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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: “Thursday's headlines and the open line

Cheeses loves me, yes Cheeses loves me,
they are week but he is strong,
And sometimes
pungent, sharp, zesty, and funky.

From the world of scientific research comes...

"Scientists Played Music to Cheese as It Aged. Hip-Hop Produced the Funkiest Flavor"


'Last September, Swiss cheesemaker Beat Wampfler and a team of researchers from the Bern University of Arts placed nine 22-pound wheels of Emmental cheese in individual wooden crates in Wampflers cheese cellar. Then, for the next six months each cheese was exposed to an endless, 24-hour loop of one song using a mini-transducer, which directed the soundwaves directly into the cheese wheels.

The classical cheese mellowed to the sounds of Mozarts "The Magic Flute". The rock cheese listened to Led Zeppelins "Stairway to Heaven". An ambient cheese listened to Yellos "Monolith", the hip-hop cheese was exposed to A Tribe Called Quests "Jazz (Weve Got)" and the techno fromage raved to Vrils "UV". A control cheese aged in silence, while three other wheels were exposed to simple high, medium and low frequency tones.'

I've been lookin' for a wheel of Velveeta with which to make my fortune; but, everybody tells me it only comes in bricks. Not to give too much away but I've hired a Mariachi Band to serenade a dozen bricks of the stuff until it grows the green chilies for itself. After just two weeks it has reached the funky stage already. I figure six weeks will get the job done or until the band gets deported --whichever comes first. This is science and difficult to predict.

Well, nobody else was coming up with anything to talk about...

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Posted by Olphart on 03/21/2019 at 9:26 PM

Re: “New Zealand moves to ban assault weapons after slaughter of Muslims

"All that is now lost, as those people who warned us about letting the terrorists win, now give easy victories to killers and terrorists."

There's something going on in your head that makes you write nonsensical sentences.

What is "that" now lost? Who are "those people" who warned us? What do you mean by letting the "terrorists win"? What "easy victories"?

I'm not questioning your brilliance but you have to communicate with us lesser minds who can't even begin to comprehend what you're saying unless you actually say it. Others may be telepathic on this blog, but I'm not.

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Posted by Olphart on 03/21/2019 at 6:01 PM

Re: “Thursday's headlines and the open line

The perfect (Fox) outrage:

"Eighth grader suspended for honoring troops speaks out"

Or maybe not:

"Carlin was recreating a 'battle cross' monument for a Celina Middle School history project. He said his teacher knew all about it but administration officials suspended him for 3 days for bringing a toy gun on campus, which violated school policy."


So...which WAS it? Was he really suspended for "honoring troops"...or for violating school policy about guns?

The fact is that it doesn't matter. Carlin has already appeared on "Fox & Friends" and will, no doubt, be declared a "Great American" on Hannity within a week. The only question is, will he be honored at the White House with a Big Mac banquet?

Stay tuned.

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Posted by Olphart on 03/21/2019 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Midweek: Headlines and the open line

This is what a strong leader does. Meet Jacinda Arden who will soon be receiving high praise from Steven E. Wonder how long until that "c" word pops up?

"The Latest: New Zealand bans all assault weapons immediately"

'Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand is immediately banning assault rifles, high-capacity magazines and "military style semi-automatic rifles" like the weapons used in last Friday's attacks on two Christchurch mosques.'


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Posted by Olphart on 03/20/2019 at 9:47 PM

Re: “Midweek: Headlines and the open line

Cato, undoubtedly, knows this story; but, it was "news" to me -- about 175 years after it happened. It's a story about Irish-American immigrants fighting in the Mexican-American War. For Mexico.

This could help explain why a lot of Appalachian Hillbillies of Scotch-Irish descent were easily persuaded to kill Yankees some 15-years-later in the American Civil War.

Good piece from Smithsonian Magazine:


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Posted by Olphart on 03/20/2019 at 7:58 PM

Re: “Tuesday: Open line and the daily news video

On the bright side, Steven, I greatly enjoyed reading "The Fool's Progress". I'm sure I'll be looking for more of Abbe's works soon. Thanks for the recommendation.

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Posted by Olphart on 03/20/2019 at 7:40 PM

Re: “Tuesday: Open line and the daily news video

I know a right wing terrorist when I see one. You just ducked and covered and lied. I didn't realize that when you were touting your hero with a gun that you meant the shooter. Are you so far gone that someone carrying a gun is automatically a good guy?

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Posted by Olphart on 03/20/2019 at 7:10 PM

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