Sunday, June 26, 2022

Sunday, June 26, 2020

 


The untold want by life and land ne'er granted,
Now voyager sail thou forth to seek and find. – Walt Whitman

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       Not a bad week, all told.

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Bumped from 2021: Happy Father’s Day

People make fun of Hollywood’s idealized family of the 50s.

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But I would point out that every single episode of every one of those shows taught a life lesson geared to values that - at the time – consisted of a universal moral code: the value of telling the truth, the virtue of hard work, patriotism, what it means to be honorable, why loyalty matters, what personal responsibility consists of. In other words bedrock American values that are often looked down on, snickered at and scorned by today’s cultural elites in Hollywood, education and Washington.

Ever since that era Hollywood has been offering so-called family shows showcasing escalating Socialist/Marxist propaganda and the demise of the nuclear family: single moms struggling to survive in a sexist/classist world, two mommies/daddies struggling to raise their children in a homophobe world, People of Color struggling – with everything, everywhere. In the process the values on display in pop culture morphed to relativism so gradually few noticed.

From the raunchy Two and A Half Men in which two ostensibly straight brothers try to raise the son/nephew to Modern Family  where you get a bit of everything,

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to The Fosters – (full disclosure: I’ve never seen an episode) a multi-racial Lesbian couple raising 1 bio son and 4 adopted teenagers.

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Hollywood can’t kill the traditional  family soon enough it seems. The nuclear family if not dead is on life support, struggling under the weight of an anachronistic paternalistic world. Instead we end up with True Crimes shows of sex trafficking, child abuse and sexual identity confusion. We’ve come a long way baby and the Left would have us believe that’s a good thing. Bio Mom, Bio Dad and their two bio kids is no longer valid. “Family” has been co-opted to mean whatever they say it means. If society moves any further along the alternate lifestyle continuum Bio Family might turn out to be downright subversive.

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Well here’s to good old fashioned, subversive Bio Dads everywhere:

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If more kids had more of these “subversive” Dads instead of the likes of self-centered “Pops”

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we might not be in the mess we’re in now. I do hope that history doesn’t have to report of our time that for the want of a few good Dads the world was lost.

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Happy Fathers’ Day to all the good ones out there!

Friday, June 17, 2022

More Flowers: Thank You MOTI Edition!

 

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Beautiful. This Photo Does Not do Them Justice

Again, all I can say is “Thank You!!” This is too much…

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Flashback: Holy Cow! How Will You Celebrate Father’s Day?

Still haven’t decided what to serve Pop for your Father’s Day cookout? Why not try your hand at a homemade version of Lady M’s new favorite burger: The Holy Cow!

the holy cowThe “Holy Cow” includes an insouciant “wink” at the NSA’s “ICU”  program

Brought to my attention by Gerard at American Digest and 'splained by Sploid, the “Holy Cow” was engineered by Red’s True Barbecue and is,“basically like sandwiching an entire cow” between the bun. Here’s what you’ll need.

  • Carpaccio beef and olive (that’s the eyeball “winking” at you)
  • 21-hour Texas-smoked brisket
  • Juicy Lucy (melted cheese hidden inside a 100% steak burger)
  • A Parmesan and Jacob's cracker-crusted pattie made of pulled oxtail and pulled ox cheek with diced slow-smoked ox heart and ox liver
  • Jalapeño and dill pickle relish
  • Thickly sliced mustard-pickled tongue
  • Unholy sticky beef jus
  • Pulled 12hr smoked beef rib
  • Blackened Wagyu rib eye steak
  • Beef bacon
  • Red's Dirty sauce
  • Chargrilled red onion ring

What red blooded American dad wouldn’t love to scarf down this bovine collection? Ok, it’s got that creepy eyeball thingy on top, butt that will be dispatched with extreme prejudice with the first chomp.

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However, if you’re not in the mood for a cookout, can’t find good quality mustard-pickled tongue or pulled ox cheek, or if globull warming has kiboshed your cookout plans with colder and/or wetter than normal weather, you could drop in for the Father’s Day special being offered at Big Red’s. And if whole cow burgers aren’t your thing you could get one of their other great all-American BBQ dinners available at all 3 of their big locations:

  • Leeds, Cloth Hall Street (nr Corn Exchange)
  • Manchester, 22 Lloyd Street, Albert Square
  • Headingley, 6a Otley Road

Well yes, they are in England, butt that shouldn’t surprise anyone; in the Age of Obama just about everyone seems to be more American than America. Butt I must say, the Brits seem to have captured the zeitgeist of pre-Obama America: bigger is better and there’s no such thing as too much. Insatiable, unstoppable, irrational exuberance for all things beef:

The burger is served with fries that are "thrice cooked" in beef drippings and served with a pulled beef Ragu sauce for dipping. Just in case that wasn't enough cow, the burger also comes with a Bloody Mary made with a beef tomato consommé and "jerky shards." According to Metro UK, the burger is priced at £25 ($41.88 USD) and contains 2,500 calories. A limited number of the burgers will only be available on Father's Day

All I can say is “Holy Cow!” (I’m referring to the burger, not…well, you-know-who.)

Michelle Obama“All this..for a damn flag!?!”

This isn’t exactly Father’s Day music, butt I think it’s Big Red’s theme song:

Holy Cow

I can’t weep and I can’t eat
Since you walked out on me
Holy smoke, what you doin to me, yeah
I can’t eat and I can’t sleep, yeah
Since you walked out on me, yeah
Holy cow, whatcha doin, child, child

Maybe there’s something about having your father “walk out on you” that permanently messes with a man’s heart - and his soul. All I know is that fathers are very important; don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Happy Fathers Day to all the many truly great fathers out there. And if you have, or had, a great father consider yourself one of the very, very fortunate souls who need not wander the earth in search of your significance.

Updated and Reposted from the Wayback Files!

Thursday, June 2, 2022

#ThrowbackThursday: 1 Year Ago - We’ve Come A Long Way, Baby

On this day in history:

edward-white-nasa-9457842193Edward H. White II became the first American to step outside his spacecraft and let go,

On June 3, 1965, 120 miles above the Earth, Major Edward H. White II opens the hatch of the Gemini 4 and steps out of the capsule, becoming the first American astronaut to walk in space. Attached to the craft by a 25-foot tether and controlling his movements with a hand-held oxygen jet-propulsion gun, White remained outside the capsule for just over 20 minutes.

Thanks to all the research and development in space, 56 years later we find ourselves able to wander about while still being able to communicate with each other untethered by phone cords…

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only to find ourselves tethered to our phones in more insidious ways?

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6000Finding ourselves more alone together than ever

My 1965 teenaged self somehow thought our 21st century problems would be more interesting than our cellphones not being able to recognize our faces whilst they were swaddled in a face diaper.

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“Face Obstructed – Try removing anything that may be covering your face.” Always good advice.

We’ve come a long way, baby, but sometimes it just doesn’t seem like it.

Monday, May 30, 2022

Memorial Day 2022

"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." —Winston Churchill

As we do on this day each year, we pause to remember the men and women who died fighting for our freedom.

We stand by humbly, gratefully, silently, to honor their sacrifice.

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We remember…

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We mourn for those lost…

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And we mourn for those they’ve left behind

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As we reflect once again on the the steep price of freedom.

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By all means, enjoy your picnics, parades and celebrations today – it is a holiday after all. But do pause to remember and honor all the brave Americans across the centuries who have sacrificed their lives in the fight against tyrants, tyrannies and terrorists;

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the enemies of freedom who will always be amongst us and will always be a threat to liberty. And God willing, America will always be there to vanquish freedom’s adversaries. 

  Wishing you all a tranquil, thoughtful Memorial Day.

Updated and Reposted from Memorial Day 2018

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Gift of Flowers

All I can say is “THANK YOU MOT!” You are the best!

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Thursday, May 5, 2022

MOTUS Deployment Update

DATELINE Michigan - Little Mo Reporting:

MOTUS, Raj, Dewey From Detroit and Little Mo arrived at the Great Lakes bunker at 2730 hours yesterday. That is all.

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Sunday, May 1, 2022

A MOTUS Health Update

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Hello my lovelies. I presume as Raj has been manning the blog for a month now  you have all surmised I an in the middle of a health crisis. Before I begin allow we to explain that Raj is assisting with this post as my eyes/coordination/stamina are still rather seriously compromised.  My eyes remain quite wonky, screen time is difficult and I cannot walk without assistance although things seem to be growing incrementally better on those fronts.

Here’s the long and short of it: I do not have Long Covid, I have 2 brain tumors metastasized - which a biopsy and endoscopy confirmed – from esophageal cancer. Round one treatment involved addressing the immediate problem of the brain tumors with Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS), a focused radiation to zap the brain tumors and gradually get rid of them so I can walk and see again. That should start happening slowly over the next few weeks and continue for 2-4 months. Our plan is to head back to Michigan tomorrow. I will  consult with a University of Michigan oncologist for the prime esophageal cancer to determine future treatment, which the oncologists here believe will involve radiation and chemo followed by surgery. It will no doubt be a long summer of treatment.

Raj has done yeoman's duty posting, taking care of me, taking care of all the household responsibilities and basically wearing himself to a frazzle. We both have a long haul ahead of us. So I’m sure you will all understand that as we depart for the Great Lakes bunker, I will have to put the blog on hiatus. We will try to post a monthly update as my treatment/progress continues. It’s the best I can promise for now. The blog will still be here for you to congregate and continue to solve the worlds problems.

There are no words to thank you all for your support, prayers, good wishes and watchful care. All I can say is thank you, and acknowledge it is now out of my hands as I pray for strength and fortitude to make it through this. I know the road will be long, there will be clouds, but also sun on the other side.

 

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So do your best to stay well my dear friends, I hope to be back with you all around harvest time.

Just a short note for the record: My strange fleeting brain issues began around the time Raj had his first knee replacement, November 2020; months before either of us had a vaxx. I won’t say it  may not have accelerated the process but honestly, I would prefer to deal with all this at 73 than 78 or 83.

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Caturday Prognosticating

So, Biden reportedly told Barack Obama he’s seriously running in 2024

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And I’m not sure if that’s good fortune or bad fortune.

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Friday, April 29, 2022

Schlience Friday: Soylent Green Edition

 

EXCLUSIVE:

Scientists have issued a terrifying warning and have said the world could be left starving without any food in just over two decades, according to a chilling doomsday countdown.

Well, maybe not the whole planet, but with cooties, the supply chain and 1 million new illegal aliens in Potato’s first term, America might.

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CALLING CHARLTON HESTON…MAYDAY!

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Questionable Contemporary Trends: Marry What You Love

This Man Married a Fictional Character.

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What’s next?

I think I don’t want to know …

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Weapons Wednesday

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The U.S. Army plans to launch a swarm of up to 30 small drones networked into a swarm later this month over the Utah desert as part of an international exercise. Deployed from an advanced echelon of a dual air-assault mission by helicopter-borne troops from the U.S. Army and allied participants, the swarm will be the largest group of interactive air-launched effects (ALEs) the Army has ever tested.

I’ve got to get one of these swarms!

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Musk-rat Love

The lefties may hate him, but I might just buy a Tesla.

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Elon Musk buys Twitter and promises Free Speech!

Monday, April 25, 2022

Muttday: National Towel Day Edition

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National Towel Day seeks to honor and pay tribute to the author Douglas Adams. Douglas Adams was an English author best known for his work, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. This day encourages people to carry a towel around with them in appreciation of the series.

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Sunday, April 24, 2022

Carnival 2022

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro’s Mayor Eduardo Paes on Wednesday ceremonially handed control of the city to King Momo, a ritual representing the upheaval of the status quo -- but it remains to be seen how much post-pandemic partying is in store during the first Carnival in two years.

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Masks optional

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Looks like fun.

R.I.P. Michael Nesmith

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Caturday: Final Day of Passover Edition

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The 8th and final day of Passover 2022 is celebrated today.

Many people have the custom to make sure that the matzah does not come in contact with moisture, lest some leftover flour become leavened. On the eighth day of Passover, this restriction is relaxed, and matzah can be mixed with water and other liquids to create Passover favorites like matzah balls and matzah brei. Read the deeper meaning behind the laxity on the eighth day.

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Friday, April 22, 2022

A Rocky Spring

Here in the Rocky  Mountains I’m looking for my spring flowers, but I get three inches of snow on Wednesday

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Highs in the 70s on Thursday

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Thunderstorms and low 50s today

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Sheesh!

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Throwback Thursday: Born-On-This-Day Edition

Happy Birthday James Newell Osterberg Jr., Michigan native and U of M dropout.

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Then

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And Now

Everybody grows up to be somebody.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Wednesday Woke-up

When I saw this in the funnies back in the day, I laughed.

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Now, they’ve want more:

More than three dozen colleges and universities are hosting 2022 graduation events to recognize minorities based on race, gender, or sexual orientation.

Groups who qualify for receiving a special graduation ceremony include Black, Latino, Asian, American Indian, and LGBTQ+ individuals.

At some universities, multiple graduations are held to accommodate numerous groups.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Tuesday Newsday: Unbelievable Stories Edition

Anthroneptunian Climate Change

Scientists spot ‘strange and unexpected’ events on Neptune as planet’s temperature fluctuates wildly. Temperatures on Neptune appear to be rapidly changing, sparking confusion among scientists.  Neptune is considered the planet of ice as it is the furthest away from our Sun.

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See What SUVs and Cows Can Do

What are those wacky Neptunians doing out there? Did they learn nothing from our use of fossil fuels and cow farts?

Russia And China Are The Least Of Our Worries

A MESSAGE broadcast out to space revealing Earth's location could provoke an invasion from aliens, an expert has warned.

Nasa launched a basic one called Arecibo in 1974 but with better tech available today scientists want to update it.

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“Spacemen, Spacemen, Spacemen!”

Butt She Nailed Her

Fans of former First Lady Michelle Obama are calling out Davis for using “constant duck face” and giving an “insulting” portrayal of the barrier breaking political spouse.

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Which Won Is The Real Lady M?

The Best Equipped Men Are In Ecuador

I want to know who did all the measuring.

American men’s (Ed: um…appendages) are only the 59th biggest in the world, study finds – beaten by Haitians, Australians & French.

The average length of 5.35 inches is shorter than their Haitian, French, and Aussie counterparts.

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I Wanna’ See Proof!