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Friday, February 05, 2016

Messages of Sending



The "magic dirt" theory is tragic. Crossing the border and setting foot on American soil will not confer "Good American" powers to the crosser. This is akin to expecting your little sister to be able to effectively play Dungeons and Dragons wandering into your game, when all she has played before is "Candyland" . Public education is not helping, because the history texts are anemic. Just being here will not bring the immigrant (documented or not) up to speed with what has made America, America. Growing up in oppressive socialist regimes is what they will bring with them, rather like the people who flee California because of taxes and oppressive regulation, then proceed to turn Montana into the very thing they fled from, because that is what they know.
Immigrants' studying of American History and successfully being tested on it used to be a requirement for citizenship.
Perhaps this should be a requirement across the board, even if you're born here.

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If the whole point is to make you feel good about yourself for having Participated In The Process and Having Sent A Message, then no, there is no such thing as a wasted vote.

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I love it when commenters refer to "Anonymous" as an individual.


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I have a VERY high tolerance for woowoo. That said, last night I woke up, and "Caravan to Midnight" was playing on my cell phone.
The guest was named "Aurora Light", and the host, normally level-headed and polite in the face of the incredible, called her story "woowoo" to her face, and kept making aside comments, all in good humor, and Ms. Light took it in stride. She came across like Scully and Mulder at the Waffle House, and Aurora was their new-age waitress.
I actually had to turn it off.

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I saw this quote regarding Bernie Sanders' loss in Iowa:
"I think this is a big win for him"
No comment.


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The spin is reaching lightspeed.
(This is not an endorsement, it is a comment.)
The Trump upset is being described as "Iowa voting AGAINST Trump". That is pure spin. Iowa voted FOR Cruz, and then FOR Trump.
Math is hard.
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That said, a word of admonition:
The word is "pundit", not "pun-DINT".

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All the flailing about landfills. Arthur C.Clarke has it right.
All of the old dumps and landfills will be our future urban mines.


















Friday, January 29, 2016

Withering Heights



WVNN advert guy.
Put DOWN the Hi-Q music library...
Back slowly away.

This guy drops "Donna Reed music" behind every straight VO national ad they get. He also thinks he's the new Daws Butler. Tragic, really.

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Charter, I was considering doing cable again.
You do not carry NHK World.
You LOSE.
Good DAY, sir.
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UN Thinking:
“Land…cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market. Private land ownership is also a principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth, therefore contributes to social injustice.” From the report from the 1976 UN’s Habitat I Conference.

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My comment on "FairTax"discussion:

Y'know, guys, if all the people who sagely intone "It'll never happen" worked toward it, well, it could happen.


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I am worn out with "conservative" pages whining the endless whine about the President, and Congress, and the Senate, and the Supremes, and lobbyists...but none of them are ganging up to go to Washington to clog the marble halls and demand serious face-time with every single rep and senator there, literally clogging up the works until what we want gets done.
Forget about "sacred honor"...these people cannot be bothered to hop a bus to Washington.

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I am an animation voice guy. No, not a voice actor, but an aficionado of fine and vintage voice artists. Most of what people my age grew up with was thanks to old time radio actors moving into the new medium of television. We had men and women who could portray characters convincingly by voice alone, unlike the pretty-face actors employed today for name recognition, who mumble their way through their roles with colorless tapioca pudding readings.
This rant being made, I was watching the original "Jonny Quest" series whilst printing last night, and realised with horror that rather than have the credits specific to each episode, the DVD producers cookie-cuttered one set of credits onto all of the episodes, effectively expunging many fine voice actors like Vic Perrin (a real JQ workhorse...I mean, they left out the voice actor of DOCTOR ZIN??!) and J. Pat O'Malley. Such laziness I despise, and frankly, I find it akin to erasing several signers of the Declaration of Independence. One should receive credit for one's efforts.

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"The X Files" is not having to find its stride. It hit it on the first step.

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As much as I love the Eagles from Space:1999 (really, the best actors in the show!) I would not trust one on atmospheric re-entry.
Weatherly Hardy's photo.

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I love that "The X Files" is being sponsored by "X-COM 2".

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If the con wants you to sign a "Code of Conduct" document to attend, or vend, say goodbye. Big Brother is watching.

My concern is the burgeoning popularity of con CoCs, especially in the sci fi cons. If you don't read carefully, you can wind up being sacked for saying something verboten, or harboring Hurtful Opinions, or Triggering.

I am not overstating this.


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MAJOR X-Files spoiler, cos I don't care!! Scully tries to talk Mulder out of beliefs.

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The snow is so lovely as it falls, and the hush as the world is wrapped in cotton-wool is delightful to hear.
Then it melts the next day, and everything just looks like leprosy.


















Saturday, December 26, 2015

Cool Yule, Y'all!

I, your errant Aardvark, hope that you all had a delightful Christmas, and a fulsome Boxing Day tomorrow to you!

A Happy and Prosperous New Year as well!
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...And as the High Aardvark of Christmas, I hereby abolish the use of the term "cray-cray".
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"I do not own the rights to this song."
Then why are you posting it online?
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Why must you ruin burgers, pizzas and Philly cheesesteaks with Pretzel?
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Evangelical voters, if you go all one-issue and foul up the next election, it won't be because you love the Lord.
It will be because you're stupid.
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Supermarionation...IN HELL!!!



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The Lisa Frank dystopian vision: "(a) rainbow coated, sparkle laden, unicorn prancing fascist state".
Thanks, James Hatton. My mind's-eye burns, and I may never sleep again.
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I cannot fathom the mindset that pits one set of evil-doing against another set of evil-doing, to make the second set somehow not-as-bad as the first set.
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It's STILL too soon for Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru jokes.
*snif*
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So we find that "FAIR" is a great and admirable concept.
...Until YOU are the one who needs to be fair.
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The Alabama airwaves are abuzz with talk of Gov. Bentley wanting an increase in state gasoline taxes. These are what fund road work, and we need MAJOR road and bridge-work in the state, so overall, I don't have a huge problem with it. Two things...turn Zeigler loose on ALDOT to find areas ripe for belt-tightening, and then....
Y' know the little signs all over AL secondary roads with a bike on 'em? They say "Share The Road". Fine. I'll be happy to share the road if THEY share the upkeep. Since bicyclists don't burn gasoline in their two-wheeler travels, they cannot help THAT way.
I therefore propose that over-the-road bicyclists pay an annual license fee on their bikes, which monies will go DIRECTLY into the State Highway Repair Fund (or whatever it is called). The license monies, beyond the running of the offices to sell the licenses, will go directly and ONLY to that highway upkeep fund.
You heard it here, first. If you share, share it in its entirety.
I'm a smarty every day.
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(17 December)
I will NOT be seeing "The Force Awakens" today. It is my decision. I am waiting until the "new" wears off, and I will not have to contend with a theater infested with people who have no clue as to theater etiquette and protocol.
They don't even speak Bocce.
If I chance upon a spoiler online, so be it. There are only a handful of plots, and I have seen them all.
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I await the cascade of unbelief as people huff and rant about the Syfy channel's "Childhood's End" teleflick. One fellow writes:
"Throughout, I sat in my chair utterly baffled; completely mystified why the Syfy Channel very clearly succumbed to the hackneyed, Hollywood/TV/Media obsession to change *SO MUCH* of the original story." (Jim N.)
I don't know why anyone should be surprised...
Syfy can't even spell their own genre.
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USPS.
Train your people.
Remove the mouth-breathing imbeciles.
We have received three international packages back because you sorted them to THE RETURN ADDRESS. These are printed USPS-type labels through Etsy. This is happening in Huntsville, NOT locally.
Good thing this crew wasn't working in "Miracle on 34th Street". The Santa mail would have been sent to Wedowee, AL.
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(13 December)
Okay, can we just stop with Christmas Presentism, and judging past generations for the gifts they gave and appreciated, based upon our Great Enlightened Opinions?
(See what I did there...?)
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(11 December)
Apparently our Chinese takeout was constructed from road kill. Woke up WA-A-A-A-AY too early with...issues. Tummy is all queasy-like. Clearly a TERRISS attack upon my person. I must contact the Department of Homeland Gastronomy and have it, nay, ALL Chinese places shut down, because TERRISS.
Or, y'know, maybe I just won't go there again....
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This is eminently satisfying:

http://www.slapkirk.com/

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Y'know, if we spent our time thinking it through rather than posting memes engineered to divide us, we might all be a lot better off.
Ju-u-u-u-st maybe....
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I burned my Ouija board in high school.
I was so disappointed when it did not scream.
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I believe that I want to do a series of videos reading books aloud. SHORT books. Short stories. Poetry. Like that.
Any suggestions? (I DO wish to avoid lawsuits....)












Monday, December 14, 2015

The humbug, swatted.






They're doing it wrong! Usually it's class envy and photos of riotous excess (beyond Black Friday hooliganism). Homeless people cold and hungry, because they aren't the other eleven months of the year.

I have not seen the standard media guilt-tripping this year. Not that I miss it, you understand...I just realised in the shower that a button had not been pushed yet. I await the other pointy elf-slipper to drop. We have two weeks to be told that economic disparity is EEEE-vil, and carols of peace toward men of good will are hypocritical in the extreme.

Of course I did see a picture of Mary and Joseph being turned away because they might be terrorists. That's allus a laff-riot!

If you can help a hungry person, a homeless person, a man with no shoes, a single mom needing groceries, and some Christmas joy for her kinder, make it so. Donate money or time to the local soup kitchen. As those bleeding hearts in "A Christmas Carol" said 

"(A) few of us are endeavouring to raise a fund to buy the Poor some meat and drink and means of warmth.  We choose this time, because it is a time, of all others, when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices."

However you celebrate or no, consider those for whom you have been blessed in whatever measure you have been. No guilt, no pressure. Do as you will.

And the other eleven months as well.

Merry Christmas
Happy Holidays.

Blessed days to you all.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Orbital Mechanics

I dunno if I have shared this, but your Aardvark suffers from Short Attention-Span Relationship Disorder. This is NOT equivalent to Roving-Eye Disorder.

If someone is in my immediate orbit, all is well. Regular communication, jollity, a Good Time Is Had By All. If I move away, or, perish forbid, someone else moves away, they are dead to me, practically speaking. I am not describing a jerky "How DARE they leave me?" passive-aggressive response to abandonment, no, but rather a "you are not there to push my 'attend to me' button" response. When someone dies, then they are gone. Period. I do not mourn much, or well. It took over 48 years for me to actually mourn my Momma's demise.

I do in fact view this as pathological, and I have suspicions as to its genesis, but there it is. It bugs me, but I do not wish to feign what I do not feel; neither do I want to ignore them wot I wish to keep in touch wiv.

Please be patient with me. I'm trying.

(He soitainly is...!)

Miscellany

Just gonna say this to all the whiners about Art Bell.
When you have done what he has done, and established paranormal/UFO late night talk as a viable moneymaking format, then you can whinge. Otherwise, shut your pie holes.

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Art Bell has bailed amidst gunshots, fearful women, and a dreadful fanbase.
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I like Gravity Falls better than I like Doctor Who.
There. I said it.
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Apparently our Chinese takeout was constructed from road kill. Woke up WA-A-A-A-AY too early with...issues. Tummy is all queasy-like. Clearly a TERRISS attack upon my person. I must contact the Department of Homeland Gastronomy and have it, nay, ALL Chinese places shut down, because TERRISS.
Or, y'know, maybe I just won't go there again....
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Why exactly does each episode of Space:1999 feel like two-and-a-half hours?



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Dear, dear meme-posting believers:
"Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap." (Galatians 6:7)
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This, from C.H. Spurgeon's FB page.
All that, and he loved cigars, too!



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Gravity Falls is just the best thing EVER.
Except for pie...maybe....
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Y'know, if we spent our time thinking it through rather than posting memes engineered to divide us, we might all be a lot better off.
Ju-u-u-u-st maybe....
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I burned my Ouija board in high school.
I was so disappointed when it did not scream.
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I believe that I want to do a series of videos reading books aloud. SHORT books. Short stories. Poetry. Like that.
Any suggestions? (I DO wish to avoid lawsuits....)

Happy Sunday!



Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Flat Earthers, ahoy!

Someone PLEASE tell me that the whole flat-earth thing is an Onion-type gag.
Please.

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REALLY??
The morning after the show aired in the UK, and you are blathering about key plot points?!
"Who" fandom...I'm done.

Thoughtless, selfish louts.

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Noel and I discussed Needful Things to watch this Christmas (that means AFTER Thanksgiving, BTW).
It's a Wonderful Life
Scrooge (the '70s musical)
Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol
A Claymation Christmas

What are must-sees in your opinion?

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In other news...I want a SPECTRE wedding band.

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A reminder:
Passive Aggressive is not found in the list of the fruit of the Spirit.
Lesson learned: You cannot write reasonably in the face of polemic.

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OK. Everyone who is accusing those of us with...concerns...over the importing of "refugees", most of whom are military-age men, not mothers wi' wee bairns, it's time to put up.
How many are you going to invite into your home? How many will you foster with your family?
When you do that, then I'll take your accusations of hypocrisy, and of not caring for my fellow man a little more seriously.

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Let me try it this way. It doesn't matter what group of needy we talk about..."refugees", homeless, veterans. You who would be the Arbiters of Charity and Goodwill, lead the way.

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All righty, then.
I have been thinking. It's OK. It's all good. Bring 'em in. Bring 'em ALL in. If everything goes ginger- peachy, well, I'll repent in dust and ashes and say "Boy! I sure had THAT one wrong.".
But if we become targets, and the beginning of the Caliphate West rears its head, well then, I will surely expect the same courtesies from you.
I believe in charity, and aid, and Helping the Other Guy. I also believe in looking out for my own people, my own nation.
I'm done.Bring on the next flail-fest.

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It doesn't matter if you are an ardent religious person, or an unbeliever, a conservative, or a progressive...
If you have to make up stories or events to support your "side", then you a liar, and the truth is not in you, nor in your issue du jour.
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All right people, just STOP slinging Matthew 25 around at people who are leery of bringing refugees of whatever stripe into the continental US. Jesus was teaching of the individual's responsibility to his neighbor (and Jesus was talking "neighbor", as in Year One...someone who lives close at hand; someone with whom you have to do.) He was not establishing National Public Policy, because, as He proclaims, "My Kingdom is not of this world.".
So stop casting Jesus as a Republican or Democrat, or suggesting that Jesus would Feel the Bern. The transformation He provides is first and foremost individual, personal. Through many individual redemptions, the society can ultimately be transformed, being filled with the redeemed.
Submit to His Lordship, or shut up. Outside of His Lordship, one has no part in His Kingdom, or the Gospel.

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Here is a picture I set up (directed?) at the Classic Movie Monstercon years ago.
Rather proud of this, really....



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Monday, November 16, 2015

Les Folies Terroriste

There is a category error, fueled by emotion. Because the term "refugee" is used does not make it so. That they come from the area and belief-system that has been the source of the terror attacks made so famous should raise an alarm to the thoughtful, but we aren't thinking, we are being guilt-tripped by people. Our President has refused aid to the Mid-Eastern Christians who are being slaughtered because there is no "religious test...that's not who we are!". Apparently there is a negative religious test, then.
If these people need help, then let us set up refugee camps OVER THERE in a neutral country, or on army bases. Why displace them to cultures that may alarm and confuse them?
Help them, yes. Just not over here. If there were only 200 out of 10,000 who turned out to be jihadis, well, that would be 200 terrorists we did not import, and the needy are still helped.
19 guys carried out 9/11. if the reports are correct. The latest Paris attack was what, carried out by fewer than 20? Only takes one suicide bomber to take out a crowd.
Think with your brains, not with other people's security-shaming.