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TV Series Review – The Old Man

Tag Line: “They should have left him alone.”

Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Thomas Perry, The Old Man stars Jeff Bridges, John Lithgow, and Amy Brenneman. The Old Man centers on Dan Chase (Jeff Bridges) who left the CIA decades ago and has been living off the grid since.  When an assassin arrives and tries to take Chase out, the old operative learns that to ensure his future he now must reconcile his past.

Bridges, whose cancer is apparently in remission, gives a good performance. The plot development is a little thin in places. I could pick it apart (I sort of do in my head) but in general, it’s entertaining, which is what they were going for – not reality. Given that I’ve only seen the first two episodes, I can’t tell you whether the whole thing is going to be excellent – but from what I have seen, it’s recommended.  8 out of a possible 10 .


Canadian Stats

The Government of Canada has confirmed that the vaccinated population accounts for 4 in every 5 Covid-19 deaths to have occurred across the country since the middle of February 2022, and 70% of those deaths have been among the triple vaccinated population.

I didn’t find it surprising in the least.


Broken Toys

I’m working on the next LL novel. It demands characters that resonate. I was listening to Black Crowes and said to myself, “they nailed it”. There’s always that lady, sitting on a stool in the back of the bar at closing time.

She Talks to Angels (The Black Crowes)

Maybe she dropped acid one too many times? Maybe lost a child and it drove her to talk to angels to keep a grip on her sanity – but it’s slipping all the same? Still, there she sits, carrying on a conversation with the angels that nobody else can see.


German magazine Katapult visualizes the length of the frontline in Ukraine for German readers.


Cause and Effect

A South Carolina Republican who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump over the Jan. 6 Capitol demonstration paid the price on Tuesday night.

According to The New York Times, Rep. Tom Rice lost in the Republican primary to state Rep. Russell Fry. Rice, and he is the fifth of the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump who will lose their seat — as four others have chosen to retire.

With 95 percent reported as of Wednesday, Fry had received 51.1 percent of the vote. Rice, meanwhile, only garnered 24.5 percent.


A Neo-Pagan Doomsday Cult 

That’s how the Green New Deal mavens in government present it to the public.  We will all be dead in (the number keeps changing as we pass the goal posts again and again) a few years if we don’t do what they say.

Of course, the threat of doomsday means that any measure, no matter how absurd or destructive is perfectly justified. It’s a thinly disguised power grab that has been promoted by academia for decades.


The ORIGINAL Tommy’s

My favorite chiliburger – hands down.  There are many other delicious hamburgers out there but if you’re going to eat it topped with chili, Tommy’s is the only option.




The Last Word

42 thoughts on “Random Thoughts

  1. Every now and then I awaken to a voice. It the Holy Spirit. Sometimes just one word, other time, an entire paragraph. Always a message, always provocative.

    Two days ago it was simply; The halls of government (Congress) are turned into a corporate business.

    They have turned government after a business model. And for as far along as they have gotten, they are not done yet. This isn’t exactly a shattering surprise. Yet the impact is revealed when you contemplate all which that means.

    To me this is not a warning or caution. It is insight to how the wicked are to be perceived. Having the proper perspective of the machinations of the wicked is of tremendous value.

    1. To wit; when operating to the plan (gov as business), one would hardly construe their actions as deleterious. It is thus they they sleep soundly at night.

      C.S. Lewis spoke of this; that their cupidity does not rest for they operate in good conscience.

      1. The Evil sleep quite well most days, only being disturbed when their first after-life meeting with their masters comes close.

        I’ve seen it with my own eyes with certain people. Sleep like children until imminent death approaches, then they sleep horribly. I guess visions of their new homes is what troubles them.

        1. Memories – reflections of what you did and didn’t do can haunt you if you did wrong, but the thought that you will have to live with them eternally is worse.

          1. Got to listen to my father-in-law fear for burning in his upcoming new home.

            One of the best memories of him.

            Though I was rather surprised that when he got lowered into his grave, the capstans didn’t keep going and going, and then, when finally at the bottom, the sound of a door opening and a blast of flame and heat come out.

            Or that he didn’t catch fire coming into the church on my wedding day.


    2. Rick, when I hear “contemplate all which that means”,
      I think of the scene from Pirate’s of the Caribbean, where Lord Becket explains away all of his excesses, cruelties and outright mass murder as:
      “It’s nothing personal, just good business”
      May the good Lord Judge them and SOON. (Sorry Lord, Your will, NOT mine be done)

      MSG Grumpy

      1. I have read a fiery gospel writ in burnished rows of steel
        As ye deal with my condemners so with you my grace shall deal
        Let the hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with His heel
        His truth is marching on…


        1. Revelation 22:20 “He which testifies these things said, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”

      2. Every show I do. I pray that God brings them to a place of repentance or the penitentiary, or both. that God would remove them.
        Tonight, I was listening to a podcast on Harriet Tubman in which it is related that she prayed that God would bring her owner to a place of repentance or remove him.
        He was on his death bed (unknown to her) either concurrently or shortly after.
        Imprecatory prayer.

          1. Darned good song, one that fills the soul.

            Something our current crop of ‘lords and masters’ need to be reminded of, that this country is still deeply religious even if attendance at organized religion institutions is dropping off (mostly because the Devil has taken over those religious institutions. They no longer serve God, they serve the individuals which serves the Morningstar.)

  2. Canadian Stats: And yet people will still be castigated for not being fully vaxxed. Beyond my meager comprehension.

    Front lines: It is always good to have something explained in terms you can easily understand.

    Broken toys: I look forward to you next book LL

    Tommy’s: Looks delicious but I will continue to try and withstand temptation and spend my carbs wisely. Did I say it sure looks good (sigh).

    Refreshment: That looks good too. Last night, after a day of battling with paving stones all day I relaxed with a Crown Apple on ice, not my usual but sure hit the spot.

  3. Wonderful graphic. I had no idea how long the “front” is. Probably should Google Earth and look at the terrain.

  4. “Fully vaxxed”…a total snake oil sales job. No such thing as these types morph. VAERS is wildly off the charts with bad reactions to this thing, yet…crickets. Now they want to jab children and infants. Evil is what evil does.

    R Primaries, a precursor to November? Hope so. America can’t take anymore of Build Backwards Bs.

    Might look at Old Man tonight, always liked Jeff Bridges, brings back memories of Sea Hunt.

    1. It would be karmic if Fauci succombed to the plague after being quintuple vaxed and wearing three masks.

        1. Oh you know he’s getting Ivermectin and Hydrocloroquine and resdisever. It’s all for them and none for us. Bastards.

  5. Ah, the Black Crows! Good call.

    And go for the next book, happy to help out, editor/collab etc.

    That said, you might want to go in with me on the next project, which is all about a starfaring race of BEARS.

    1. Bears need to go into the space sheriff job. Try and run from a Kodiac Bear. Just try.

          1. I have never had an encounter with a Polar Bear, and likely never will at this point, but the thought does give one pause. Cudos to the Canadians who live in places where they live – thrilled to give up their arms to Castro’s spawn.

  6. The results for covid in Aus are not too crash hot either. Before everyone had been “vaccinated” there were quite a few deaths with covid, now it’s ripping though and there’s 20,000+ excess deaths beyond normal that are not covid.
    Then you get into the normalization of “sudden adult death syndrome”, heart attacks and strokes in demographics that don’t usually suffer them, and a myriad of other side effects.

    I’m sure governments will totally ignore why that might be.

    Although I suppose I should be happy with the lords and masters, at the end of this week I will be permitted to work outside my home without having been vaccinated. Not that I trust them not to play stupid games still, like make it a health and safety requirement, then claim it’s not a government mandate.

    Yes. I am just as bitter and angry about it as JL at the bitter centurion blog.

    1. A lot of businesses and individual people were damaged in many ways by mandates. I doubt that there will ever be an adequate reckoning with governments.

  7. DeSantis (R-FL) is the only governor to say “No farking way will I allow children as young as 2 be forcibly injected with this poison.” All the rest are bowing to BigPharma and the elitist progs. I hope he has eyes in the back of his head, they’ll be coming for him with knives drawn.

          1. I still like Trump. I think he’s learned as to who he can trust and not. And he’s got the positive attention of world leaders, who still respect him (and who don’t respect the brain-dead muppet currently residing at 1600 Penn Ave.)

            Seriously, there are things Trump can do (like the Abraham Accords) that DeSantis just doesn’t have, or didn’t have till recently, for.

            Plus, I’m selfish. I want him to keep being the Florida Governor out of pure selfish reasons. He’s great for us. He is the first big politician to stand up to Disney and to the FedGov.

            Now if we could only get rid of our RINO problem (mostly from south Florida) we’d finally get Constitutional Carry and I won’t have to worry about the leftist jackwagons in my leftist county getting my information about whether I have a ‘gun license.’

        1. Trump #47 with DeSantis as Veep, then #48. There would be a huge popcorn shortage, but, worth it.

          1. Trump won’t want DeSantis as VP. I don’t know who Trump’s running mate will be but I’ll assure you that it won’t be Mike Pence.

  8. I’ve seen it listed in the program guide here, and it looks very interesting. Didn’t know Bridges was ill. He’s a very good actor.

    Covid deaths….Nothing to see here, move along now….

    That’s a long border to defend.

    I hope the Dems and RINOS sufer a huge, devestating, ego-crushing loss in the midterms.

    I’ve had Tommy’s. Very, very good, indeed.

  9. Thanks for “the old man” post. Had some downtime yesterday, decided to check it out. Agree with you, plot line is a bit thin in spots, but overall it has the makings of a good series. It’s sad that I now find myself whether in movies or reality, always rooting against the gubmint, no matter how bad the opposing side is? Very worried about the future my children & grand children will face.

    1. Let’s face it. We’ve had it pretty good. And we would like to see that continue, but there is always a snake in the garden and even though we’re running up tens of trillions that our grandchildren will have to deal with, it seems to be that way all the time.

      Having worked for government my entire life both in the ‘Intelligence Community’ and in law enforcement, I’ve seen the good and bad in those arenas domestically and internationally. Knowing what I know now, I wouldn’t want to work in either venue TODAY, there were some remarkably good things that we/I did THEN.

      The Old Man scenario doesn’t hold water. The writer might have read some of Bob Baer’s books and extrapolated for the book that The Old Man is based on. Baer is authentic, for the historical record. However, taking that and running with it in this direction or that is not.

      But it’s still a fun series (so far).

  10. Roger that. I did check out Baer’s books, some look interesting. His latest is on Russian spies in the cia? While Russia is certainly not a benign threat, I consider China a much more significant threat and in most ways much better at the influence & spy game. I view all the latest fedguv policies & manipulations of russkie evils & Ukrainian stuff as a continuation of 30+ years of idiotic & corrupt fedguv moves. May be naive, but improving russkie relations would seem a better move than driving them hard into a Chinese relationship?

    I have a friend still working for the fedguv, defense contracting IT. His stories about the difficulties he has hiring qualified folks with “clearances” would make you weep. He has to ferret out all the sociopaths, because those are the ones that easily pass the lie detector checks – go figure? It explains a lot about why all gubmint agencies are so corrupt.

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