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Recently retired from piddlin' around. Now mostly just phartin' around.

Updated on July 22, 2013 at 11:24 AM

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Re: “Trump administration gag order at CDC: forbidden words include "fetus," "transgender," "evidence-based," "diversity"

"Evidence-based". That's probably the most dangerous word in the whole banned lexicon. That can bring the whole church of cards down and do permanent damage to the whole culture of ignorance.

I see some tough times ahead and my prediction is evidence-based.

I've noticed a couple of evangelical friends use the same term in idle conversation in the last year or so. They've informed me that "tolerance is overrated". Does that come from Fox or church I wonder. Since I attend neither, I couldn't say.

Another thing: a young girl came to my front door the other day selling cleaning spray for some organization whose name I don't remember. Her spiel was the usual routine. You could spray it on anything without harm but it would remove the toughest grime with little effort. Not being Judge Moore, I didn't invite her in to demonstrate but, nonetheless, she cleaned a small strip on my front sidewalk. At the end, she noticeably raised her voice and spat out. "At least we are out working our butts off and not staying home living off the government!" I guess that was supposed to be the clincher but it seemed odd coming from a girl who looked to be about 13-years-old. In the end, I gave her a $10 donation for her group because I'd already noticed that the miracle cleaner was $40 a qt. (The cleaner was worth more than most of the stuff that needed it!) But, I guess it was worth it because I can still see the clean spot on the sidewalk.

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Posted by Olphart on 12/16/2017 at 4:44 PM

Re: “The week's over and the line's open

"Seems to me there's something in literature that foretells (for lack of a better word) this."

Doigotta, you might be thinking about George Carlin's 7 dirty words that you can never say on television.

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Posted by Olphart on 12/16/2017 at 2:41 AM

Re: “The week's over and the line's open

"Scientists Say Japanese Monkeys Are Having 'Sexual Interactions' With Deer"


Tsk, tsk. This would not ever happen in a Christian nation.

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Posted by Olphart on 12/15/2017 at 5:49 PM

Re: “Report: LGBT elders face risks from laws allowing religious exemption for discrimination

A business open to the public is not a "religious organization". The supernatural beliefs of business proprietors shouldn't matter when it comes to serving your customers. For example, if I go to the hardware store to buy a wrench to fix a burst water line and the owner refuses to sell me the tool because I'm not "saved", he is breaking the law. He is basing his decision on rules of behavior that have nothing to do with rules of commerce.

If I went to a church to borrow or purchase a wrench, they would have the perfect right to refuse me just as they can legally refuse to marry a gay couple.

That seems to work out fairly well until someone refuses to obey the law.

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Posted by Olphart on 12/15/2017 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Thursday line's open

You're zackly rat, squirrel! Gabby Hayes, Pat Buttram, Smiley Burnette were some others.

Remember Pancho, The Cisco Kid's sidekick? "Ah, Pancho. Ah, Seasco." Both deported by now I'm sure. Probably departed as well.

All that reminds me of a verse in a Lyle Lovett song:

"The mystery masked man was smart
He got himself a Tonto
'Cause Tonto did the dirty work for free
But Tonto he was smarter
And one day said kemo sabe
Kiss my ass I bought a boat
I'm going out to sea"

I've often wondered why more of the sidekicks didn't rebel. I guess it was just the times.

Here's the whole, fine, song by the ex Mr Julia Roberts. It has other cowboy lore in it as well.


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Posted by Olphart on 12/14/2017 at 11:21 PM

Re: “Thursday line's open

Any thoughts on this important matter?

"Alabama senate election: Roy Moore says 'immorality sweeps our land' and refuses to concede defeat. 'Abortion, sodomy, and materialism have taken the place of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,' says beaten candidate in fire-and-brimstone address."


Roy reminded me of another Roy from my youth when he rode his horse to the polls on Tuesday. Just the horse and the cowboy outfit that is. Roy Rogers probably was OK with the Ten Commandments but I hope he didn't chase after little girls.

A hero and crusader like the judge needs his own TV show. His particular brand of "morality" would be a big hit, IMO, what with "Duck Dynasty" and "19 and "Counting" off the air; there's a niche to be filled.

I propose that he just play himself, a cowboy, in the old 50's-style straight-shootin', hard-ridin' style, fightin' against homosexuals, transsexuals, and abortionists. There's a big audience out there to watch it. (How many votes did Trump get after all?)

He'll need a sidekick of course - all tv cowboys gotta have a comical sidekick. A perfect choice for that role would be our own little Stanley Rapert who would provide an idealogically compatible, though lesser, hero.

My best idea would be a redo of Red Ryder and his sidekick Little Beaver. We could probably buy the rights to the names and have Moore play Ryder and Rapert do the Beaver.

The only problem I can foresee is that the Judge might get too worked up travelin' around the West with Little Beaver at his side.

"You betchum, Red Ryder!" Might be too much for the old guy.

You feller old farts might have a better idea about how to do a western like this. Cato? Plainjim? Anybody?

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Posted by Olphart on 12/14/2017 at 5:55 PM

Re: “U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold faces new allegations of misconduct (UPDATE: Farenthold will not seek reelection)

I wondered whatever happened to Alfred E. Neuman. Now we know. A little older, quite a bit fatter, the kind of guy who could promote an idiot like Donald Trump for the Presidency without worrying about the consequences.

That's definitely him on the far right there. MOST people on the far right tend to be the same way.

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Posted by Olphart on 12/14/2017 at 1:33 PM

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