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I posted most of this on FB about a year ago. (I have since updated remarks relating to time frames.)It details how some “lib” commentators end up being prickly thorns in the side of Democrats and their CCP-styled ideas. Comedian Jimmy Dore, now in Feb 2023 racking up points by being on Tucker Carlson, and […]

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Offering a Badly Needed Laugh

 

Few projects are as satisfying to the creators as a book collaboration between a parent and an adult child, where each brings their own and different set of talents to the project.

“Zeitgeist Meetup,” written by Tom Achilles and illustrated by Pat Achilles is an example. Son Tom Achilles is a stand-up comedian in New York City. Mother Pat Achilles is an artist and cartoonist whose cartoons have appeared in New Yorker magazine. Together they have produced a comical commentary on life in the big city today – and more.

This slim collection of black and white and color cartoons illustrates the foibles of today’s urban society. It offers a sampler of their humor. There are cartoons presenting groan-inducing illustrated puns. There is commentary on urban life, some pungent and pointed, others refreshingly sweet. Occasionally modern life intrudes unexpectedly into legend or fantasy.

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Was watching Planes, Trains and Automobiles this morning while trying to think what song I wanted to feature tonight.  Watching Steve Martin and his great performance brought to mind another one of his performances in this fun video of Foggy Bottom Breakdown by Earl Scruggs and friends.  Steve is playing banjo along with the master […]

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I love our small town newspaper – but that is a post for another day. Anyway, the paper runs the Dear Abby column right there on the funny pages. It is written by, I believe, the original Abby’s daughter, Jeanne Phillips. I peruse it and have found that her answers generally run in the get counseling, […]

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Apparently I’m Really Out-of-Step On Restaurant Meals and Take-Out

 

The Wall Street Journal, in an article about restaurants increasing drive-through capabilities and reducing or even eliminating in-store dining capabilities (January 28, 2023, page B1), notes that in 2022, 85% of orders at fast food restaurants and 33% of orders at “full-service” restaurants were “to go” and not eaten on the premises.

85% of fast food orders to go? A third of orders at “full service” restaurants? Really? I was shocked at those numbers.

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome a January jobs report showing more than half a million new jobs, although they’re more dubious as to whether Biden deserves the credit. They’re also concerned about the spotting of a Chinese surveillance balloon over Montana near a key military site and discuss Biden’s decision thus far not to shoot it down. Finally, they fume over the Biden administration’s new climate agenda, which seeks to emulate the pandemic-era emissions levels by encouraging working Americans – and even students – to engage from home.

Join Jim and Greg as they cheer new Texas Rep. Wesley Hunt for blasting the left’s narrative that conservative outrage over Biden border policies is rooted in racism rather than national security and trying to protect our communities from drug traffickers and human smugglers. They also respond to Hunter Biden imploring state and federal officials to prosecute people for accessing and disseminating his personal materials – a move which also admits once and for all that it was his laptop that President Biden and dozens of partisan intelligence operatives assured us was Russian disinformation. Finally, they wonder why California Sen. Dianne Feinstein insists on delaying the inevitable announcement that she will not seek re-election next year. They also assess Nancy Pelosi formally endorsing Adam Schiff in the Senate race.

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Our Saturday Night Classics posts are continuing in memory of the late Randy Webster.  As is similarly done with QotD and Group Writing, simply indicate the Saturday of your preference in the comments.  Saturday Night Classics are weekly posts of a “classic”song, often of the pop music era, posted on Saturday.  Randy generally elected to […]

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  I have praised the novels of Faith Hunter in previous posts, with some qualifications regarding her later novels. Here we have a collection of short stories from the world of Jane Yellowrock, ranging from vignette to novella, originally printed in anthologies or on her web site. Shorn of any requirement to maintain a large […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they discuss the FBI searching Biden’s Delaware beach house for classified documents today and reports that the Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee are getting increasingly frustrated at the lack of information coming from the Justice Department. They also shake their heads as the HHS inspector general concludes the National Institutes of Health failed to keep close tabs on the gain of function research done in Wuhan and elsewhere that was paid for with taxpayer-funded grants. And they sigh as former Maryland Governor Larry Hogan strongly hints that he will run for president in 2024, even though there’s very little chance he will make any ripples in the campaign at all.

This week on The Learning Curve, cohosts Cara and Gerard and guest host Patrick Wolf, distinguished professor of education policy at the University of Arkansas, mark National Catholic Schools Week with George Weigel, author of the international bestselling, two-volume biography of Pope St. John Paul II. They explore how Karol Wojtyła’s education, deep faith, and experiences during World War II shaped his life as a spiritual leader and led him to play a pivotal role in the fall of Communism in Poland and throughout Eastern Europe. Pope John Paul II’s popularity among the world’s youth, Weigel explains, was grounded in a spirituality that defied contemporary culture and challenged young people to seek the “greatness that the grace of God makes possible in your life.” The interview concludes with Mr. Weigel reading from his biography of Pope St. John Paul II.

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Join Jim and Greg as they anticipate a U.S. Senate run from GOP West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and whether that will change Sen. Joe Manchin’s plans for 2024. They also react to former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels announcing he will not run for U.S. Senate next year. Then, they fume as water-starved California lets 95 percent of the recent deluge of rain flush out into the Pacific Ocean in order to save the delta smelt in a key part of the state. Finally, they shake their heads as Democrats go from declaring Georgia Jim Crow 2.0 to a leading candidate to host next year’s Democratic National Convention.