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Let’s all order Happy Meals

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 11:00 am

happymealsYou heard about McDonald’s and the Happy Meal thing, right? That they’re no longer differentiating between boy and girl toys?

Some girl, it seems, got her panties in a wad over the differentiation, according to Slate. Maybe she was getting her boxers in a wad over it, which might actually explain things.

I wonder how she deals with Mens and Ladies rooms.

Anyway, McDonald’s is going to stop calling the toys “boys” and “girls” but by the actual name of the toy. Like “My Little Pony” or “Skylanders” or whatever.

The pantywaists who came up with this and gave in to this all seem to claim that you really can’t have “boy toys” or “girl toys” just like you can’t have “man jobs” or “woman jobs.” Only, I’ve still not been hired as a wet nurse, despite my constant pleas for such a job. And I don’t know of any women professional sperm donors. Or football players. Or presidents.

Here’s what I’m gonna do, and I want you to do it too. Go into a McDonald’s and order a Happy Meal. And when they ask you which toy, and name some toy you’ve never heard of — just what the heck is “Skylanders?” — do like I’m going to do and say, “I don’t know, I want the one for boys.” Or girls, if you have a girl that wants a girl toy. I’m going to ask for boy toys, because I have two young grandsons. I might ask for a girl toy, just to screw with them.

Do this every time you go to McDonald’s. I know I’m going to. It should be fun! And McDonald’s is all about the fun.

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Cartoon of the Day – More

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 10:00 am

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How to celebrate Earth Day

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 11:00 am

EarthApollo8It was 24 years ago, on the 100th birthday of Vladimir Lenin, that the U.S. first celebrated “Earth Day.”

We approached Gaia for comment, but she ignored our requests. So, we don’t really know how The Great Mother Earth feels about it.

Quite honestly, Earth don’t give a rat’s ass about Earth Day. It’s actually for us. Well, not me and you, but the hippies that do things like come up with Earth Day.

So, let’s do something for the hippies in honor of Earth Day. But what? Here’s what I’ve come up with, but if you have other ideas, I’m up for that:

  • Give a hippie a bath. A fire hose would be good for this. That way you don’t have to actually touch the hippie.
  • Burn a forest. It’s Earth Day. That’s like its birthday or something, right? And what are the Earth’s equivalent of candles? That’s right. Trees. So light one up for Dear Old Mother Earth.
  • If you want a less public spectacle, particularly one that doesn’t involve making Bambi and Woodsy Owl homeless, you could offer a private sacrifice to Mother Earth. Return to her that which came from her. Like a pile of old tires. Plus, that’d make a pretty sweet fire.
  • Punch a hippie. I haven’t figured a way to tie that specifically to Earth Day, but isn’t punching a hippie a great way to celebrate anything?

That’s all I got. What about you? What are some better ways to celebrate Earth Day?

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Cartoon of the Day – Amnesty

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:00 am

20140416MichaelRamires
[Michael Ramirez - Investor's Business Daily]

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Cartoon of the Day – Why

Monday, April 21, 2014 10:00 am

20140418MikeLester
[Mike Lester - GoComics]

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Classic Doctor Who Season 17

Sunday, April 20, 2014 10:00 am

DoctorWhoSeason17I’m watching all the classic Doctor Who episodes. I began with the first season, from 1963. I’m not up to Season 17, which aired in late 1979 into 1980. The season is a milestone of sorts. With this season, Tom Baker began his sixth season as The Doctor, exceeding the number of seasons Jon Pertwee played the character.

The season also saw a new Romana. She’s a Time Lord (Time Lady?), remember. And, she began the season by regenerating. They never explained why. The previous incarnation (Mary Tamm) looked perfectly good to me. But, Miss Tamm wasn’t happy with the direction of her character. She was initially reluctant to assume the role in Season 16, expressing concerns that she’d be the typical damsel in distress. She was told that her character was also a Time Lord (Time Lady?), and would be an equal to The Doctor. Of course, she ended up being a damsel in distress. And, she left the show.

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Rejected Romana 1

Mary Tamm later said that she’d have gladly filmed a regeneration scene, if they liked. They didn’t, and in a departure from The Doctor’s regenerations, Romana actually tried on various appearances. Initially, she took the appearance of Princess Astra, from Season 16′s The Armageddon Factor, but The Doctor insisted she couldn’t just go around copying people. She then took the appearance of a short purple woman, then a mature belly dancer, then a very tall woman. The Doctor finally agreed on the Astra appearance, and Lella Ward joined the cast as Romana.

The season had production problems late in the year. The final serial planned, Shada (6 episodes) was never finished due to a strike. The strike actually delayed the completion of the serial, but, by the time it was resolved, BBC decided to not complete the serial so that resources could be directed toward completing Christmas programming for the network.

Douglas Adams’s influence as Script Editor was evident in the first serial of the season, Destiny of the Daleks (4 episodes). Early on, The Doctor is trapped beneath some rubble, and Romana goes for help. To pass the time, he pulls out a paperback copy of Oolon Caluphid’s Origins of the Universe. In case you forgot, or never knew, Oolon Caluphid is a character from Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. In the Hitchhiker’s Guide, though, that particular book isn’t mentioned.

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Rejected Romana 2

This does bring three fictional universes together. Doctor Who brought in references to the Nigel Kneale’s Quatermass series of films, radio plays, and books as far back as Season Seven. That was never official, mostly because Kneale disliked Doctor Who, but still evident in conversation. The integration with the Hitchhiker’s Guide universe is with that franchise creator’s blessing, of course.

There is a continuity problem with the second serial, City of Death (4 episoded). At the end of Season 16, it was established that The Doctor had installed a randomizer in the TARDIS, so he didn’t know where he’d end up, and so the Black Guardian couldn’t know. Only, in City of Death, he sets the coordinates for Florence in 1505, to meet Leonardo da Vinci.

Another is Romana’s age. She gave one age (140) to The Doctor at the start of Season 16, and another age (125) to a character in the show. Just goes to show you how women always lie about their age. I hope The Doctor doesn’t get arrested by Gallifrey police on morals charges and have to tell them “But, she told me she was 140.”

Then there’s the origins of life on Earth. The Doctor visits Earth 400 million years ago, and mentions that life is about to form. He was off by a factor of nearly 10, since there is evidence of life on Earth as long as 3.8 billion years ago.

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Rejected Romana 3

I did enjoy a couple of cameos in that serial. John Cleese played a man who thinks the TARDIS is a work of art in a museum. His companion is played by Eleanor Bron, who, despite her long resume, will, to me, always be Princess Ahme from Help!

Stars Wars fans would recognize Julian Glover, who played the serial’s main villain, Scaroth, as General Veers from The Empire Strikes Back. Of course, he’s had a long, successful career and you really should know him as Julian Glover, not as General Veers or the bad guy from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, or the dude from Game of Thrones, or the bad guy from that James Bond movie with the Sheena Easton song, or any other particular role. He’s a good villain, but that’s because he’s a good actor.

Oh, yeah, Catherine Schell was in that serial, too. She’s hot in anything. Well, not as that hairy woman from Space 1999, but anything else.

The strike-shortened season ended with a serial based on the Greek story of Theseus, who slew the Minotaur. The Horns of Nimon (4 episodes) features a critter that looked like a space minotaur. It also had youths to be sacrificed, and a maze.

The serial that was supposed to be the season finale was Shada (6 episodes), but, as mentioned, it never aired. In 1992, the BBC filmed a narrative around the story, with Tom Baker. This was 11 years after he left the role of The Doctor, and nearly three years after the BBC stopped broadcasting the show.

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Tom Baker filling in missing scenes on Shada

The episodes, with Baker’s narration was released on VHS, and later on DVD (it is still available on DVD), but that’s it. The DVD is still available for purchase.

The story, written by Douglas Adams, is so-so. A little convoluted — but what by Douglas Adams wasn’t — with typical non-realistic “Doctor Who science,” such as a carbon dating of a book determining an age of 20,000 years. Since carbon dating is based on the decay of carbon-14 and its relationship to carbon-12, you can’t have an increase in carbon-14 by taking an item back in time. It would measure the length of the items’s relative time in existence, not its age from any known point. Now, I’m not opposed to there being a way to determine that an item is from the future, but carbon dating isn’t it. Douglas Adams knew better. And, as both script author and series story editor, this never should have happened.

Oh, well. Maybe I was just expecting more, based on how much I enjoyed Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Then, I didn’t care a whole lot for Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, so perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised. Or disappointed.

Although I did see some Doctor Who episodes with Tom Baker on PBS many years ago, so far, I can’t say with certainty that I remember any of them. And, I’ve now completed the sixth of Tom Baker’s seven seasons as The Doctor. I do recall knowing about Daleks, and since the Daleks only made two appearances during the Tom Baker years, I had to have seen at least part of one of the serials. But, I just don’t remember it.

Strange, that the years for which the classic show is known, the Tom Baker years, are years where I don’t remember them well, and aren’t particularly enjoying now. William Hartnell’s years were great. Patrick Troughton’s were enjoyable. Jon Pertwee’s were, too, although I didn’t like the idea that he was Earth-bound most of the time.

Well, there’s one more Tom Baker season to perhaps bring him up from his current standing of my 4th favorite Doctor. On to Season 18.

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Easter Sunday 2013

Sunday, April 20, 2014 7:00 am

EmptyTombLuke 24: 1-9

  1. Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
  2. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.
  3. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
  4. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:
  5. And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?
  6. He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,
  7. Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.
  8. And they remembered his words,
  9. And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.
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Cartoon of the Day – Strategy

Friday, April 18, 2014 10:00 am

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[Bob Gorrell - GoComics]

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Cartoon of the Day – Illegals

Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:00 am

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[Dana Summers - GoComics]

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Maybe this’ll stop the Euro-gasms. Maybe.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 11:00 am

GermanJudeYou ever notice how the left just loves Europe? They want to be just like Europe.

I’ve been listening to crap for years where otherwise seemingly nice and smart people talk with such glowing terms about who wonderful Europe is and how we could learn from them and how … Well, a phrase to describe what overcomes would be “Euro-gasm.”

Yeah, that may sound all … ewwwww … but it really fits. And I bet you know people like that, too.

Well, maybe this’ll put a stop to that.

Turns out that in the Netherlands that is hiring — are you paying attention here, left-wingers? — Whites only:

Wesley de Laat, owner of Budget Cleaning Brabant, has been lambasted for his “whites only” stance and his later defense. “White workers are better than non-white workers,” he told the media this week. “I don’t discriminate,” he went on. “I just don’t invite them for interview. Poles, Moroccans, any non-whites are not going to be hired to work for this company. Ahmed and Ali are probably very good people, but I don’t want them working for me.”

Now, this isn’t the first recent incident of this kind of discrimination. Just one of the most recent.

And, if I understand my history any, I think that others in Europe have had issues with different races from time to time. To time. To time. All the time.

Well, perhaps this will open the left’s eyes that the way things happen in Europe isn’t the way to emulate. This country, when we act like Americans, can do pretty good coming up with things on our own.

But, it probably won’t. The left can’t learn anything. That would involve paying attention and learning from history and experience. The left simply has an ideology and then is shocked and stunned when reality intervenes. And the results are often catastrophic.

There is a cycle to things. But, it’s not inevitable. At least, not if you do something about it. But if you repeat the same mistakes, you’ll get the same results. Racial discrimination is nothing new. It’s just the result of what the left is doing, and those of no moral fiber have done, for years.

Here’s the other thing. The left has been having a Euro-gasm for years. And they’re looking to keep that feeling going. Only, I have the bad feeling that someone’s gonna end up getting screwed.

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Cartoon of the Day – Treatment

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 10:00 am

20140411MichaelRamirez
[Michael Ramirez - Investor's Business Daily]

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The Day After

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 9:30 am

You made it under the deadline, right? Got your tax return off? Included payment, if required?

I did. Included the check for $1,230. And included a little message with my stamp.

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I wanter if that stamp will earn my an audit. Probably.

Oh, and I meant to post this yesterday, but didn’t. Still fresh in my mind, so I’ll post it today.


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Cartoon of the Day – Showdown

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 10:00 am

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[Glenn McCoy - GoComics]

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Now whatever will I do with my time?

Monday, April 14, 2014 11:00 am

Here’s a little peek behind the scenes at both IMAO and at me.

You may nor realize this, but most of the posts here are written ahead of time and scheduled to appear at a certain time. None of us log in, write up a little gem of wisdom (or whatever) and sit, watching the second hand on the clock approach the 12, waiting to press Publish. And, there’s no limit to how far ahead we can write and schedule a post. That can sometimes cause little oddities or necessitate edits. Such as…

Well, here’s where we get to the peek at me. I binge-watch TV. Or, to sound like I’m not addicted, I hold TV marathons, sometimes lasting days. Or weeks.

Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration. Maybe. You see, I’ve been posting my watching of the classic Doctor Who episodes on Sundays. One week per season. And, here’s the thing: I’m done. Finished. Watched ‘em all. All 26 seasons. That means the last season’s wrap up is written and scheduled for 22 June. It also means I had to edit an entry after one of the recurring characters died recently, since she was also known outside the Doctor Who universe. Kate O’Mara played The Rani, as well as many other roles over the years.

Now, with that behind us, that brings me up to my question.

Whatever will I do with my time?

I sat down last night, turned on the TV, and had nothing to watch. An empty Hulu queue. Nothing unwatched in iTunes. Nothing in my Amazon library. No unwatched DVDs.

I’m not saying I need to watch TV. I’d read a book, but Amazon says Frank’s new book (which I’ve pre-ordered) won’t deliver until November. I don’t know what to do. For the first time in months, there’s not a bunch of Doctor Who episodes awaiting me watching them

What should I do with all this free time?

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Cartoon of the Day – Gap

Monday, April 14, 2014 10:00 am

20140411MikeLester
[Mike Lester - GoComics]

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Classic Doctor Who Season 16

Sunday, April 13, 2014 10:00 am

DoctorWhoCast16The 16th season of the classic Doctor Who show was a bit harder to watch than the previous seasons. One of the hardest in a while. And that kind of surprised me.

I first saw Doctor Who episodes on PBS back in the late 1970s and 1980s. In late 1982 or early 1983, I first saw The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy on PBS. I discovered it because I occasionally watched some of the shows the network carried, on GPTV (in Georgia, now GPB) and FPB (in Florida). And, though I can’t be sure, I think I saw some Doctor Who episodes before I saw The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Certainly, though, around the time Hitchhiker’s Guide aired, I was watching more on PBS, particularly GPTV.

What’s Hitchhiker’s Guide got to do with Doctor Who you ask. Really, go ahead and ask.

I’ll wait.

Oh, well, since you asked, it turns out that the new Script Editor for Doctor Who beginning with Season 16 was Douglas Adams, creator of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy franchise. When I discovered that, I just knew I’d love Season 16 of Doctor Who. I didn’t.

Oh, I didn’t hate it. But I didn’t love it. It was, at best, Mostly Harmless.

Maybe the problem I had with the season was K-9. I never did like that character. Or, maybe it’s Tom Baker’s habit of occasionally looking at the camera and laughing. I don’t care for that kind of stuff.

The season introduced a new character, Romana (Mary Tamm), as well as the new version of K-9, which looks to me like the same character. Romana was a Time Lord (Time Lady) from Gallifrey who was sent on a quest with The Doctor by the White Guardian. The White Guardian is … heck, I don’t know. I never could figure it out. Maybe it’s supposed to be the Gallifrey version of God.

Anyway, the White Guardian sends The Doctor and Romana on a quest to secure the parts of the Key To Time, which is … a MacGuffin, as far as I can tell. The Doctor and Romana spent the entire Season 16 searching for the thing because it was so important, and then, in order to keep it out of the hands of the Black Guardian, The Doctor scattered it back across space and time. Which is where it was to begin with.

Tom Taker sported an injury for much of the season. He was bitten on the lip by a dog belonging to one of the guest actors in the first serial, The Ribos Operation (4 episodes). They covered it with makeup for the remaining day’s shots, and wrote a rough landing into the next serial, The Pirate Planet (4 episodes), so that The Doctor would injure his mouth, creating a reason in the storyline for the wound.

The series’ 100th serial aired during the season. The Stones of Blood (4 episodes) was the milestone serial, and it aired during the shows’s 15th anniversary.

The Androids of Tara (4 episodes) appears to have been based on The Prisoner of Zenda. There’s a scene where, after he is told of the plan to have a look-alike, an android in this story, act as a decoy, The Doctor says, “It’s been done before.”

The final serial of the season, The Armageddon Factor (6 episodes) introduced yet another renegade Time Lord. Drax knew The Doctor at the Academy, and knew his as Theta Sigma. The Doctor insisted on Drax not calling him by that name, but by “Doctor” instead.

The serial concluded the season-long arc of The Doctor and Romana searching for the Key To Time, finding it, then dispersing the parts. Except for the last part, which was actually a person, the Princess Astra. Actress Lalla Ward, who later married Tom Baker, played Astra. She’d play another character in later seasons. With the dispersal, Princess Astra was restored. The Doctor installed a randomizing unit in the TARDIS, meaning he’d never know where he was heading, in order to avoid the Black Guardian, who was now after The Doctor, after the dispersal of the Key.

And that pretty much wrapped up the first season with Douglas Adams as Script Editor. I expected more. Silly me.

Maybe things will improve in Season 17.

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Cartoon of the Day – Oh!

Friday, April 11, 2014 11:07 am

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[Jerry Holbert - GoComics]

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Cartoon of the Day – Question

Thursday, April 10, 2014 10:00 am

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[Gary Varvel - GoComics]

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Life Without Archie

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 11:00 am

LifeWithArchie36CoverRemember Archie? From the comic books?

Yeah, he’s gonna die.

Really.

They’re killing off Archie Andrews in issue 36 of “Life With Archie,” a comic book about Archie and the gang after they graduated Riverdale High.

Now, I gotta admit that I was never a fan of the comic books. Superman. Batman. Spiderman. Archie. Richie Rich. None of ‘em.

I don’t know why. Sure, if I saw one on the wood slat benches at the redneck barber shop I got took to as a kid, I’d pick it up and read one. It was either read that or the Thunderbolt. I made the right decision.

But still, I never read a lot of comic books. Don’t know if I ever bought any. Might have got someone to buy some for me, but I’m not sure. Comic books weren’t that big a deal to me. And, neither were the characters in the comic books.

But, they sure were — and are — to many people. And, now they’re killing off Archie.

Is that a good thing? Should they be killing off comic book characters? Archie always kinda struck me as a non-serious comic character. Sure, they’ve tried to make social commentary over the years, particularly recently. But, should comics — non-serious comics, that is — try to be serious? It’s like one of those A Very Special Blossom shows.

And, perhaps a better question would be, who would be a better comic book character to kill off? And don’t say Caspar the Friendly Ghost. That’s cheating.

Let’s go with that question instead. What comic book character would you like to see killed off?

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Cartoon of the Day – Success

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 10:00 am

20140407SteveKelley
[Steve Kelley - GoComics]

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