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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: “Tuesday line

Ahh, love... It's a beautiful thing between a man and a woman. Not so between a man and a man nor between a woman and a woman. What we should really strive for is the love of punk's God and his "Savious" Jesus Christ who supposedly manifested that love by a glorious genocide that, in addition to drowning all the sinners, killed every living thing except for a representative pair of each to its kind.

And He, in return for the mass killing, gave us the beautiful rainbow to enjoy along with the promise to never drown us again. The next time He hath lovingly pledged to destroy us with fire.

I wonder what great gift mankind will receive in exchange for that hot, "loving" act. I hope it's better than a rainbow! Rainbows are so passe. That's all I got to say!

Punk's God just loves us to death. The people of this age must be crazy not to see it.

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Posted by Olphart on 04/25/2017 at 10:25 PM

Re: “Family of girl who fell from Harrison church bus issues statement, says investigation ongoing

Mike Masterson referred to the medic being there at the right time as a "God Nod" or a supernatural intervention.

No word yet on who nodded to open the back of the van in the first place or why the preacher was apparently nodding off to the point of being oblivious to his passengers.

Mike Masterson is a likable columnist but he needs to convince his ol' buddy, God Almighty!, to nod at the hog farm on the Buffalo River every once in a while.

I hope the little girl recovers quickly and grows up in the real world, not in an imaginary realm of ghosts, goblins, and gods.

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Posted by Olphart on 04/25/2017 at 3:09 PM

Re: “The Jack Jones, Marcel Williams execution thread

Bill nailed it in his last post. In these cases we've been discussing, there's always the doubt in one's mind that the entire justice system from top to bottom has failed and that the failure is due to the fact that our ethics, in general, has failed.

We'll never be a perfect species obviously. Yet truly great thinkers like Steven Pinker have asserted that we're getting better and better over time. Pinker's book "The Better Angels of Our Nature" expounds on this subject at great length. I haven't yet read it but have downloaded it and hope to read it soon. Maybe, it'll cheer me up. I need it.

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Posted by Olphart on 04/25/2017 at 11:52 AM

Re: “The Jack Jones, Marcel Williams execution thread

Perplexed, the cynic in me says that the executions are scheduled for prime time for maximum publicity for the crowing, strutting, politicians to be seen, acting as if they've done something big, something important.

Our Attorney General is a prime example of that species. She's an embarrassment to that office. Almost as bad is our oleaginous governor who trots out the families of the victims and hides behind the whole dubious concept of closure.

I'm not against the death penalty if guilt is 100% certain. I do feel that I'd be a better person if I were against it, though. I am torn by the unequal application of capital punishment in the past and by the ability of someone with a lot of money to avoid it, even now.

But Saline brings up a good point. There are certain people who, IMO, deserve to die and, indeed, in many cases, want to die. Ronald Gene Simmons is a good example. Anybody can easily Google such cases. Do you think Dylann Roof should be executed? Did Timothy McVeigh deserve to die? How about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev? Does he deserve it?

It may be just my impression but it seems that the Feds just do it and get it over with and don't make such a spectacle about the whole business.

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Posted by Olphart on 04/25/2017 at 2:12 AM

Re: “The sunny Sunday line

OK, you've had time to read Greenberg's column. Maybe, you think you're tired of his b.s. or, maybe, you figured it all out from the start. But, I'll admit it. He nailed me. The killer whom he kept talking about is not the guy about to be executed. The killer is Asa Hutchinson.

Spoiler alert! Wait! I was supposed to say that first, wasn't I?

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Posted by Olphart on 04/23/2017 at 9:21 PM

Re: “The sunny Sunday line

Trump is willing to shut down the government if he doesn't get funding for his wall. The word is that he'll trade that money to the Democrats for money to keep Obamacare funded.


In other words, he's using two of his failures for leverage to get his way. The Mexicans were going to pay for the wall and Obamacare was supposed to be repealed and replaced by now. I don't know if he's that good or his supporters are that stupid.

Maybe, I'll run an informal poll in White Hall tomorrow on that very question. Maybe, I'll get fired from my job.

Money talks! Bullshit talks! Sanity walks!

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Posted by Olphart on 04/23/2017 at 8:22 PM

Re: “The sunny Sunday line

BTW, DBI's opening piece tonight was a good'un too. The world does, indeed, seem to be going to hell in a hurried, horrific, handbasket. At least, DBI will keep us laughing during the trip...

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Posted by Olphart on 04/23/2017 at 5:17 PM

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