Thursday Thoughts: Things That Make Me Go “Hmmmmm…” (Re-blogged)

My creative streak continues! I’ve been writing like a fiend, so more excerpts will be posted soon. In the meantime, enjoy these reblogged “Thursday Thoughts!”

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Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings

Ah, but it’s great to have a functioning computer again! It works so well now – yes, I know a thing or two about computers and how they should run, so if something is malfunctioning oddly, and for no apparent reason, then it needs to be looked at by the responsible and / or appropriate party. Sometimes, a customer DOES know what she or he is talking about!

Anyway, I’ve had an enjoyable time over the past two days, grinding in the battlefields, running around collecting bounties until the various campaigns that I was in rolled over for the expected restart, and socked away my hard-earned gold. Even broadcast some of the action, here and there; I hope that you were able to watch a bit of it! Guild-store sales have been good this week, as well. Having a trader helps with that, and selling high-ticket, rare items makes for…

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Random Thursday Ramblings: 20 April 2017

Well, the post I was writing yesterday will have to wait! The unexpected interruption of a power outage yesterday made it impossible to finish my editing and revising. That post will have to wait until tomorrow, which is good; I’ll have more than one post to publish, this way! I can tell that people are unenthused with my own posts, but that’s fine – my blog isn’t just a hub for spitting out other people’s blogs, especially when they’re disinclined to return the favour. Funny how there’s so much talk about driving traffic to blogs, but one can easily use all of the tricks in the book and still not attain the massive levels that others accumulate. I guess I just don’t have the collector / hoarder mentality, which isn’t a bad thing!

Anyway: back to yesterday’s power outage. It happened at around 1152, according to the time / date stamp on the document I was working on. No warning, just *FOOMP* out go the lights and everything else! I went around the house and unplugged some of the surge-protectors (force of habit), turned off any lights that were on, then opened the sliding-glass door to the front deck and stepped outside to listen.

A few minutes later, the sound of emergency-vehicle sirens were rising, seemingly from all directions. It was as if every one of them on the peninsula had been activated and mobilized, and were all converging in one location. After 20 minutes passed, the beating noise of a helicopter could be heard at a great distance. It slowly got closer, and finally the machine itself hove into view. It moved over the treetops, descending at a low rate of speed, and finally dropped out of sight. About 15 minutes later, the helicopter took to the air again and sped off. Conclusion? An accident of horrific proportions had taken place, resulting in a power pole being taken out. Nothing for me to do but make a quick brunch out of my leftover breakfast and finish my coffee before it got cold.

After eating, I got dressed and walked outside to take a stroll around the property. The hubster has branches stacked by the fire-pit to burn later in the week, and I made note of the shrubs near the house and garage that need to be cut back and cleared. The lawn needs to be tilled; I’m hoping that one of the neighbours will lend us their roto-tiller so we can shred some soil – it’s overdue for some earth-turning!
The sun even came out for a while, just as it’s doing right now. It was nice to walk around and enjoy the silence; the only noise was from a few cars passing on a side-street, but other than that, birds and squirrels were my companions.

After about an hour, I went back inside and checked my phone. At least there was a cellular signal, so I was able to send a few texts and keep updated on the Seattle Mariners game. They beat the Miami Marlins 10 – 5 and won that series after being trounced on Tuesday. Almost a dreaded “no-no” game, there! Since there was nothing else that could really be done, I popped open a bottle of ale, sat down in my rocking-chair, and picked up a Stephen King book which I hadn’t finished: a collection of short stories titled The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. I haven’t quite finished it; I marked some of the stories to save for later so that I have some reading to look forward to, and having a nice stack of crossword puzzles helped me not totally devour the book. My mother-in-law sends me some from time to time, and they’re always a nice form of relaxing brain exercise. Still, I need to order some more books soon! See if Kellerman, Coben, King and Koontz have any new offerings out.

The power finally came back on at 2030, but the cable and internet didn’t return until after 2200 or so. It came on fairly late, as the Conan show was on my DVR this morning, recorded as scheduled – I was in bed by then, since I’d woken up early when the hubster headed out for his own truck-hauling adventure. So, that’s what my Wednesday was: a day without power, but it was perfectly enjoyable!

Thursday Thoughts: A Timely Reminder

What an interesting day it was yesterday, to say the least! Not that anything major happened, but something did happen that reminded me of the infrastructures that we all use and rely on, daily, and might tend to take for granted. I’m specifically speaking of the main ways we communicate and get information in this day and age: via the internet and cell phone.

The problem was noticed after waking up and showering, having the morning coffee, putting the garbage out for the weekly pick-up, and turning on the radio for some light, relaxing music at 0645. I plugged in the modem for the computer, but noticed that it wasn’t connecting – it just blinked, indicating that there was an issue with the internet. Another odd thing was this: the digital clocks on the DVD unit and the stove read the correct time, but the ones on the microwave oven and the coffee-maker were blinking as if there had been a power outage. Sometimes, a power outage affects the internet connection, so I wasn’t terribly concerned. I turned on the TV to see if the cable was out as well, since it isn’t unusual to have cable and internet issues following a power surge or outage. All of the channels were blank; nothing was being broadcast. Since the same company provides the internet and cable service, I turned on my cell phone to call and report a service outage – but, there was no cellular service either; not even a 4G signal. Wi-fi was completely non-existent, so the phone was useless unless there was an emergency, as 911 is still active under those conditions. It was quite odd to have all three lines of information inaccessible at the same time, and it got me to thinking: we’re prepared for a lengthy power outage, but having backup access for telephone, internet, and other forms of communication are also necessary – especially in this brave, new world we’re entering in this wonderful year of two-aught-one-seven.

Just the other day, people were stuck at airports because of some mysterious issue with the computer system associated with U. S. Customs. We’ve been aware, for some time now, of hacking and other denial-of-service attacks on everything that is automated and / or computer-controlled. To me, being ultra-reliant on things that can be woefully unreliable isn’t the wisest course – and far too many people take way too many things for granted.

Myself, I rely on my computer and cell phone for many things. If those things are unavailable, however, I know what alternatives I can use to maintain contact with family and friends. Growing up, my family lived in places that had no electricity other than the battery-power provided by the boat engines. I’ve gone months without television, and know what it’s like to have no computer or cell phone – so, I’m not rendered helpless without them. I don’t take those things for granted and expect them to always be there, but I have a feeling that quite a few people worldwide do. I wonder, sometimes…what will those people do if the things that they take for granted disappeared tomorrow? How many people would really be prepared to deal with lack of internet access?

How about you? Would you know how to cope? Would you be able to communicate with family and friends without computer or cell phone? Can you even conceive of that possibility? I can think of probably two people, out of all the blogs I follow, who could answer “Yes” – and I believe them. They demonstrate the ability to do so, in their daily lives! Most people, though, only THINK that they’re prepared…and I seriously doubt their abilities, intellect, self-reliance and competency. Nothing personal, of course!

Oh, in case you wondered, all systems were back on by 1600 hours. This gave me more than enough time to drag old equipment out, dust it off, and test it out. Things that many people consider archaic are life-savers – and they might be needed sooner than we think. It is what it is…being prepared is crucial. I’d rather have something available and not need it, than need it and not have it. That one bit of personal dedication has saved my life more than once. There is something to be said about knowing how to utilize analog equipment in this overly-automated, digital world!

Thundery Thursday!

Ah, what an awesome, excellent day! Any day that I wake up to a thunderstorm – yes, we had yet another one – is an excellent day, in my opinion. Fitting that it would happen on Thursday, which is also Thor’s Day to many, and Donnerstag in parts of Europe. No, I don’t need correction with geography; I know which countries are ‘Germanic’ or ‘Teutonic,’ and don’t feel like listing them all! ‘Donner’ means ‘thunder’ in those countries, so…there you have it, LOL

I’m glad that the final debate is over – I want the election to be, as well. So tired of going anywhere online, even in gaming-world, and seeing the same tired, trite, boring, racist, conspiracy-theory-filled nonsense over and over again. So done with it all. Even relevant news gets shoved to the side for the 24 / 7 political sideshow…I’m just done, and have been done since before this month started, LOL! I’m very glad that I get to vote via mail; my ballot should be arriving any day, now. No later than the 25th, according to the Voter’s Pamphlet received two weeks ago!

I’m going to do some recording tests throughout the day and the weekend, both with gaming and with YouTube, so I’ll be a bit busy and somewhat lax with posting…but, I’ll still be around, so don’t expect that I’ll be silent…

With that, I think that a bit of music is in order…so, enjoy these selections! Talk with you all later.

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Thursday Thoughts…1 October 2015

Well – ’tis a new month! October is here…the year is nearing its end. It sure has flown by; thankfully, I am taking it easy on myself and not putting too much pressure on not meeting some deadlines that I’d hoped to. Part of the reason is that I am facing more disruptions than usual lately…and no, they aren’t game-related! If only they were, LOL – then I’d just shrug and say, “Yep – I’ve been busy gaming and procrastinating!” But, that isn’t the case. More on that later…

I’m pleased to note that I have a total of 82 followers so far! I’d like to say “welcome” to all – as always, I encourage new readers (and old) to check out my ‘About’ page…that will give you a gist of what to expect from my little corner of the interwebs! I have an odd sense of humour and sometimes swear like a sailor, but I’m not a bad person just for having a bit of a foul mouth. I try to keep it in line, but I’m not going to mince words if I feel strongly about something. Anyway, nice to make your acquaintances; if I haven’t followed your respective blogs yet (those of you who have them), please have patience – sometimes I have a hard time finding them! Apologies, too, if it seems that I re-post more than I write, of late – I’ve been reading many more blogs, and many times have found some gems that I think are worth sharing. I also have another installment of my gaming fan fiction coming up…I will do my best to publish it tomorrow morning.

Since it is a new month, I figured I’d check out the news and see what’s been happening in the world lately – seems to be the usual. Politics and the Trump sideshow. Pope Francis visiting the United States, and having some sort of meeting with that hateful wretch down in Tennessee. The head of Planned Parenthood being raked over the coals and verbally slammed into silence at some hearing. More shootings – another seemingly in progress as I type this. An “active shooter” has been reported at Umpqua College in Roseburg, Oregon.

The girls abducted from the school in Chibok, Nigeria, have been away from their families and loved ones for 535 days, now…the days keep adding up. It’s a sad tally, no? That’s one thing I am hopeful for, every day: that they are returned safely and supported in their healing process…their ordeal is surely an unimaginable horror that only other victims could possibly understand.

I’m thoroughly enjoying Trevor Noah as host of the Daily Show – the writing is still great, and he’ll relax into his role as lead anchor as he takes a firmer hold on the reigns of the show. Larry Wilmore continues to entertain as he informs; I absolutely loved it when he had Ahmed Mohammed on his show! Stephen Colbert has been awesome, of course – his notable guests have included First Lady Michelle Obama, actress Lupita Nyong’o, author Stephen King, Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. The interviews have been excellent!

Well, that’s it for now from me. On a final note, I finally got a webcam…apparently, those little contraptions are necessary for promoting things like books!

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Thursday Thoughts…6 August 2015

I have a few random thoughts bouncing around in my head, so I figured that I’d spill them out on a post! I’m not so much perplexed as relaxed, though. I have the day to myself for a change, so it’s nice to be able to think my own thoughts, in peace, without them being burst like so many soap-bubbles. I can actually journal a bit, and draft some ideas for future posts.

I’m not fond of politics, but I don’t bury my head in the sand over them, either. I watch the debates from time to time – DVRed, of course – if only to hear the agendas of each candidate, regardless of what party they claim an affiliation with. I like to see and hear their own words as they say them, without the various spin of whichever ‘news’ outlet airs them later, with their own commentary added. I like to jot down notes and questions I would ask, if I were able to. Of course, I take politics in very small doses…I just want to be politically aware and informed. I always vote – period.

I’m working on a post for tomorrow. If I’m successful in figuring out my Twitch account, I might be posting a gaming scene or three. Otherwise, it will be a little bit about me. I seem to be ‘meeting’ new people every day, so I suppose I could post a couple of interesting and informative things about myself…if anyone is interested, that is.

For example, I have a number of houseplants that are very happy – they have thrived and gotten quite large since moving out of the city. One of them is a mystery to me, though…it seems to be a type of fern, but I have no idea what it’s called or what part of the world it is native to. Below is a picture of it; can anyone out there identify it? I would love to have a name for it! It’s the second one of this type I’ve had; the first one was a birthday present to me on my 10th birthday, from a friend of the family. I left it behind when I left home and didn’t think that I would find another like it, until a former co-worker gave it to me because she didn’t know how to take care of it, and it was dying. I’m glad that I was able to rescue it!

On a final note, I’ve been thinking of changing my avatar. It would be the first obvious change made since I began this blog in 2011, and I’m not one to stagnate – change is good, and a different avatar couldn’t hurt, I suppose. Just don’t expect me to use a personal picture!

What do you think? Hey – here’s a good time to do my first poll, ever!   😀

The poll will be up for a week – I’ll make my decision on Friday, 14 August, so everyone will have plenty of time to vote and weigh in! I’m also going to change my personal comment, as far too many people seem to be saying ” ’nuff said,” lately…so I need to have more of a personal quote, LOL

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Thursday Thoughts on Friday…

I had a “Thursday Thoughts” post all planned out yesterday, but an unexpected internet outage made it impossible to do anything. Here it is, along with some Friday music!

First off, the new moon was last Wednesday (15 July 2015), which also marked St. Swithin’s Day. I first heard that day referenced on an episode of The Simpsons and decided to look up its significance – it’s pretty interesting. From Project Britain:

“St. Swithin’s Day is 15 July, a day on which people watch the weather for tradition says that whatever the weather is like on St. Swithin’s Day, it will continue so for the next forty days.

There is a weather-rhyme is well known throughout the British Isles since Elizabethan times. copied from projectbritain.com

image: cathedral‘St. Swithin’s day if thou dost rain
For forty days it will remain
St. Swithin’s day if thou be fair
For forty days ’twill rain nae mair.’

dost = does
thou = you
nae mair = no more.

Who was St. Swithin?

St. Swithin (or more properly, Swithun) was a Saxon Bishop of Winchester. He was born in the kingdom of Wessex and educated in its capital, Winchester. He was famous for charitable gifts and building churches.”

Ida B. Wells-Barnett: 16 July 1862 – 25 March 1931

On Thursday, 16 July, the Google doodle honoured Ida B. Wells-Barnett, noted African-American journalist, newspaper editor, suffragist, sociologist, Georgist, and early leader in the Civil Rights Movement. From Black Past:

Activist and writer Ida B. Wells-Barnett first became prominent in the 1890s because she brought international attention to the lynching of African Americans in the South. Wells was born a slave in Holly Springs, Mississippi, in 1862. At the age of 16, she became primary caregiver to her six brothers and sisters, when both of her parents succumbed to yellow fever.  After completing her studies Rust College near Holly Springs where her father had sat on the board of trustees before his death, Wells divided her time between caring for her siblings and teaching school. She moved to Memphis, Tennessee, in the 1880s.

Wells first began protesting the treatment of black southerners when, on a train ride between Memphis and her job at a rural school, the conductor told her that she must move to the train’s smoking car. Wells refused, arguing that she had purchased a first-class ticket. The conductor and other passengers then tried to physically remove her from the train. Wells returned to Memphis, hired a lawyer, and sued the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Company. The court decided in her favor, awarding Wells $500. The railroad company appealed, and in 1887, the Supreme Court of Tennessee reversed the previous decision and ordered Wells to pay court fees. Using the pseudonym “Iola,” Wells began to write editorials in black newspapers that challenged Jim Crow laws in the South. She bought a share of a Memphis newspaper, the Free Speech and Headlight, and used it to further the cause of African American civil rights.

After the lynching of three of her friends in 1892, Wells became one of the nation’s most vocal anti-lynching activists. Calvin McDowell, Thomas Moss, and Henry Stewart owned the People’s Grocery in Memphis, but their economic success angered the white owners of a store across the street. On March 9, a group of white men gathered to confront McDowell, Moss, and Stewart. During the ensuing scuffle, several of the white men received injuries, and authorities arrested the three black business owners. A white mob subsequently broke into the jail, captured McDowell, Moss, and Stewart, and lynched them.

Ms. Wells-Barnett made a stand against discrimination approximately 70 years before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on that bus in Montgomery, Alabama. From the Huffington Post:

When Ida B. Wells was 22, she was asked by a conductor of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad Company to give up her seat on the train to a white man. She refused, and the conductor attempted to forcibly drag her out of her seat.

Wells wouldn’t budge.

“The moment he caught hold of my arm I fastened my teeth in the back of his hand,” she wrote in her autobiography. “I had braced my feet against the seat in front and was holding to the back, and as he had already been badly bitten he didn’t try it again by himself. He went forward and got the baggageman and another man to help him and of course they succeeded in dragging me out.”

The year was 1884 — about 70 years before Rosa Parks would refuse to give up her seat on an Alabama bus.

Wells’ life was full of such moments of courage and principle. Born into slavery in Holly Springs, Mississippi in 1862, Wells was a vocal civil rights activist, suffragist and journalist who dedicated her life to fighting inequality.

On July 16, Wells’ 153rd birthday, Google honored the “fearless and uncompromising” woman with a Doodle of her typing away on typewriter, a piece of luggage by her side.

16 July also marked the anniversary of the first atomic explosion, conducted in Alamogordo, New Mexico, in 1945. “Trinity” was the code name of the test, which was part of the Manhattan Project. That such horror could willfully be used on human beings after witnessing it, simply boggles the mind…

Two centenarians made the news; one local, one national. Locally, a woman who turned 108 years old on Saturday, 18 July, threw out the first pitch at the Seattle Mariners baseball game. She was escorted by a daughter and a grand-daughter and appeared to have enjoyed herself greatly…especially since the Mariners won the game that evening!

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Nationally, Ms. Emma Didlake, the oldest living veteran in the United States, met with President Obama in the Oval Office on 18 July – she is 110 years of age. From the Huffington Post:

President Barack Obama met in the Oval Office on Friday with Emma Didlake, a 110-year-old who is the oldest living veteran in the United States.

Didlake joined the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps in 1943 as a 38-year-old with five children, and served as a private and driver, WJBK reported. She earned the Women’s Army Corps Service Medal, American Campaign Medal and World War II Victory Medal for her service. After leaving the military, Didlake joined the Detroit chapter of the NAACP, and marched with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963, according to WJBK.

Last Friday, 17 July, marked the Yamaboko Junko parade, the larger of two parades held during the Gion Matsuri Festival – the smaller parade is being held today. From Japan Guide – Kyoto:

Gion Matsuri (祇園祭), the festival of Yasaka Shrine, is the most famous festival in Japan. It takes place over the entire month of July. There are many different events, but the grand procession of floats (Yamaboko Junko) on July 17 is particularly spectacular. Very enjoyable, are also the festive evenings preceding the procession (Yoiyama). From 2014, a second procession of floats was reintroduced on July 24 after a hiatus of 48 years. The second procession features fewer and smaller floats than the one on July 17.

Floats and History

The word Yamaboko refers to the two types of floats used in the procession: the 23 yama and 10 hoko. One of the main reasons the Gion Matsuri is so impressive is the enormity of the hoko, which are up to 25 meters tall, weigh up to 12 tons, and are pulled on wheels as big as people. Both yama and hoko are elaborately decorated and represent unique themes. The procession on July 17 features 23 yama and hoko, including most of the particularly impressive hoko, while the procession on July 24 features the remaining ten yama and hoko.

Another reason for the festival’s impressiveness is its long and almost uninterrupted history. It dates back to 869 as a religious ceremony to appease the gods during the outbreak of an epidemic. Even today, the festival continues the practice of selecting a local boy to be a divine messenger. The child cannot set foot on the ground from the 13th until after he has been paraded through town on the 17th.”

That’s something I’d love to see in person, someday.

Finally, today marks the observance of Children’s Day in Vanuatu. In Vanuatu, Children’s Day is celebrated on the July 24. “Stop violence against children”, and “Give a child the chance to express their opinion today”. After the march there are speeches and activities organized by schools, including a dance. Then, after midday, children return home to spend time with their parents for the rest of the day. Children’s Day is a public holiday, set up following a recommendation of the Committee on the Rights of the Child. A group of people in the United Nations monitor and protect children’s rights. A committee, with both adult and child members, organizes activities. In the past, a committee of adults has chosen the theme – but in the future children may help choose it.

Children’s Day originally took place only in the capital of Vanuatu, but it has now been extended to all 6 provinces. Schools, churches, local governments of the provinces and other local organizations all organize activities. Save the Children supports one Children’s Day activity in each province, selecting it from the many requests they receive for support. In 2008, one of the activities supported by Save the Children was a sports day between many different schools.

I’m sure I’ve rambled on long enough, so I’ll close with a song. I’m enjoying the new acquaintances I’m making online, both in-game and here on my little blog. Nice to meet all of you. Glad you stopped in to visit, and I hope you enjoyed your stay. Have a great weekend, everyone!  🙂

 

Thursday Thoughts: Censorship

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Here we go again. I’m getting a bit tired of people who would rather talk about the confederate battle flag than discuss the real issue of racism and domestic terrorism in this country. It’s now become a red flag to be waved in the faces of others; knee-jerk reactionaries on both sides of the issue are distracting and detracting from what really needs to be talked about. What offends me most is that I have to take a position and kinda-sorta defend it! Here’s why: because of a television show from the 80s that I and my brothers used to watch, called The Dukes of Hazzard. From IMDb:

Cousins Bo and Luke Duke and their car “General Lee”, assisted by Cousin Daisy and Uncle Jesse, have a running battle with the authorities of Hazzard County (Boss Hogg and Sheriff Coltrane), plus a string of ne’er-do-wells often backed by the scheming Hogg.”

Note that it is listed as a “Family Classic.” Anyway, because of the flag flap, the show has been pulled from whichever stations currently air it so that the “General Lee” can be ‘sanitized for your protection.’ I disagree with that being done – the show should air as it originally did, with the offending flag on top of the car. What good will come from deleting it from the show? Answer: not a damn thing, other than maintaining the advertising revenue of those television channels…which, if I’m not mistaken, still air shows such as Little House on the Prairie and The Waltons. I distinctly recall a specific episode of “Little House” which had a special guest star: Todd Bridges, who played Willis on “Diff’rent Strokes.” He spoke the N-word in that episode; I’m quite sure that word has never been erased, edited or bleeped out of said episode.

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Digressing: a Masters golf champion named Bubba Watson currently owns the original “General Lee,” and he wants to replace the confederate battle flag on that car with the American battle flag. Others are freaking out over his personal decision, claiming that he’s ‘destroying an icon.’ No…no, he isn’t – destroying it would be putting it into one of those old car-mashers! If he wants to paint it over then that is his right to do so, because that vehicle is now his own personal property – he can do whatever he damn well likes with it! This is what many people are overlooking: the request has been to remove the confederate battle flag from PUBLIC PROPERTY. Do whatever the hell you like on your own PRIVATE PROPERTY, provided you aren’t breaking the laws of your city, county, parish, state, or whatever. If people aren’t intelligent enough to know the difference, then it would be nice if they would kindly shut the fuck up.

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When the Disney ‘classic’ Fantasia was originally released, there were some extremely racist images in it. Those images were removed when the movie was re-released in Y2K, solely for sales purposes. Still, who can forget The Song of the South, or Dumbo? Let’s get real, here: erasing and ‘sanitizing’ things doesn’t do much good, and really serves no purpose in the grand scheme of things. This country has a racist past and that past still influences things today – whitewashing and revising the history doesn’t help matters any.

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In my own collection of VHS tapes, I have Bugs Bunny Classics, Bugs Bunny Wartime Cartoons, and one simply titled “Weird Cartoons” – that one has oh-so-priceless gems such as Little Black Sambo and “Scrub Me Momma With a Boogie Beat.” The voices in the last one are done by the Andrews Sisters…you know, those women who originally sang “Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy (of Company B).” Why do I possess those things, you might ask? Simple: for the same reason that I own the special edition of Reefer Madness – because I can.

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I was inspired to write this post because of the new season of Key & Peele, which aired last night. I personally think that the show is hilarious; obviously, others will disagree. Do I think that some of the sketches fall flat? Of course. Do I think that everything they do is funny? Not really, any more than I think that every single episode of South Park is funny. There are at least three episodes of South Park (over how many years?) that I find completely unwatchable. But guess what I do? I don’t send endless letters to Comedy Central about it…when those episodes air, I turn off the television and do something else. I can’t and won’t tell anybody what they should watch, read, or listen to. I sure as hell don’t need others telling ME what to watch, read, or listen to. Some people love The Boondocks –  I fail to see why, but again – I change the channel or turn the TV off when that bit of tripe airs.

So, Bubba, go ahead and paint over the flag on the top of the “General Lee” – it’s your vehicle. TV stations, don’t erase the flag in the show – leave it as it is. For that matter, put The Cosby Show back on the air: after all, what is happening now has nothing to do with the show, right?

Censorship sucks – especially when it’s gratuitously selective, as it is with every single nude scene in every movie and TV show. If I have to see barely covered breasts and tons of female ass on TV – and that’s just in the commercials – then get some hard-bodied men in the same scene. Be sure to get some nice close-ups of semi-erect members, barely covered by tight boxer-briefs. Kind of like Anthony Wiener’s junk, but better displayed. It’s only fair, IMHO…

 

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