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  • Cosmos: Carl Sagan (7 DVD Set)
    Cosmos: Carl Sagan (7 DVD Set)
    starring Carl Sagan, Jaromír Hanzlík, Jonathan Fahn, Robert H. Goddard

    I just picked this up.Twenty years plus and its still fun and timely.

  • The Ed Wood Box (Glen or Glenda / Jail Bait / Bride of the Monster / Plan 9 from Outer Space / Night of the Ghouls / The Haunted World of Ed Wood)
    The Ed Wood Box (Glen or Glenda / Jail Bait / Bride of the Monster / Plan 9 from Outer Space / Night of the Ghouls / The Haunted World of Ed Wood)
    Image Entertainment

    How can you not love this mans movies?

  • Rickles' Book: A Memoir
    Rickles' Book: A Memoir
    by Don Rickles

    Just started this.

  • Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey [Blu-ray]
    Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey [Blu-ray]
    starring Neil Degrasse Tyson, Tom Konkle

    Teriffic stuff.


Obscure Joke of the Week.

Werner Karl Heisenberg was driving through Pasadena when he was stoped by a motorcycle cop.


"Do you know how fast you were going?" asked the officer.


"No sir, but I know exactly where I am."


Ted Nugent (As if Anybody Cared)

In a December 4 column for conspiracy website WND, alleged former rock star  Ted Nugent gave  to world what he calls "a Great Compromise". 

A compromise that would trade closing the gun show loophole for closing what he deemed "the federal voting loophole." His proposal, disenfranchising all individuals who do not pay federal income tax . 

Then, he would agree to close the "gun show loophole." Here suffering from "Cat Scratch Fever"

Implementing this plan would involve taking away the vote from a large number of Americans who work but do not owe federal income taxes as well as retirees and some individuals who cannot work because of illness or disability.

Ted seems to think this is a compromise that both sides can live with. 

I think Ted did a lot more drugs that I did back when.


You Too Can Guru

Now, the secrets of spreading Cosmic Bullshit can be yours. 

Aint you glad you asked.


When people act with absolute knowledge, this how they behave.

You know, I've lived a few years, and as such I've seen that there is not so much evil in the world as there is misdirected good. 

Run that through your mind a few times today. 

A real problem is when people are so sure they are right that they don't allow for any other opinion than there own. My own observation is that this "my way or the highway" crap comes from people who are so insecure in their own world view that they need others to embrace it so to validate themselves.

People who cannot live with their own doubt must control the actions and beliefs of others. They must, at all cost, make others conform to their view or they loose the battle for their own soul. Or at least they appear to think.

Absolutism means you  must make everyone just like you. Even at the cost of another living fully functioning human being. 

Jacob Bronowski, in his excellent television series, The Accent of Man" says it here in words and images that far out weigh anything I can type in a blog. 


I Used To Vote For The Occasional Republican.

It's true. There was a time when I thought that perhaps this or that Republican was better qualified than my own party's choice. And without looking over my shoulder, and holding my head up, I would cast my ballot proudly for a member of the "loyal opposition " . 

Boy, there's a term you don't hear anymore.

Today, I live in a state where the GOP candidate sometimes runs unposed . But that's a whole other subject.

As recently as thirty years ago ( wait until you hit your sixties and that wording won't sound as absurd) our current president would be considered a moderate republican by most standards.

The current opposition paints him with a word pallet using words like socialist and radical. I've even seen protest signs calling him a communist and a fascist at the same time. Do these people have any sense of history?

The GOP seems to have been overrun by zealots, with zero tolerance for things that are basic to the American style of Republican/Democracy. Ideas like debate and compromise are held at arms length, like some dead rat found on a kitchen floor.

I'm sorry it's come to this.

The legislator from my current home state, Senator Hatch, was good friends with Senator Kennedy. They lunched together quite often I'm told. These days I disagree a lot with the Senator from Utah, but I still respect him, as well as his office. Now this man is facing opposition from members of his own party, because he is not perceived as conservative enough.

Yes, I voted for President Obama , twice, (in two different elections) . Have I been disappointed ? Some. You could argue, I feel, that I'm still voting for a Republican now and then. Just one from thirty years ago.

But I haven't given up on my ideals, and I haven't lost sight of the idea of compromise .

That's it. No pictures, no video, no links. Just the way I feel.

Any (rational) comments?