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All KINDS of stuff. Mostly ideas... politics, science, religion, fishing, food ....stuff that your mom told you wasnt polite to discuss.

42nd Topic - Malaise. Godwin.

!!!!!!! May 4th - Important Update !!!!!!
The hardcopy of the Mukwonago Cheif Sunday supplement that is craftily inserted into my Sunday Milwaukee Journal sometimes has a very breif "Burst from the Blogs" mentioning one of us blowhards.
Yesterday it said (something like) "Mike Garber talks about the resurgence of Hitler".

I laughed pretty hard.

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42nd Topic - Malaise. Godwin

The malaise that has hit this blog is interresting; everyone has seem to have gone "radio silent".  At first I thought it was just me, and then I realized, (almost) all my fellow blowhards have been either hushed up by the Illuminatti, or have just drifted away in a hissy fit of malaise and ennui.  As for myself, I havent heard from the Illuminatti in years, so it must've been the latter.

If it wasnt for Cynthia Acosta Luksich and her food column, we'd all starve.
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That said, Id like to reflect on the resurgance of Hitler.  Yes, that Hitler.
 
Former Lt. (and currently scary) Gen. Jerry Boykin, when speaking on 3/17/2015 about Springfield’s non-discrimination ordinance said: “This SOGI nonsense is an example of exactly what they’re trying to do us,” Boykin said. “They’re trying to put us in a situation where we’re going to lose our businesses, where we’re going to be forced to accept what Adolf Hitler forced the church to accept in Germany in 1937.”
 
Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson, when speaking about "Liberals" on 3/20/2015 said: "People call them left-wing loons, Bill O’Reilly calls them, political correct crowd, orthodox liberal opinion. You say, ‘what are they famous for?’ They’ve killed 63 million of their own children. 63 million. More than Hitler.."
 
On 2/26/2015 enlightened talk show host Ken Matthews said about Obama suporters: "Oh my gosh hes doing it again, hes comparing Barack Obama to Hitler." Not at all. What I'm comparing is, I'm comparing people in 2015 who nod in agreement and believe the government are as if worse, from a gullibility standpoint, than the people who ignored the train cars.
 
Burt Ferias, founder of something called Holy Fire Ministries said on 1/30/2015 "In 1933 Hitler said, “If I can separate the youth of Germany from their parents I will conquer this nation.” He started a movement called “The Brown Shirts” in which 100,000 youth stood in Berlin with their right hand raised and screaming. “Hitler, we are yours!” Imagine our youth pledging that kind of allegiance to King Jesus!"
 
Presidential hopeful Alan Keyes told host Rick Wiles on 12/8/2014 that while the government should follow God’s laws, Obama wants to become God and appoint himself Führer: “We are not, as citizens, always supposed to be trying to lift up some Fuhrer the way the Germans thought. Führer was their word for leader. They wanted to lift up some Führer who would dictate to their country the way Obama is trying to do now and tell us what to do.”
 
The Discovery Institute and many Christian righters have long tried to blame evolution for Adolf Hitler. They now have a movie darwintohitler.com, so I guess thats proof, isnt it?
 
In 2010, Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman compared efforts to do away with a tax break loophole that favored hedge funds, to Adolf Hitler's invasion of Poland in 1939. 
 
The list goes on and on. And on and on.
 
The internet has, in addition to the cat videos, helped us illuminate human behavior and communication habits, one of which has been formulated into a thing called Godwin's Law that is (from wikipedia):
"...  an Internet adage asserting that "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1"
There is also a corrolary that states:
"... once such a comparison is made, the thread is finished and whoever mentioned the Nazis has automatically lost whatever debate was in progress."
 
The reason should be obvious.  Its hard to grasp the horror that (the real) Hitler unleashed upon the world, but someone saying you cant discriminate against that gay couple is not on any slippery slope to anything, much less a world wide horror.
 

41st Topic - I am Charlie

(edited 4:15pm 1/9) 

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40.6th Topic - And In Conclusion....

 ... it was a swell end-of-year series of holidays.  Lots of good food.  Lots of nice family.  I even got a quite a few swell presents.

 
Last Sunday (3 days after Christmas) was Yatesmas. Yes, it's another "made up holiday" but Im a big fan of the music (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vxz4rNI7bUY).  BTW I once sent a card to the address "sung" about in Stamford CT, but it came back.  Someday maybe the Post Office will treat Yatesmas cards sent to the PO Box in Stamford the same special treatment they give mail addressed to you-know-who at the North Pole.
 
I also missed a special blog post for Boxing day (1 day after Christmas).   I know I gave all my servants here, from the chambermaid, to the wine steward, to the IT staff, to the guy that keeps my lugnut collection polished, a little something.  I hope you had the decency and good sense to do the same, lest you risk being murdered in your sleep by the rabble mob.
 
I see on TV that for New Years Eve, the artist known as Pit Bull will be rhythmically pumping his hand into the air.  How nice for him.   Iv'e seen this artist before and asside from rhythmically pumping his hand into the air, he has no discernable talent.   Apparantly he's Cuban so maybe there's a political connection that can be traced (along with blame) back to Obama.  As an artist, he begs us to redefine how we've completelty screwed up whatever esteem and prestige the word "artist" once had.
 
Frankly, New Years Eve (and tasefully matching Day) is another "made up holiday" in that there is nothing significant in that particular spot in Earth's orbit to call it Another Year Completed.  I plan on quietly observing New Years Eve reading or perhaps a rented/stolen movie, and solomnly celebrating New Years Day by wildly cheering on the Badgers in the Outback Bowl (Q: Held where?  A: Out back).
 
It seems to be a tennant of "serious" journalism to do a retrospective of everyone noteworthy who has died in the course of the year.  I dont quite get it.  Yes' I'll miss Robin Williams and Tom Magliozzi (half of the Tappet Bros) and others, but I started missing them when I heard about their passing, and I'll miss them for a long long time.  Though I wished him no particular harm, Kassey Kasem's passing left me unaffected.  Then, now, and next year.   Have we become so insulated and so short attention spanned that we need to be reminded of who we (may have) held as influential.  If we need to be reminded, how influental were they?  When I go, I suspect there'll be wailing throngs, all saying "who?".
 
I say Lets move on to 2015!
Fearlessly!
Boldly!   
Go Badgers!
Go Packers!
 

40.5th Topic - The Big Day!

Yule!

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