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The Beatles

The Silicon Graybeard (and many others on the ‘Net) reminded me tonight is the 50th anniversary of the Beatles performing on Ed Sullivan.  Their big American break.

A real snooze for me.

1)  I was into classical music – popular music (like Rock and Roll) just didn’t do it for me.  And, I had memories of my Dad ranting about Elvis (and my Sister, the Bobby Soxer, fawning over him) years earlier.

2)  My Dad’s rant continued regarding The Beatles long hair.  “Unkempt, unclean, like a beatnik”, etc.

AND 3)  (most important) being a 6th Grader, I was extremely jealous of the 6th Grade girls fawning all over these British invaders!  What was so special about them, anyway?

Of course, regardless of my and other Dad’s rants, they went on to super stardom and changing the face of music forever.

Used to be there was a derisive term for classical music – longhair music.  Obviously that went out of favor!

National Proletarian Radio

nprI LOVE the concept of National Public Radio.  This assumes it reflects the entire political spectrum, which it does not.  It is not unlike the German Democratic People’s Republic.  It is neither democratic, a republic, nor of the people.  Just because it is so named doesn’t make it so!  (see also Republican Party, Democratic Party, Social Security, free health care).

Irons in the Fire posted recently an independent analysis of an NPR series (from Powerline), with the following results:

My finding is that the series was deeply flawed and should not have been aired as it was.
The series committed five sins that violate NPR’s code of standards and ethics. They were:
1. No proof for its main allegations of wrongdoing;
2. Unfair tone in communicating these unproven allegations;
3. Factual errors, shaky anecdotes and misleading use of data by quietly switching what was being measured;
4. Incomplete reporting and lack of critical context;
5. No response from the state on many key points.

Sadly, I see much of the same with some other NPR content, as well as with so-called ‘public’ television.  It’s sad that those entities can continue to obtain public funds under the guise of serving the public good.  Because they have a political agenda.  And it’s NOT equal time.

I’ll still sometimes listen to Click and Clack or Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me! though.  But, they should be paid for privately.

The Wisdom of Will Rogers

will rogers

Will Rogers was a comedian and actor from the early part of the Twentieth Century.  Before becoming a stage personality, he had actually been a cowboy – some of his act involved lasso tricks!

Will
Rogers, who died in a 1935 plane crash, was one of the
greatest
political sages this country has ever known. 
Some of his sayings:
1.
Never slap a man
who’s chewing tobacco.
2.
Never kick a cow
chip on a hot day.
3.
There are two
theories to arguing with a woman. Neither works.
4.
Never miss a good
chance to shut up.
5.
Always drink
upstream from the herd.
6.
If you find
yourself in a hole, stop digging.
7.
The quickest way
to double your money is to fold it and put it back into your pocket.
8.
There are three
kinds of men:
The
ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them
have to pee on the electric fence and find out for themselves.
9.
Good judgment
comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
10.
If you’re riding’
ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it’s still
there.
11.
Lettin’ the cat
outta the bag is a whole lot easier’n puttin’ it back.
12.
After eating an
entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring.
He
kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him.
The
moral
When you’re full of bull, keep your mouth shut.
ABOUT
GROWING OLDER… 
First
~
Eventually you
will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about
it.
Second
~
The older we get,
the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for. 
Third
~
Some people try to
turn back their odometers. Not me; I want people to know ‘why’ I look this way.
I’ve
traveled a long way, and some of the roads weren’t paved.
Fourth
~
When you are
dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.
Fifth
~
You know you are
getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.
Sixth
~
I don’t know how I
got over the hill without getting to the top.
Seventh
~
One of the many
things no one tells you about aging is that it’s such a nice change from being
young.
Eighth
~
One must wait
until evening to see how splendid the day has been.
Ninth
~
Being young is
beautiful, but being old is comfortable.
Tenth
~
Long ago, when men
cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft.
Today
it’s called golf.

And,
finally ~
If you don’t learn
to laugh at trouble, you won’t have anything to laugh at when you’re old.

h/t my dear sister, Ellie

In Local News…

I’m saddened to report that local radio news personality, famous for 40 years, Bill Heywood, and his wife Susan, were found in a Scottsdale hotel room, together, deceased.
It appears that Susan had some sort of terminal illness, and this was a murder/suicide situation.  A note was left on the door advising there would be dead bodies found inside.
Bill Heywood had been a fixture in Valley radio at KOY, KTAR and KFYI radio.
He is much beloved by his many fans.
(UPDATED NEWS REPORTS THIS AS A PLANNED DOUBLE SUICIDE)
RIP Bill and Susan.

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The Four Rules

1. ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED.

2. NEVER POINT YOUR MUZZLE AT SOMETHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY.

3. KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET AND YOU ARE READY TO SHOOT.

4. KNOW YOUR TARGET AND WHAT'S BEYOND.

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FEAR

"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain." - Bene Gesserit, from Frank Herbert's Dune

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“F**k Civility. Hyperbole, passion, and metaphor are beautiful parts of rhetoric. The marketplace of ideas cannot be toned down for the insane.” - Penn Jillette

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