Happy Thanksgivukkah

Tomorrow is American Thanksgiving. Or, as Canadians call it, Yanksgiving. Tomorrow is also the start of Hanukkah, a holiday spelled numerous ways but all of them refer to the same thing. This happens once every century or so. In other words you might want to take a moment to, at least, acknowledge it. And I mean by doing something other than buying the Rob Ford Sex Tape (parody). I’m not even sure how that relates to the holiday, but they are marketing it as such. Yes, there is something seriously…

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Food for Thought

I’ve been posting on this blog for a few years now. Time to time noting changes in my life. Some people enjoy the personal stuff, others flee from any thought of intimacy, even across a digital divide. Since the former far outweigh the latter I still have faith in humanity. I get some interesting emails from you readers and am often reminded that we live on a big round ball and not just in our little space. I recently found myself trying to explain the concept of Thanksgiving to a…

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Word to the Mother Funky Turkey

I have often called Thanksgiving the red headed step child of holidays. Now I have made red headed step children mad. So’ I’ll apologize to them – sorry, I tend to be a callous oaf – and just note that this holiday kind of gets shoved in the middle of other stuff. Most people go from the sexy cool of Halloween to the fiscal gluttony of Christmas without pausing. It’s gotten so bad that Sarah Palin was forced to announce she was against the War on Christmas in October. So…

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Ding Dong the … Oh, Never Mind

If you click this link it will take you to a list of scientific discoveries. Like any list it’s more of a conversation starter than immutable dictum. I found it a little too Eurocentric, but that’s not the point. The point is that, without much effort, they were able to assemble a list celebrating rational thought, research and the human spirit. All things that seem more and more like after thoughts these days. Robert Heinlein once opined that in the 1920’s astrologers and psychics were, at best, oddities and lived…

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You Don’t Need You Anymore

I’ve written before about our impending robot overlords. Usually I am against this sort of thing. There have been – obvious – exceptions like the development of sexbots. Hey, I’ve been divorced twice, having a solid back up plan isn’t such a bad idea. Still, despite the awesoemeness of sexbots, most developments tend to be making Frank Herbert’s Dune seem like a documentary. And I, for one, would prefer not to live in a world ruled by some box of electrodes named Omnius. Still and all when a good thing…

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Our Little Princesses

People stand, gape mouthed, at the passage of time. They act as though change must never happen. I was reminded again of this trait when I heard that the Billy Goat Tavern might be forced to move. Again. It has moved three times since it originally opened in 1934. The outrage over each move eventually died. Pretty much as soon as the doors opened on the new place. Such will it be again. And, let us not forget, far from the bastion of burger purity immortalized by John Belushi, this…

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Saying Thanks

We goof around a lot up here. It’s part of the fun. And thank to these new fangled interwebs I get all the electro mails you nice people send me telling me how much you enjoy making fun of Florida, wondering what the hell is happening to the gene pool in red states and getting early news on some of the new superhero movies. Plus, I know that you all like the science and history stuff we pop up from time to time. I still get link requests for our…

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This Is Mahvelous Dahling!

I was coming in to work on the train this morning and saw the loneliest man in the universe. The fact that he’d even bothered to get dressed and walk in public was amazing. Yes, you guessed it, he was watching porn on his i-Phone. I’m not sure what it takes to achieve that level of self loathing, but I am sure I never want to find out.I do know I changed seats. Not because porn bothers me – it doesn’t, I’d probably star in it if I had less…

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Who You Gonna Gay Marry Now?

Illinois became the 15th state to allow gay marriage. I write that realizing that I just wrote the most fucked up sentence in the history of sentences. I’ve already noted that the 4th century Catholic church not only sanctified gay marriages, it performed them. That’s right, it took 61 brave members of the Illinois House of Representatives to drag our happy asses into the 4th century. You can make what you want out of the phrase “happy asses.” So, I’m thrilled shitless that my LGBT friends get the same legal…

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Gone Hunting

The level of stupid oozing up out of the sewers of America is starting to get frightening. A mom in Virginia dressed her 7 year old kid up as a Klansman. Why? Because it’s a family tradition. Mom even tossed out this little bon mot; “It’s supposed to be white with white, black with black, man with woman and all of that. That’s what the KKK stands for.” Well, yeah, that and a race war that they hope will eliminate non whites from the planet. It doesn’t get any more…

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