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Commander Cody is dead . . . and I'm not feeling to great myself

There were few that could tap into the cosmic side of country music better, and nobody that could sail as deep into the ozone as Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen. And now, the bandís illustrious pilot, the Captain, keyboard player and singer Commander Cody himself, Mr. George Frayne, has flown his final mission.


Posted by AverageOldGuy | Wed Sep 29, 2021, 11:33 PM (7 replies)

Minnesota police have an absolutely (NOT) brilliant idea:

Every motorist should carry a vinyl pouch on their vehicle dashboard containing license, registration and proof of insurance. That way, when a cop stops you, he won't shoot you when you reach into your wallet or purse for your ID because it will all be in one handy place -- where anyone walking past your car will see it and steal it.

No, I am not joking. From DailyKos:


On both Twitter and Facebook, MnDPS announced its solution to cops shooting and murdering motorists in traffic stops wasÖ to offer these bags, in which they expect motorists to put their documents, so that when complying with a police officerís order to produce them, that the police will not see the motorist reaching into their pocket and murder them on the chance the motorist will pull a weapon out.

Go to the link and read the comments!!! Blistering!!

Posted by AverageOldGuy | Sat Sep 18, 2021, 07:13 AM (11 replies)

Why don't hosts challenge Republicans?

About 10:45 Eastern time today, I was listening to CNN on the Sirius radio while loading junk into my truck.

I don't recall the names, however, the guest was a Republican Senator.

The discussion was about elections, voting legislation, and the like.

The host asked the Republican Senator if he would state unequivocally that Biden was elected in a fair, accurate election. The Republican replied by ignoring the question and launching into GOP talking points about "hundreds, perhaps thousands" of Americans are trapped in Afghanistan. I turned it off.

Seems to me any host or moderator should check to see when a Republican guest was elected. If that person were elected in 2020, and if they refuse to state that the Nov 202 election was fair and accurate, then, the host needs to ask why we should accept that person's election as legitimate. "Well, Representative Asshole, if you believe the Nov 2020 election was rigged, and you were elected in Nov 2020, how do we know your election was not rigged?"

I know -- never happened. But we can hope.

My Republican Congresscritter was elected in Nov. 2020. He's holding a town hall in a couple of weeks. He voted against certifying the Nov 2020 results. I think I'll ask him if his election was rigged. I'll likely be escorted out.

Posted by AverageOldGuy | Thu Sep 16, 2021, 10:21 AM (7 replies)

Lee statue to be removed from Richmond's Monument Avenue, Wed, Sep 8 !!!!


The Monument Avenue statue of Robert E. Lee, a symbol of Confederate glorification that became the epicenter of calls for racial justice in Richmond, will be removed from its pedestal Wednesday morning.

The 60-foot-tall bronze statue of the Confederate general atop a horse will be removed in pieces 131 years after it was first erected.

The administration of Gov. Ralph Northam announced Monday that preparations will begin Tuesday evening, when crews will install protective fencing along Monument Avenue and Allen Street. The statue itself will be removed Wednesday morning. On Thursday, crews will remove the plaques at the base of the statue and replace a time capsule believed to be at the site.

The Lee statue is the last Confederate icon along Richmondís Monument Avenue to be removed.

In Richmond, the former capital of the Confederacy, the removals have signaled the rejection of Confederate glorification ó a movement that sought to perpetuate discrimination against Black people while denying that a key impetus for the Civil War was the defense of slavery

On May 29, 1890, crowds were estimated at 100,000 to view the unveiling of the first monument, a massive memorial to Robert E. Lee. Confederate General Jubal Early -- a subordinate and worshipper of Lee -- made the dedication speech in which he all but declared that Lee was seated at the right hand of God. Early was responsible for the creation of the "Lost Cause" myth through his control of the Southern Historical Society.

For your reading pleasure:

Robert E. Lee and Me: A southerner's Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause

The Myth of the Lost Cause and Civil War History

Lee's Tarnished Lieutenant

Posted by AverageOldGuy | Mon Sep 6, 2021, 09:44 PM (5 replies)

Ted Cruz takes a swing at the Cleveland MLB team . . . and strikes out


Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined the right-wing freakout over the Cleveland baseball teamís decision to change its name from the Cleveland Indians to the Cleveland Guardians, and Twitter called foul.

The Cleveland OH MLB team has changed their name to "Guardians." Cruz immediately asked -- in a Tweet -- "Why does MLB hate Indians?"

He was buried in scorn . . . I don't know how to post tweets, so, go to the cited article to see.

Meanwhile, I'm wondering why Cruz wants to be called "Ted" and not by his given name of "Rafael"? Is it because he knows Texas Republicans will not vote for someone named "Rafael"?

Posted by AverageOldGuy | Sun Jul 25, 2021, 07:01 AM (12 replies)

"Declining effectiveness of vaccines" -- the latest rightwing lie

I live in the rural South, surrounded by Tea Partiers, wingnuts, Trumpsters, MAGAts and assorted other nutcases.

Here's their latest line of bull manure:

-- A year ago, COVID was raging -- deaths skyrocketing; mask and gathering restrictions locking us down; no vaccine in sight.

-- Now, with almost 70% of the nation vaccinated and with the effectiveness of last year's restrictions, we just about have COVID under control.

-- But now new infections and deaths are rising AMONG THE UNVACCINATED.

So, how do my idiot neighbors respond? It's all because the vaccines "lose effectiveness over time." That's right, it's not the Delta variant, it's not the fact that deaths are rising among the unvaccinated, it's that they were right all along -- the vaccines are losing effectiveness.

I have tried to point out that (1) 99.5% of deaths now are among the unvaccinated; (2) deaths are on the rise in the unvaccinated areas of the country (and our state); and, (3) even if a vaccinated person falls ill with COVID, it's a mild case.

But do they listen? Of course not . . .

If Stupid were a crime, my neighbors would be doing 25 to life.

Posted by AverageOldGuy | Thu Jul 22, 2021, 07:13 AM (6 replies)

It's about statues of Confederate generals

Last weekend, the city of Charlottesville VA removed the statues of Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson.

All the activity was recorded on video by news media, professionals, and amateurs alike -- dismantling the statues; loading them onto flatbed trailers; and, driving them away for storage.

One individual made video of the Lee statue passing his home. He then interposed on the video a few seconds of the fiddle tune "Ashokan Farewell" -- the theme music from the Ken Burns PBS special on the Civil War.

I've been watching this video over and over and can't seem to get away from it . . . . on a quiet residential street of a Southern city, an old, faded statue of Lee, strapped onto a flatbed truck, no cheering crowds, no demonstrations, just an old piece of bronze from days long gone, headed for its final resting place. Seems to me there's a longer story in here somewhere.

Posted by AverageOldGuy | Fri Jul 16, 2021, 07:10 AM (1 replies)

This likely is the nuttiest thing I have EVER read

Background: My rural VA county is blessed with more than our fair share of dingbats, nutcases, Trumpanzees, Proud Boys, Oaf Keepers, and other loons.

While checking out the Facebook page of one of these nutcases, I ran across this -- it seems someone saw an article that the military is training soldiers to fight in tunnels. The nutcases have decided this means the military is preparing to invade the tunnels where the Democrats are hiding children . . . or something like that.

Go to this Facebook page:

And read the article that starts: "17th letter fans, this is from an anon friend
Report 11:11 Sunday July 11, 2021 folks. As always Iím just the messenger. "

Best to wear your tinfoil hat before reading the article.
Posted by AverageOldGuy | Sun Jul 11, 2021, 02:08 PM (3 replies)

Lee, Jackson statues coming down in Charlottesville VA

Source: BlueVirginia

Step-by-step photos of Lee, Jackson statues coming down in Charlottesville.

Read more: https://bluevirginia.us/2021/07/photos-video-charlottesville-removes-statues-of-confederate-generals-robert-e-lee-stonewall-jackson

The statues of Lee and Jackson that have soiled Charlottesville VA for decades are down!!!

Lowell over at BlueVirginia has been following today's events, complete with photos of the step-by-step removal.

Posted by AverageOldGuy | Sat Jul 10, 2021, 09:36 AM (12 replies)

Man arrested for attempting to ram Washington Monument

A man is in custody after driving his car into the barrier wall encircling the Washington Monument Saturday night.

The collision happened around 8 p.m. Saturday.

D.C. Police said the manís SUV mounted the curb, drove through the Washington Monument grounds and came within 500 feet of the marble obelisk before crashing into the surrounding stone wall.

. . .

The driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital in custody.

The FBI is investigating the crash as a possible act of terrorism.


DHS warned a couple of days ago of possible "militia" groups converging on DC for the Fourth, likely violence.

Posted by AverageOldGuy | Sat Jul 3, 2021, 10:56 PM (21 replies)
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