Happy Veterans Day

To those who served: Thank you.

To those currently serving: Thank you.

To the civilians circa 1985-1991: You’re welcome.

My suggestions for the best way to thank the troops?

1) Enjoy life in a free country. A gift ain’t a gift unless it’s enjoyed. Do something fun.

2) Be the kind of American who’s worth fighting for.

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Looking for Professional Opportunities

Because of some recent developments in my personal life, I find myself in need of more remunerative employment.

So, short version:

For 5 years I worked at Westwood One as the Digital Content Manager for 3 different nationally syndicated radio talk show hosts (Fred Thompson, Doug Urbanski, and Dennis Miller). Basically my job was to make them look good on the internet.

If, during the course of your activities, you hear of someone who is looking to make someone or something look good on the internet, please pass my name on to them or their name on to me, because I’m looking for opportunities to be useful.

Contact me at harvolson@gmail.com

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Las Vegas

Numb. Shock. Can’t think of anything to say that doesn’t feel weak & inadequate. Praying for the survivors.

Tell me what you’re dealing with in the comments.

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Just a Reminder

Tomorrow, September 19th, is International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

And yes, you’ll be asked to say something piratey around noonish at this site.

But ya gotta wait for it.

’til then, keep your powder dry and your parrot polished…

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Happy 1111th anniversary IMAO!

It doesn’t seem like it, but IMAO is 15 years old today. At this moment, in fact. Yes, at 4:42 PM on 9 July 2002, Frank J. put up the first post at http://imao.blogspot.com/

We haven’t always made a big deal about anniversaries … um, blogiversaries. Mostly because we forget things. You know that movie Finding Dory? Based on us. Not the finding part, but the can’t remember anything part.

Anyway, we’ve made anniversary posts — or is it blogiversary posts? — posts in the past, at the one, two, three, four, five, seven, nine, ten, eleven, and twelve year marks.

Yeah, I noticed that around the time I wandered in and SpaceMonkey asked Frank J. “Can we keep him?” that the blogiversary posts started to taper off. But, 15 is a big deal. My first marriage didn’t last 15 years, so there. And, we are kinda making a big deal about it. Well, not really. It’s just that someone remembered ahead of time. Probably Harvey, or one of the adults.

How big of a deal? We got Frank J. to agree to jump out of cake for the official blogiversary celebration. Can you imagine that?

Uh, maybe we ought to go some other route. Yeah, we’ll not do that Frank J. in the cake thing.

Instead, let’s look back at the very first post at IMAO, back when the blog was on Blogspot. How many of you remember that?!

New Blog

Hooray! A new blog! There’s lots of stuff I felt like spouting off about, so here I am. Just as a warning, everything written here is in the most unrefined form and should not be used as an actual opinion.


Huh. That’s the first post? That’s, um … historical? Yeah, we’ll go with that.

Maybe the second post?

Peace or Pothole

First off, I don’t like the way the current administration is pussyfooting in the Middle East. If Reagan were still around, right now there would either be peace in the Middle East or it would be one giant smoldering pothole. And then it would be done with. Instead we play buddy-buddy with a bunch of dictators who, in a true and just world, should be hanging from trees. At least, it seems, Bush has completely cut off all ties with Arafat. I think we could have cut off ties with him a lot more forcefully, though. Instead of Bush coming out and saying, “You should elect someone other than Arafat because we don’t like him,” just so the Palestinians could defy us, we should first have had a sniper take him out and then say, “I think you should elect someone other than Arafat because he’s dead now.” Then the Palestinians would have to concede to our simple logic or elect a dead man. They’d probably elect a dead man, but sometimes people surprise you.


Okay, that’s more like it. Oh, and don’t forget the original tagline at the top of the blog:

I believe that the important issues that affect us our too complex to be fully grasped by the intellect alone and that by thinking them out too much leads to the worst answers. That’s how crap like communism came about. That’s why I’m dedicated to responding to political issues with my gut response and as little extra thought as possible.

Of course, it was later shortened to “Unfair. Unbalanced. Unmedicated.”

Well, that’s a brief look back at the beginning of IMAO, 15 years ago today.

So, what’s the future have in store for us? I dunno. Probably good stuff. I mean, you guys went and elected Donald Trump, which is comedy gold. So, yeah, probably good stuff.

I have no doubt that IMAO will easily make it to year 20. Or, 15 years and a day, at least. I’m optimistic that way.

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First, remember 7/7

Second, what happened while I was gone?

If you can’t think of anything, feel free to make something up. It’s not like I’ll know the difference.

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Light Harving Ahead

I’m traveling for the next 8 days (back on Wednesday the 5th), so I’ll be posting less than usual.

I’ve asked other people to post more than usual.

If you see a post by other people, revile and insult them with dozens of cruel putdowns so as to keep their egos in check.

Or thank them for their efforts.

I don’t get out much, and I’m too lazy to Google “courtesy”. I’m pretty sure it’s one of those, though.

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Left the Building

I’m on vacation for the next week. Back on the 17th

Until then, Basil has absolute power to make you do everything he says. Obey him without question.

Other people may also post in the meantime. Those you may question anyway you like – their legitimacy, their authority, their timing, their ancestry… whatever.

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Burn, Fidel, Burn

I only wish it had been at the end of a rope.

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In Case You Need Something to Get Angry About

(Submitted by Granny Boo [High Praise!])

Oleg Atbashian, of The People’s Cube, was arrested for putting up anti-terrorism posters on campus at George Mason University.

Whole story at American Thinker.

Now the hard part.

I like People’s Cube, but I read the article closely and Oleg wasn’t arrested for protesting terrorism, he was arrested for gluing posters, without permission, to property he didn’t own.

I’m sympathetic to his opinions (I’ve mocked Hamas plenty myself), but I’m not sympathetic to vandalism. His argument that he was willing to remove the posters himself doesn’t absolve him of the fact that he didn’t have a right to hang them in the first place.

He could have glued them to his own front door, his car, or even his forehead, and been perfectly right. He made a different choice. One with consequences.

I wish him better luck (and better choices) next time.

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Veterans Day 2016

To those who served: Thank you.

To those currently serving: Thank you.

To the civilians circa 1985-1991: You’re welcome.

My suggestions for the best way to thank the troops?

1) Enjoy life in a free country. A gift ain’t a gift unless it’s enjoyed. Do something fun.

2) Be the kind of American who’s worth fighting for.

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Update Notice

I added a link to the Lactose “In Memoriam” post so that you can get to the public group Facebook page his family set up.

Also, a couple links to remembrances at Nuking Politics.

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In Memoriam: Lactose the Intolerant

I got an email from Lactose the Intolerant’s sister on Saturday night:

I am his sister and have asked my family if anyone told his blog friends and no one said they had. I hope I’m in the right of doing this, but I thought you guys should know that he passed away Sept 28th of a heart attack. My family was worried that if they said anything his posts would get deleted, but I didn’t think you’d do that. Here is his obituary.

And here is a link to everything he’s ever posted at IMAO.

I don’t know what to say. I’ve never had a blogger I’ve respected pass away on me. I try to think of words, but they all seem stupid and inadequate right now. I’ll be posting more on this in the future, and also links to those who have, unlike me, found their words.

Meanwhile, I’m turning it over to you guys. Comments are open.


I didn’t know this, but Lactose had a book on Amazon, if you want to check that out:

Uncle Sid’s Guide to Home School Your Hellions

With home schooling becoming ever more popular, Uncle Sid brings his 16 years of experience dealing with hellions to bear in crafting this home schooling guidebook that will equip your own little hellions with the gritty, street smarts they will need to excel in the chaotic, urban landscape that is modern American society. For those who feel unqualified to home school their hellions, this book allows them to first teach themselves and then confidently educate the offspring the courts allege are theirs. The guide covers letters, mathematics, science, history, civics and even basic sexuality in a way that makes the knowledge accessible to the uneducated of all ages. To conclude, this is a home schooling guidebook that no sane parent would ever use to teach a child anything ever. (i.e. it is a parody)

UPDATE 10-28

A public group Facebook page for those wishing to share something positive about Lactose (Facebook login required)

A few words from Keln and Mordecai over at Nuking Politics

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Heads Up

Avast ye scurvy swabs! Monday, September 19th be International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

A fair warnin’ to ye…

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Fixed That Stupid Pop-up Ad Problem

You talked, I listened. I dumped ZEDO as an advertiser, so no more pop-up ads.

As for what’s left, I’ll quote from a recent email to me from Basil, who I asked to double-check that the offending script had, indeed, gone the way of the Norwegian Blue:

“I’ve turned off AdBlock Plus and everything is working great. I’m wondering if there’s now some way to coax people to turn off ad-blockers. The remaining scripts that AdBlock Plus catches aren’t obtrusive and don’t slow the page much for me. The scripts that slow the page (total load time around 10 seconds) aren’t ads but standard WordPress scripts. Not much that can be done about that.”

So, I know you guys are busy and have better things to do than mess with your browser settings, but if you could white-list IMAO on your ad-blocker (if you have one), I’d take it as a kindness.

Anyway, you no longer have to be ashamed to tell people to go read something on IMAO.

Except for, you know, the fact that we keep making fun of Trump.

But that’s only because IMAO is NOT in the pocket of Big Hair, Big Comb, or Small Hand.

Whether we’re secretly in the pocket of Big Pantsuit, well, good luck getting answers on THAT from the DoJ!

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