Inherit The Hot Air!

By Mick Dumdell


Republican Debater Says He Doesn’t Understand The Question

Well, the Great Republican Debate is on television on FOXNews.  I shudder to think what would happen if someone threw a banana in the middle of them. . .

I am waiting for somebody to say something intelligent to post here.

UPDATE: Two hours later, and the debate is over. I am still waiting for one of them to say something intelligent to post here.

Yours very truly,

Mick Dumdell

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The Premature Burial of Oxygen!

By Mick Dumdell


Don’t Prematurely Bury The Good Stuff!

The other day I had my first original thought about the environment. There I was throwing away an empty plastic bottle and thinking about plastic and Sandra Bland, and how plastic was bad for the environment, and how she died of asphyxiation, which is a lack of oxygen and everything, and then KERBLAMM!  it hit me! There I was throwing away maybe 16 ounces of perfectly good oxygen inside the plastic bottle!

Then I got to thinking about all the plastic bottles in all the landfills, and all the milk cartons and glass jars in those landfills and all the aerosol cans which still had oxygen in them, and realized that we wasteful humans are burying the very stuff we need to breathe! I picked up an allegedly empty can of Fabreze Hawaiian Aloha Air Freshener out of the trash and held it to my ear and pulled the sprayer, and first, you should point it away from your ear because I got an earful of scented mist in my ear and it made me kind of woozy for a few minutes. So, point it away from your ear and pull the lever and listen to how long it hisses. My “empty” can hissed for about 5 minutes. Even if no scent is coming out, there is still air and oxygen in the can. Now, think of all the aerosol cans in all the landfills.

I tell you, we are simply prematurely burying oxygen, and that stuff will sit in a landfill for two or three thousand years before the plastic or the aluminum corrodes enough to free the oxygen! People and animals could choke to death in the meantime. Therefore, I think that we need a new environmental movement, call it say, The Free Oxygen Movement, or simply FOMENT. We should begin educating people to take the lids off of whatever container it is before throwing the container away. That would have to free up a whole lot of oxygen.

If  people are really conscientious, they could open the bottle or container, and while holding it under their mouth, could exhale heavily into the container and then quickly replace the lid. This would have the effect of trapping carbon dioxide (which is heavier than air) and this would help take the carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere for a few thousand years. Maybe by that time future environmentalists will have reversed some of the effect of AGW.

I don’t want to brag, but I thought of this idea all by myself!  Pass it along! FOMENT Revolution!

Yours very truly,

Mick Dumdell

FootNote. The Image is from the 1962 film, The Premature Burial. Wiki says:

The Premature Burial (1962) is an American International Pictures horror film, directed by Roger Corman, starring Ray Milland, also with Hazel Court, Alan Napier, Heather Angel and Richard Ney, screenplay by Charles Beaumont and Ray Russell, based upon the 1844 short story of the same name by Edgar Allan Poe. It was the third in the series of eight Poe-themed pictures, known informally as the “Poe Cycle”, directed by Corman for American International.

Roger Corman had made two successful adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe’s (1809-1849) works for American International Pictures (AIP) starring the famous and preeminent horror and suspense star of the 1950s and 60s, Vincent Price.

He decided to make his own Poe film with financing through Pathe Lab. He wanted to use Price, but AIP had him under exclusive contract, so he cast instead Ray Milland. On the first day of shooting James Nicholson and Sam Arkoff of AIP turned up, announcing Corman was working for them – they had threatened Pathe with the loss of their business if they did not bring the movie back to AIP.[1]

Francis Ford Coppola worked on the movie as dialogue director.[3]

Cavett Binion in “Allmovie” notes, “Milland’s performance conveys the requisite amount of hand-wringing torment (in the mode of “The Lost Weekend” movie), even if he fails to capture the manic intensity that Price brought to the other Poe films that he played or starred in. Corman’s deft direction, employing a rich palette of colors and superb widescreen compositions, is on a par with the series’ finest installments.”[4]
Awards and nominations

The film won a 1962 “Golden Laurel” – “Sleeper of the Year” Award.

Here is a youtube video with the narration of the original story:

and here is the full movie:


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The Film Flam Men!

By Mssr. Lee Fou


Without The Film, The Cop Would Go Scott Free!

Talk about the damn cops today! There is a story at Jonathan Turley’s website today that will just make you sick! It seems the fuzz raided a pot shop in California, turned off the security cameras, and then ate the marijuana edibles! That is cheeky enough, but it gets worse! Read this:

There is an interesting case out of Santa Ana this month where police officers were allegedly caught on camera wolfing down pot products in a raid on a medical marijuana dispensary. The officer reportedly disabled all but one of the security cameras. They are now arguing that there rights were violated by being videotaped without their consent.

The video below shows a sizable number of police raiding the dispensary with guns drawn and forcing everyone to the floor. It then shows officers methodically shutting off cameras. The remaining camera however then shows the officers eating presumably marijuana laced products at the Sky High Collective. The video also shows the officers making derogatory comments about a disabled woman.

Three Santa Ana police officers have sued to quash a surveillance video in a lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court to prevent Santa Ana Police Department internal affairs investigators from using the video. They have been allowed to conceal their identities. Of course, police routinely used such videotapes against others for alleging crimes. It is also unclear why a public servant should have his or her name protected in such a case. While some officers may be undercover and have a good claim, most of these officers are in uniform.

Attorney Corey W. Glave representing the Santa Ana Police Officers Association and the three officers insists that the video was taken without the officers’ knowledge and that the videotape was handled by various people before being turned over to the police. He has suggested that the videotape may have been altered. Glave has gone as far as to accuse his opposing counsel of misconduct: “The attorney representing the drug dispensary intentionally has misrepresented what happened.”

There is more at the link. The cops here simply crossed the line by eating the product, and then compounded that with enough chutzpah to gag an elephant! Suing over the fact that they were filmed doing it? Come on. This is nothing but nonsense, and an attempt to distract and deceive! They must be high on something to think that people are going to fall for this! Oh right. They are “on something.” Pot brownies will do that to you.

Mssr. Lee Fou

FootNote. The Image is from the 1967 film, The Flim-Flam Man. Wiki says,

The Flim-Flam Man is a 1967 American comedy film directed by Irvin Kershner, starring George C. Scott, Michael Sarrazin and Sue Lyon, based on the novel The Ballad of the Flim-Flam Man by Guy Owen. The film boasts a cast of well-known character actors in supporting roles, including Jack Albertson, Slim Pickens, Strother Martin, Harry Morgan and Albert Salmi. The movie is also noted for its jovial musical score by composer Jerry Goldsmith. It was shot in the Anderson County, Kentucky area.

Mordecai C. Jones (Scott) – a self-styled “M.B.S., C.S., D.D. — Master of Back-Stabbing, Cork-Screwing and Dirty-Dealing!” – is a drifting confidence trickster who makes his living defrauding people in the southern United States. One of his specialties is rigged punchboards. He befriends a young man named Curley (Sarrazin), a deserter on the run from the United States Army, and the two team up to make money and keep out of reach of the law.

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times said: “The movie was shot on location, largely in Kentucky, and it gains a real feeling of authenticity. These are real crossroads stores and real wide-eyed rednecks, watching the city slicker shuffle the cards. And a lot of the episodes are hilarious. I announced some time ago, in connection with Casino Royale (1967) I think, that chase scenes had just about had it as laugh-getters in the movies. Wrong again. There is a chase scene in this one that’s a classic. The flim-flam man, dressed, as a minister, and his pupil, dressed as an accident victim, steal a car and lead the sheriff on a brilliantly photographed chase down the sidewalks and through the watermelon wagons of the South. … There are also some nicely directed scenes in which Scott gradually overcomes the suspicions of his victims, wins their confidence, allows his straight man to win a few bucks and then, oh, so innocently asks a tobacco farmer if he’d care to speculate as to which card was the queen.” [3

You can watch it in full on youtube:

FootNote 2. The Title is a word play on the phrase “flim-flam” which is a surprising old term”, over 400 years old!


a trick or deception, especially a swindle or confidence game involving skillful persuasion or clever manipulation of the victim.
a piece of nonsense; twaddle; bosh.

verb (used with object), flimflammed, flimflamming.

to trick, deceive, swindle, or cheat:
A fortuneteller flimflammed her out of her savings.

Origin of flimflam

1530-40; gradational compound of expressive orig.

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Yes, It Was A Big Harry Deal!

By Mick Dumdell


Too Late He Realized That The Nuns Were Right About Hairy Palms!

It seems that America’s white youth are on a downward spiral! Last week it was the Ohio State Marching Band with its racist and homophobic songbook, and now it is Harry Vincent with his hateful Tweets! Talk about youths becoming radicalized! The Daily Mail reports:

A Texas Christian University student has been disciplined after posting online comments seen as racially offensive about current events, including rioting in Baltimore and the rise of the Islamic State, according to TCU officials.

TCU said Harry Vincent, a 19-year-old sophomore, violated two Student Code of Conduct provisions concerning ‘infliction of bodily or emotional harm’ and ‘disorderly conduct’ with his social media rants.


As a result, Vincent has been suspended from all extracurricular activities for one year, such as college football games, and can no longer live on campus or use non-academic facilities, such as the cafeteria and recreational center.

Among the comments were a Facebook post that reads: ‘These hoodrat criminals in Baltimore need to be shipped off and exiled to the sahara desert. Maybe then they’ll realize how much we provide for them (welfare, college tuition, obama’s phone’s, medicare, etc.).’

In a separate tweet, he also described the Baltimore rioters has ‘poor, uneducated druggy hoodrats’.

In regards to Islam he wrote: ‘This is clearly not a religion of peace.’

He also used the word ‘beaner’, a derogatory term to describe Mexicans.

Another post on Twitter, referring to a vacation, said: ‘Almost as tan as a terrorist. Going to be thoroughly disappointed if I’m not racially profiled on my trip to gulf shores.’

The comments were compiled by a childhood acquaintance from his native Maryland, posted on Tumblr with his social media handles and brought to the attention of the school.

As Vincent came under attack for the posts, he deleted his Twitter account and started a new one.

‘I’ve taken responsibility for the comments. I wrote them. I am sorry if the comments were offensive to anyone,’ Vincent told Reuters on Friday.

‘However, I still stand behind the fact that nothing I said was breaking a law and was protected under the Constitution.’

Vincent said his appeal of the suspension was denied and he has not decided yet on attending classes during the fall semester.

‘They’re trying to make me out to be the classic bigoted hateful white male,’ Vincent told Fox News.

‘That’s the complete opposite of what I am.’

Vincent said the only post he actually regrets is the one that refers to Mexicans as ‘beaners’.

‘I did not know that word was such a hurtful word,’ he said.

‘I do regret that one because I do realize that could have caused harm to some people.’

A university spokeswoman said a federal privacy law prevents TCU from discussing details of a student’s disciplinary process.

‘TCU expects its students to behave in a manner consistent with its mission, which is to educate individuals to think and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in a global community,’ the university said in a statement.

Vincent says he isn’t sure he will return to TCU, because his suspension will be valid until he graduates, and he will paying to go to the college but not attend anything outside class.

He is now considering joining the Marine Corps or going to work for his father.

There are more pictures, and information at the link above. I hope that everybody notices the CONFEDERATE FLAG in the photo. What else would we expect from somebody who touches one of those horrible things! And then when caught, Vincent just laughs the whole thing off! I think TCU should refuse to let him come back to college, and give his place to a Black youth, or maybe even one of those “beaners!”

But beyond mere punishment, and perhaps re-education at a suitable facility, one must ask where are American white youths learning all this hatred? This thug was from Maryland, not some horrid Southern backwater state like Alabama or Mississippi. The educational system must simply do more to indoctrinate our children in the proper trains of thought. Perhaps there is a way to tie such indoctrination to teacher pay increases?

Yours very truly,

Mick Dumdell

FootNote 1. The Image is Michael Landon from the 1957 film, I Was A Teenage Werewolf. Wiki says:

Samuel Z. Arkoff wrote in his memoirs that he got a lot of resistance for producing a film portraying a teenager becoming a monster, an idea that had never been exploited in film before.[3]

Dawn Richard, who plays a teenaged gymnast in the film, was actually a 22-year-old Playboy centerfold model at the time, appearing in the magazine’s May 1957 issue, which hit the newsstands a couple months ahead of the movie.

Pepe, the Romanian janitor at the police station, was played by the Russian-born Vladimir Sokoloff, a character actor who appeared as ethnic types in over 100 productions, his most famous being the Old Mexican Man in The Magnificent Seven three years later.

Tony Marshall is the only other male actor to receive billing in the trailer for I Was a Teenage Werewolf, in addition to Landon and Bissell; however, he made only one other motion picture, the obscure Rockabilly Baby, for Twentieth Century-Fox, which was released in October of the same year.

Shooting began 13 February 1957.[5] The movie was shot in seven days.[1]

This film was the first of four “teenage monster” movies produced by AIP during 1957 and 1958. All four films highlighting a theme of innocent teenagers being preyed upon, transformed, and used by corrupt adults for selfish interests. I Was a Teenage Frankenstein and Blood of Dracula were both released in November 1957 and feature a teenage boy transformed into a Frankenstein monster and a teenage girl transformed into a werewolf-like vampire. How to Make a Monster, released in 1958, features two young actors being hypnotized to kill while in make-up as the monster characters “Teenage Werewolf” and “Teenage Frankenstein” of the 1957 films.

Here is a link to the full film:

 FootNote 2. The Cramps did a song with the same title:

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Louis Farrakhan Channels His Inner Nelson Eddy!

By Mick Dumdell


There Was Definitely A Hitch In Their Get-along

Ah, sweet mystery of life at last I’ve found you! From Breitbart we learn that Louis Farrakhan is channeling his inner Nelson Eddy in calling for 10,000 stout hearted men!

Last week in Miami at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Nation of Islam head Louis Farrakhan said he was looking for “10,000 fearless men” to “rise up and kill those who kill us; stalk them and kill them and let them feel the pain of death that we are feeling!”

Farrakhan said “I’m looking for 10,000 in the midst of a million. Ten thousand fearless men who say death is sweeter than continued life under tyranny. Death is sweeter than continuing to live and bury our children while the white folks give our killers hamburgers. Death is sweeter than watching us slaughter each other to the joy of a 400-year-old enemy. Death is sweeter. The Quran teaches persecution is worse than slaughter. Then it says retaliation is prescribed in matters of the slain. Retaliation is a prescription from God to calm the breasts of those whose children have been slain. So if the federal government won’t intercede in our affairs, then we must rise up and kill those who kill us; stalk them and kill them and let them feel the pain of death that we are feeling!”

The official newspaper of the Nation of Islam, founded in 1979 by Minister Louis Farrakhan, “The Final Call,” published the sermon excerpt as part of its “Justice Or Else” theme of the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March event set for October 10, 2015, in Washington, D.C.

For those of you who don’t get the Nelson Eddy reference, here is the rousing call to action song from New Moon:

Personally, I was very motivated by Dr. Farrakhan’s speech, and would join him except for the regrettable fact that I am white. They probably wouldn’t trust me.

Yours very truly,

Mick Dumdell

FootNote 1. The Image is from the 1940 film, New Moon.

FootNote 2. The caption. This idiom was made famous by Tennessee Ernie Ford:

In 1954, he filmed three episodes of “I Love Lucy,” which turned him into a household name. Playing the country bumpkin Cousin Ernie, Ford is well remembered for calling Ricky Ricardo “Cousin Ricky Rick-er-due” and for telling Lucy, “You got quite a hitch in your get-along.”

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Tired Of Killing Patients, American Doctors Turn To Big Game?

By Mssr. Lee Fou


As A Gynecologist, The Doctor Met A Lot Of Pretty Girls!

When checking out Mick Dumdell’s latest article, I saw that another American Doctor is an animal murderer. This one is Jan Casimir Seski of Murrysville, Pennsylvania, and he has been accused of an illegal lion hunt with a bow and arrow at the very same park as Walter Palmer, Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. I found the story over at Jonathan Turley’s website. Here is the link, but I warn you, there are some disturbing pictures:

I wonder if American Doctors are just tired of killing human beings, and need something different to kill? Here are some interesting numbers:

Your doctor is FAR more likely to kill you than an armed criminal

It’s true: You are 64 times more likely to be killed by your doctor than by someone else wielding a gun. That’s because 19,766 of the total 31,940 gun deaths in the USA (in the year 2011) were suicides. So the actual number of deaths from other people shooting you is only 12,174.

Doctors, comparatively, kill 783,936 people each year, which is 64 times higher than 12,174. Doctors shoot you not with bullets, but with vaccines, chemotherapy and pharmaceuticals… all of which turn out to be FAR more deadly than guns.

This is especially amazing, given that there are just under 700,000 doctors in America, while there are roughly about 80 million gun owners in America.

How do 700,000 doctors manage to kill 783,936 people each year (that’s over one death per doctor), while 80 million gun owners kill only 31,940? Because owning a gun is orders of magnitude safer than “practicing” medicine!

Check out the following infographic, which can also be viewed in a higher resolution at:…

Because all those deaths overseen by doctors and pharmacists are making billions of dollars for the corrupt, criminally-run pharmaceutical industry and the for-profit, corporate-driven health care complex.

I don’t know for sure if this is the case, but I think it does require some serious consideration.

Mss. Lee Fou

FootNote: The Image is from the second murderous Dr. Phibes film, the 1972 Dr. Phibes Rises Again, starring Vincent Price and Valli Kemp as the lovely Vulnavia. Ms. Kemp was born in Kenya. Here is a great interview with her:

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Is The Big Game Doctor A Fugitive?

By Mick Dumdell


The Fugitive Doctor Found Out Karma Is A Bitch!

A story from Jonathan Turley’s website indicates that the lion-murderer, Dr. Walter Palmer, is the subject of an extradition request from Zimbabwe:

Minnesota Dentist Walter Palmer is already one of the most vilified individuals in the United States. Palmer paid $50,000 to lure a lion with bait, kill him with a bow and arrow, cut off his head and skin him. What Palmer viewed as a good time has turned into a nightmare after he bagged Cecil the Lion a famous lion in Zimbabwe. Cecil was lured out of the park sanctuary with a dead animal on top of a vehicle. He was wearing a collar and was first wounded and then hunted down the next day for the kill by Palmer. He then left Zimbabwe just in time to avoid arrest. Not so lucky was the head of the safari and the owner of the land upon which Cecil was killed. Now, Palmer has become the prey as Zimbabwe announced that it is seeking his extradition for prosecution.

Oppah Muchinguri, the African nation’s environment minister, wants Palmer brought to justice in Zimbabwe, a prospect that the wealthy trophy hunter obviously does not relish.

The United States does have a treaty with Zimbabwe for such extradition, even though no one has been extradited since it took effect in 2000. The request must be made to the State Department and then conveyed to the Justice Department. While the U.S. does not determine guilt or innocence as a condition for extradition, it does seek to confirm that the underlying conduct is a crime in both countries. Since Palmer is accused of an illegal hunt without necessary permits (among other alleged crimes), it would seem to qualify.

There is more at the link, including a good discussion of the underlying legalities. Even though Zimbabwe prisons are among the worst in the world, I hope they bag Palmer, and stick him in one for a few years. If they are having trouble catching him, perhaps Federal Marshals can bait him the way Poor Cecil was baited.

They will need some sort of status symbol. Perhaps a Rolex on a string pulled slowly past Palmer’s house. Or, some high-class escorts could call him on his cell phone with a discount offer for a threesome. Maybe the government could announce a price hike for dentistry done on sexy young Russian mail order brides?

I am sure Palmer will be nabbed in the end. The Ghost of Cecil looks down from lion heaven, and nods in approval!

Yours very truly,

Mick Dumdell

FootNote. The Image is David Janssen from the 1960s television series, The Fugitive.

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Was Rowdy Roddy Piper Right?

By Ben Howling


The Rich Truly Are Different From You And Me

Rowdy Roddy Piper died Thursday night at age 61. In 1988 he starred in the film They Live, about which Wiki says,

They Live is a 1988 American science fiction horror film written and directed by John Carpenter. The film stars Roddy Piper, Keith David and Meg Foster. It follows a nameless drifter (called “John Nada” in the credits), who discovers the ruling class are in fact aliens concealing their appearance and manipulating people to spend money, breed, and accept the status quo with subliminal messages in mass media.

The more political elements of the film are derived from Carpenter’s growing distaste with the ever-increasing commercialization of 1980s popular culture and politics. He remarked, “I began watching TV again. I quickly realized that everything we see is designed to sell us something… It’s all about wanting us to buy something. The only thing they want to do is take our money.” To this end, Carpenter thought of sunglasses as being the tool to seeing the truth, which “is seen in black and white. It’s as if the aliens have colorized us. That means, of course, that Ted Turner is really a monster from outer space.” (Turner had received some bad press in the 1980s for colorizing classic black-and-white movies.) The director commented on the alien threat in an interview, “They want to own all our businesses. A Universal executive asked me, ‘Where’s the threat in that? We all sell out every day.’ I ended up using that line in the film.” The aliens were deliberately made to look like ghouls according to Carpenter, who said: “The creatures are corrupting us, so they, themselves, are corruptions of human beings.”

A few years ago, Piper sent out this Tweet:


I am inclined to think that Rowdy Roddy was on to something.  See this article for the various and nefarious ways that advertisers and shills stalk us:

No, it’s not your imagination. The amount of advertising and marketing North Americans are exposed to daily has exploded over the past decade; studies show, that on average, people living in urban centres see up to 5,000 ads per day. [1] At the gas pumps, in the movie theatre, in a washroom stall, on stickers on fruit, during sporting events—advertising is pretty much impossible to avoid.

Just go to the link for the details on the methodology.  We are under the same assault on our senses from the various political factions.  I will be writing more in the future, but this has been a fact of life since Edward Bernays wrote his book Propaganda in 1928. This extended blurb found in wiki says it all:

The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. (p. 37)

In almost every act of our lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons […] who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires that control the public mind, who harness old social forces and contrive new ways to bind and guide the world.  (p. 37–38)

In theory, everybody buys the best and cheapest commodities offered to him on the market. In practice, if every one went around pricing, and chemically testing before purchasing, the dozens of soaps or fabrics or brands of bread which are for sale, economic life would become hopelessly jammed.  (p. 39)

Propaganda is the executive arm of the invisible government. (p. 48)

A single factory, potentially capable of supplying a whole continent with its particular product, cannot afford to wait until the public asks for its product; it must maintain constant touch, through advertising and propaganda, with the vast public in order to assure itself the continuous demand which alone will make its costly plant profitable. (Page 63 (1928 edition?))

If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, it is now possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without them knowing it. (Page 71 (1928 edition?))

Thank you Rowdy Roddy Piper! You tried to warn us. Rest in peace.

Ben Howling

FootNote 1. This is from the 1988 film, They Live.

FootNote 2. Here is a pdf copy of Bernays’ book:


FootNote 3. About the caption, The Rich Truly Are Different From You And Me:

If you’re a quotation buff, you’ve probably heard of a legendary exchange about “rich people” that supposedly took place between the American novelists F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) and Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961).

Fitzgerald is usually quoted as saying either “The rich are different from you and me” or “The rich are different from us.”

Hemingway is quoted as responding: “Yes, they have more money.”

In fact, this quote-counterquote repartee never actually occurred. But it is based on things written by Fitzgerald and Hemingway.

Here’s how it became a legend…

In 1925, Fitzgerald wrote a short story titled “The Rich Boy.” In 1926, it was published in Red Book magazine and included what became a very popular collection of Fitzgerald’s early short stories, titled All the Sad Young Men.

The third paragraph of the story says:

“Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand. They think, deep in their hearts, that they are better than we are because we had to discover the compensations and refuges of life for ourselves. Even when they enter deep into our world or sink below us, they still think that they are better than we are. They are different.”

Clearly, that’s not a favorable view of rich people.

The rest of the story is at this link:


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In Remembrance: A Michael Brown Sonnet

By Sacks Roamer


Hands Up! Don’t Shoot!

Next Sunday, August 9, 2015 will mark the one year anniversary since Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown. Even though no charges were brought against Wilson, and Dorian Johnson’s story about “Hands up, don’t shoot!” has been thoroughly debunked, questions persist. Last year, Penelope Dreadful’s BFF, Squeeky Fromm, wrote a sonnet reflecting upon those questions. She has kindly given us permission to reprint it here:

Was Ever Giant Gentle As A Lamb???
A Sonnet by Squeeky Fromm

Was ever Giant gentle as a lamb,
Content to smoke the beanstalk in his blunt?
Or would a Giant hard a car door slam,
And fearless and unarm’d a Knight confront?

Would ever Giant meekly, mildly cow’r,
And raise his hands serenely to the sky?
Or would a Giant summon up his pow’r,
And charge headlong with fire in his eye?

For aye, these questions often will be asked
In Courts of Law and by the talking head.
And nightly on each channel be broadcast
Until some other story takes its stead.

The injured Knight will have his chance to talk.
Meanwhile, the Giant lies outlined in chalk.

Sacks Roamer
The Unknown Blogger

FootNote. The Image is from the 1933 classic film, King Kong.  Like with Michael Brown, his size tended to intimidate people.

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Beware The Snides Of March!

By Mick Dumdell


The Band Was Obviously Out Of Step

It appears that the Ohio State Marching Band is a veritable hotbed of right wing extremism! From the Wall Street Journal:

A book of parody songs updated in 2012 and circulated privately by members of the Ohio State University marching band included a sendup of the Holocaust with joking references to furnaces used in Nazi concentration camps and the train cars used to transport Jews to their deaths.

The Holocaust song, called “Goodbye Kramer,” whose lyrics haven’t been previously disclosed, includes lines about Nazi soldiers “searching for people livin’ in their neighbor’s attic,” and a “small town Jew…who took the cattle train to you know where.” It was written to be sung to the tune of the 1981 Journey hit “Don’t Stop Believin’.

In a statement, Ohio State said the songbook reflected the sort of “shocking behavior” that the school is “committed to eradicating from its marching band program.”

The songbook, which was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, included an introduction that noted “Goodbye Kramer” as a new addition, along with a parody of the fight song of University of Nebraska, then a new member of the Big Ten conference. An introduction to the book said: “Some of these [songs] may be offensive to you. If so, you can either ignore them, or you can suck it up, act like you got a pair and have a good time singing them.”

Band members were also urged to keep the book secret. “Take it with you on trips and to parties. But never leave this out of your sight,” it says. “This book is for OSUMB members only, Past and Present. If they were not out on the field in front of 105,000 crazy fans in black (OK, navy blue) wool uniforms, they do not deserve to see this.”

The existence of a band songbook of crude parodies first came to light in July 2014 after a university-led investigation into the band’s culture. At the time the director, Jon Waters,along with many students and alumni from the band, said the songs—which also featured lyrics about rape, bestiality and homosexuality—had been out of circulation for years and were seldom sung.

But a second, more in-depth investigation of the band, commissioned by the school in late 2014, mentioned that the updated songbook contained a “highly offensive song regarding Jews,” although it didn’t disclose the lyrics. “Head to the furnace room, ‘Bout to meet your fiery doom,” one line of the song reads. “Oh the baking never ends, It goes on and on and on and on.”

There is a lot more at the link. I was curious so I went googling and found a pdf copy of the book itself. After I read it yesterday, I swooned and had to lie down for a few hours to recover from all the horrible racist, homophobic, sexist, anti-Semitic, and hate wordy things in it. Then, I called my therapist, and I am scheduled to see her Monday and hopefully  get some meds to help me recover. Here it is, but read it at your own risk:


Here is the link to the above document along with Exhibit A, and a school narrative:

I feel I need to write more about this, but I am still recovering from my first brush with this, and frankly, I am currently at a point of emotional numbness. I will try to follow this story up as soon as I get some meds. In the meantime, if you want to read parody songs that are funny without all the hate, my good friend Ellie Mangle-Lero posted this one here a few weeks ago:

Yours very truly,

Mick Dumdell

FootNote. The Image is a classic Alfred Eisenstaedt photo from 1950 of a University Of Michigan drum major, Dick Smith. Time Magazine muses that this may be the happiest photograph ever made:

Take the photograph featured here. Most of us have come upon it many, many times throughout our lives. But when was the last time any of us really saw it? Like so many of Alfred Eisenstaedt’s most storied photographs, this one flirts with sentimentality—but avoids that ignoble fate by virtue of its energy, and its immediacy. This is not a depiction of manufactured emotion, but a masterfully framed instant of authentic, explosive spirit.

As the editor, writer, poet and former director of photography for LIFE, David Friend, once noted, this picture is Eisenstaedt’s “ode to joy.”

“It was early in the morning,” Eisenstaedt himself recalled of the fall day in 1950 when he took the photo. On assignment for LIFE, covering the University of Michigan’s nationally famous marching band, he spotted the school’s drum major practicing his craft. Then, Eisenstaedt said, “I saw a little boy running after him, and all the faculty children on the playing field ran after the boy. And I ran after them. This is a completely spontaneous, unstaged picture.”


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