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  1. On further reflection, the gag I have deleted just wasn't that funny.
  2. Gordon Dickson's Childe Cycle series are classic, great science fiction, if a bit preachy. Dickson also wrote many other non-Childe novels and short stories. James Hogan is another of my favorites. Both tell danged good stories and are as worthy of attention as Heinlein.
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    Good for you and good luck, amigo. Probably best not to mention the incident when you sexually harassed a moose. Or, was it that you were sexually harassed by a moose? Were there bison involved in either incident?
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    It is sucked into a huge black hole in the very center of the Universe. Either that, of time ends up in Florida and starts acting weird.
  5. That a 'bit' is a portion of the Spanish, pieces of eight coin appears to be the most agreed upon origin. This is why I stick to science. Not much ambiguity in gravity or planets hurtling through space.
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    That is a great song well performed by Mr. Jones. Almost as sad as Tom Dooley. The Kingston Trio has the most popular version.
  7. If I recall, the term 'bit' (12.5 cents) to refer to multiples of one dollar came from the archaic habit of physically cutting dollar coins into smaller pieces (bits.) The most I ever molested a coin was to put a penny on the railroad tracks.
  8. A case quarter is simply a 25 cent coin as opposed to two dimes and a nickel. I think the term is more common in the south. Few of us can understand when Yankees talk.
  9. A very nice literary reference, but you assume that bart of tad reads something besides Archie comics.
  10. I would just like to state, for the record, that I like cauliflower -- and broccoli. In their non-pizza crust forms.
  11. This is thread drift -- heck, it's thread hard right rudder, however ... There is a major four-lane road in north St. Louis county (Lindbergh Boulevard) that edges along the northern portion of Lambert St. Louis airport. There was a paved area off of this road that was the north end of the runways; great for sitting and watching aircraft fly over you at 500 feet. I spent more than a few days and nights there. There is also a big empty field where they did fire-fighting drills and McDonnell Douglas tested the AV8-B and the early UAVs. So, one Friday afternoon, we're out in the field testing an AV8-B. I don't recall just what we were testing, but the test pilot was slowly going fore and aft, they side to side, hovering, doing zero-radius turns and other standard maneuvers. I had my head down in my clipboard and was wearing ear muffs, and I heard a car horn and I happened to look in the near distance and dang, there were cars lined up along Lindbergh, four lanes deep as far as the eye could see. The chain link fence at the edge of the airport property was solid people, all watching the Harrier do its thing. Keep in mind, that road is a major artery, crowded under the best of times, yet folk just parked their cars in the road to watch the airshow we had no idea we were performing. After we put the jet away, folk went back to the cars and went about their business. No riots, very few complaints, even a smattering of applause. The civil society of the early 1980s. NB when F-15 Eagles launched at Lambert, even years after they were common, everything stopped so folk could watch them. They didn't perform unrestricted climbs very often, but when they did -- it was breath-taking. Or when the Missouri Air Guard's F-4s launched in tandem on full blower; so loud you thought that the world was coming to and end, but you had to watch.
  12. Honduras retired their F4U Corsair fleet in 1979. I believe that the F4U holds the record for the longest propeller-driven military aircraft production: from 1942 into the mid-1950s, if I recall. No aircraft will eclipse the B-52 record as the longest in active service.
  13. I agree with you, amigo. If I invest my money and resources in a business with no public assistance, then I choose who I do business with. If the business fails, I did not appeal to enough customers, no? The very last thing i desire is a bunch of jack leg lawyers crawling all over me and screaming in my ear that I'm not doing it right. It is when other galoots, lawyers and politicians, tell me who I can and cannot serve that I object to. Rosa Parks and the lunch counter lads were not about a business being selective, but sharp reminders of a bad system encoded in law.
  14. When I attended the University of Missouri beginning in 1968, a portion of my student activity fee went to the Black Student Union. An organization that I was forbidden to join, but required to pay for, For you young'uns, the current Marxist violence is not new. We saw it all in the 1960s, except the American soldier was the designated victim, not law enforcement. The current crop of Antifa and BLM criminals have yet to blow up buildings, though I suggest that isn't for lack of desire; they just aren't smart enough to steal explosives like the Weathermen were.
  15. I lived in those times. The Rosa Parks incident was in 1955, I believe, so I was only a wee lad, but I remember hearing of the Woolworth's lunch counter incident on the nightly news and though I was only ten tears old, it made no sense to me. Keep in mind that as my father worked for the Department of the Army, we moved a lot. In 1955 we would have been living in Bountiful, Utah and in 1960, Scottsdale, Arizona. My parents were raised in the UP of Michigan, so the family didn't encounter Africans often. But, I understood discrimination. The reason we moved from Utah was that we were not LDS and as my sister and I were getting older, we were reminded daily when our friends went off to do some activity that we could not attend. We didn't burn down Salt Lake City. We just accepted that that was the way things were and went on with life. In Arizona, I went to school with Native Americans (they were Indians then) and Mexicans and they were welcome in our house just as I was welcome in theirs. I just don't think it ever occurred to us to divide up humanity by skin color, language or religion. That wasn't a thing my parents believed. My father told me, many time, everyone deserves respect until they prove that they don't. Now, smarter folk than me will just declare that we were ignorant children and didn't know how important racial, cultural and religious identity was. Now at seventy plus years, I still have that childish ignorance about the subject and likely won't get any smarter in my final years of life. Thinking back on Rosa Parks and the students in the Woolworth's lunch counter, I still say, Good for them.
  16. So, Associate Justice Ginsberg will lie in state in the United States Capitol, a signal honor, yet one denied to her colleague Associate Justice Antonin Scalia. Thus, it appears that only Marxists and their minions have leave to use the Capitol Building. It is not correct when the media claims that Associate Justice Ginsberg will be the first woman to lie in state in the Capitol building. Perhaps she will be the first woman thus honored in the National Statuary Hall, but I recall, and confirmed, that Rosa Parks laid in state in the Capitol Rotunda in 2005. I believe that Ms. Parks was female. Thus, the media liars are technically correct, just misleading. Ah, but the professional liars never lie, they simply misspeak. Gosh, they've never done that before.
  17. Who shall volunteer to administer the traditional birthday spanking? Happy birthday, amigo.
  18. "Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent." Isaac Asimov Said by character Salvor Hardin, the first mayor of Terminus, in the novel Foundation. Asimov, through Hardin, also noted, "Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right." And my personal favorite Hardin remark, "Only a lie that wasn't ashamed of itself could possibly succeed." Much wisdom in a novel written in 1951.
  19. Before Richie Blackmore, there was April and Nino. If you remember when this was a hit, you are old.
  20. Who will volunteer to deliver the traditional birthday spanking?
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    Best wishes, compadre. I shall keep good thoughts for you and Mrs. G. No hugging. I draw the line at hugging..
  22. Condolences and best wishes to your family, amigo.
  23. I enjoyed his stories and have great respect for his craftsmanship and dedication to keeping the automotive art of the past alive. Best wishes, sir, and thank you.
  24. All of the players didn't kneel in the pre-game I saw: Chicago and Edmonton. They all gathered in a circle, the announcer gushed about those poor black lives and racism for a bit, then Matt Dumba, a player for Minnesota and chairman of what the called Hockey Diversity Alliance, proclaimed Black Lives Matter talking points and then joined by Malcolm Subban and a player I didn't recognize, both Africans, Dumba knelt while the American national anthem played withe Subban and the other players hand on Dumba's shoulder. The other player tapped their sticks n the ice. As stated, when the Canadian anthem played, Dumba stood and all of the other players stood respectfully. I refuse to watch or reward corporate cowards and whiny Africans.
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