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  1. emptc12 commented on Tom Toles 2 days ago

    “…Or how much fun Mark Twain would have with Trump…”
    No doubt you are thinking of the feud Mark Twain had with Cornelius Vanderbilt? Wow, what vitriol!

  2. emptc12 commented on Gary Varvel 2 days ago

    “Moreover, stores are currently having difficulties keeping pressure cookers in stock.”
    Poor pressure cookers seem to be getting a bad rap lately. I hope they aren’t yanked off store shelves, or people who buy them show up on some NSA or FBI list. I know it’s not funny in light of recent terrorist acts using pressure cookers. But how absurd life has become. (Maybe I’m starting to sound like Andrew Rooney, here.)
    My parents got a pressure cooker as a wedding present (my Lord!) 70 years ago and it effectively lasted about 40 years. I still have the instruction and recipe manual for it. I’ve had one of lesser quality, myself, that’s lasted about 25 years. And my wife recently bought a nice one with electronic controls.
    These devices that terrorists make are horrible things, of course. But it’s amazing that so many weapons can be made of common household chemicals and put together in a small home lab or shop. In the 1960s, there were various “urban guerrilla” manuals in circulation to make those types of things, and I suppose the Internet contains a lot of that stuff, too. No way am I going on-line to find out.
    To “mcgyver” something used to seem ingenious and cool, but terrorism has probably changed that. Not only are toy guns for children, but sometimes even children themselves, all under suspicion now.

  3. emptc12 commented on Aunty Acid 2 days ago

    I once was in line beyond a woman at our Department of Motor Vehicles, and she had her drivers license photo taken over twice before she was happy with it. Not criticizing — just wish I had the nerve to do that. At my age, I’ve just about given up on a call from Hollywood for leading-man roles. Wait … is that the phone ringing?!

  4. emptc12 commented on Tom Toles 2 days ago

    Yes, and if the issues are mentioned they are treated in superficial, emotional fashion. I bet the upcoming debates will have huge audiences, people looking for a sort of bloody gladiatorial duel. Let’s hope the moderator keeps control of things, but probably not.

  5. emptc12 commented on Gary Varvel 2 days ago

    As the world spins heavily around the Sun
    With its load of human woe,
    As politics become a circus and lions rule the show,
    And the audience laughs turn red and run:
    “Quite unexpectedly, as Vasserot
    The armless ambidextrian was lighting
    A match between his great and second toe,
    And Ralph the lion was engaged in biting
    The neck of Madame Sossman while the drum
    Pointed, and Teeny was about to cough
    In waltz-time swinging Jocko by the thumb
    Quite unexpectedly the top blew off:
    “And there, there overhead, there, there hung over
    Those thousands of white faces, those dazed eyes,
    There in the starless dark, the poise, the hover,
    There with vast wings across the cancelled skies,
    There in the sudden blackness the black pall
    Of nothing, nothing, nothing — nothing at all.”
    Archibald MacLeish

  6. emptc12 commented on Lisa Benson 2 days ago

    Another clueless Elite once said (something like), Have they no bread? Let them eat Skittles.

  7. emptc12 commented on Tom Toles 2 days ago

    In Illinois that would continue a nightmare. What a mess eventually results when people vote only for the party not for the best person.

  8. emptc12 commented on Jeff Danziger 3 days ago

    “Trump metastasized the GOP easily, like John Carpenter’s 1982 remake of The Thing.”
    Thanks a whole lot. I’ll have that image in mind the rest of the day.
    And you know what? My favorite line from the original movie is, “An intelligent carrot? The mind boggles!” Now, about that orange tinge to Mr. Trump’s skin…

  9. emptc12 commented on Lisa Benson 3 days ago

    “Melting Pot” was never a true analogy in that all the ingredients never completely melted and homogenized. American culture is more like stew, and that’s its strength so far. As Gypsy8 pointed out above, people from each nationality were initially despised when they first arrived. Composites can be stronger than the individual metals alone.

  10. emptc12 commented on Lisa Benson 3 days ago

    Thanks. I forgot this was Lisa Benson’s site and I was liable to be smacked pretty hard by those who insist on misunderstanding. Be aware that I’m a liberal, have always voted Liberal (except once when was at college in Chicago and voted for Richard J. Daley), voted twice for Obama, and by no means a Trump supporter (if my previous comments are available in archive you will see that going back quite a while.)
    I guess my frustration is that presidential elections have become a combination of beauty contests and pissing contests. The images presented are more important than the words said. At the end of campaigns I don’t have a good idea of what either candidate will do once elected. The press more and more make campaigns into Kabuki theater at best, Punch and Judy at worst.
    I had high hopes for Barack Obama, but I suppose it was too much to expect all good things to happen at once. I do believe he has an enlarged ego (what presidential candidate doesn’t?) and to some extent came to believe the “savior” rhetoric whipped (by others in truth or tongue-in-cheek). At the time it happened, I hoped out loud that he would not accept the Nobel — gracious refusal would have gratified most people and astonished the rest (per Twain). The rest of the world, I figured, just wanted to poke the Bush administration in the eye.
    Of course I don’t consider myself racist, and was at pains to avoid any tinge of racism in my comments. But I’ve seen the definition of it change constantly over the years. And for some, I guess, criticism of Obama signals racism. I will confess, however, that when I was four years old that a “colored” family had moved in a block away, I walked by several times expecting to see people colored like a rainbow. And when I did see them, I thought they were made of chocolate.
    Thanks again. I’ve been taken to task in comments the last several days, once for defending the concept of American patriotism, and now for criticizing Obama. I don’t know if I can take all this excitement.