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Hump Day odds & ends

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Wednesday, August 02, 2017 10:26 am

For an amusing middle-of-the week break, check out the photo of Gene Simmons of Kiss and his bovine look-alike, born on Heather Leonard Tacetta's ranch in Kerrville, Texas. She works for some place called Cowboy Steak House, so that would seem to bode ill for the youngster's future. But Tacetta says he is not scheduled for the slaughterhouse — why would he be, given how much publicity his owner will get from the separated-at-birth photos? Even Simmons, notorious for suing anybody and everybody for stepping on the Kiss trademark, has tweeted his approval. Exit question: If we're going to keep these two together, should we put the calf on the road or Simmons out to pasture?

Just for yucks, I googled "animals that look like people" and got a whole page of them. There are a few hits and a lot of misses, but check out Larry King and his twin in the second row. Spooky.


Just what I've been waiting for all my life — to be lectured on manliness by the likes of David Brooks. He seems especially fond of the classic Greek model (say, didn't they consider it a virtue to sleep with young boys?), who supposedly had an honor code topped by magnanimity. His modern epitome of manliness is . . . wait for it . . . John McCain! Apparently, betraying your on party so the press will love you and call you a maverick.

Now that McCain's Senate tenure is winding down, perhaps we will need to look to Arizona's junior senator, Jeff Flake, to school us in the manly virtues. That is, if he can stop lecturing us on how to be a conservative. His new book, "The Conscience of a Conservative," has drawn a sharp rebuke from Brent Bozell, whose father ghost-wrote Barry GoldWater's book of the same name: "Jeff Flake is neither a conservative, nor does he have a conscience." Strange little neither/nor clause there, but never mind.

With his vociferous Republican-bashing, Flake seems to have inherited, at least for now, McCain's role as GOP media darling. What a manly man!


Something our grandmothers already knew: Kids need structure more than warmth from parents, according to a top child psychologist. Notice it does not say "structure instead of warmth." Children who are "raised in a stern, business-like way may be less happy as adults, but they'll have the tools they need to function. Children raised without discipline or rules can be stunted and ill-equipped for adulthood."


Welcome to the 21st Century, Mideast misogynists (although that is far too tame a word): "Jordan's Parliament has voted to repeal a controversial clause that spares rapists punishment if they marry their victims and stay married for at least three years, according to Jordan's official news agency." Still a long way to go, though. Eight other Arab states have laws that let rapists off the hook on condition that they marry their victims, according to Human Rights Watch.


Good news — gun crime arrests are up significantly. "Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday announced a 23 percent leap in federal charges against defendants illegally possessing firearms, a toughened approach in line with Trump administration priorities." Gun-rights advocates have been arguing for years that instead of harassing law-abiding gun owners, there should be tough and certain punishment for those who do evil with guns.


Is it supposed to be some shameful shock that Jared Kushner, in an off-the-record speech to congressional interns, which was leaked (but of course!), that not a whole lot has been accomplished over the last 40 or 50 years on Mideast peace and that he isn't sure what the Trump administration offers that is unique? Any sentient human being knows that Mideast peace has been and will always remain, an elusive if not impossible goal. Give him major points for not feeding us the same old BS lines. He still seems to think (or at least would have us believe) he can get it done, so take away points.


Six months, in Fareed Zakaria finally gets it, sort of: "The election of Donald Trump is really a kind of class rebellion against people like us, educated professionals who live in cities, who have cosmopolitan views about things. There's a part of America that is sick and tired of being told what to do by this overeducated population that Hillary Clinton perfectly represented." Yes, sick and tired pretty much describes it, and rebellion is what it was. And your smug attitude shows you still deserve it.


Holy cow. Jill Stein is way out there

Stein referred to the negative characterizations of the brutal Communist regime in North Korea as a way to 'demonize' them so the U.S. can implement a regime change.

“The demonization of North Korea is part of the run-up to regime change. she said.” “It's part of demonizing a government that we then want to exercise regime change on.”

Then she claimed that the actions taken by North Korea were merely a defensive reaction to fear of U.S. aggression.

“So, this is very frightening to them,” she said. “They have been basically cornered into feeling like they have to develop a nuclear weapon.”

Yes, we've "demonized" the lunatic running one of the most repressive regimes in the world. Unconscionable!


To paraphrase an old saying, stupid gets around the world before common sense gets its pants on. "Lynch" can no longer be a part of school names in one Oregon district "because of its racial connotations" —  "The Centennial School District in southeast Portland will be excising “Lynch” from three schools before the beginning of this school year: Lynch Meadows, Lynch Wood, and Lynch View elementary schools. According to The Oregonian, the schools were named for the family which originally had donated land for the schools over a century ago, but Superintendent Paul Coakley says 'many newer families coming into the district associate the name with America's violent racial history.' "


Queen Elizabeth, bless her heart, is said to consume four alcoholic beverages a day. As the Independent noted, "this puts the Queen at six units of alcohol per day, which would technically makes her a binge drinker by government standards, but she's 91 years old, so who are we to judge?" The four, usually, are: a gin and Dubonnet just before lunch, a glass of wine and a dry gin martini with lunch, and a glass of champagne before bed. I don't think much of her choices or her times for imbibing (too much too early in the day), but I certainly admire her stamina and determination. Cheers!


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