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  1. emptc12 commented on Nancy Classics 1 day ago

    Thanks for the comment. On Saturday afternoons lately I’ve watched old reruns of “What’s My line,” and I remembered the names of all the panelists except — who is the stone-faced guy with the bags under his eyes? Of course, Fred Allen! For some time when I was much younger, his wit was often cited in “Readers Digest.” As was Oscar Levant’s, Henry Morgan’s, and Bennett Cerf’s. Younger people reading this are wondering, WHO?

  2. emptc12 commented on Herman 1 day ago

    Is “sustained” really the right word?
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    Old high school joke: “‘Sustain,’ huh. And just what were you and Sue doing?”

  3. emptc12 commented on Nancy Classics 2 days ago

    There was once a speaker appearing on TV who knocked out his front teeth on the microphone in front of him. How embarrassing. There must be a clip of it somewhere. I forgot about “Senator Bloop.” “Senator Snort” still appears occasionally in the “Grin and Bear It” strip, which see.

  4. emptc12 commented on Herman 2 days ago

    “Why does she have flies and a beard?”
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    Ha, looks like it, doesn’t it? I suspect it’s meant to represent the cliche of the grieving widow wearing a face veil.
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    I also suspect you knew that.

  5. emptc12 commented on Savage Chickens 2 days ago

    Yeah, well. The Internet is voyeuristic enough as it is. Wait until Time Viewing capability is added to AI administered “GooglePlex” a few hundred years from now. Life in the past will be visible to all, at first for historical research and then for entertainment. Now, don’t get paranoid. Just behave yourself every minute of every day.

  6. emptc12 commented on Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal 2 days ago

    I wonder if somewhere in CyberWorld, a digital universe in which game situations and characters are real, a tally is kept of all the people killed for amusement. My son used to play a game in which the main purpose seemed to cause destruction, and I’d ask, "Do you realize how much “human” misery and the millions in property damage you just made metaphysically?" As usual, he didn’t know what the heck I was talking about. He’s getting there, though.

  7. emptc12 commented on Marshall Ramsey 3 days ago

    Trump probably has a big expensive clipping service that is saving all media mentions of him. In his elder years, he will sit in an expensive viewing room to look at them all and cackle.

  8. emptc12 commented on Henry Payne 3 days ago

    As a non-professional reader, I have followed the development of word meanings over time. Years ago, the common words would be “bigoted” or “prejudiced.”
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    In recent years, “racist” and" x-phobic" are in style. It still jars me to hear them so readily used, the immediate name-calling nuclear option.
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    I enjoyed William Safire’s columns, “On Language,” and have several book compilations of his columns. Words and phrases used in sloppy manner not only debase a language, they also cause great misunderstandings among generations and ethnic groups.
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    Professional newspaper editors used to keep things in check, but with the Internet now, anything goes. Words CAN hurt you.

  9. emptc12 commented on Henry Payne 3 days ago

    How did you know?! It hasn’t been officially announced, but several dozen Donald Trump clones will shortly be decanted and placed in key positions within his financial empire! (Too bad about his natural kids, though.) Many more such announcements expected soon from billionaires world wide.

  10. emptc12 commented on Nancy Classics 3 days ago

    I used to gnaw at hunks of pot roast and pretend I was chewing tobacco like the old man next door. It was cool how accurately he could spit the juice, and I got pretty good at imitating him until my mother stopped it. And that little vignette took place about the time this cartoon was drawn!