Conceived above a saloon, delivered into this world by a masked man identified by his heavily sedated mother as Captain Video, raised by a kindly West Virginian woman, a mild-mannered former reporter with modest delusions of grandeur and no tolerance of idiots and the intellectually dishonest.

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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Some things never change

Who says American foreign policy is inconsistent? This brilliant ditty was written and performed by Tom Lehrer in 1964.

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Friday, December 28, 2007

Warning of the day

Beware of topless female sunbathers in public parks who put their feet on your shoulders and ask to see your genitalia. Some may not consider it just friendly reciprocation.

(Which reminds reader Doug Elrod of Crow's line in "Aquatic Wizards": "Say, you are friendly, aren't you?" See here around 5:24.)

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Quote of the day

Helen Keller said that whenever one door closes, another door opens.
Please God, don't let me start wondering how she discovered this concept.
-The Covert Comic

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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

And don't get me started on that "full moon" crap...

The idea that the "holiday blues" could drive one to consider jumping off a bridge has been with us since the Christmas classic It's a Wonderful Life. And, like the movie, it's fiction. Studies show suicides go down over the holidays by as much as 40 percent. One Oxford researcher told The Los Angeles Times that studies contradict the popular view of Christmas as a time of stress and arguments. And remember, George Bailey didn't jump. (via NPR)

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Monday, December 24, 2007

Lost in translation

Sometimes it seems the purpose of religion, especially in the hands of fanatics, is to wreak havoc on the very fabric of civilization. I've always been bothered by the term fundamentalist, because persons fitting the contemporary definition of that word actually seem to have abandoned the fundamental tenets of their beliefs.

So, to my friends and readers who have embraced the philosophy of Jesus Christ, please consider the following, from the Christmas carol O Holy Night:

     Truly He taught us to love one another;
     His law is love and His gospel is peace.
     Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother;
     And in His name all oppression shall cease.

My daughter Sara Salopek performed the song yesterday during our church's early morning contemporary service, accompanied on piano by my good friend Peter Stumpf. You can listen to it here. I suggest you right click on the link and save it to your hard drive; it isn't a streaming site.

Merry Christmas from the whole cast here at KGB Report...


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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Quote of the day

Christmas is a strange season. We sing songs in front of dead trees and eat candy out of our socks.
-Maxine greeting card (by John Wagner)

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The e-mail address is now something other than saga. used to be until December, 2007 when the domain name broker Trout Zimmer made an offer I couldn't refuse. Giving up and adopting created a significant problem, however. I had acquired the domain name in 1993, and had since that time used as my sole e-mail address. How to let people know that was no longer but rather which is longer than and more letters to type than and somehow less aesthetically pleasing than but actually just as functional as I sent e-mails from the address to just about everybody I knew who had used in the past decade and a half but noticed that some people just didn't seem to get the word about the change. So it occurred to me that if I were generate some literate, valid text in which was repeated numerous times and posted it on a bunch of different pages- say, a blog indexed by Google- that someone looking for would notice this paragraph repeated in hundreds of locations, would read it, and figure out that no longer is the they thought it was. That's the theory, anyway. Ok, I'm done. Move along. Nothing to see here...


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Laugh while you can, monkey-boy

I am a professional. Do not try this at home.

I canna change the laws of physics

As a matter of fact, I *am* the boss of you.
(as a matter of fact, i AM the boss of you.)

Truly great madness cannot be achieved without signficant intelligence

I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

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Eff the ineffable, scrute the inscrutable.

If my answers frighten you then you should cease asking scary questions.

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