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Anyone else see Tweety interviewed earlier today


He looked like Death Warmed Over. I generally don’t diagnose over the teevee machine but he looked like his diabetes and/or alcohol is taking a toll.

Gaunt and looking as if he’d aged thirty years since he “left” his show. Yes, I know some will be upset that I pointed this out. To you, I apologize. Kind of.

A little obtuse but here goes:

The legendary ad man Marvin Sloves passed away, and you can find all kinds of articles about his life and times. One point he made during an interview was tgat for a short time he managed the Trump Air Shuttle account….and they “stiffed” his company.

Big surprise….

"God will provide..."

Preliminarily, I wish to tell you all that in Philadelphia, the political aspects of the practice and academia of dental medicine was overlorded by real…shall we say, self-righteous imperious pricks. These men, and they were ALL men, were incredibly vicious if you wronged them. To put it mildly, it was like the Mafia: you pretty much can operate in their presence unencumbered but you better not cross them or be beholden to them. They had inter-generational memories and grudges and it was not unusual for someone’s grandson to be declined admission to a specialty program because something untoward occurred in 1934. This is not hyperbole

However, finally, the last of these bastards is dead and there is a sense of relief among us older individuals who lived under the threat of a problematic existence. The younger folk have no idea what they “missed”.

In the same way, this bunch of neo-fascists and neo-Nazis will eventually begone, of course only to be replaced with a new crop. However, And you can take this from my experience, when the kingpin dies, the sycophants and hangers-on fall into disarray. This is exactly what happened here in Philadelphia in the dental world. There was one individual who held great sway, but upon his leaving the mortal coil, all his buddies were leaderless and drifted off into oblivion. It was almost magical in its dynamic. So the same will happen to the erstwhile “religion” which suddenly appeared in 2015. Unfortunately, there will be future “prophets” with varying degrees of political competency and skills but at least the “Messiah” will have perished.

I just had a reflective DU moment....

I was scanning the In Memoriam link here and went all the way back to the 2005 post about Kephra’s passing wherein a family member informed us that he died suddenly over his keyboard.

I scanned down the many many posts of condolences and recognized many many names, but only a tiny handful are still here. Almost all of these individuals were active posters heavily involved in the DU community but the vast number have left and have been gone “forever”. Yes I know why many left, but this broke over me in a nostalgic wave.

John Fetterman is running hard for the senate in PA

And the titles of his emails start with phrases like “this is bullshit” and like that

This can work here…he is a great candidate worthy of support because he can win in rural PA.


This is bullsh*t.

Literally hours after I emailed you yesterday (see my forwarded message below), the Pennsylvania GOP confiscated my LGBTQIA+ pride flags AGAIN.

Interesting how Republicans jump at the opportunity to remove Pride flags on the *first* day of Pride Month — but not to ensure that Pennsylvania law explicitly protects the LGBTQIA+ community from discrimination. 🤔

The truth is that many forms of discrimination against LGBTQIA+ people are still perfectly legal in America. That’s why passing the Equality Act and guaranteeing rights and protections for LGBTQIA+ people is so incredibly urgent, and why doing so is such an important, integral part of our campaign.

Are you with me? If you’re in a place to do so, please consider making a donation to our campaign, of any amount. We’ll also send you a free pride sticker (to celebrate, and to show solidarity).

— John

I'm sofa king angry...

That DU rules absolutely prohibit me from speaking my mind.

Just in general…

My father of blessed memory was one of three survivors of his platoon in the battle of Mindanao. He would be beyond aghast at what has happened here since Gingrich and Limbaugh declared War on Democracy, and would be using, in an educated fashion, every, and I mean EVERY four letter word imaginable. And some ten-letter words as well.

A solemn Memorial Day as we watch the very fabric of this nation unravel.

On a rainy Sunday morning

I thought I’d take a look at the animation of a very large road project which affects my commute daily. NJ Dept of Transportation and other agencies are creating a huge interchange which involves I-295/I-76/NJ 42 and is like a 7 year project.

So I accessed the animation and of course I was subjected to an advertisement prior to the main event. This is what I got:

An interesting societal note:

Today, I had two major errands in Center City Philadelphia. The first of which took place 9 o’clock the second of which is going to take place at 1 PM. For a variety of reasons I don’t feel like visiting my office, so I decided I would go somewhere for a leisurely breakfast, coffee, and would tip the waiter handsomely for allowing me to sit at the table for a couple hours.

There is Absolutely nowhere to go in Center city for a sit down breakfast as I have described during the week. The hotels for the most part are only serving breakfast on the weekends and none of the restaurants that were formally open which serve breakfast exist any longer. I walked around for more than an hour, stuck my head into at least 20 places and was informed by individuals or posted signs that this establishment is no longer performing this service.

I will tell you that at one time you only had to walk at most 3/4 of a block to get what I was looking for and now…? I thought I would just mention this as a point of observation. My, has the world changed….

My family UFO story:

I want to preface this by saying that I come from a family which related it’s stories with exactitude. For example, my mother would not say that she went out and bought some Tastykakes, She would say that she went out and bought for peanut butter Krimpets, two Coconut Juniors and three lemon pies and two Tastyklairs. Obviously, this last sentence proves two things: I’m a Philadelphian and my mother spoke precisely. She never exaggerated, embellished, or lied. About anything. Ever. So I tell you the story and I believe it truly as though I had seen it myself.

She, my brother, and a friend of his were at what is now known as the Tarken playground near Frontenac Street in the Oxford Circle section of Philadelphia. In the clear blue sky, the three of them looked up and saw perhaps 1000 feet off the ground a giant teardrop shaped object possibly 50 yards across and of a color which was indescribable. It wasn’t gray, it wasn’t black, it wasn’t white, it bore no resemblance to any color which she had ever seen and it did not shimmer. It hung in the air silently and did not shift or move as a balloon would even during the five minutes with the stared at it. At one instant, two discs,relatively small, shot out at 90° angles From each other and she described them as disappearing over the horizon in but a few seconds.

At that moment, my mother stated that she realized that this was something with which she was utterly unfamiliar, she had worked for the War Department during the Second World War and was familiar with descriptions of aircraft, balloons, dirigibles and the like. She had seen weapons demonstrated and she knew this was not of the science with wish she was acquainted. She also realized that she and the boys might be in danger and got them out of there immediately looking Back over her shoulder and in the time it took for her to look forward for a few seconds and turn around the object was gone.

Now she was not alone in her sighting, she had run into other parents who were retrieving their children at the time and one delivery man who had seen it.

Now, my brother of blessed memory told the same story, of course with the impressions that the child has and corroborated her story in Toto. They had submitted the story to Project Blue Book in the 1960s if I remember correctly, and of course, never heard a word back from anyone.

Whatever these phenomena are they are not compatible with the knowledge base which we presently have vis-à-vis propulsion and ballistic dynamics. If they are from another time and place, from another civilization, from another planet, whatever they are,they are not part of our environment. To have experienced pilots, radar operators, law enforcement officers, military people of all stripes state that they have no idea what’s going on should at least pique peoples’ interests. I have my own thoughts about these things which are irrelevant to the telling of the story.

I would say to those of you who think this stuff is amusing, unbelievable, irrational, ridiculous, and easily explained, that it isn’t. It just isn’t. Too many people have attested to these experiences and whatever this is perhaps someday, I hope in my lifetime, it is revealed to the general public.

I was thinking about Santorum...

No, the other one, and saying to myself that I really blew it in life.

When I was active in organizations I spoke my mind and told the unedited unvarnished truth. For that I often got in trouble. It never occurred to me to say “I misspoke” or “I’m sorry if what I said offended anyone” because I DID NOT MISSPEAK and I WAS NOT SORRY.

Just to say that I missed my opportunity to be a hypocrite in extremis.
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