Thursday, August 4, 2016

Blowing the cobwebs out of my mind

  • Clint Eastwood is fed up with PC.  I caught part of Any Which Way You Can last night.  Trivia notes: A different primate was used for Clyde, as the original orangutan had grown too big.  In the scene where Philo takes Clyde to a motel for a conjugal visit, I thought I saw a blip from Bedtime for Bonzo flash across the TV the drunk motel attendant was watching. When Clint became mayor of Carmel, CA, RWR is said to have phoned the actor to ask "What's an actor who once appeared with a monkey in a movie doing in politics?"  The director of Bedtime for Bonzo (and some episodes of Leave it to Beaver) later had a successful career as producer of a top late night talk show.
  • But no one can make the left more apoplectic than Ted Nugent.  Someone protesting an upcoming appearance in Minnesota described the gonzo musician as "[tolerant] of racism, anti-Semitism, misogyny, xenophobia, ableism, and incivility toward people who protest his remarks".  Ableism? BTW, it's also rumored he's crossed against the light, jaywalked, and once left chewing gum under a table at Dairy Queen.
  • Knowing his disdain for prosecutors, I am surprised the circus blogger did not pick up on this news story.
  • China's 'one child' policy, which began in the 1970s, is being phased out. Since about 1990, about 60% of the country's primary schools have closed.  Estimates - some disputed - say that 400 million females were aborted, sometimes against the will of the parents.  The effect has been overcrowded and polluted cities, and underpopulated rural areas.  China will need a massive influx of foreign workers to bridge the gap for at least a generation until normal population trends take hold.
  • Tell me what you want, what you really, really, want.  Apparently, most environmental groups won't support carbon tax plans if they're revenue neutral.  Well, isn't that special?  So, do they want to decrease carbon emissions, or grow taxes?
  • Leptokurtosis - I looked it up so you won't have to.  It's not contagious.  I learned the word after watching an interview with JPM Chase's Jamie Dimon, in which he referenced a possible "fat tail event" regarding Brexit, which has nothing to do with WJC chasing interns.  Black Swan Theory is related, but not synonymous with the term.
  • Here's an old concept that has resurfaced as a result of BLM.  OK, the forty acres are in Alaska.  And ole Bessie is ornery as a, well, you know.
  • Your newfangled ways frighten and confuse me.  This guy coulda been a lawyer.
  • Carlos Norris for President.  In the past week, I caught part of a couple of Missing In Action movies.  As a POW/laborer, Col. Braddock is promised freedom if he will sign a document stating he committed crimes against Viet Nam.  His captors additionally taunt him by telling him his wife is getting ready to marry another man.  Dude, it's classic psy-ops. Norris/Braddock of course succeeds in eliminating the prisoner camp, amid lots of gunfire and explosions.
  • They never are.  I wonder if the captors intercepted a letter from her.
  • The other night, I heard a familiar tune on The Andy Griffith Show, featuring Andy and some bluegrass/jug band players (whom I later learned were The Dillards).  I was a bit surprised, as I'd always thought it was from a Burt Reynolds/Jon Voight/Ned Beatty/Ronny Cox film.  Turns out the tune predated both screen appearances.
  • This will make ComKev - and anyone else - weep for the species.
  • As I was on a bike ride last night, well over a dozen flippin' idjits with cellphones in hand blocked a bike path bridge.  Apparently Pokémon was hiding under the bridge or such.
  • I have been riding for about a week now, since I found my compressor wasn't really broken.  Fattening my calves for the killing.
  • A newly-wed Tom and Roseanne Arnold appeared on the Carson show last night, talking about their derriére tattoos.  So classy, those two, although by this century's standards, they almost seem quaint.

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