30 Year Old Songs

Over at JayG’s site Marooned, I learned that Michael Jackson’s Thriller is 30 years old.  JayG was amazed that his 9 year old daughter knew all of the words to a 30 year old song and stated that he wouldn’t have known the words to a 30 year old song when he was 9 (in 1980).

I used my Google-Fu to find out that Gene Autry’s Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer came out in 1950.  I’m sure JayG’s little girl knows that song even better than Thriller.

So I decided to check on what songs were 30 years old when I was 9 (1973) – yes, I am older than JayG.

Hits of 1943:

As Time Goes By by Rudy Vallee

Paper Doll by the Mills Brothers

That Old Black Magic by Glenn Miller

Stormy Weather by Lena Horne


November 30, 2012 at 9:03 pm 1 comment

I Might Be A Gun Nut

I took my wife to see Skyfall last night (Minor Spoiler).

During a scene where Bond and his companions assess their stock of weapons just before being attacked by the bad guys, we see one rifle, one shotgun, one pistol and one hunting knife.

My wife (who doesn’t like guns) leans over and whispers into my ear:

“They should have come to our house.”

November 10, 2012 at 9:13 am

Si vis pacem, para bellum

“If you wish for peace, prepare for war”

I almost missed it, but Happy Parabellum Day ! ! !

9 x 19


Hey, I figure that if March 14th can be Pi Day, then September 19th must celebrate the 9mm Parabellum.  Just don’t shoot them up into the air to celebrate.

September 19, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Federal Government Announces New C.A.L.E. Standards

The Federal Government announced today that the new Citizen Average Life Expectancy (C.A.L.E.) standards will require that the U.S. Healthcare Industry (doctors, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies) will increase the average life expectancy of U.S. citizens to 150 years of age by the year 2025 or suffer severe financial penalties.






Hey, if it works for cars – why not?

August 29, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Told ya so

via motifake.com

August 18, 2012 at 12:15 am 1 comment

Movie Review: The Dark Knight Rises (4 of 5)

This isn’t going to be a detailed review.

I saw The Dark Knight Rises alone because neither my wife nor daughters wished to see it, even though my girls love Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  They weren’t excited by the trailers and after the Colorado shooting, weren’t even willing to see it just for dear old Dad.

It’s a very good movie.  Not as good as The Avengers, I’d rank it about the same as The Amazing Spider-man except that I’m more interested in seeing Spidey a second time in the theater.  I not sure exactly why, except that I had lower expectations for Spider-man and he exceeded them while I had high expectations for TDKR and he didn’t quite meet them.

Now I loved The Dark Knight.  I saw it a couple of times in the theater including once in IMAX.  But TDKR has no one to match Heath Ledger’s Joker.  I also think there were too many characters in TDKR and we didn’t get to spend enough time with them.  If you read my review of The Amazing Spider-man, I explained how less is more.  Few characters means we get a better feel for them.

In The Dark Knight Rises, we have:  Bruce/Batman, Alfred, Gordon, Selena/Catwoman, Bane, Fox, Blake, Miranda, Foley, Daggat, Stryver and the two guys in the pit.  Each of these characters had significant dialogue and multiple scenes.  They could have dropped Foley, comgined Daggat and Stryver into a single character and combined the two guys in the pit into a single character without changing the plot one bit.

There were also several scenes that pulled me out of the movie which is never a good thing.

So I do recommend it, but not as highly as I would have liked.

August 5, 2012 at 10:49 am

A Liberal Definition of Fair

I read a nice post over at Borepatch about the mixed feelings some people are having about wanting to support Chick-fil-A for their free speech rights, but not harm friends in the LGBTQ community.  As a compromise, Jeniffer suggests donating $1 to The Trevor Project for every dollar spent at Chick-fil-A.

I don’t know Jeniffer’s political persuasion, but her suggestion is classic Liberal Fairness.

Every dollar spent at Chick-fil-A (or any other business) has to cover the cost of the food (merchandise/service) that you purchase, including material, labor, equipment, facility, utilities, taxes, permits and licenses. What little is leftover as profit is divided amongst shareholders and used to cover their living expenses with an even smaller amount that actually goes to charity.

So even if every dollar of Chick-fil-A profit that is eventually donated to charity goes to an organization opposed by the LGBTQ community, the actual amount is no more than a few percent of the total revenue.  So Jeniffer’s compromise is to give the Trevor Project 50x the money that the “objectionable” charity might receive.

Great compromise.

Really fair.

August 4, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Did You Ever Notice …

that Progressives cite precedent and object to any suggestion to modify any New Deal legislation or Great Society legislation because they are established law, yet think of the US Constitution as obsolete and irrelevant to modern society  because it was created by a bunch of dead white guys – uh, like Franklin D Roosevelt and Lyndon B Johnson.

July 31, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Common Ground

So Schumer, Lautenberg, Feinstein, et al, are up to their old tricks – slipping an anti-gun amendment into the Cyber-Security bill being considered by the Senate.

“Maybe we could come together on guns if each side gave some,” Schumer said.

And earlier this week, Obama stated that AK-47s (and implied all “assault weapons”) were only properly used by the military and all other uses were criminal.

So here’s my proposal to Obama and Schumer:

A complete ban on automatic and semi-automatic weapons with the appearance of military weapons, and all magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition by all federal, state, county and local law enforcement throughout the United States.  The President and Congress have direct authority to insure compliance by all federal employees (FBI, DHS, DEA, ATFE, DEA, USDA, EPA, etc…) and can use their funding requirements to bring states and local municipalities into line.

Any objection to such a law would constitute an admission of lying to the American people.  Law enforcement, not even the Secret Service, are military personnel.

After 10 years of enforcement, the results can be evaluated and if removing these weapons and magazines from law enforcement can be proven to reduce crime, then we can discuss implementing a similar law for the general public.

So that’s my proposal, Mr Schumer.  Give a little, like you proposed.

Or else Go Fuck Yourself and leave my rights alone.

July 27, 2012 at 7:53 am

Why I Do Not Respect Your Authority

I do love The Great One – Jackie Gleason.

However, I do not respect his or any person’s authority.

Authority does not deserve respect, but I will tell you what does deserve respect:


The purpose and justification of any authority is to fulfill responsibilities .  Authority without responsibility is tyranny.  Our government is based on that simple fact.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and insure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Before creating the Legislature, the Judiciary or the Executive, We the People first defined the responsibilities of government.  No mention of laws, taxes, military, regulations, bureaucracy or courts.  Those things are the means to an end – to meet the responsibilities laid out in the Preamble to our Constitution.

July 12, 2012 at 10:20 pm

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