THE TRUTH ABOUT TRUTH:

All truth passes through three stages.
First, it is ridiculed.
Second, it is violently opposed.
Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.



Tuesday, May 7, 2013

BEELZEBUB OBAMA? (Or, THE LORD OF FLIES AND THIGHS?)


So, what do you think about the Benghazi investigation? Who, if anyone, will take the fall for that? (Sure as hell it won’t be Barack Oliar.)


Or maybe you’re more interested in the reopening of possible court action against Barack Oliar’s completely phony birth certificate?


Actually, I’ve been meaning for some time now to share with you a humorous article I found over a month ago at WorldNetDaily. So here it is below... finally (ain’t no flies on me, eh?) This was excerpted from:

Stunning poll results reveal pulse of the nation
Published: 04/03/2013
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The good news for the White House is that three of four respondents to a Public Policy Polling survey say they do not believe that Barack Obama is the Antichrist, the epitome of evil that the Bible explains will come to deceive people during the End Times.

But on the other hand, 13 percent are convinced he is, and another 13 percent – for a total of one in four across the nation – say they aren’t sure. 

It was question No. 8 on the organization’s national survey. Other questions asked whether people believed in global warming, whether Osama bin Laden was alive and whether a UFO crashed at Roswell, N.M., in 1947 and the U.S. government covered it up. 

According to the London Guardian, the survey asked about a number of conspiracy theories, which the report described as “insane.” 

The survey falls on the heels of the online world exploding with comments when the devil in the recent “The Bible” television miniseries bore a more-than-passing resemblance to Obama. Earlier, prophecy websites had a field day after Obama sparred with a fly, and it was reported he’s had a history of attracting flies during interviews. Religious and other websites noted that a biblical term for Satan, the Semitic deity Beelzebub, literally translates from Hebrew into “Lord of the Flies.” 

In the poll, 37 percent of respondents believe global warming is a hoax, 6 percent believe Osama bin Laden remains alive, 21 percent think that UFO crashed at Roswell, and 28 percent hold that a “secretive power elite with a globalist agenda is conspiring to eventually rule the world.”

In addition, 28 percent believe Saddam Hussein was involved in the 2001 terror attacks, 20 percent think there’s a link between childhood vaccines and autism, 7 percent believe the moon landing was faked, 29 percent believe in aliens, and 9 percent believe the reason the government adds fluoride to drinking water is more sinister than health reasons.

“Even crazy conspiracy theories are subject to partisan polarization, especially when there are political overtones involved,” said Dean Debnam, president of PPP. “But most Americans reject the wackier ideas out there about fake moon landings and shape-shifting lizards.”

The poll of 1,247 registered American voters last month has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percent.

The poll indicated that even 5 percent of those who voted for Obama believe he is the Antichrist, as do 22 percent of Mitt Romney supporters. 

Obama’s encounters with flies earlier drew attention. 

“This guy is bothering me here,” said Obama, who repeatedly swatted at a large black fly buzzing near his face during a speech.

The London Telegraph noted a White House pool report said “the president spoke for about five minutes while being menaced by a house fly.” 

It was not the president’s first brush with a fly while the cameras were rolling. In 2010, Obama halted a speech about health care reform as a fly zipped around him. During a June 2009 CNBC interview, Obama killed a fly on camera. 

During a 2008 campaign appearance, Obama halted a local interview after a swarm of flies had gathered around him. 

At RevelationNow.net, a posting by “editorial staff” mused about whether Obama is possessed by a demonic entity. 

“I feel like I am watching a horror movie and the secret evil character is revealed by the evil signs around him,” the post read. 

Twitter exploded with comments when viewers of the miniseries “The Bible” saw an eerie similarity between the face of Obama and that of the Satan character, played by actor Mehdi Ouzaani. [...]
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Rush Limbaugh held up a photo of the actor on his famous “Dittocam” to show viewers that the Satan character was “a dead ringer” for Obama.

“Folks, it is uncanny,” Limbaugh noted, before quipping, “In light of that picture … the question that sprang to everybody’s mind is: if Satan had a son, would he look like the guy [in the White House]?”

It’s not the first time a connection has been made between evil in the Bible and Obama.

On Nov. 5, 2008, the very night Obama was first elected president, the Illinois Pick 3 lottery number for the Evening Pick was 666, a number associated with “the beast” mentioned in the Book of Revelation. Obama’s home state at the time was Illinois.

Other results of the new Public Policy Polling survey?

Four percent believe shape-shifting reptilian alien people control the world, 25 percent think Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in killing Kennedy, 14 percent believe in Bigfoot and 15 percent think the media or the government adds mind-control technology to television signals.

Also, 15 percent say new diseases are invented by the pharmaceutical and medical industries, 11 percent believe the U.S. allowed the 9/11 terror attacks and 5 percent say Paul McCartney died in 1966 and was replaced by a lookalike.
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Obama: The Lord of Flies?? (2013) The Beelzebub Connection!
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Pretty funny stuffs, eh?

Do I think Barack Obama is secretly the Biblical anti-Christ? Is that why flies seem to be drawn to him? Nah. I don’t think Obama is anywhere near smart enough to be the infamous anti-Christ.

I think flies like Barack simply because he is 
a pile of dog doo-doo!

To Chris Matthews, Barack Obama certainly isn’t the ‘Lord Of The Flies’... he’s the ‘Lord Of His Thighs’:
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Aerosmith - Lord Of The Thighs (Lyrics)
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OK, so now you wanna know what I think about the Moon landing - fact or faked? Do I believe a UFO really crashed in Roswell, New Mexico, and the government covered it up? Obama didn’t really kill Osama? Oh, c’mon, man, I ain’t some wacky conspiracy theorist, ya know!

~ Stephen T. McCarthy

YE OLDE COMMENT POLICY: All comments, pro and con, are welcome. However, ad hominem attacks and disrespectful epithets will not be tolerated (read: "posted"). After all, this isn’t Amazon.com, so I don’t have to put up with that kind of bovine excrement.

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55 comments:

  1. OK, I'm laughing too hard to make a serious comment, but I do have a thought. How 'bout you start a new comic with a new super hero...call him...wait for it...'The Fly Guy'. I'm laughing too hard to go on. I'll be back when I can compose myself and I find my tin-foil hat.

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  2. Just came back for the clicky thing. Still laughing about 'The Fly Guy'.

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    1. I'll tell ya, FAE, I wish the guy would just take all his little winged friends and buzz off so we could put Beelzebub Marxslim behind us and simply forget about him.

      ~ D-FensDogg
      'Loyal American Underground'

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  3. He's not the anti-Christ. Flies are attracted to him for the same reason that his supporters are- "Two hair’s breadths long and five across - that’s the average capacity of a fly’s brain, German researchers have calculated." (From Innovations Report.)

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    1. BROTHER MARTIN ~
      That strikes me as a likely explanation. Of course we shouldn't dismiss the "dog crap" explanation too soon either.

      I never bought into the "anti-Christ" scenario, and for the record, I'm still not, BUT...

      ...recently... I have begun to contemplate more deeply the extraordinary amount of political protection Obama has enjoyed. And I'm not speaking so much about the expected Dumbocrap / Mainstream Media protection, but rather, the protection he as gotten from THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.

      Obama could be OUT of the White House and IN prison right now, if the Republican Party wished it. (I will be posting more on this subject fairly soon.)

      So, naturally, I have begun questioning WHY has even the Republican Party protected this man? Well, KNOWING perfectly well that BOTH of the primary political parties are setting up the world for the anti-Christ's reign, I have been forced to reconsider, slightly, the "Obama as anti-Christ" scenario.

      More to follow...

      ~ Stephen

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  4. I always thought Dick Cheney was the antichrist but upon further review that wouldn't make much sense. Of course, I don't think I've seen Obama and Cheney in the same room together either.

    It's a little unfair about the fly thing. I'm pretty sure that most flies are registered Republicans so Obama is just an easy target. Also, personally speaking, I really liked this girl I was sitting next to in school, but then a fly flew up my nose and that was the end of it.

    Fly Cam Proving Obama Abuse

    Have you read "Epicenter" by Joel Rosenberg? In a recent interview, he said that the antichrist will be "somebody who understands the economy, and seen as an economic and foreign policy genius." He will emerge out of Europe, and will come from people who destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple. "We are looking for someone of a reconstituted Roman Empire" according to Rosenberg.

    Lord of the Thighs. Sweet. Back-at-ya...

    I Hope Steven Tyler Doesn't Break A Hip

    Sigo De Mayo

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    1. Part 1 Of 2:

      TWO SIG NIGHT ~
      Aerosmith was amongst my early Rock favorites back in the day. (I owned their first 5 or 6 albums before my musical tastes changed. 'Draw The Line' was the last one I obtained. What was that, number five for them?) Anyway, 'WALKIN’ THE DOG' was always one of my favorites (I’ve always been a sucker for ‘chicken-scratch’ guitar work).

      >>...I really liked this girl I was sitting next to in school, but then a fly flew up my nose and that was the end of it.

      The devil went up a nostril, he was looking for a soul to steal.
      He was in a bind 'cause he was way behind and he was willin' to make a deal.
      When he came across this young man dreamin' in a classroom and dreamin' it hot.
      And the devil jumped into a boogery place and said: "Boy let me tell you what...”

      >>...Have you read "Epicenter" by Joel Rosenberg? In a recent interview, he said that the antichrist will be "somebody who understands the economy, and seen as an economic and foreign policy genius." He will emerge out of Europe, and will come from people who destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple. "We are looking for someone of a reconstituted Roman Empire" according to Rosenberg.

      Woo-Hoo! Look at you, gettin’ all into Biblical prophecy ‘n’ sh— stuffs! Very cool.

      No, Sig, I don’t know the author or the book, but I can tell you that there are essentially three popular viewpoints when it comes to the origin of the Biblical Beast (or, anti-Christ): Some say he comes out of the Middle East; some say (like Rosenberg does) that he comes out of the neo-Roman Empire, and likely the Catholic church; and others say there’s not enough Biblical evidence to know for sure (that’s my camp). Rosenberg’s view is very common and probably the most popular within the “Born Again Christian” community.

      I do understand which Biblical references the ‘Roman Empire / Catholic Church’ contingent is basing their belief upon, but I think they are relying on scant passages, and even those might have very valid alternative interpretations. I’ve never really understood what Biblical passages the ‘Middle East’ contingent cites as proof of their views, other than to say that the Beast manages to create a (temporary) peace treaty between the Muslims and the Jews, and a Muslim would probably be the most logical candidate for that.

      One other fringe group believes that the Beast / anti-Christ will be an “extraterrestrial alien”. Why? Because what we know for sure is that the Beast will be almost supernaturally persuasive and literally possess supernatural (demonic) power.

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      >>...an economic and foreign policy genius

      The latter I agree with completely (anyone who could broker a peace treaty between the Muslims and the Jews for any notable length of time would be a foreign policy genius). The former, not so much. I don’t think economic issues will really factor into this scenario much, because what we are talking about is something that will be more of a cosmic spiritual situation, and sound economic policies will probably not be particularly important to the people at large. Most of the people of “this world” will believe that their spiritual savior has arrived on Earth, and so secular concerns will likely take a backseat. I’m not saying The Beast will seem like an economic nincompoop, but only that the deceived people in general will have their heads in the (dark) clouds.

      If you’re truly getting interested in this subject, I highly recommend you check out the books ‘ONE WORLD’ by Tal Brooke, and ‘END-TIME PROPHECIES OF THE BIBLE’ by David Haggith. Of all the books I’ve read on this subject, those were the two that impressed me most.

      Tal Brooke is an intellectual and (I think) a powerful writer, and he ties the End-Time prophecies of The Bible into the New World Order scenario. David Haggith cites ALL of the possible End-Time prophecies that can be found in The Bible, and although he adds some of his own (valuable) insight into them, he largely presents the evidence and leaves it up to the reader to make up his or her own mind about it.

      I KNOW I’ve posted a full-length review for Brooke’s book here at ‘Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends’, and I’m fairly sure I’ve also posted my full-length review for Haggith’s book as well. If not at F-FFF, I know for certain that it can be found at BigBitch.com.

      ~ Stephen

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    3. >The devil went up a nostril, he was looking for a soul to steal...

      I actually had to check the lyrics to that song after reading your creative "paroditty". Maybe you could try your hand at 'Walking the Dog' ...or is that 'Wagging the Dog' since that video looked like it took place at another "soft target" event in Boston.

      >I highly recommend you check out the books ‘ONE WORLD’ by Tal Brooke, and ‘END-TIME PROPHECIES OF THE BIBLE’ by David Haggith.

      'End-Time Prophesies' happens to be in the local library database, and 'One World' has been on my to-do list since you had mentioned it a few times here. Maybe I'll actually buy it and give it to the library since it's not there, and probably should be. I'm a cheap mofo, but as Will Hunting once said,"...you dropped a hundred and fifty grand on a fuc*ing education you coulda got for a dollah fifty in late chahges at the public library."

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    4. MASTER SIG II ~
      Glad you enjoyed my "paroditty". It pretty much wrote itself.

      >>...Maybe you could try your hand at 'Walking the Dog'

      I'm sorry, but this band doesn't take requests. ;-)

      But speaking of wagging the dog, I recently saw for the second time the movie 'WAG THE DOG'. It was many years ago when I first saw it, but it's really good and even better than I'd remembered.

      Do you have a Nook? Not long ago I had my Brother check on it and he found that 'ONE WORLD' is available on the Nook. That would undoubtedly be a cheaper route, saving you money on the book itself as well as shipping charges.

      >>...you dropped a hundred and fifty grand on a fuc*ing education you coulda got for a dollah fifty in late chahges at the public library.

      So true. As you know, I never went to college, and when I think back on all the crap I learned in high school, it's a wonder I can think at all.

      But I always loved to read, spent a lot of time in libraries, and later purchased and read tons of books. I'm a big believer in self-education.

      One last recommendation (for now anyway)... Another book that would be worth seeking is 'TREASON: THE NEW WORLD ORDER' (1996) by Gurudas, or Ronald Lee Garman. It's long out of print and used copies are usually very expensive.

      I have a copy of the Gurudas book now, but the first time I read it I acquired a copy of it through the Interlibrary Loan program (I think the copy was loaned to me by some library in Kansas). The book isn't about Bible prophecy, but it's packed, packed, packed with New World Order-related information taken from public sources. I would perhaps describe it as sort of a secular version of Brooke's 'One World'.

      Oh, by the way, I looked up the book 'Epicenter' and although I'd never heard of it, it seems I had in fact heard of the author because I recognized the title of one of his other books: 'The Last Jihad'. Never read it but I've heard and/or seen it mentioned numerous times.

      Like Rosenberg, Zola Levitt is a Messianic Christian (Jewish believer in Jesus as the Messiah / Christ) and I read quite a lot of his writings many years ago. He's another one who explores Biblical prophecy whose stuffs you might find very intriguing. I know I did.

      ~ Stephen

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  5. My fellow beer brother, the other day I went outside and took a long jog around the block. I got really sweaty and smelly, and when I came back flies kept forming around me like I was their new king. I fear I may be the anti-Christ. Do you have some holy water I can scald myself with?

    On a brighter note, I want to pass along a big thank you for the comments you left on your last post regarding Demetri. I know anyone can write a book if they spend enough time, and it's always hard to convey to people that "I don't suck." I'm just glad my writing can be appreciated, and as an old soul, it's also nice that my old references can be appreciated. I think a small part of me died inside when my wife asked who Peter Frampton is.

    Oh, and I did notice you borrowing the Alaskan brown bear line, of which I just forgot to mention having seen it. But I'm always happy to see people borrow the things I say, especially if they're the things I say while sober. Those seem to be a lot more... flattering?

    That, and I have to say, the thought of S.S being consumed by an enraged bear does not displease me... I imagine there would be a lot of yelling and a lot of misquoting of the Bible as it's happening.

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    1. BEER BOY BRYAN ~
      Good to hear from you, 3-B, because when you didn’t reply earlier to my 4-part comment I feared I may have inadvertently offended you in some way. Pleased to find that wasn’t the case.

      >>...Do you have some holy water I can scald myself with?

      I do, but I don’t recommend scalding yourself with it...exactly:

      Old Holy Water

      New Holy Water

      >>...I think a small part of me died inside when my wife asked who Peter Frampton is.

      I know I’ve written about this before somewhere (probably on the DiscConnected blog) but it’s one of the greatest mysteries of my life why I never owned the album ‘FRAMPTON COMES ALIVE’ in any format! I still can’t explain that. Pretty much every single person from my generation (high school years 1975-1977) owned that record. There were three big hits from it (‘Show Me The Way’, ‘Baby, I Love Your Way’, and ‘Do You Feel Like We Do?’) and I really liked all three of them (and still do).

      Back then I bought A LOT of records, and I even owned more than one album by some bands I didn’t particularly care for (e.g., Yes, AC/DC, Janis Joplin, Cheap Trick, and The Police) but for some mysterious reason I NEVER bought ‘Frampton Comes Alive’ with its three hits, all of which I liked a lot. Hmmm... I’m just a weird dude and even I don’t understand me.

      >>...I have to say, the thought of S.S being consumed by an enraged bear does not displease me... I imagine there would be a lot of yelling and a lot of misquoting of the Bible as it's happening.

      Ha!-Ha! That truly made me laugh out loud.

      The bear would reply with a Bible quote of his own: “Woe to you who desire the day of the Lord! For what good is the day of the Lord to you? It will be darkness, and not light. It will be as though a woman fled from a lion, and a bear met her!” (Amos 5:18-19)

      Say, how are you feeling these days? I thought about you a few days ago while at work. The wind was blowing fiercely, which made me think of dust flying, which made me think of “Valley Fever”, which made me think of you and your strange illness. Did you ever get that figured out?

      I recall that you were complaining of several symptoms including fatigue and headaches. Here in Phoenix there is something known as Valley Fever (or, coccidioidomycosis). It is an ailment that is very difficult to diagnose. The son of a friend of mine had it for about a year before a doctor finally made the correct diagnosis, and people suffering from it for a long time, while doctors scratch their heads, is really pretty common here.

      The number one complaint of people who contract Valley Fever is fatigue. But it can also include headaches, aching joints and muscles. I remembered your old blog bit about your mysterious illness and your useless doctor and I suddenly thought: I wonder if Bryan could have Valley Fever.

      I looked it up tonight. It’s an illness found in the Southwest, but mostly Airheadzona, parts of Nevada, Utah, and Texas. I didn’t see Colorado mentioned, but maybe you’re breaking new ground there(?)

      Anyway, below is a site that explains Valley Fever, and you can take a look to see what you think (if you’re actually still suffering from your mystery illness). You probably don’t have it, but since tests weren’t showing anything else, and fatigue was the first complaint on your list, it might be worth thinking about a wee bit:

      What Is Valley Fever?

      Yak Later, Bro...

      ~ D-FensDogg
      ‘Loyal American Underground’

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    2. Hey, I know why you never bought FCA, same reason I did... everyone else had it, I didn't need it! It was always playing somewhere...

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    3. BROTHER MARTIN ~
      Not a bad theory; I actually had to stop and think about it for a minute. But in the final analysis, I have to say I don't think that was the reason (for me).

      I only had one friend who was into music to the degree I was, so I really wasn't hearing FCA everywhere (although my one music-loving friend did have a copy of it, of course).

      However, with 3 major hits from the album, just listening to FM radio and Top 40 AM radio probably gave me the sense that I was hearing the album constantly.

      Another theory I once momentarily entertained was the idea that I didn't buy FCA solely BECAUSE everyone else was buying it. But ultimately I had to dismiss that idea too since that really wasn't "me". Back then, I wasn't the independent thinker I am today. And aside from that, it has NEVER been my way to play the contrarian role simply for the sake of seeming to be "different".

      So, really, I still can't explain it.

      Even the idea that I "felt" I was hearing FCA every day because of multiple hits on the radio doesn't hold up, because Bob Welch also had three Top 40 hits on his 'French Kiss' album, but I bought that one anyway and played it often.

      I think I won't really get my FCA question answered until I die and go to Heaven (ever the optimist, I am).

      ~ D-FensDogg
      'Loyal American Underground'

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    4. I have Frampton Comes Alive! (they always heavily emphasize the exclamation mark at the end) in digital form and spent a lot of time listening to that while I was working on Demetri. The only thing I don't like about that album is the cover. He looks a lot better now that he doesn't have long, stringy poodle hair.

      So it's funny you mention Valley Fever, because, well, I can't exactly rule that out. I'm still in the process of recovering, but I'd like to think I'm feeling better than I was before. I still get bouts of fatigue, and body aches, but it's less frequent. I didn't want to keep mentioning it on ye old blog and come across as a complainer, so I just kind of dropped it (unless any major develops some time soon, for better or worse).

      So here's why I can't rule it out - I love mountain biking. Behind my little slice of suburbia is a 14 mile dirt trail that heads to the mountains. There's lots of deer, coyotes, and prairie dogs, but most of all, there is so much blowing dirt. Over the past 12 months alone I've probably ingested a sand castle's worth of blowing dust.

      I surely hope that's not my particular illness, but apparently it's not deadly and it also just goes away on its own, so that's a positive.

      So there's something I've always wondered about the great Stephen McCarthy that I also keep forgetting to ask (blame the illness; it gives me the memory of a goldfish). I know that once upon a time you were an actor and worked on M*A*S*H. What eventually got you out of acting? I can't figure out if this was just something you grew tired of, or if it had to do with being involved in the industry and finding out what it was really like, etc.

      As a guy who's about to be acting in films (but with no desire to reach Hollywood or anything mainstream), I'm curious what happened.

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    5. 3-B ~
      >>...I have Frampton Comes Alive! ... and spent a lot of time listening to that while I was working on Demetri.

      Oh, I know how that is, my friend. Certain works of art call to mind a time when we were also working on certain works of art.

      For you, 'FCA!' reminds you of working on 'Demetri'. For me, the first Steve Winwood solo album reminds me of working on an oil painting I did for a girl way back when. (Day after day I played Winwood's debut solo album while painting the canvas.)

      >>...So there's something I've always wondered about the great Stephen McCarthy

      Ha!-Ha! The great WHO?! Who you talkin' 'bout, Willis?

      Bryan, I seem to recall having posted something on one of my blogs about why I quit the acting gig. (Was it 'Stuffs' or 'F-FFF'?)

      Give me 24 hours to find it (if it exists), so I don't have to reinvent the wheel. I'll post a link to it here (if it exists). If I can't find a suitable explanation that I previously posted, I'll tell ya the whole dirty story in a new comment right here.

      To be honest, it's not a "dramatic" story, but mostly pertains to having finally found "myself".

      Please check back, 3-B, and I'll answer your question in one way or another.

      ~ D-FensDogg
      'Loyal American Underground'

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    6. I'll be checking back soon, but just to let you know I don't recall having seen this story on either of your blogs. I figured it was something you might have once blogged about, but I haven't seen it. Then again, I haven't been able to read a lot of your entries past having known you. I know it probably sounds incredibly lazy, but if I had more time I'd definitely go back and read all of your past entries, but I just can't, so any time you can point me in the direction of an "oldie but a goodie" I'm always happy to check it out.

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    7. Well, BRYAN, I consider it quite a compliment that you even care enough to axe me about this. And, certainly, if anytime while writing a comment to you something reminds me of an older blog bit I think you might like, I'll include a link or URL to it. I do appreciate your interest, Brother.

      Quite some time ago I think I may have addressed the reasons for my leaving the acting gig, and I have one or two vague ideas where that explanation might be found.

      I'll do a search sometime tonight after work and see if my memory is holding up. And if what I wrote about this (assuming I really DID write about it) was not the full story, I'll include a link and then fill in the gaps with additional explanation in this comment section.

      Thanks again for your interest, my Beer Buddy.

      ~ D-FensDogg
      'Loyal American Underground'

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      Yo! BEER BOY BRYAN ~
      Well, my memory (for an old geezer) isn't too bad. I did find that I had mentioned the end of my so-called "acting career" in the two places I thought I had.

      However, I didn't go into much detail about it. So I will post below two links for you to check out. After that, you can resume reading this comment and I will fill in a few gaps. [By the way, while typing this comment I am listening to the forgotten masterpiece 'BOOMTOWN' by David & David. You will understand that reference after reading portions of the blog bits linked below]:

      Scroll down to the ‘Desolation Boulevard’ album cover by SWEET and then read the next couple of sections:

      ‘MY HOMEMEGALOPOLIS: Los Angeles And Me’ – Part ?

      Scroll down to the Monopoly ‘Get Out Of Jail Free’ card and then read a little of what’s below it:

      ‘THE MUSICAL SOUNDTRACK FOR MY LIFE’

      Well, 3-B, that pretty much tells you WHERE my “acting career” ended, but it doesn’t tell you exactly WHY it ended there.

      In one sense, my “acting career” will NEVER end. Why not? Because apparently I will still be receiving small residual payments for work I did until the day I die. We’re talking about small checks, anything from, say, One Cent to $170.00. I don’t know how S.A.G. residual checks are calculated, but I still receive them for work I did on ‘M*A*S*H’, and ‘HILL STREET BLUES’ for playing the part of an Irish gang member.

      Then there’s a lot of stuffs I did that I don’t get residual payments for because I didn’t actually say anything. For example, the movie ‘THE FURY’ (1978) starring Kirk Douglas and Amy Irving. There’s a scene in a school for gifted persons / psychics (I have NO IDEA what I was doing there!) where Amy Irving and I were seated back-to-back and she is supposed to be “reading my mind” by selecting which flashcards I’m being shown behind her. (Incidentally, it was a “Hollywood trick”. She wasn’t REALLY reading my mind; she was told in advance which cards would be shown to me. Hollywood... it’s a lot like Washington D.C. – full of lies and liars.)

      No matter how often it’s shown or rented, I don’t get any money for ‘The Fury’ because, although the camera did isolate my profile (mostly a lotta ‘Peter Frampton Hair’ then), I never said a word.

      OK, I’m getting off-topic here (it’s Sherry’s fault!)

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      WHY DID I QUIT THE ACTING GIG?!

      There’s no ONE answer; it was a conglomeration of various things:

      My agent had stopped sending me out on readings for parts (I guess he’d given up on me); I found “myself”; and my experience working with my film-school friend Lin Coleman on the movie short about singer Jim Morrison of ‘The Doors’ [you read the stuffs included in the links above, right?] drove the final nail into my acting coffin.

      To be 100% honest, I reached a point where I KNEW the acting career wasn’t going to happen. Was I not talented enough? Was it just not in the cards [fate] for me? I don’t know. But I DID know it wasn’t going to happen. For awhile it seemed like I was building momentum and I was CERTAIN that my acting career was destined to take off. (My Pa used to tell me I should learn a trade to fall back on in case the acting career didn’t happen. I told him that the person who formulates a Plan B has already admitted the failure of his Plan A. My idealistic answer sounds GREAT, but it’s idealistic, NOT realistic. Now, at the age of 53, with my Pa long dead, I easily admit that my Pa was right and I was wrong. But I was young and inexperienced in the “real world”.)

      One reason I was so SURE that Hollywood success awaited me is because, at that time, there weren’t many actors like me. I was a “real” lower class kid; I didn’t just wear a black leather jacket for style – I was usually carrying a switchblade knife in one of the pockets. Back then, my biggest acting competitors would have been Ralph Macchio and Matt Dillon – neither of which would have lasted 30 seconds in a genuine fight against me.

      I can still recall a night, driving somewhere in L.A., with my best friend Marty when I told him that my success in Hollywood was guaranteed because Hollywood needed me MORE than I needed Hollywood. Shows ya what I knew, eh? Things are very different in Hollywood today, but back in MY day, it was seriously in need of someone “real”, and I was sure I was that “real” person Hollywood needed. Uhp! I was an idiot!

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      My friend Lin Coleman was in a college film school and she needed to create a 20-25 minute movie for her final exam. She asked me to write the screenplay, which I did - ‘A Day In The Life Of Jim Morrison’ – which, for the record, was a good 6 or 7 years before Oliver Stone made a movie about Jim Morrison starring Val Kilmer (who is definitely a better actor than I ever was). Then, one night when I was drunk on Sunset Boulevard, Lin asked me to play the part of Jim Morrison in her film school final project. I didn’t want to, but she and Budweiser talked me into it.

      I wrote the screenplay and I played the leading character, but since I was the only person on the crew who had actually spent years on professional film and TV sets, in a sense, I was also the director. (I suggested many ideas that were incorporated into the final cut, my favorite being this: We mounted the camera on Lin’s VW Bug and filmed our descent from the famous Hollywood Hills [listen to Bob Seger’s song ‘Hollywood Nights’] in double-speed while ‘The Doors’ song ‘Peace Frog’ played in the background. That was unquestionably my favorite contribution to the entire movie.)

      I spent some time with Lin while she was editing the film, and ultimately they got a good final grade for the movie, but the financier and “director” moved to Lake Tahoe with the movie and I never even got a chance to see the finished product. That really ticked me off. I didn’t give a hoot about how I came across playing Jim Morrison, but I REALLY wanted to see how that high-speed descent from the ‘Hollywood’ sign looked while ‘Peace Frog’ was playing!

      And that was the final disappointment that signaled the end of my so-called “acting career”. But, to be honest in the 1st degree, I need to tell you that the primary reason I decided to quit acting when I did was that I had found my own unique, individual, God-given “voice”.

      I first started “acting” in junior high school, then in high school, and then for many years (and professionally) after high school. One thing I can tell you that holds true for the vast, Vast, VAST majority of actors and actresses – whether students or professionals – is that the primary reason they are attracted to acting is the fact that deep down they don’t know who They REALLY ARE!

      At about the age of 24 or 25 I started to realize who I REALLY was, and I started to become comfortable in my own skin. It is no coincidence that about that same time I lost interest in acting (i.e., “pretending I was somebody other than who I really was”).

      There’s a reason famous Hollywood characters do such asinine things; there’s a reason that celebrities are such easy targets for blogs like ‘A Beer For The Shower’. The sad fact is that a huge majority of actors and actresses (and celebrities of all sorts) are psychologically damaged. They’re f##ked up in the head, and that’s why most of them eventually turn themselves into ‘comedian punch lines’; that’s why they all wear ‘fictional characters’ instead of wearing their own true selves.

      I thank God that I was finally able to find “me” and to stop feeling that I needed to be on someone’s pedestal. In truth, although I have plenty of personal faults, I was probably never egocentric enough to become a famous actor.

      We’re all a little bit crazy, but praise God that we’re not all so insane that we think our self-worth depends upon what ‘Hollywood’ thinks of us: “...you like me, right now, you like me!” [~ Sally “I Need Your Approval” Field.]

      ~ D-FensDogg
      ‘Loyal American Underground’

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    11. Interesting story that I'd not heard in full like this before.

      My Pa used to tell me I should learn a trade to fall back on in case the acting career didn’t happen....Now, at the age of 53, with my Pa long dead, I easily admit that my Pa was right and I was wrong.

      Ain't this the truth. I don't know that my dad ever said quite like this, but he certainly suggested similar thoughts. I had a great time post high school up to age 40, but I wasn't planning for my future in many ways. When my job here ended in 2009 I thought that I'd have no problem getting another since jobs had never been a problem for me in the past.

      Then, along with the Obama era crap economy, I realized I didn't really know much that was marketable and I was not of a particularly marketable age. All those years of management didn't provide me with trade skills and companies are mostly looking for younger management material.

      What? No one need a mediocre juggler on their payroll?

      Yeah, I've led a good life, but I can't say I've led a smart life to leave me prepared for the retirement years.

      Lee
      An A to Z Co-Host
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    12. >>...What? No one need a mediocre juggler on their payroll?

      Ha!-Ha!

      Yeah, LEE, the problem of learning from our mistakes is that sometimes after we've absorbed the lesson it's too late to really apply it.

      I don't think I've made a whole lot of mistakes in my life, but the few I have made were big ones that were difficult if not impossible to recover from.

      Oh well, my next life will be better.

      ~ D-FensDogg
      'Loyal American Underground'

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    13. BEER BOY BRYAN ~
      In rereading the 3-part comment I posted last night, I realize that something I wrote might not seem to make much sense, so I will attempt to clarify...

      You may have wondered why I mentioned Ralph Macchio and Matt Dillon in conjunction with "fighting" (What's fighting got to do with acting?)

      I'm afraid I wasn't very clear about that. What I was referring to was the fact that, looking younger than my age, I would have been going after the same sorts of roles that those two were, and at around that same time. And a lot of those roles had to do with lower or middle class urban kids - think 'My Bodyguard', 'The Karate Kid', 'Rumble Fish', 'The Outsiders', etc.

      I didn't mean to imply that I ever thought I was a tough guy (I'm not and never was) or that beating up other actors would somehow prove I was a better actor (Ha!)

      I was merely trying to say that I was a true byproduct of the social circumstances that gave birth to the sorts of fictional characters I would have been seeking to portray - roles that went to Macchio, Dillon, and others.

      ~ D-FensDogg
      'Loyal American Underground'

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    14. Wow, what a great comment and a great story. You know, sometimes you ask a question and the answer might just be something simple like, "I don't know, got bored of it I guess." But it sounds like you've had quite the adventure.

      First off, I can't imagine having written, directed, and acting (as the lead, no less) in a film and not even getting the pleasure of seeing the final product, let alone the rest of the world getting to see it. It would chap my ass to think that that film is sitting buried in some inconsiderate something-er-rather's basement next to his Rubik's Cube and the unopened juicer he got for his wedding, just gathering dust.

      We share a lot in common when it comes to our previous thoughts on success. I'd always felt like I was sure to succeed as a writer because I've got raw talent and I can tell a story. Meanwhile, there are a slew of books coming out by no-talent authors that can't write their way out of a paper bag (50 Shades of Grey, Twilight, etc) and surely the cream will rise to the top. They need me so much more than I need them. Right? RIGHT?

      I've been put through the wringer with why my book wouldn't be "marketable" in our current system, and it turns out being good actually has nothing to do with their ability (or want) to market it.

      Well, there's a slight difference in my situation. I say thank God above for the Internet.(That's right - God, not Al Gore)

      I live in an age where I can make my own success, which we've been doing by releasing our writing ourselves, and marketing it with our site. I don't mean to boast, but we have traditionally published friends (one of whom won a Colorado book award) that we've outsold. By, like, thousands. And at 70% royalties compared to their dismal 10-12%, we're getting much more money to release these books ourselves, as well. The game has changed.

      This change includes music and film, too. Nowadays a musician that's been screwed around by record labels can put out their own album and find success. Or filmmakers with minimal budgets can make their own movie (similar to what we're doing) and find a way to market it themselves, sometimes finding success, sometimes (more often) not. But I wonder how your story might have changed, if it took place in the era of the Internet. "A Day In the Life of Jim Morrison" might have just made it to film festivals. Or maybe not. Who knows?

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      I hope that doesn't sound too depressing, though. Like you were born in the wrong era. Because I'll tell you, your resume is more impressive than most anyone I know (and I know, like, 100 people!). Sure, there are those who make indie books and indie films and make moderate success, but having been on M*A*S*H and Hill Street Blues and having been in movies is incredible. By that token, imagine if you were in this age of filmmaking, went the Indie route, and never found any of those experiences. Quite the double edged sword, right?

      I agree with you completely about the Plan A, Plan B thing. I actually learned that one early on. As things would have it I got a bachelors degree in computer technology, got a nice cushy job doing IT Support (every bit as miserable as it sounds), but I saved my money. I bought most everything I needed (cars - in cash. A place to live. Nice furniture. Etc. All in cash). Then after 10 years of service, I quit and didn't look back. Now I can focus entirely on writing, and with everything paid off in cash, my bills are about $500 per month total.

      That's quite poignant what you said about an actor not knowing who they really are, and that's why they act. With all of the stuff we post about celebrities (like our most recent post, of all things) it makes complete sense. I'm glad you found yourself, and I have to make sure and clarify that we're working on films just because we find it fun and we get to do something unique with all of our friends. As our director Gregg put it: "Once it stops being fun, I don't want to do it anymore." None of us have any interest in being the next big Hollywood star, and that moderate Indie success I've mentioned a few times is more than enough for me, if anything... at least in terms of film.

      Oh, and I got what you meant about the typecasting thing, that you "fit the bill" better than the others. Plus, I may not know a lot about acting, but one thing I've learned so far is that the less you have to deviate from your actual self for a character, the easier and more convincing your performance will be.

      Lastly, just because I remember Hill Street Blues (my parents used to watch that in its autumn years, which means that I as a kid with no say also did) I went to Hulu and skimmed through the first episode. Sure enough, at the 'summit meeting' for all gangs, there I saw Mr. Stephen McCarthy in his green Shamrock vest standing next to David Caruso. What a hoot to see that, especially since you fit the bill of looking tough and intimidating and Caruso looks anything but.

      I'll tell you, the times have changed, bruddah. I don't think many people would be intimidated these days if they were confronted by a gang that was led by a scrawny, pale white man with flame red hair, a green vest, and a huge top hat.

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      3-B ~
      I’m glad to know my response to your question didn’t disappoint.

      >>...that film is sitting buried in some inconsiderate something-er-rather's basement next to his Rubik's Cube and the unopened juicer he got for his wedding, just gathering dust.

      Ha! That’s probably about right... if it even still exists at all. In Lin’s defense though, I will say that she told me she DID try to track the guy down but was unsuccessful. His family had money and he moved to Tahoe, like, a week after graduating from college, taking the movie with him. It was probably dumped in a dumpster decades ago. I really just wanted to see that one scene [which I didn’t even appear in]: The VW Bug’s POV coming down the winding roads from the ‘Hollywood’ sign in double-time while ‘Peace Frog’ (my favorite Doors song) was playing.

      Never got to see it. “What a pisser.”

      >>...I've got raw talent and I can tell a story.

      I agree with you! (Although I don’t think your talent is “raw”.)

      >>...I've been put through the wringer with why my book wouldn't be "marketable" in our current system, and it turns out being good actually has nothing to do with their ability (or want) to market it.

      I believe that an awful lot of “success” in “this world” today is determined by three things, and talent isn’t one of them: 1) Luck; 2) Personal Connections; and 3) Appealing to the lowest common denominator in modern society.

      >>...surely the cream will rise to the top. ... Right? RIGHT?

      There was a time when I would have confidently replied “RIGHT!” But I was young and naïve then.

      For the most part, the truth is that the lucky, the connected, and those who appeal to the lowest common denominator in modern society will rise to the top.

      >>...I hope that doesn't sound too depressing

      Brother, I hope THIS doesn’t sound too depressing:

      Link: ‘PAIN MANAGEMENT: Pills, Pillows, And Petty’

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      >>...Nowadays a musician that's been screwed around by record labels can put out their own album and find success. Or filmmakers with minimal budgets can make their own movie (similar to what we're doing) and find a way to market it themselves ... But I wonder how your story might have changed, if it took place in the era of the Internet. "A Day In the Life of Jim Morrison" might have just made it to film festivals. Or maybe not. Who knows?

      Yes, the Internet has really changed the landscape for artists of all mediums. I’ve had friends tell me I should try selling my screenplay and children’s book manuscript again, now that the Internet has made things so much easier. It sounds good but... at my age, I’m tired, I’m worn down, and I don’t think I could survive one more disappointment.

      There’s a good line in the David & David song ‘SWALLOWED BY THE CRACKS’: “You’re only out when you stay out; you stay out when you don’t believe.” (The only reason I wasn’t “begging bus fare back” is because I was fortunate enough to have been born and raised in L.A.) I know it’s a defeatist attitude but the fact is, I haven’t “believed” in myself for a long, long time. Not in a “creative” capacity, I mean. Sometimes a gambler just needs to “know when to fold ‘em”. (I hope my honesty isn’t bumming you out, Bro. And I hope your success continues and grows!)

      >>...having been on M*A*S*H and Hill Street Blues and having been in movies is incredible.

      Yeah, but with the exception of a few miniscule parts and some “silent bits” it was mostly Background (or “Extra”) work. I really didn’t appreciate those times like I should have because I was certain that they were just the first “baby steps” of a long, successful career. I look back on that personal era now and realize how special it was, but at the time it paled in comparison to what I was sure awaited me in the future. A good example of why we should all “live in the moment”, eh?

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      >>...Plus, I may not know a lot about acting, but one thing I've learned so far is that the less you have to deviate from your actual self for a character, the easier and more convincing your performance will be.

      Definitely true for an untrained performer... and it holds true for a lot of professionals, too. But the person who is REALLY INTO ACTING as a genuine art form finds that the more a fictional character they’re playing requires them to stretch beyond their authentic personality, the more challenging and more rewarding it is when they succeed. I’ll give you two examples:

      Bryan, you seem to be familiar with a lot of “stuffs” that occurred before your time, so maybe you already know something about these two performers... Check out Bette Davis in the movie ‘WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?’ and keep in mind that she began her career as supposedly a ‘Hollywood Beauty’ leading lady-type. Her performance in that movie is possibly the best I’ve ever seen from an actress.

      Also see the Film Noir classic ‘TOUCH OF EVIL’. Do you know the actor Dennis Weaver? He has a small-ish part in that movie. When I first saw it, about 5 years ago, I had NO IDEA I was watching Dennis Weaver until I saw his name in the credits. He was SO un-Dennis Weaver like that I was astounded! (Plus, you should see it anyway just because it’s a great example of Film Noir and made by one of the truly genius directors of Hollywood and it was filmed primarily in my old stomping grounds of Venice Beach, California – a couple of years before I was born).

      But that’s where the REAL fun is in acting – trying to be believable as a character entirely unlike your authentic self.

      >>...Lastly, just because I remember Hill Street Blues ... I went to Hulu and skimmed through the first episode. Sure enough, at the 'summit meeting' for all gangs, there I saw Mr. Stephen McCarthy in his green Shamrock vest standing next to David Caruso. What a hoot to see that, especially since you fit the bill of looking tough and intimidating and Caruso looks anything but.

      Ha! Are you sure it was me? It might have been, but I don’t know for sure. I DO remember that ‘summit meeting’ scene, but I don’t know if I remember it because I worked in it, or because I simply saw it on TV when it aired.

      I worked on a number of episodes (5 to 10?) of ‘Hill Street Blues’ and always as a member of the Irish gang. There are only four things I definitely remember about that:

      1) It was David Caruso who told me about the Rock band U2. He was very much a fan and mentioned them to me. I’d never heard of them before (by the way, I hate U2!) and he told me I should definitely check them out. (I guess he REALLY WAS into that “Irish” crap.)

      2) I remember the time actor Charles Haid told me I looked exactly like a younger version of his best friend (in real life), actor John Savage. (That was maybe the 5th or 6th time someone told me I looked like John Savage, but it was the 1st time I took it seriously.)

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      3) I remember the time I had a “silent bit” on Hill Street Blues. Another dude and I were being scolded by some detective at his desk – we had no lines – and then the detective said something like, “Now get out of here!” When we turned to leave – although NO ONE told me to do this (including the director) – I deliberately swiped a paperclip from the detective’s desk. I used to do things like that just to add a little dimension to my “silent” character and make the experience more fun for me. (I wouldn’t be surprised if I “swiped” that idea from James Dean who stole a drag from a cigarette on top of a gym locker in the movie ‘EAST OF EDEN’. Dean was ALWAYS my acting hero and I still think he’s the best actor who ever lived!)

      4) Then there’s the Irish gang member part I played on one episode of ‘Hill Street Blues’ that I mentioned in my earlier comment. I was in the police station and antagonizing a member of the Black gang - ‘The Royal Bloods’, I think they were called. That was fun because I was allowed to ad-lib my own lines and I recall saying something like, “Come over here and I’ll SPILL your royal blood!” (That’s the one appearance on ‘Hill Street Blues’ that I still occasionally receive residual payments for.)

      By the way, Bryan, I HATED ‘Hill Street Blues’; it was so phony and ridiculous. (I knew a good amount about cops and police work because of my experience with the ‘Police Explorer Program’ in my teen years.) It’s kinda funny, but I never liked ‘M*A*S*H’ either; it was too liberal for my tastes, even back then. I worked on ‘Happy Days’ a number of times too, and I thought it was a stupid show.

      In fact, only ONCE did I get to work on a show I really, really liked, and it was the LAST “professional” gig I ever did. It was a “hand insert” on the TV series ‘DREAM ON’ which, at that time, was my very favorite show. Although it was only my hand that was filmed (playing a game of chess in place of the main character Martin Tupper), it was my favorite movie/TV job ever. Although my “hand” lost the chess match, I felt like I went out on top!

      Thanks again, Bryan, for the question and the nice reply!

      ~ D-FensDogg
      ‘Loyal American Underground’

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    20. "Definitely true for an untrained performer... and it holds true for a lot of professionals, too. But the person who is REALLY INTO ACTING as a genuine art form finds that the more a fictional character they’re playing requires them to stretch beyond their authentic personality, the more challenging and more rewarding it is when they succeed."

      Of this I have no doubt. I meant that mostly for myself, especially as an untrained performer. I know to some acting is acting, but to me there's comedy acting and then there's real acting. Like a lot of stand up comics, I can comedy act. I can do comedic timing, and punchlines, and act like a regular person, to make for an overall convincing comedy movie that'll make you laugh. Now, ask me to be Dennis Weaver breaking down emotionally on the side of a road because a faceless person in a semi truck is trying to relentlessly kill him, and well, no can do, my friend.

      (That's my clever way of saying I'm going to check out those movies. Particularly Touch of Evil. Growing up, I loved the movie Duel, and Dennis Weaver, which was yet another "stuffs" technically before my time).

      And I am pretty sure that that was you I saw in Hill Street Blues. I went back, found the clip, and screen capped it. Check it out. You were yelling in discontent at the police captain's decision to maintain peace among the gangs (or some such nonsense).

      http://i.imgur.com/ZWwAdsP.jpg

      Also, go figure that David Caruso recommended U2. I've never been a big fan of either...

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      BROTHER BEER BOY BRYAN (4-B?) ~

      “Thanks for the stroll down Amnesia Lane”, as Robin Williams said in ‘Dead Poets Society’. And that was “a great BUST!”, as my Brother Nappy would say. Yes, my friend, that is indeed me in that ‘Hill Street Blues’ scene. How’d you capture a still photo from that video? (Never mind... I’d love to know, but being computer illiterate, I’m sure I could never understand the instructions.)

      I DID look pretty pissed off there, didn’t I? The red-headed bloke on the other side of David Caruso was one of my best buddies, Torch - the unofficial leader of our “drinking gang” known as ‘The League Of Soul Crusaders’. If interested, you can learn more about ‘The League’ and Torch HERE. (“The League” part of the name would take too long to explain, but the “Soul Crusaders” part comes from the lyrics of an old Bruce Springsteen song titled ‘NIGHT’.)

      Torch was the funniest, the most quick-witted, and one of the toughest dudes I’ve ever known. (My brother Nappy – at 5’6” – is probably the only person I’ve ever known who was Torch-tough.)

      For a Christmas present one year (circa 1984) I wrote a full-length novel manuscript titled ‘The League Of Soul Crusaders’, all about the exploits of our drinking gang. I could rewrite it today and I have no doubt whatsoever that it would become a huge seller and be made into a very popular movie. But I can’t do that because I know that lives would be lost and the blood would be on my hands. It’s my best writing idea (and 100% true) but my conscience won’t let me rewrite and sell it. [Hopefully God will remember the money and fame I passed up in order to save innocent lives, and He will let me through the Pearly Gates because of it.]

      >>...That's my clever way of saying I'm going to check out those movies. Particularly Touch of Evil. Growing up, I loved the movie Duel, and Dennis Weaver, which was yet another "stuffs" technically before my time.

      I’m pleased to hear that, Bryan! Pay special attention to the opening shot in ‘TOUCH OF EVIL’ – it’s about 3-minutes long without a single edit and is absolutely stunning in its artistry and complexity. (Many film critics have written about it, but honestly, I don’t think anyone can FULLY appreciate it unless they know the film industry very well and understand how much precision work went into creating that first 3-minute shot. I remember the first time I saw it, my jaw was hanging open and as soon as the movie ended I replayed it because I could hardly believe what I’d just seen. In this era of computer graphics it probably doesn’t seem like so much, but when you consider that it was organically done with ONE CAMERA, on a dolly and a crane, and all the split-second timing that had to be worked out with performers and the camera’s focus... unbelievable! Probably only Orson Welles could have pulled that off.)

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      But I hope you will also someday watch Bette Davis in ‘WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?’ as well. The movie is flawed in a number of ways, but it’s still worth watching (it has a good twist and the ending imagery will stick with you). And Bette Davis’ acting is really something else! Definitely one of filmdom’s all-time greatest performances, in my book.

      >>...I went back, found the clip, and screen capped it. Check it out. You were yelling in discontent at the police captain's decision to maintain peace among the gangs (or some such nonsense). http://i.imgur.com/ZWwAdsP.jpg

      Yeah, “nonsense” is right, Brother! A V.I.P. is visiting the city so the police bring the various gang leaders together AT THE POLICE STATION and warn them to be on their best behavior. Sure, that’s exactly what happens in all the big cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. What a bunch of B.S.! (And unless my eyes deceive me, that cop standing at the back of the room in the photo you captured appears to have breasts. Yeah, that’s how you, as a police force, impress gang-bangers and tell them you really mean business – you put female cops in the room so they’ll quake in their steel-toed boots.)

      That’s why (regardless of what TV Guide says) ‘Hill Street Blues’ was one of the dumbest cop shows ever aired for the Americonned People! I was actually embarrassed to appear on it, even doing simple “Background” work. (But my embarrassment never prevented me from cashing their checks.)

      ~ D-FensDogg
      ‘Loyal American Underground’

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    23. That screencap was no special IT trickery. When you reach the point of a video you want to capture, just pause it, then hit the Windows key and Print Screen at the same time. It creates a capture of your screen that you can paste into something like Paint.

      You know, part of me wants to go through another episode and see if I can find you delivering that "I'll spill your royal blood" line. The other part of me realizes I'd actually have to watch the show to do this.

      Hey, as I said, I just spent a few minutes skipping through scenes to see if there was any showing of the Irish gang, and once I got there, I watched a couple minutes of the show, just to see if you were there. You were. But at the same time, I learned the show was about a police station inviting the most notorious gangs into one of their precincts and asking them "Please be nice while the president is here. Please?"

      See, what *I* think is funny about the whole show is that the president is coming to town, and the police go out of their way to TELL the most notorious gangs in town. Could you imagine if Barack Obama came to Denver, and the Denver police force gathered the Crips, and the Bloods, and the Westside Homies or whatever other crap gangs are around here, put them together INSIDE the police station, and told them, "Okay guys, so the president is coming to Denver, and we need you to not hurt him, okay?"

      Crips: Yes, that would be wrong to hurt the president. We will do what the police say.
      Bloods: Also, we will be nice to each other in an effort to create peace for our good president. Hey Crip, what are you doing later?
      Crips: My calendar says I am free.
      Bloods: Then let us go play badminton?
      Crips: I will bring the iced tea. You bring the rackets.

      And yet, as you mentioned, this show got "rave reviews."

      Also, I just realized that I asked you if you approve of Barack Obama being locked in a room with Crips and Bloods, and I feel like I kinda know the answer to that...

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      Your buddy Torch is my new personal hero. I love that video interview of him describing taking this child molester cop down, "putting him out," and searching him for a gun.

      Frankly, I'm just surprised he "got away with it." And by that, I mean that we live in an age where the police can charge you with "assaulting a police officer" for pointing out their abuse of power, and then they cant taser you and beat the crap out of you with little to no repercussions. Even off duty they love to cover up each other's mistakes.

      (Spoiler alert: Not a big fan of police)

      Hell, Brandon's sister used to be engaged to one. Not sure if you remember this guy (this story was big around here, maybe not so much the rest of the nation)

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/10/devin-sparks-and-randy-mu_n_1415340.html

      The first guy, Devin, is every bit the piece of sh#t the article makes him out to be, and he also beat Brandon's sister until she finally ran away. But worry not, I'm sure after being fired/reinstated/fired/reinstated he's working comfortably in some other police station and has found another big-breasted punching bag.

      Alas, I went on a tangent. (Regarding the comment below - these comments are kinda fun, and I like seeing where they end up. Sorry if they're cutting into you putting up another blog post, heh)

      Oh, and I am most definitely going to watch both Touch of Evil and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane. I already got them on rental, and plan to see them this weekend. I'll report back in after I see them and let you know what I thought.

      -4B

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      4-B ~

      >>... just pause it, then hit the Windows key and Print Screen at the same time. It creates a capture of your screen that you can paste into something like Paint.

      I see the “Print Screen” button, but I don’t see any button that says “Windows” or even “Win.”. Is it a symbol? And could I paste the photo into a picture file?

      One more Q: Do you know any tricks for bringing up YouTube videos on the Blogger ‘compose page’ if the video’s exact title and the pseudonym of the video’s poster still won’t find it? I wanted to post a blog bit to commemorate my Ma’s birthday on the 13th. I had the entire thing composed and ready to go, but I couldn’t get the YouTube search system to locate the 10 min. video I wanted to include, even though I searched for it by exact title, by pseudonym, and by some words the poster included in their description of the video. (I suspect that the video just didn’t have enough “hits” for the Blogger system to find it. Is there any way around that?)

      I did include the YouTube URL as a link in the would-be post, and I could have just written “Click this:”, but I really wanted the video displayed on my blog bit.

      >>... You know, part of me wants to go through another episode and see if I can find you delivering that "I'll spill your royal blood" line. The other part of me realizes I'd actually have to watch the show to do this.

      Ha!-Ha! Trust me, Bro, it wouldn’t be worth it.

      >>... See, what *I* think is funny about the whole show is that the president is coming to town, and the police go out of their way to TELL the most notorious gangs in town.

      Ha! Good point. The show was simply retarded on so many levels.

      >>... Crips: Yes, that would be wrong to hurt the president. We will do what the police say.
      Bloods: Also, we will be nice to each other in an effort to create peace for our good president. Hey Crip, what are you doing later?
      Crips: My calendar says I am free.
      Bloods: Then let us go play badminton?
      Crips: I will bring the iced tea. You bring the rackets.


      You may have the start of a satirical blog bit series there. Maybe spoofs of lousy TV shows (and/or movies) from the past? (I especially like the line “My calendar says I’m free.” ... “Oops! Wait a second. I do have the assassination of a stool pigeon scheduled for later that afternoon. But I can have my secretary reschedule that for the following day. It’ll give me something to look forward to after beating my ho’ at Noon.”)

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    26. Part 2:

      >>... Also, I just realized that I asked you if you approve of Barack Obama being locked in a room with Crips and Bloods...

      He’d pee his “grey” communist pants to find himself confined in a small place with heterosexual Black guys! I’m sure that being so close to a Black heshe like Michelle is already a strain on him.

      >>... Your buddy Torch is my new personal hero. I love that video interview of him describing taking this child molester cop down, "putting him out," and searching him for a gun.

      Torch never said that he “put him out”. He merely said that the cop “went out”. Shame on you for assuming Torch had anything to do with the lights going out!
      ;-)

      Torch was truly a one-of-a-kind and the TV interview hardly does him justice... but it’s an inkling, anyway. Did you read the article I linked to on that blog bit? Not only did that Orange County magazine name him ‘Father Of The Year’ but it included this:

      Some folks quickly speculated that Dornan—never known for indecision or loss for words—had overreacted. But the evidence Dornan recovered led to numerous child-pornography and child-annoyance charges, as well as an upcoming trial.

      So, his action that night led to the discovery of something much bigger than just one a-hole cop.

      Bryan, let me give you one (nonfiction) example from my 1984 book manuscript that illustrates how quick-witted Torch was. I can’t locate it in order to quote directly (200 single-spaced typed pages) but here’s a nutshell version from memory:

      Torch was hanging out with The League Of Soul Crusaders at the Bay Street house and discussing the fact that he was thinking about asking his current girlfriend to marry him. Pooh asked him who his ‘Best Man’ would be and Torch said he thought maybe he’d organize some sort of competition for us, his male friends, and the winner of the contest would be his ‘Best Man’.

      I shook my head in disgust and asked him, “Well, Torch, what if NONE of your friends decide to enter the competition?” He IMMEDIATELY replied, “In that case, Stephen, YOU will be my ‘Best Man’.”

      All I could do was laugh. I ain’t no dummy, but in a school-yard taunt contest, I (and everyone else) was Torch’s bitch. Probably only my brother Nappy would have had a chance of holding his own against Torch in an “Oh, yeah?!” argument like that.

      >>... Frankly, I'm just surprised he "got away with it."...

      Well, I hear ya, 4-B. And you’re right. I would say that Torch’s father being who he was probably helped him some in that situation. But also, Torch’s answer to everything was one word: “ATTITUDE!” He believed a person could pull off just about ANYTHING if they maintained the proper attitude for it. Over the years that he and I hung out together, partying, talking, living... he pretty much proved to me that his one-word philosophy was correct.

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      >>... Hell, Brandon's sister used to be engaged to one. Not sure if you remember this guy (this story was big around here, maybe not so much the rest of the nation) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/10/devin-sparks-and-randy-mu_n_1415340.html

      No, Bryan, I was not familiar with that story but I read it. Thanks. Unfortunately, that kind of story is very common in Amerika today. When the real sh#t finally hits the fan, the (militarized) cops are going to be surprised by just how much of the truly law-abiding public not only doesn’t support them, but will actively oppose them.

      The cops, in general, are having a good time now, but they have no idea how many common, average, American enemies they are making day-by-day. When essentially good folks like you and me dislike them so, what does that say about... THEM?!

      The dirty, little, not-so-secret secret about most cops today is that they don’t give a sh#t about law and order. They do NOT go into the “law enforcement” business because of a love of law and its enforcement. “To Serve And Protect”? Pshaw! (I know of what I speak.)

      >>... these comments are kinda fun, and I like seeing where they end up. Sorry if they're cutting into you putting up another blog post, heh

      I TOTALLY agree. For me, the best part of blogging is the conversations that develop as a result. I know that for most bloggers, they only expect (and maybe only desire) brief little remarks to show that someone has read what they wrote. But for me, it has always been about developing relationships and engaging in (usually fun) dialogue. My friend Arlee Bird of the blog ‘TOSSING IT OUT’ (do you ever read him?) has often mentioned me and publicly stated that he got his idea about ‘ideal blog commenting’ from me, beginning with my BigBitch.com blog - which was eventually closed down by the Big Bitch – and then here at Blogspot. He has credited me, on his own blog, for “showing him the way” when it comes to the purpose for a comment section.

      And by no means are you preventing me from “putting up another blog post”. I have been trying to decide where to go next and just haven’t made up my mind (other than my failed attempt to post a blog bit in my Ma’s memory on May 13th). I have planned (by mere coincidence) another blog bit about why I dislike police officers.

      Also, one of my ‘New World Order’ conspiracy pieces about how and why the Republican party has deliberately refused to remove Barack Obama from office when, in fact, he could very easily be serving time in a federal prison right this very minute... if the Republican party desired that.

      And then there’s these 3+1 Obama scandals I could write about: ‘Fast And Furious’; ‘Benghazi’; ‘The I.R.S. Targeting Of Conservatives’; and ‘Phone-Tapping Of The Associated Press’.

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    28. Part 4:

      I have so much material right now that my head is spinning and I don’t even know which direction I should go in next. (‘I’m All Over The Map, Which Is My Oyster’, or something like that.) While I try to make up my mind, it has been a lot of fun discussing this “stuffs” with you, Bryan. [I had no idea that I appeared in the very first episode of ‘Hill Street Blues’, until you made me aware of that.]

      >>... Oh, and I am most definitely going to watch both Touch of Evil and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane. I already got them on rental, and plan to see them this weekend. I'll report back in after I see them and let you know what I thought.

      In ‘LIFE WITHOUT PRINCIPLE’, Henry David Thoreau wrote: “The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.”

      You have no idea what a compliment I consider it that you would so quickly check out a couple of movies I recommended to you. Thanks, Brother!

      Please bear in mind that I said ‘...BABY JANE’ was flawed in some ways. It is NOT a great movie, but Bette Davis’ performance IS great. Also, the character Orson Welles plays in ‘TOUCH OF EVIL’ is an old, formerly-drunken cop. As such, he slurs much of his dialogue. You might find it helpful to display the dialogue in English captions while watching the movie. But, if so, wait to add the captions until AFTER that first, amazing, 3-minute, unedited opening shot concludes. [Once the car explodes, you can add the captions if you think they’ll help you to hear the dialogue.]

      Great fun yakking with ya, 4-B.

      ~ D-FensDogg
      ‘Loyal American Underground’

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    29. So the Windows button is the Windows symbol. This guy.

      http://rayincorporated.com/RAY/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/windows-key.jpg

      And then yep, hit that and Print Screen together, then save in a picture file program. Easy.

      As for the Youtube thing, here's a trick you can use, because Blogger really sucks at trying to import a Youtube video. I hate that you can only search for it, and if you don't find it, well, you're SOL, right?

      Wrong. The easiest way is to actually go to the youtube video itself. On the actual youtube page, below the hit counter there'll be things that say ABOUT SHARE ADD TO, etc. Click Share, and then click Embed. It'll present you with the HTML code that you can just paste directly into Blogger.

      Also, you may have very well inspired a forthcoming post. The two of us are going to chat about that over a beer today (how any good blog post is born) and we'll see if we can't get some good ideas together for Thursday. I'm thinking either "lousy TV shows from the past" or "TV shows that did not age gracefully." I'd say both can apply to Hill Street Blues.

      Oh, and I completely agree with you about the whole blogger comment thing. I used to play the comment game where you go read someone's blog (even if it's terrible, which 95% of the time it is), leave a comment, then they come back and pretend to read what you wrote and drop their own mindless comment. I got sick of it quickly. So now I only comment on the blogs I actually like, and it's so much more satisfying. And let me tell you my fellow beer brother, I'd rather spend 30 minutes typing up a page long comment to someone like yourself than I would reading 30 mommy blogs about how dear baby poopsy made the cutest oopsy-daisy at school today.
      (Gag me)

      Also, fun fact: while upper-middle class stay-at-home mommies seem like they would be the most likely to support us by spending a few bucks on a book, they are without a doubt the most likely to either not buy or e-mail us and ask if they can just get it from us for free.

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    30. 4-B ~
      Thanks for the great info, Brother. I'm outta time tonight, but will reply mo' bettah tomorrow after work 'n' sh#t.

      ~ D-FensDogg
      'Loyal American Underground'

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    31. BRYAN ~
      The Windows symbol... ahh, got it! Thanks. And I'm sure I'll try that trick before too long.

      Man, I am SO GRATEFUL for the explanation about how to post a YouTube video when Blogger says "No!" I read what you wrote but to be entirely honest, I did NOT think it would work for me. (You have no idea what it's like to be me, and you're lucky you don't. The technical crap just never works for me... or my Brother. We're sure that it's some sort of generational family curse.)

      I was SHOCKED when your instructions worked perfectly, and the very first time, too! As I'm sure you know by now, I was able to capture the 'Moonlighting' video and post the blog bit that commemorated my Ma's birth. And it's all because of YOU!

      And that experiment answered another question I've had for awhile: I often wondered why when some bloggers post YouTube videos on their blogs, the size of the video screen was so much larger than when I did it. (I was beginning to develop video envy!) On a few occasions I tried to find a way to increase the size of my video screens but nuttin' worked.

      However, when I posted the 'Moonlighting' video via your HTML code trick, the video automatically posted at the larger size. Wow! I suddenly feel so "studly".

      What's ironically funny now is that you posted the following comment in this comment section:

      >> ...these comments are kinda fun, and I like seeing where they end up. Sorry if they're cutting into you putting up another blog post.

      But, actually, as A DIRECT RESULT of our comment exchange, I learned what I needed to know in order to post the next blog bit that I REALLY WANTED to post next, but couldn't. ...You da man, man!

      OK, now this next thing I'm almost afraid to axe...

      You said nuttin' about 'TOUCH OF EVIL' or '...BABY JANE'. Did I lead you astray, 4-B? If so, I'll make it up to you with my next movie recommendation (I hope).

      ~ D-FensDogg
      'Loyal American Underground'

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    32. So I actually forgot to mention my thoughts on those movies. I'm glad you reminded me. Here goes...

      Baby Jane wasn't the best movie I've seen, but I was astounded by Bette Davis's portrayal of 'Baby' Jane. To see her with stringy hair, and bags upon bags under her eyes, and that awful sneer, singing in a shrill voice about how she's "writing a letter to daddy," man, that is chilling. She does such an amazing job as a deranged, possessive sister. And it's just funny that someone who was so pretty when she was younger seems to go out of her way to look (and sound) as terrible as humanly possible. You don't see that a lot, especially not these days. Not when every aging actress in Hollywood sprints to the clinic so they can (try to) look 30 forever.

      This movie was worth it just to see Bette pull off that role.

      Second, Touch of Evil. Brother, what a treat. First off, that opening shot is in-cuh-redible. You've got a car driving in traffic (and driving around a building - I love that part), a couple walking down the street around it, and the camera's just gliding along so smoothly. It's just all so seamless. Over 50 years later, and I've never seen anything like it.

      Also, if you hadn't told me that was Dennis Weaver, I don't think I would have recognized him. At all. That goofy/dopey and yet creepy way he acts is beyond impressive, especially when he goes all 'bug-eyed' and does that eerie hillbilly laugh.

      Honorable mention: at first glance I almost didn't recognize Charlton Heston, either. Funny to see him playing a Mexican man. He actually pulled it off pretty well.

      This one was definitely worth the watch. Great acting, and great movie.

      You most definitely did not lead me astray.

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    33. Back atcha tonight, Beer Boy.

      ~ D-FensDogg
      'Loyal American Underground'

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    34. 4-B ~
      Yes, the primary reason to see '...BABY JANE' is Bette Davis' performance. The movie is flawed in a few ways (for one, it's too long and could have been edited down considerably) but Bette's acting combined with that twist at the end and the lasting mental image of "Baby Jane" dancing on the beach, an ice cream cone in each hand, while her sister is dying in the sand nearby... that sh#t'll stick with ya!

      The opening shot in 'TOUCH OF EVIL'... yeah, "in-cuh-redible". I can scarcely imagine how many hours they spent working out all that timing before Orson Welles even attempted the first take.

      And, by the way, that shot was executed in the heart of Venice Beach, my old stomping ground. And right where that car comes through the alley and enters the street, that's where 'The Townhouse' bar is located - one of the principal sites for my one and only screenplay:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7p3e_K4OPnQ

      I stopped in that bar one day, maybe 1990, ordered a drink, and when I saw my reflection in the mirror behind the bar, that simple act started me thinking and resulted in the screenplay about a year later.

      There were several memorable performances in that movie, Dennis Weaver's being one of them.

      >>... I almost didn't recognize Charlton Heston, either. Funny to see him playing a Mexican man. He actually pulled it off pretty well.

      I agree. In truth, Heston is not a very good actor (although he was in several good movies). In 'TOUCH OF EVIL', I think he looks quite a bit like Vicente Fox, and I'd say that's "Mexican enough" to pull it off.

      >>... You most definitely did not lead me astray.

      I'm very glad to hear it. 'TOUCH OF EVIL' is not my all-time favorite example of Film Noir (for that, see 'SUNSET BOULEVARD') but it's way up high on my Top Noir list.

      ~ D-FensDogg
      'Loyal American Underground'

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  6. It's kind of funny, but there is still stuff to think about here. I guess we'll see what Obama does after he leaves office. Will he become the leader of some new coalition of allies similar to NATO or something like that?

    Now, the think about pharmaceutical companies developing new diseases? I might believe that and they're probably in cahoots with the government.

    Lee
    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. ARLEE BOID ~
      You're starting to sound more "tin-foil hat" than I do.

      Can it be that I've been a bad influence on you? I can still remember when you genuinely thought the TSA was attempting to protect us from Middle Eastern terrorists.

      Please don't post comments on my blog anymore, because others might judge me by the company I keep.
      [;-)}

      ~ D-FensDogg
      'Loyal American Underground'

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    2. POSTSCRIPT:
      I've been keeping up with the recent "Pro-Gun Control" posts by your buddy Jack Eiden (tonight he posted Part 3) and wondering, when he reaches the end, whether or not I should take his blog bits apart piece-by-piece in open debate, or just let him go on thinking what he thinks.

      It's been kind of disappointing because... well... just because I expected more accurate, more precise analysis on the subject from someone from the so-called "Greatest Generation".

      I'll let him reach his conclusion and then decide whether or not a dialogue with him is worth the investment of time on my part.

      If you have an opinion on the matter, Brother Lee, I'd like to read it. "Should I stay or should I go now? If I stay there will be trouble; if I go it will be double." (Hopefully I quoted The Clash correctly there.)

      ~ D-FensDogg
      'Loyal American Underground'

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  7. The Brits conducting this survey ticks me off. Obviously, the only reason for conducting it is to mock us. Admittedly, we are a bunch of idiots here in the U.S. and worthy of being mocked, but it is NOT because we are more religious than other western nations (which we are.) Rather, we are worthy of being mocked because we've followed the path of the socialist bastards in the U.K.

    They view Christians with disdain, at least those Christians that actually attempt to follow Christ's teachings. They are fine with "pastors" who don't even believe in God. Brits look down at everyone for whom they can possibly concoct a reason to do so.

    And Moochell, not Barack, is actually "lord of the thighs."

    On the music thread:
    not surprisingly, I didn't like Frampton, and came to the point where it was played so much on the radio that it made me want to puke. With me, I am sure a part of my dislike WAS that everyone was playing him. I was content to listen to AC/DC or obscure Yes songs. HA!

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    1. SHEBOYGANBRO 6 ~
      I appreciated your "contrarian" comment. Thanks! Although the good comment does not eradicate the fact that you owe me a good Email. (At least there's one friend who owes me an Email, rather than the other way around.)

      >>...The Brits conducting this survey ticks me off.

      Good point, Bro-6! To be honest, I didn't even know who was behind the survey. I didn't even click the link my own damn-self, because I just thought the conclusion was humorous enough to run with.

      Look, every educated person in the world knows that when William Shakespeare died the collective I.Q. of Britain declined by 95%. With their pompous, erudite-sounding accents, the British seem like intellectuals, but the fact is, in my own personal life, I've yet to meet one "Englisher" (to borrow a word from Ernest T. Bass) I didn't think was a bloody, bloomin' idiot!

      So, in part, I agree with you, 6.

      >>...And Moochell, not Barack, is actually "lord of the thighs."

      Maybe to you, but not to the closet homosexual Chris Matthews!

      >>...not surprisingly, I didn't like Frampton

      Ha!-Ha! No... not surprisingly at all... since I did.

      God bless Tom Petty for "bridging" our musical gap!

      >>...I was content to listen to AC/DC or obscure Yes songs.

      I actually did like a few songs on AC/DC's 'Back In Black' album (most notably the title track). But mostly I thought they were Brit-sampled simpletons, and the short pants only made them seem even more retarded. "Dunder-Heads And They're Dumb Dirt Shee-it".

      'Yes'? Just say, "No". ;-)

      Seriously, 6, I loved your comment. You gave me sumpin' to work with. (Now, when are you going to give me the Email you owe?)

      ~ D-FensDogg
      'Loyal American Underground'

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  8. Yes, I SERIOUSLY owe you an email or three! Right now I am in Denver helping collect my son after year one of college. Then, on (driving, fortunately) to Texas and more relatives to visit.

    I am hoping that I'll have time to compose a decent email in the confines (and I DO mean confines) of a seedy hotel room on this trip. So far, no luck. I won't bore your other six readers with life's latest insistent details here, but am leaving this comment as a public mea culpa. I am indeed a poophead.

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    1. SHEBOYGANBOY SIX ~
      You are forgiven. Now go and sin no more.

      No, Bro, I was just givin' you a ration of stuffs for the fun of it. The truth is, I also have a huge backlog of old, older, and oldest Emails from you that I've never yet replied to, so we're fairly even in our Email neglect.

      I owe ALL of my good friends Emails right now. Sig is way past due to be responded to. And FAE too!. I owe an Email to my friend in Kansas, another one to Pooh, another one - due since Christmas! - to my (former) Phoenix law enforcement officer buddy.

      I have NO BUSINESS calling ANYONE on the carpet for being behind in their Email correspondence with me. When it comes to Email timeliness, I am the poophead to end all poopheads, so don't sweat it, Bro-6.

      ~ D-FensDogg
      'Loyal American Underground'

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  9. I have a comment on the comment section:

    Reading the comments and your replies is one of my favorite things, and they are now organized by original comment and reply, rather than just by date. It seems to me that this is a fairly recent change. It is easier to go back and find what one has missed when they are just by date. Have I entered the Twilight Zone, or did you indeed make this change?

    I enjoyed the filling in of blanks on the acting career. This isn't your "director" is it?
    http://www.a-a-pt.com/Staff/lin-coleman-pta-lymph-edema-specialist

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    1. MISTER SIX ~

      You are correct, sir. Awhile back I was having a Blogger Bug problem with the comment section. Someone suggested that if I altered the comment section format from a strictly 'posted in chronological order' format to a 'post and direct reply below' format (or whatever the real term for it is) it would eradicate the Blogger Bug issue.

      I tried it, and it DID! So, yes, this 'reply directly below the original comment' format is somewhat new. I have to admit that I prefer it but, like you, FAE did not like it for the very same reason you don't. But I suggested she click on the "subscribe by email" link (which sends notification of newly posted comments to the subscriber's email inbox) and that solved the problem for her.

      By the way, you are not alone in your "favorite things". FAE has also said that her favorite aspect of my blogging is the comment exchanges AFTER the original posting.

      Also, back when I had a blog at BigBitch.com, one of my readers also told me that although she enjoyed my posts, her favorite thing was reading the after-post exchanges between my friend A-DogG and me in the comment sections. She said it was like watching two guitar gods face off against each other in a soloing competition.

      I must confess... the comment exchanges between A-DogG and me was also MY favorite part of my BigBitch.com blogging! We never knew where the comments would take us... except that at some point Robert Blake and/or his TV character Baretta was sure to get mentioned.

      ~ Stephen

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      Oops. I forgot to tell you... that's definitely NOT my Lin Coleman! (Editor, not Director of 'A Day In The Life Of Jim Morrison'.)

      But if you Google "Lin Coleman IMDB" (for 'International Movie DataBase') you will find her movie credits.

      ~ D-FensDogg
      'Loyal American Underground'

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