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Saturday, August 20, 2016



I have been watching "Space Patrol" at the shop as I print during the wee hours. "Space Patrol" was a Brit "LowRentMarionation" production from Roberta Leigh and Art Provis, both of whom are inextricably linked to Gerry Anderson. Leigh had hired a nearly-bankrupt Anderson to film a series of twaddly kids' puppet shows, "The Adventures of Twizzle" in 1957, followed by "Torchy the Battery Boy". Provis was a cautious soul, while Anderson was more adventurous, and their AP Films company which was formed to do television adverts, and went on to do "Four Feather Falls" and "Supercar", dissolved amicably over their differing styles. (Provis did the filming for "Patrol", and his parsimonious nature shows in the low-budget ship sets, composed of silver-painted cardboard tubes, styro fruit box dividers, surface-strung wiring, and pegboard.)






Roberta Leigh and crew.

The brave crew of the Galasphere 347 (seen here taking off)



were reassigned as "Planet Patrol" here in these United States, as a live -action SF series already had claim to the UK title. Larry Dart, an Earthling, Slim, a Venusian, and Husky, a Martian, crew the Galasphere 347, flying through the Galaxy (which is Leigh-speak for "solar system"...22nd century technology was incapable of intergalactic, much less interstellar flight. Puttering around our Sol system required time spent in "The Freezer" in cryo-sleep, to cut down on the need for vast food storage aboard). 

YouTube has a number of episodes, likely ripped from the DVD release.





Not bad stuff, if rough around the meson drive. I like the robots. They look so...robot-ey.

Compare their visual quality with that of "Fireball XL5" by Gerry Anderson's crew.




Nonetheless, "Space Patrol" has excellent long-shot visuals. The city housing the HQ, with it's tube shuttles and moving landing pads is beautiful.







The characters are well-defined, and their interactions have the peculiarly British teasing give-and-take. Col. Raeburn is always giving Prof. Haggerty grief over his experiments, and his attempts to grow hair on his encroaching baldness. Haggerty, being the Mad Irish Genius, blows his stack with predictable regularity. Husky, the Martian crewman, is perpetually hungry, having a penchant for Martian Sausages. Slim, the slight Venusian crewman, a sort of mildly emotional Spock for the show, admonishes him for his constant attention to his stomach. Larry Dart, the captain and hero, is a a firm leader, but not above joking with his crew, and poking fun at the pretensions of Commander Raeburn.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

A Muddle of Meanderings



President Obama, sir:
Could you drag your attention away from your vacation, and address the plight of the flood victims of Louisiana?
Please?

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When exactly did it become chic for churches to refer to their locations as "campuses".

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Knew an artist who died of exposure.

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Dear people writing about Olympic awards.
The word is "MEDAL". With a "D".
Not "metal".

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Michael:



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Mr. Trump has said in a droll aside that "Maybe the 2nd Amendment people" could do something about attempts to abolish the 2nd Amendment.
Which is why the founders put it there in the first place.
It was not a call to violence. It WAS a recognition of the historical point of the 2nd Amendment's inclusion in the Bill of Rights.
Again, STAHP with the 12-year-old arm-flailing.

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"Obama WH admits that Hillary gave ISIS $400 million on accident "
ON accident?
Whatever became of "by accident"?
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Something landed on my arm at the shop the other night. It was either a huge mosquito, or a very small sparrow.
Black, about an inch long, poised to feed.
I changed her mind permanently.

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I love that so many comedic social pundits are also trained, licensed mental healthcare professionals.

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Please, put pressure on me as to the overwhelming need in your lives for me to do blog radio again. My studio has become a closet, and I need...encouragement... to wade in with the excavation of the room.
Considering a YouTube thing as well. Everyone needs to see my phiz.

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I acquired, through devious and fell means, a set of Jack Webb's unsung series "Project UFO", a dramatisation a la "Dragnet" of the Project Bluebook Air Force investigations of UFO sightings.
It is far better than I remembered. The "saucer" models are detailed, but a bit dodgy, as though the FX people did not read the completed scripts. This WAS coming off of the "Star Wars" special effects bump, so everyone was trying to outdo the rest. Brick Price did a lot of the model work. Acting is as expected from a Webb series...good rapport between the pair of investigators, and a familiar cast of Webb stable character actors.

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Friend Laura Caneer settles the matter:
"The Jack-in-the-box of our childhood is the can of biscuits of our adulthood."

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All the people who whinge about there being NO choice, that they are ALL idiots...
Just don't vote.
Easy peasy!

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There is endless back-and-forth about the new Godzilla having a PURPLE heat ray, instead of BLUE.
Where is BLM on THIS heady issue?

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Noeru and I finished listening to "That Hideous Strength" by C.S.Lewis on the way home from Chicago. Been a favorite of mine (the whole Space Trilogy) since my freshman year in college. It is the purpose of the other two books, "Out of the Silent Planet" and "Perelandra". It reads as though Lewis had been reading current headlines, just not in a tiresome Modern Evangelical Fiction way. The roots of our post-modern scientism were deeply grown in 1945, and only the technology has changed. Belbury uber alles.
Tolkien did not care for it. He referred to the work as "That Hideous Book", which was so clever that I hooted when Noel told me, and is why I do not resent Mr. Tolkien for not liking the thing.

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Weathering Heights

This is a weatherhead:




The contrivance at the top of the conduit keeps water out of the electrics of your home.

Years ago, I worked for a plumbing and electrical supply company, and often waited upon several codgerly electricians. One of them, Phelix Appleton, was of the "wet your finger and stick it in the socket to see if it was live" school. Phelix upon learning my name, dubbed me "Weatherhead". Sadly, this became prophetic, as I now have a weatherman living in my head, who painfully alerts me to high-pressure fronts moving through our area. This week I have had three days of it, two of which put me in bed, as all of my attention was fixed upon the Offending Sinus.

Hamlet's "thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to" comes to mind.

The storms presaged by this offense to my person are almost here. I await them with great gladness. It has been a decade since I have had to contend with this particular thing. Thankfully, it is less frequent; aspirin and phenylephrine go a long way toward masking the symptoms. I suspect it has been the hot, dry N. Alabamastan weather that has set up the situation this summer.

November weather is starting to sound REALLY good about now.
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I have an amusing piece in the works for in a day-or-so. Also, Blog radio is on the horizon

I hope that your summers have been good, and that you are well and safe. The political landscape begins to resemble Hiroshima, post-A Bomb. Maybe THAT'S where the headaches are REALLY coming from.

TTFN.




































Saturday, July 09, 2016

A Nattering of Nuance

Much of this mess could have been avoided if individuals years back had not ceded the job of looking out for one another to the police force.
Not a "police are EEE-vil" comment, rather, this is a "take responsibility" comment.

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Oh, well, didn't get in at PensaCon. The rejection letter was one-size-fits-all, and so it could have been that I have oversaturated the market there (unlikely), or I'm ugly and my mother dresses me funny.

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I am endlessly charmed by the use of the term "morons" aimed at possible attendees at the Noah's Ark "theme park".
Snide smugness is always in good taste.

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Was printing last night, both local jobs and convention stuff, and ran across some DVDs that I had ripped from my own VHS tapes. Watched "Battle Beyond the Stars". It is ALWAYS a fun romp, with as odd an ensemble as you could hope to find. James Horner established the complete basis for most of his subsequent work. Many composers steal from others; Horner unabashedly stole from himself, and well.
Nestor. That is all.
"Lazu-LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!"
Dat ship.
Robert Vaughn type-cast.
I recommend it for your weekend slumming.




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Pokemon GO.
Think of it as evolution in action.

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Adlai Stevenson, really?
Anyone guess who the guy over LBJ's shoulder is?



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I hope that you enjoy your remembrances of Independence Day, for that is what we remember. We are not remembering a month and a number...we remember an event, and the blood of those who won what we now squander away in the name of "security" and "gimmes".
Please give attention to the history won for us.
Santayana is right, except that we really need to repeat SOME things

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Bosley Hair Clinic ads make me want to saw my own head off.

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Not declaring for a candidate, here, just looking at a phenomenon.
You DO know that many of the "No Trump..." mememeisters are in fact trolls from the Other Party, yes?

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The planet's inhabitants have survived well for many millennia as clans, tribes, and nation-states. No globalist pretensions, except once, and the kibosh was put on that, giving Berlitz a career.
The frantic flailing over BREXIT shows that some never learn. Globalism, UN hegemony, internationalist cabals, whichever buzzword suits, is nothing more than a political-economic Babel, which, given humankind's predilection to fussing, is destined to fragment anyway. Power and profits for those at the top will not be sufficient to maintain the solidarity of the masses. National sovereignty may be as ingrained as eye color, and reversion to it will come, sooner rather than later.







Friday, June 17, 2016

In the tweet of the night.


Here is my latest sausage sermon (good wherever you slice it!)

We have been SCREAMINGLY busy. Lots of all-nighters for me!

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Had to print some tonight. Watched the 1959 "Battle in Outer Space", a Honda-directed SF fest with a great score by Ifukube! It was Toho's "STAR WARS", with outstanding effect work. Holds up even by today's standards.




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I fear that I am about to hit the "caring" wall.

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It endlessly amazes me that people who boast of never reading the Bible because of X or Y, always claim to know so much about it.
Also, please, please, PLEASE!
The title of the last book is "Revelation".
Singular, NOT plural. If you are a preacher or author, and you start burbling about the "Book of Revelations", the TV, radio or my ears get turned off. I mean, if you can't get the TITLE right....

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Dear, dear politicians.
Please stop speaking for God.
Clearly, you cannot even speak for your constituents.

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For those who aren't familiar, "The train is fine." is from an Onion video featuring an "on the spectrum" reporter on the scene of an accident involving a man hit by a train. The reporter focuses on HIS interest, and reassures all that the train is fine.
Anyone missing the point in a comment, or focusing on the irrelevant, is therefore fair game for "The train is fine.".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjuVVlSgYLc


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Dear, dear radio and TV preachers.
If you are broadcasting (or webcasting) to present the Good News of Jesus' love, mercy and forgiveness, His providing the way back into The Family, and reuniting us with Father, then have at it. That's called Being An Evangelist.
If, however, you are ranting great rants about the Hatred du Jour, and slathering your opinion that this or that news item is a Sign Of God's Judgment, and finger-pointing in the name of Christ, then shut your gob. That's called Being an Ass.
Paul, MEAN old Paul, did NOT behave in that way. Jesus did not teach that way, and if you don't use the Master's methods, then you surely will not get His results. In fact, you call into question the adoption you would claim.

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If what you have to say sounds like you would be at home with those who yell "Allahu Akbar" before pressing the bomb switch, then it is likely that you are not actually representing the Gospel of Christ.

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Perhaps my favorite proverb (From Prov. 24).
"Do not gloat when your enemy falls;
when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice,
or the Lord will see and disapprove
and turn his wrath away from them."

Aardvark's paraphrase: Don't take joy in your enemy's calamity, lest the LORD change his mind about you.".


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Ms. Uber-home-seller-realtor-person on the radio:
Your tagline "I want to be your house-sold name." is memorable.
Memorably lame.

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It makes PERFECT sense for people to be outraged over the death of the gorilla. We live in a culture that for over 40 years has lionised the practise of killing the unborn in horrifying and brutal ways, ways that make waterboarding seem like a Six Flags ride. My issue is not even whether abortion is right or wrong. At this point, it is LEGAL, and an inherent part of the culture. This carries with it social and psychological consequences. If infants at whatever pre-natal stage may be disposed of at will, whether for reasons of health, or for the mere convenience of those who made it, this is going to lead to a diminishing of the value of human children in the minds of some. It only makes sense that members of a generation that has had easy availability of abortion would develop a disregard for the value of children, children being a disposable commodity. And I am not saying that all of the generation feel this way, but enough do, and water their pillows over a gorilla's death.


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Why does ANYONE get cranked about Harbor Freight?
Chinese quality tools, like screwdrivers that are stripped by the third use.
I AM EXCITE!

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The consistent antagonising of Russia (and China to a lesser degree) by Fearless Leader and his cronies is unwise, given that they are both nuclear powers, and Russia having a "surrender or fight" mentality.
Having Army leadership proclaim that we could be in a nuclear confrontation with Russia within six months is sabre-rattling of the worst sort, especially when they have done nothing overt to be an "existential threat" to the US.

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It's not "persay".
IT'S "PER SE"!!!

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Why is it that the BEST Italian restaurants are run by Greeks?

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I am so sad that Lewis Carroll did such a poor job of writing his stories that Tim Burton has had to take the time to fix them.

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Sunday, May 01, 2016

An obeisance made, sort of....

Dear ones, since last we met I have endured a 3-week quasi-flu; 3 bed-days, and the rest of the time getting over it. EXTREME lassitude. After a few days of couch-riddenness, I could get up, accomplish one task (say, loading the dishwasher), and then, back to the couch. 3 weeks on the dot, I was Suddenly Better.

You know the fun bit? The Dread Dormomoo had it too!

But we're feeling MUCH better, now!

Nonetheless, many apologies for apparently forgetting my dear friends and fiends!

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"The Car" on Svengoolie.
This makes "Maximum Overdrive" look like "Citizen Kane".

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So I guess the only thing is to change our business name to Varky McVarkface.
Can I get a witness?

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I feel an acute need for the interrobang.

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Dear custom screenprinters.
Massively lowballing your prices may get you jobs.
It won't get you paid adequately for your efforts.

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Getting over that flu-thing put us well behind in dealing with the hive. We went out after dusk, and proceeded to medicate the li'l darlin's. We bless them prior to working with them, and maintain calm, and much smoke!! We need to split the hive, and acquire a new queen. They were vigilant, and of course a couple buzzed us to assert their territory, but no stings were had.
If we were to acquire no honey, their work and presence would be sufficient.

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Whilst doing sublimation t-shirt prints last night, I enjoyed Walt Disney's paean to Operation Paperclip, "Man in Space". Many of "our" German scientists and experts appearing on camera to talk about space sciences. VERY good documentary entertainment, but I was unaware that there was no World War Two. The sanitised history almost makes V-2 rocket production seem like the result of a nationalised German rocket club.

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I just saw an advert for a movie. "Keanu, Gangsta Kitten".
Do I need to start praying for the asteroid now?

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My new design:



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Dear mercy. I am so incredibly annoyed. Having to self-censor shirt designs for what isn't there because of people who insist on seeing things that aren't there.Potentially.
NEVER apologise to the SJWs. Never back down. It only gives them ammo to use against you, whether you did anything or not. ESPECIALLY if not.

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In other news, it has troubled me that I have never liked "The Incredible Hulk" TV series. I finally sussed out why.
It's not the Hulk.
The Hulk is MASSIVE. Lou Ferrigno is muscular and green. The Hulk can tear tanks apart. The TV Hulk can flip over a light bulldozer. He;s what the anime crowd would call "TV-size".
The Hulk fights against gamma-powered super-geniuses, and against alien hordes. TV Hulk overcomes mob bosses and anti-farm union baddies.
TV Hulk is Jim Rockford.

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Dear science fiction writers writing "language from antiquity" scenes. Please get your tenses and all right when writing "King James-ey" dialogue. It would be "Thou hast the power.", not "Thee has the power." It...annoys.
Mr. Sturgeon, I'm looking at you.

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Being the most reasonable man on Facebook really takes its toll.








Sunday, March 13, 2016

The Greater Trumps.


Hello, kiddies!


As ever, "Truth" = "Whatever agrees with one's viewpoint".

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A man endorses someone "I don't agree with".
He is disgraced, therefore.
Is the entire nation 8 years old?

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The Dread Dormomoo was examining a coin closely, "I can't tell how old this nickel is. It's decroded.".

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I miss old Superman. Comics Code Superman. The bank robbers dump Jimmy Olson down a well, and the signal watch goes zee-zee-zee Superman.
Funny book Superman, the ones I read as a kid. Escapist fare, not gritty in-your-face mean streets of Metropolis Superman. Multi-colored Kryptonite Superman. Bizarro, Mister Myxsptlk, and Kandor-in-a-can Superman.
Pre-retconning Superman. Lois Lane, Perry White, newspaper biz Superman. "Really, glasses are your disguise?" Superman.
I miss fun Superman.

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Had to get a new monitor today for Colossus. The Baleful Eye had been reduced to faint flickers.
Got a GREAT deal on a 24" Samsung LED monitor. Very nice, bright, and clear.
And too big for my computer desk-tower-thingie.
The eyeballing, she does not work.

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*TUESDAY*
I've been moving gingerly today, because I pulled an Alan Tracy in the middle of the night.

My daughter sez "So, you whined about not getting to go to a ritzy nightclub with your older and infinitely more awesome brothers?"

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I begin to think that nothing short of an asteroid strike will reduce the size of our
government.

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Watched "Gorath" yesterday while doing sublimation prints.
You know, the dubbed Japanese flick with Paul Frees doing about 500 of the voices.
In a good way.

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Friday, March 04, 2016

Frank speech.




Why don't candidates get Lisa Frank to design their stickers?



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It will be SO embarrassing with the "take back America" thing when we find out it just fell and rolled under the dresser.

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Commenting as a Repub, the party has left me. We voted in a Repub majority to do specific (promised) things, and NO SOONER did Congress get back in town, but McConnell and Boehner said "NOPE! We aren't gonna do it.", and then Ryan doubled down on that, and we have had bupkis done. Would have done as well voting straight Democrat, and I mean EVERY SYLLABLE of that. I cannot abide liars.


The Republican Party of yore is done. The party of Reagan is gone, and every plank of the platform lies rotting in the miasma of D.C. political pragmatism.


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Romney begged for Donald Trump's support in 2012.
Loyalty doesn't run very deep with Captain Underoos.

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I keep seeing this, and it TASKS me.
"Walla"
The word is "Voila"( vwa-LA). "Walla" is half a town in Washington state.

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Atkins chili.
Because cumin is the only spice in the world.

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This is not a bunch of political campaigns.
This is an otaku orgy.

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I am the one person on the planet besides the !Xhosa guy who found that Coke bottle who has never seen "Frozen".
Anyone else making this claim is merely trying to steal my distinction. They should let it go.

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"Be wise as serpents, yet harmless as doves. " - St. Paul
In a litigious society filled with individuals and groups hungering to be offended, if you are in a service business, and someone comes in wanting to buy your product or service, and for whatever reason you do not wish to do so, it might be wise to not go into all the "whys" of your decision. It will not be A Testimony. It will NOT be A Good Witness. It will be Foolish, and offer you the opportunity to be seen on TV In A Bad Light. Many times these situations occur PRECISELY to cause a problem, and the wise move is to let them know you are busy, and give them two suggestions of other businesses that might be able to help them.
You do not owe anyone your opinions, or your reasons.

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Politics involves strategy. Your vote not only goes for your "guy", it also serves to cancel out an opposing vote. Staying home because your guy didn't win the nomination provides a "gimme" for the opposition, and frankly teaches you a bad habit.
This is not about who got the most Valentines in fourth grade. This is about the immediate future of the nation, and for our kids and grandkids.
"Gramma, why did you help (insert loathsome monster HERE) ruin America?"
"Well, honey, I felt bad because Ben Carson didn't make the cut, so I stayed home to show EVERYBODY, and send a message by Pouting a Great Pout."

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Trump shows up at a Cruz Rally where the doubtable Glenn Beck is to give a speech, likely dictated by The Almighty. The Glenndroids are whinging about Trump "bullying".
Bullying? This is politics, not second grade recess. This is Big Boy stuff, with skinned knees and bloody noses and the occasional broken arm. Bullying? There is a vulgar descriptor that I am struggling not to type. When did we become so lame as adults? Trump shows up at an event. Says hard things. This is life, this is being a grown-up. This is Politics.
Give Beck and his devotees pink anti-bullying shirts, and let them go home and cower.
(This is not a Trump endorsement. This is an Aardvark being incredulous at the childish weenieness displayed by people trying to play at the rough-and-tumble game of National Politics.)
Bullying...FAUGH! Pfui! Other expletive as needed.
Addendum: It was a caucus, where he had a right to be!
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I just coined a word.
"Trollitics"
The most important word for our time!

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So, the Politics of Tantrum continues apace.
Intellectual two-year-olds collapsing to the floor, kicking their sassy little feet and screaming "IF ANYONE BESIDES MY GUY IS THE NOMINEE, THEN I'M GONNA STAY HOME!!!!!!"
"I will aid and abet those who would continue the corrosion of these United States because I ca n't get my way. "
This is NOT a caricature.
Grow up, people. Just...GROW UP!

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I have detested when people display an automatic assumption that people are Out To Do Them Dirty.
Now, given a culture that has consciously rejected things which made for good ethics and doing right, and seeing and experiencing the results play out day-to-day, I have difficulty thinking otherwise.

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The post-WW2 industrial boom in the US is due to one major thing.
We had bombed all of our industrial competitors back to before the industrial revolution. We were the only game in town. Then we rebuilt our competitors.
Barring either our supremacy in a similar war, or our removing people who should not be here from the job pool, we will not ever approach that level of industrial productivity again.

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BEHOLD THE HEDORAH-BURGER!!




Have a great weekend!