Space Sermonette

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Bullet Points:

** You don’t want to let the camel get its nose under the tent – California, case in point. Do you recall when the government told us that illegal aliens weren’t eligible for government aid? “California became the first state to expand Medicaid to include all illegal immigrants residing in the state, flooding the state’s Medicaid program, Medi-Cal, with as many as 700,000 illegal immigrants despite a record $68 billion state budget deficit.” All thanks to the Democratic governor and legislature.

** From Carl Sagan about thirty years ago – like him or not, he saw it.

“I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time — when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when extraordinary technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness…

The dumbing down of Americans is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30-second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance.”

And that is the sermonette.

** Why do we get old and die? (Rogan)

** Confession for Lent (Lent began on Feb. 14 and runs through March 28 this year) – Many years ago, when the Internet was new, USENET bulletin boards were all the rage. Though I was technically too old to pull pranks (even then), they were easier to do then, and the law hadn’t caught up with the tech. Bots were big then, and they are now, too. I hacked a guy’s site and posted the sale of cat bones, jars of cat organs, and cat pelts on REC.PETS.CATS. The lesbian cat lovers went insane. They shut his website down and threatened to kill him. It was back in the days of the bonsai kittens. Do any of you recall an MIT student going by the alias of Dr. Michael Wong Chang? He came up with the idea. I just jumped onto the bandwagon and offered specially grown kittens for sale on this other guy’s website (hacked) – not Dr. Michael Wong Chang’s website***. It was a 100% prank back when many people of a certain disposition were Internet pranking.

***Bonsai Kitten was a website that claimed to instruct readers how to raise a kitten in a jar to mold the bones of the kitten into the shape of the jar as the cat grows in the same way as a bonsai plant.

Confession is good for the soul. Feel free to do so below (avoid confessing crimes within the statute of limitations).

 

Ore

 

 Monolith Mania 

A Non-sequential Fictional Short

I’m sure many of you can recall the year 2001 when we found a mysterious monolith on the Moon – we sent astronauts to Jupiter, and Frank Bowman returned as a StarChild. The Historian Arthur C. Clarke documented the events, and they were used in a historical reenactment. In addition to taking Bowman to meet his maker, the monolith made monkeys dance. A versatile monolith? Absolutely.

Since that momentous occasion, more monoliths have turned up on the planet.  Some are half-buried, and some are completely exposed. One monolith encased astro-adventurer Han Solo as the Star Wars historical chronicles’ account in the tales from a galaxy far, far away, yet, at the same time, close enough to Earth to sell action figures and Lego blocks to merchandize the event. You can even buy fake Han Solo Monolith refrigerators to chill your adult beverages here. It’s your affair if you want to do that. I don’t take a position on decorator items or cold beer.

The mania is increasing.

The US Department of Defense would like to take possession of any monoliths found on US soil to address a monolith gap that now is said to exist between the free world and aggressive and overly ambitious slave states like Russia and China.

Chinese President Xi is said to have remarked that the secret to productivity in the Worker’s Paradise is the large number of monoliths that are now used to increase the number of work hours they can squeeze from Uighurs (prior to harvesting their organs for sale on the world market). The Biden Administration has agreed that since Uighurs are “barely human,” the practice is applauded, and they’ve begun negotiating to buy monoliths to be placed in so-called free US States where the democrat party is seeking to expand its control.

Texas State Police have interdicted truckloads of monoliths intended to be placed strategically so voters would love Big Brother more completely. Congress met in an emergency session to address the Texas seizure and vowed to meet force with force. The nationalized New York State National Guard is headed to the Texas border to ‘kick some Texan ass.’ Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell issued a joint proclamation stating: “Until cowboys dance like monkeys, our democracy is in grave danger.”

I know you’re asking yourself, “That’s all fine, but what can I do? How can I do my part?” Keep your eyes open for monoliths that may appear at random, and when you see one, notify the White House Immediately on the special hotline at 1-800-EAT-BUGS. Vice President Kamala (Ho) Harris has been designated the monolith czar. Leave your message after the cackle.

 

Meme of the Day

What is the difference between the UK and the US besides being separated by a common language, an aversion to pre-sweetened ice tea, and the Atlantic Ocean?

 

Identify the Rotors:

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Parting Shot

47 thoughts on “Space Sermonette

  1. Forged in Fire is one of my wife’s and I favourite shows. I usually watch very little TV.

    As an amateur knife maker since my teens I really enjoy the show and she likes the artwork (mostly retired art teacher).

    Lots of people as you would be aware have got into knives and making them because of the show. The first concept was going to be gunsmiths. Can you imagine the results of that now.

    Retirement Travel- also coincidentally we did retire early and spent most of 2017 and 18 overseas. Including revisiting parts of USA and Canada for four months. Previous work trips tended to be rushed.

    Covid changed things and back working again.

  2. Isn’t that MLK statue in DC a Monolith in the rough?

    Senior travel – don’t forget to go before the walkers.wheelchairs, and depends, become a part of your life.

    1. Good call, Frederick. Somebody encased him in carbonite. I wouldn’t be shocked to see inner-city people dancing around it.

  3. Pranks. When I was at the UCLA School of Engineering back in the 70’s, I learned that the loudest air raid siren in the Los Angeles basin, installed during WWII, was mounted on the roof of the physics building. Somehow it used to go off occasionally during finals week. Great stress reliever — for me anyway.

  4. “No new taxes!”…Yeah, uh huh. A truth at that point in time, but wait a few months or a year. Have always said Any goofball idea that starts in Cali somehow bleeds across the nation (or jumps to the East Coast then squeezes in towards the middle). We are being overrun by morons and the moronic. These people are not smart (be wary of the self-important who tell you their accomplishments or constantly give their resume’). But…they are cunning, and some are straight out evil.

    The Colonies v The Motherland: add the proper use of utensils while eating; we shovel and flip and exchange the tools, not very blue-blood, but functional for our steak and potatoes mainstays. The Brits are decidedly “more elegant”, maybe even more efficient, they use the back of the fork and never flip. Me? Have a little English somewhere in the Heinz 57 ancestry so I do a combo depending on the meal. Oh, and a burger or fried chicken are never eaten with a fork and knife, Victorian etiquette be damned…that’d be like putting ketchup on a Nathans dog. (Heh)

    1. In re: ‘These people’ – read somewhere that ‘These people’ are, at the same time, exceedingly clever and mind-boggling stupid. This from someone who occasionally worked with them.

      1. If the juice will be running down my forearm then I sometimes use a knife to cut the monster burger in half…I’m not totally uncouth.

      1. I use a fork to shovel a pile of nachos onto my plate, but it’s finger food thereafter. Food should be fun, not staid…unless you’re at a 5 Star, then Mom’s Sunday dinner table rules are employed (I had the misfortune to sit next to dad, who could do an ear flick that stung for half an hour…don’t think he learned that in the Marines).

  5. The dumbing down of America. And it starts in childhood when kids watching cartoons are subjected to short, bright, flashy images. An attention span is almost a thing of the past.

    Confessions for Lent. Hmmm, better to let sleeping dogs lie.

    Monoliths. Get em while you can. Some vitriolic Moslem will want to blow them up as an affront to the prophet.

    Camel’s nose under the tent. Recently had a levy pass for something like 74$ million for a new high school. The levy was to be funded by increased property taxes but the actual dollar amount of the increase was left TBD. So essentially a blank check that the taxpayers will have to fund. The American Citizen is addicted to buy now pay later.

    1. Ahh yes, the open ended bond measure, aka. Never goes away because the cheatery is our (theirs) way of funding our “other” grifts…which, ironically include “gifts” to themselves.

      MrsPaulM picked a movie out of the collection last night, she wasn’t ready to rewatch Terminal List. Selection was ”Peppermint” (Jennifer Garner, suburban mom turned stateside LA cartel assassin). Kept thinking there is little justice in our current state of insanity and that this would go a long way in eradicating the criminals under our noses (more having been let in by The Administration). I found myself wanting this…then asked God what would be so wrong eliminating evil here? Haven’t gotten an answer yet.

  6. Pranks
    A classmate in High School acquired 10,000 cherry bombs. We got into all sorts of devilment with them but the best was setting off a dozen in the high school central furnace room that sent 30 years accumulation of dust through all the heating ducts and left a 1″ layer of dust in all the classrooms.

    Another classmate concocted a delayed action fuse so we perpetrators were in class when the bombs went off.

        1. TEN THOUSAND cherry bombs?!? Ye Gads….it boggles my mind….

          There was a guy named “Crazy Bob” on my floor in the college dorm I lived in. He made bombs. Pipe bombs. Big-Ass pipe bombs. Loudest things I’d ever heard until a friend years later lit off his black powder cannon.

          Closest I ever came was trying to reload some Estes motors with home-made “fuel”.

  7. In re: ‘These people’ – read somewhere that ‘These people’ are, at the same time, exceedingly clever and mind-boggling stupid. This from someone who occasionally worked with them.

    1. In the navy, officers were officially cautioned that enlisted men were “sly, cunning, and bore considerable watching.”

      This was before enlisted women became commonplace, and then the other 52 genders joined the ranks. Soon, they’ll have their pronouns on the name tape on their uniforms. Since your gender (and also your race) can change at will, the tape will need to be velcro for easier transitions.

  8. “I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time ….”
    My son told me today that his kids were wearing doggy ears at school to celebrate the 101st day of the school year. I asked if they were dalmation ears and he replied that he has to find another school for the kids.
    His wife is resistant to a Christian school, which is the only real alternative.
    This summer I was investigating schools for them and I saw a Christian school near them that I’d heard good things about. I went on line and the pictures showed rainbow flags lining the hallways.
    I called the pastor and asked him what that was about?
    He said they were celebrating God’s promise not to flood the earth again.
    He did not consider the alternate interpretation. Then.
    They changed the website shortly after.

    1. Way to inquire Ed to present a proper perception…most do not and the ugly continues unabated. At least you had a receptive ear. Starts at home. Major h/t.

    2. I recall when a SoCal church group returned from a youth outing to Mexico. They bought T-shirts to commemorate their trip. The adults all wore “I got crabs in San Felipe” shirts. The children wore “I got laid in San Felipe (smiling chick in a half-shell) shirts.” They had no idea what it meant. Innocent – naive – foolishly so.

      1. Wife and I just watched Spencer Tracy Jekyll and Hyde tonight.
        I had to explain a lot of the sexual imagery and SM stuff that was going over her head and I frankly wonder how they got away with it.

  9. “The US Department of Defense would like to take possession of any monoliths found on US soil to address a monolith gap that now is said to exist between the free world and aggressive and overly ambitious slave states like Russia and China.”

    I must have missed a few days of Virtual Mirage as I am behind the times. What happened to the Mine Shaft Gap?

    1. The ratio of women to men would necessarily be 10 to 1 with the women chosen for their sexual appetites if we are to preserve the race and, at the same time, retain our precious bodily fluids. EOP-POE (recall code).

  10. Just a comment… the short original fiction sections in the blog the last few days have been very good. I’d like to see more of them.

    POE… peace on earth … purity of essence. Be sure to drink only rain water. Best line in the movie.. US Army Colonel Bat Guano to RAF Group Captain Lionel Mandrake… “You’re gonna have to answer to the Coke Cola Company.” Before shooting the coin box open so they can use a pay phone to recall the bombers and try to prevent toe to toe nuclear combat with the Ruskies.

    I seem to recall above the left pocket it said US Army. Eventually a plastic name tag with metal pins poking you in the chest was provided. Until then, you were just… US Army…. Subtle intended meaning was clear enough.

  11. Whatever you think about Carl, he sure did get it right sometimes.

    Bonsai Kitties were hilarious, as was the “Kitty Cannon”, a precursor of “Angry Birds”.

    Somewhat reminiscent of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”.

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