I’ve been finding enjoyment on our satellite television with the On Demand feature. While the choices are numerous, the quality choices are limited, however.
I just finished watching virtually all the episodes of Night Court. I met Harry Anderson once, he’s great, and it’s great stuff. And John Larroquette won three Emmys for his roll as the slimeball D.A. Dan Fielding.
Having completed that, it was time for something different. They do have Have Gun – Will Travel. Not the first of the ‘adult’ Westerns in the 50s, but certainly the second. (The first having been Gunsmoke).
Richard Boone’s hard living hadn’t yet completely ravaged his once handsome face. And the stories are not just gratuitous violence, they are morality tales for a simpler time.
I do mean the 1950’s, not the 1880’s…
I often chuckle at a childhood memory surrounding this, though. When the show started in 1957, I had just began school and was reading, reading well. But there were many words I didn’t yet understand. What kind of a stupid first name IS WIRE, anyway? :-)
Some of you may recognize the post title as the theme song to the film and TV show M.A.S.H. It’s ironic.
It’s obvious from the outpouring of emotion that the recent suicide of actor/comedian Robin Williams touched many people. And caused THEM pain.
As a libertarian, I believe I’ve the right to do with my own body as I wish. You do, too. As long as it doesn’t affect other people negatively.
And there’s the rub.
I can eat more than is healthy, eat the ‘wrong’ foods, smoke or drink if I wish, watch ‘questionable’ videos, read unsavory material, and most of this doesn’t directly affect my family, friends, or former coworkers.
But, what if I choose to do something permanent…?
Why is it it appears the more artistic of us are the most tortured? Or is that a misconception based on the fact famous people get the media attention?
When I heard about Robin Williams, my first thought was he has children. And based on that fact alone, he should not have taken this path.
And then I thought of Ernest Hemingway, another artistic person with issues who ended his own life. And Vincent Van Gogh. And so many others.
If you have such issues, please get help! Know that there are people out there who care. And that the World would be lacking without you.
h/t The Actor’s Studio
When I was growing up, I wanted to join The Boy Scouts. They seemed cool, but, I was too young. There was The Cub Scouts, though! And one could evolve into a Boy Scout from there. I convinced my parents I should join.
I think I was in the Fourth Grade. I became a Bobcat, a newbie. My parents never even sprung for a full uniform, just the shirt, bandana and cap. And I had to walk about a mile to my den mother’s house on meeting days. At least I got to hang with other boys my age, and we sometimes did cool stuff.
But, soon, my den mother moved away, and no provision had been made for us to transfer to another den. By default, I left. No Boy Scouts for me!
But one of my fondest memories of The Cub Scouts was the Scout Oath. Not the solemnity or the promise. The language.
In the early 60’s, the counterculture wasn’t yet tipified by the hippie. It was the beatnik that brought societal scorn. As typified by the character Maynard G. Krebs on The Dobie Gillis Show. (the G stood for Walter, it was silent!)
When something was mainstream, whitebread, uncool, the beatnik said it was SQUARE.
And The Cub Scout Oath (of that era) was:
I, _________, promise to do my best
To do my duty to God and my country,
To be square, and
To obey the Law of the Pack.
Now, sometime after 1964, the changed the oath to read to help other people, instead of to be square.
I wonder if that was because every boy jack of us said the oath as follows:
…To be a square…
Not really comprehending what being square meant.
Being on an extremely limited disability income, I sometimes (often) find myself in a financially uncomfortable situation. Often a week or more before my stipend is due to arrive. I wish I could say it was because of extravagance, but more often than not it’s because of a math error.
Fortunately, I am sometimes assisted by my friends. I am most blessed.
And yes, today, I AM SQUARE.
I AM ALSO A SQUARE! I need one of these!
Today is the anniversary of the cold-blooded murder of actress Sharon Tate and her friends. Tomorrow will be the anniversary of the murder of the LaBiancas, also by The Manson ‘Family’.
You may visit the wikilink above for the particulars. Make certain you are of strong stomach before so doing.
(I originally was going to post unedited crime scene photos here. Decorum said to do otherwise. Those with such an interest may find them on Google or Bing.)
These brutal and gruesome murders of West Coast elite took place in 1969 California. By persons using guns and knives against others who had no means of self defense. In their own homes.
And that’s my point.
These folks had no reason to suspect massive home invasions were about to occur against them. And while California had restrictive firearms laws in place then, possession of them in one’s own home was pretty easy.
And none of those victims availed themselves of their rights.
This is not intended to scare you, unnecessarily. It IS, however, intended to scare you necessarily.
Even if you don’t want to carry a firearm with you in your travels, it behooves you to get an ‘appropriate’ one, learn how to use it and keep it in your home. Just as you would a fire extinguisher.
Home invasion crime is at an all-time high. If it happens to you and your family, I hope the miscreants are just looking for valuables, not torture, rape and murder.
Guess you’ll have to ask them when you see them…
I’ve stated before, I’m a believer in the conspiracy theory of history. Not that all heinous acts (like political assassinations) are accomplished by groups, with accessories-after-the-fact to cover it up, but that some are, and we need to continue to look at all such acts and their aftermaths to determined what actually happened. Who were the participants? What were the motivations? And most importantly:
QUI BONO? (Who benefits?)
(from Clayton Cramer)
July 28, 2014 Houston Chronicle reports that a case is going forward concerning whether the FBI is withholding evidence:
He says the FBI won’t release videos that show a second person was with Timothy McVeigh when he parked a truck outside the Oklahoma City federal building and detonated a bomb that killed 168 people.
The government says McVeigh was alone.
U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups sent the case to trial after remaining unsatisfied with the FBI’s responses in the five years since the lawsuit was filed.
This is a very interesting case. I was glad that McVeigh admitted his guilt in this matter because from reading the transcripts of his trial, it is pretty clear that the federal prosecutor failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that McVeigh did it. There was certainly evidence that supported that claim, but it is was not spectacularly impressive, and McVeigh’s defense attorney Stephen Jones did a spectacular job of poking big gaping holes in the government’s claims. Perhaps the most important is the questions raised about the leftover leg. (Did 168 people die in this tragedy, or 169? The leftover leg raised some serious questions.)
The claim that a second person was involved was based on eyewitness reports (which are often unreliable) and the FBI’s initial attempts to locate a second person of interest (of Middle Eastern appearance). There have long been questions about whether there might have been Iraqi involvement in this bombing. McVeigh’s partner, Terry Nichols was in a Philippines hotel at the same time as some of the people involved in the first World Trade Center bombing, such as Ramzi Youssef, and by some accounts, actually met with him. (…)
I know there has always been conspiratorial chatter about such events, in part because our collective psyches don’t want to believe one man is capable of such horror.
But sometimes, where there’s smoke, there’s fire.
Remember the phrase above, with regard to what appeared to be terrorist activity?
A number of folks have been caught – or at least their damage minimized – by taking such an action.
I, personally, found a credit card account (obviously being used to launder money) in the name of a now-infamous convicted terror suspect – when I worked @ TMCCC. (Providing more identifiers may be a violation of government secrecy laws!)
And, of course, the whole ‘guy rats out the intelligence community for numerous privacy violations against legitimate citizens’ thing!
We should all be proud of ourselves.
But, sometimes, finking goes too far!
Welcome to the New World Order.
So…what is the difference between being vigilant with regard to ‘suspicious’ behavior, and being nosy with regard to those folks who simply want to prepare for a downfall in civilization? A zombie apocalypse? An earthquake or hurricane – which the same government has been advising us to prep for such events for years?
Inquiring minds want to know. NO, I really don’t care. I’m tired of the government sticking it’s collective nose into MY business.
Emphasis on the word collective.
h/t Sipsey Street Irregulars
Thanks, Rev. Paul, for the reminder!
Reportedly, Senate Democrats are pushing more gun control, TODAY!
CALL CAPITOL HILL TODAY!
|h/t Rev. Paul, GOA|
My first ‘assault weapon’ (military-styled semi-automatic rifle) was an MAK 90. A Chi-com cheap export.
I’d good friends who knew I was morose about the impending Clinton Assault Weapons Ban, and knew I couldn’t even afford an SKS, so they gifted me one!
Nothing like the government telling Guffaw he cannot have something to get him riled up and make him want one!
I was never much of a rifleman, and didn’t really care about military-style stuff, but Bill Clinton pissed me off! I wasn’t much of a fan of Chi-com imports (supporting the commies, and all), but it was a gift. And it had a decent trigger and shot half-dollar-sized groups offhand @ 25 yards. First thing someone did was to add standard furniture, removing the thumbhole stock. (which I was told later may have been some kind of rule violation) And a sling and a number of very expensive (due to the impending legislation) magazines. ($5.95 30-rounders for $33.00. EACH!)
Of course, she was in the safe when it was taken. Not on my list of the most missed of the missing guns.
Here it is 20 years later and the current president (a more dangerous version of the original bastard) drafts and signs an executive order banning further importation of AK-style rifles. It’s good to be the king!
Now, of course, I want another one!
It’s the principle of the thing!
PS – Word on the ‘Net is there has been a run on AK-style rifles, history repeating itself. Perhaps the Supreme Court will address this legislation-via-edict business and stop The President from making such pronouncements (?)
But kind of…
There’s a lot to love about America and its people: their pioneering spirit, their entrepreneurship, their ability to think outside the box, their passion for the arts, etc. Increasingly, however, as time goes by, I find the things I don’t like about living in a nation that has long since ceased to be a sanctuary for freedom are beginning to outnumber the things I love.
Here’s what I don’t like about living in the American police state: I don’t like being treated as if my only value to the government is as a source of labor and funds. I don’t like being viewed as a consumer and bits of data. I don’t like being spied on and treated as if I have no right to privacy, especially in my own home.
I don’t like government officials who lobby for my vote only to ignore me once elected. I don’t like having representatives incapable of and unwilling to represent me. I don’t like taxation without representation. (THIS is the statement that wins the Internets! – Guffaw)