Pat Condell

What Would A Patriot Do?

With her Patriotism is more than a lapel pin (video) post, fellow blogger Pied Type inspired a lively discussion about the meaning of, and the abuses inspired by, this thing we call patriotism. Frankly, I wish I’d been able to contribute more to the conversation. But the truth is that my feelings on the subject are a bit “nebulous” to say the least, and even that quote from the Declaration of Independence – which used to seem so definitive to me – now just seems to inspire more questions than it provides answers. I do, however, encourage all my readers to go take a look at Pied Type’s post.

Adding to my own confusion on the matter was the following video posted on The “Great” One’s Blog the day before Pied Type published her post, and seeing it posted again this morning on the Always Question Authority blog is what inspired me to do a post of my own…

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Wow, 5 Years On WordPress!

I got a little reminder last night, from the nice people at WordPress, that yesterday marked the 5th anniversary of the date that I ported my little collection of lunatic rants over from where it began on Blogger. As I was in the middle of an attempt to reduce the massive backlog of programs stored on my DVR – while adding 8 1/2 more hours to it at the same time :oops: – I had a lot of time to reflect back on that five years of blogging.

When I was finally exhausted from all the TV watching, while trying to think of something profound to say to mark the occasion at the same time, it occurred to me that it wasn’t really necessary…

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28 Years Ago Today…

I’d almost forgotten, but an article from Huff-Post Science reminded me that today is the 28th anniversary of the Challenger Disaster. I’ve provided a link to that article below, but here’s a couple of short videos I found while searching YouTube for the one in that article…

I wonder if I’ll ever be able to watch that without crying? I don’t know. Perhaps that’s why my mind is trying to forget…

At any rate, I recommend that you read Huff-Post’s Challenger Disaster Home Video Surfaces After 28 Years (EXCLUSIVE) to follow up…

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Dream Team!

Well, after almost a day and a half needing only OTC meds to manage the war raging in my face, I was awakened a couple of hours ago with a very clear “Not so fast Sonny!” warning from Mother Nature. So, now that the tears have stopped and I’m back in that “not quite clear yet ‘Comfortably Numb’” state, I’d like to post the video that actually inspired Sunday’s Fevered Mutterings… post yet somehow didn’t make the cut. I just hope my real world friends will follow through and help get me to the end of my little drama…

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Alas, West Virginia

My heart goes out to the people of my hometown, and to the entire affected region. They say you can never go home, but John Denver’s closing words still keep tugging away…

I hear her voice, in the morning hour she calls me
The radio reminds me of my home far away
And drivin’ down the road I get the feeling
That I should have been home yesterday, yesterday…

Who's On First

Who’s On First?

The title to this post is, of course, in reference to Abbott & Costello’s famous Who’s On First comedy sketch – something, oddly enough, I think of whenever I hear the term Third World. I mean, who is it, exactly, that’s arrogant enough to think they can decide who lives in what world?

Oh wait… I think I know… Well, we do love a little whine with our cheese, don’t we? :oops:

Just Wake Me When It's Over

Just Wake Me When It’s Over…

Oh man, I can’t wait until this Christmas thing is over. All my favorite TV shows are on hiatus, to make room for those “seasonal” shows specifically designed to make us more “open” to the “suggestions” offered during the commercial breaks. Hell, even the televised “sporting events” seem to contain more ads than sports. If I didn’t know better, I’d think they had a quota for injury, penalty, and play review timeouts!

And don’t even get me started on that whole “Christmas spirit” thing…