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The internet is a huge cache of pornography, much of it extreme to the point that no matter how worldly/perverted you may be, there will be something to shock your jaded soul.  Now we come to the truly innocent seeking to understand their budding sexuality. I’m not going to draw broad outlines of available porn. I will say […]

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Patton Oswalt is a comedian. I’ve probably heard some of his stuff but I don’t recall. He recently posted a pic of himself and his long-time friend Dave Chappelle – who is currently radioactive due to mocking trans people in his standup act – and Oswalt posted what began as a defense but had an […]

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The Play’s the … You Know … the Thing

 

Perhaps the Dems are pushing a doddering and forgetful white man with a young female heir because they are trying to tell a story; the party is pathetic and a little crazy as it wanders in the wilderness, cast out by an ungrateful public. It is also ancient, white and white-haired. It will be rescued by the loyal young female who takes the old white guy in but is the actual ruler.

It’s King Lear for millennials and a psychodrama that appeals to people who still love the old white guy and to those who can’t wait to see him leave the stage both because you’ve elected the story to play out in real-time.

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In times past it we knew that some topics were almost never to be discussed; religion, sex, and politics. Even today we rarely talk about them – but only because we are shouting instead! And isn’t it refreshing to have everything out in the open?  We also didn’t talk about money. Possibly because of polite […]

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In the Midwest we ate watermelons in the summer, particularly for extended family occasions. I had no idea it had racist connotations.  Hangmen have used nooses since before recorded history. The last guy hanged in the US was Billy Bailey who was executed in Delaware in 1996. He was white. Nooses really don’t much care […]

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That was Verizon’s tag line when I finished one of those texting-based surveys about the phone customer service I just got. I don’t always do the survey (it’s all of two questions) but I have a lot of time in these ‘unprecedented times’.  A lot of companies are referencing Covid-19 in their communications, commercials, and weirdly identical […]

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Production has halted for movies and television. Surely some stuff is ‘in the can’ or ‘in the pipe’ [these metaphors don’t suggest much in the way of quality, do they], but there is going to be a big entertainment hole to be filled soon.  Perhaps people will go outside and we’ll experience a Renaissance of […]

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This Steve Breen cartoon bugs me.  Firstly, where did the kid get all that TP? Was his dad also in line at Costco buying up huge amounts of it? Maybe the guy on the left is his dad and they go all over their neighborhood as the Charmin heroes we truly need in these troubled times.  Preview […]

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But seriously, what kinds of strategies are you using to deal with the sudden and lengthy increase in togetherness? My kid is in his 40s so he mostly entertains himself, but some of y’all have it tougher than that.  Please list the ages of kids, and any online amusements, board games, cooking projects, scavenger hunts, […]

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Familiarity, Contempt, and All That Jazz

 

I would normally post something like this on PIT 14 or the “What Are You Listening To?” group, but this tune seems suddenly to be everywhere. KJAZ in Long Beach, CA, plays it but, more than that, it is popping up on phone hold queues everywhere.

It’s catchy enough, but I fear I will become as annoyed with it as I am with the Pachelbel Canon in D, another instance of an old tune that was catapulted into ubiquity.

Piercing the Clouded Veil of Thinking Caused by the Status Quo

 

“A relentless barrage of “why’s” is the best way to prepare your mind to pierce the clouded veil of thinking caused by the status quo.”– Shigeo Shingo

Shigeo Shingo was a Toyota engineer and the progenitor/guru of “Lean,” or “Sigma Six” business improvement methodology. When my spouse was in the military, Total Quality Management™ was a thing. W. Edward Deming’s TQM had allegedly made Japan an auto tech powerhouse, was doing the same for the Ford Motor Company, and had now come to a USAF base near you! (Though her boss still had a Two-Minute Manager book in her office. So last decade.)

Six Cops Eighty-Sixed, Starbux Spox Perplexed

 

TEMPE, AZ – Short and not-so-sweet: Six (in some stories five) Tempe police were drinking coffee at a Starbucks before going on shift to police July 4th festivities. An unidentified patron complained of feeling unsafe with the police officers there. The person in charge, who knew at least one of the officers, asked them to either move out of sight of the complainer or leave. Cops left.

The Police Union posted about it on Twitter, adding a ‘Dump Starbucks’ graphic. The Union also ‘reached out’ to Starbucks corporate, apparently as corporate was reaching out to them (I am imagining an accidental collision that looks like a glancing open-handed fist bump) with the kind of verbiage that only dedicated flacks can: “We know this is not a national policy at Starbucks Corporate and we look forward to working collaboratively with them on this important dialogue,” and “We have deep respect for the Tempe Police Department and its service to our community,” said the Starbucks statement. “We have reached out to understand better what may have happened in our store, and to apologize for any misunderstanding or inappropriate behavior that may have taken place.”

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