flashback mode” as I write this; I have no idea how many, but Houston did receive a lot of “weather refugees” after Katrina barreled through.

It’s natural to wonder how you might be able to help people who go through disasters like Harvey. If you’d like to be of assistance to the victims of Nature’s fury this time, just follow this link.

I have many family members in the East Texas Region. I’m happy to say that they’re all a bit further inland where it’s merely high water and localized flooding, but not the displacement of thousands like the citizens of Houston have seen. But it’s one reason why I’ve kept an eye on what’s going on out there. And it’s a big deal for the country in general; Houston is the fourth-largest city in the U.S., after all.

Hope you’re high and dry as I write this. Check in with you later.

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

© 2017 Ben Lawrence Basile

Photo of Hurricane Katrina from NOAA now in the Public Domain

The first American settlers cut down millions of trees to deliberately engineer climate change

Bulldog says: It’s important to keep an eye on the subject of climate change. It’s beyond a doubt the most important issue we face in the 21st Century. This is the very first article I’ve ever come across that looks at the issue from the earliest times of European settlers coming to North America. I found it fascinating. Really good stuff for tree huggers like us from writer Stephanie Buck:


Long term, it worked, but not how they intended

Source: The first American settlers cut down millions of trees to deliberately engineer climate change

Fave Fotos–A Shot of the Sunrise Diner at Sunrise!

Fave Fotos–A Shot of the Sunrise Diner at Sunrise!

I posted my review of this fabulous, real-deal diner back on August 20th. I’m putting up another pic of this place today for two reasons: the first is that I’m jonesing for a trip to the beach right now but can’t get away. The second is that it gives me a chance to use the awesome title of “A Shot of the Sunrise Diner at Sunrise” for this post! That’s a damn good reason!

Bulldog’s going to be a land-locked puppy for another few days and then a trip to Cocoa Beach will be happenin’. Until then, memories of some of his fave beach-side spots will just have to do!



“Bulldog Ben” Basile


Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile


The Cost of a Lifetime Senior Pass to Our National Parks is Going Way Up!

The Cost of a Lifetime Senior Pass to Our National Parks is Going Way Up!

I should have made sure to get this post up before today as there’s barely enough time for any of you who didn’t know this but would like to have the pass at minimal cost to get ‘er done.

The cost of the America The Beautiful lifetime senior pass for the National Park system has been $10 for about 23 years. That all changes this Monday, the 28th of August.

The new price will be $80. Yeah, quite a jump, isn’t it?

I just got my paperwork mailed off two days ago. There’s no additional fee if you get one in person at any National Park. But because of the approaching deadline, it’s damn near impossible to get one that way; there’s a huge run on these gems, and they’re usually all gone within a few hours. I was told that by a Park Ranger in a phone convo on Monday.

So printing the hard copy app and filling out credit/debit card info may be your only option. They’ll hit your card for twenty bucks, ten for the actual fee and ten more for processing, at the time they print it, lick it and stick it! (Cards only, checks won’t work.)

If you think you might be able to make it to a park in person in your neck of the woods before they’re all gone, here’s a link to the site to see all the possible parks and facilities where they’re available but you must call before you go! Then you’re good with just ten bucks! For a lifetime pass!

Can’t wait for mine to get here!

Enjoy Mother Nature’s bounty, folks. Hope to see you out there!



Keepin’ one eye on the mailbox, I am,

“Bulldog Ben” Basile


Photo credit National Park Service



Sunrise Diner in Cocoa Beach is the Real Deal

Sunrise Diner in Cocoa Beach is the Real Deal

I have loved having breakfast at the Sunrise Diner in Cocoa Beach for about five or six years now. It’s my “go to” spot in Brevard Co. for real food at breakfast-time.

You’ll notice as you approach, that’s it one of those diners. You know, one with a simple and undeniably “old school” look. And yes, they have real food. And a real staff. A few of whom have been around for many, many years.

One of the things that sets the Sunrise apart from other places of its type is that you can–and probably should–eat breakfast, lunch and dinner there. Most diners that live up to the name close around 2:30 in the afternoon. Just SOP for these storied establishments. But this one doesn’t stop seating patrons until 9 PM.

To be honest, I have only enjoyed breakfast here; I’m not a good source on those two other times of the day when Americans usually feel like they have to “fill the tank.” But I have eaten there five or six times and always have a first-rate breakfast, receive very good and personable service and don’t ever feel like I’ve had my pocket picked.

The place hasn’t changed in the six years or so that I’ve been going and it looks as though it’s been around much longer than that. Long-time crew member Wendy told me on a recent visit how long it’s been around and I just don’t remember a number; suffice it to say, they’re far from newcomers.

One of the things I like about the Sunrise is that the breakfast sausage featured there are those over-sized patties that are about the size of a sand dollar. That’s the way this pup likes his sausage in the morning and places that have it are few and far between.

I do know that you’ll find quite a bit of seafood on their menu, and Greek fare is featured prominently as well. I tend to get stuck in a rut at many of my fave eateries but that doesn’t mean you should! And though came as a bit of a surprise to me, their beer selection isn’t bad at all.

Let me close by saying that if you’re anywhere near the heart of Cocoa Beach in the future, especially in the AM, you owe it to yourself to stop at the Sunrise Diner. It’s conveniently located on SR 520, aka Cocoa Beach Cswy, just a block from where 520 meets A1A.

Sunrise Diner ~ 365 W. Cocoa Beach Cswy ~ Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 ~ 321 783-5647


“Bulldog Ben” Basile


Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile

The Men Who Lead Our Troops Make Clear They’re Not On-Board with tRump’s Embrace of Nazis and Racists

Bulldog does get into politics now and then. Especially when that sub-tropical climate here in “The Sunshine State” takes some of the fun out of outdoor activities. And the events of the last few days on the national political scene are screaming out for Americans’ time and attention.

The men who lead our military are showing courage. Which should not surprise anyone. I commend them for making it crystal-clear that they are not on-board with the Trumpenfuhrer’s toxic and hateful embrace of Nazis and Klansmen.

If you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know exactly what their statements are intended to counter, here’s a link to a video where you can see our unPOTUS spout off about what great Americans his Nazi and white supremacist supporters are.

Plenty of detail here in this article from Politicus USA. It’s about a three minute read and will get you up-to-speed on this concerted effort by our military’s top brass to make sure the American public and even our adversaries know that racism and white supremacist ideas run counter to American values and have no place in our fighting forces.

To the draft-dodging, pus-bag poser who is currently stinking up our White House, I say: keep insulting our intelligence professionals and embarrassing the proud officers and NCO’s who lead our war-fighters. But you might want to watch your back, mein Trumpenfuhrer. Those folks you’re trying so hard to discredit, disparage and embarrass know how to deal with an enemy. After all, it’s their job.

Footage Of Rare White Moose Taking A Dip Makes A Big Splash | HuffPost

Bulldog writes: I’ve been stuck at home for the last two weeks; no cool outdoor fun happening… Seeing a teaser for this article perked me right up! How cool is this, anyway? If only I’d have been there, camera at the ready! If only… I’ve had a few photo opps like that. No doubt I’ll get a few ¬†more. If you love outdoor stuff half as much as I do, this is gonna make your day:

“It was an experience to meet such a stately animal up close,” said the hiker who took the video.

Source: Footage Of Rare White Moose Taking A Dip Makes A Big Splash | HuffPost

The Professional Bull Riders Tour came to Tulsa this week

The Professional Bull Riders Tour came to Tulsa this week

Professional bull riding is an insane sport! Mad respect to the cowboys who ride those damn bulls! I caught a Pro Bull Riders tour event this afternoon on CBS while channel surfing and stayed with it to the end. Some good riding in Tulsa this weekend.

And please know that the bulls are not mistreated; this is nothing at all like Bullfighting. The bulls are part of the action and get scored too. Riders don’t want to draw a bull that isn’t top shelf because it would hurt their score. Sort of like “degree of difficulty” for an Olympic diver. Unusual and very interesting sport. My fave bull is “Seven Dust” named because it’s so hard to stay on him for the full eight seconds required to score!

As many of you know, Bulldog is a big sports fan; bull riding is not at the top of my list, but I feel about the sport the way I feel about hockey; the skill level of the athletes is so insanely high–as is the likelihood of mayhem and great bodily injury–that you just have to give them a ton of respect.

The other reason I keep one eye on the sport is that in my early cab driving days I had several fares with riders who were in town for their events. I don’t think we’ve had many of those in Orlando lately, but there were several PBR events in the early aughts at the old Amway Arena. Those were the days!

Anyhow, a tip of the hat to the riders and to the bulls who don’t want to be ridden! And everyone associated with this sport. It’s way down on the list in terms of audience and dollars for the athletes, but it’s one helluva sport!



Lovin’ the PBR today and waiting for SNB to start, I am,

“Bulldog Ben” Basile


Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile


Yes, It’s Good to Re-purpose Stuff!

Yes, It’s Good to Re-purpose Stuff!

Here’s a posting that doesn’t fit into any of my usual topics, but it’s the kind of thing bloggers write about a lot: re-purposing common stuff. This is my absolute fave…

I’ve discovered that a used Altoids tin is perfect for holding your earbuds. Absolutely perfect. I’ve been using two of them for that for a couple of years now. And Lord knows that their actual mints are a great product, so I’ve got several of those cool little boxes doing this or that in their “second careers!”

As a write this, I’m thinking that holding your loose earbuds just may be the best possible use for one! Holding buttons in your sewing kit would be my runner-up…

I hope this modest posting on the first day of August finds you well. Life in Central Florida’s not so bad today; the sun is actually shining right now! Great to get a break from that nasty, squally weather we’ve had almost daily for what seems like weeks!

Cleaning out my car and getting a blog posting up were the only two tasks on my list today and so I’m good. Tonight, watching the free Tuesday Night Baseball game on Twitter is the only thing I have planned. So at this moment, I’m relishing the feeling that I had one day this week without anything truly urgent to do. Tomorrow a couple of large tasks await, and so that’s a whole ‘nother thing, as the saying goes…


Blogging and takin’ life easy today, I am,


“Bulldog Ben” Basile


Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile