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A Sunday ramble

Good riddance, Fidel

So one of the world’s most long-surviving dictators has died, too late for his corpsification to do anybody any good. I was amazed by some of the glowing “official” responses to Fidel Castro’s belated kicking of the bucket, particularly the now-infamous proclamation by Canada’s latest infestation of Trudeau, Justin. I knew he was far left. But frankly, I didn’t believe you northern types when you said he was such a complete moron. Consider yourselves vindicated.

Trudeau’s excuse-making for monsters has even spawned a blackly hilarious #TrudeauEulogies hastag on Twitter and Gab. Which even MacLeans noticed.

Even the carefully neutral tone of many MSM obits seemed odd to me. Sure, we want the MSM to be neutral; it’s just that the death of a political and economic monster doesn’t seem like the moment to begin. Fabiola Santiago’s non-RIP in the Miami Herald and George Will’s intelligent savaging seem more to the point.

Maybe I’m naive, but I was shocked at the glowing tributes. I imagined that, by now, even the most ardent communists and socialists would have realized that hundreds of thousands of people don’t risk their lives to flee a country, and critics aren’t jailed for decades in sadistic conditions, when the Big Boss is doing a good job. I thought, at best, that the MSM and the socialist mob would kind of mutter quietly behind their hands, embarrassed ever to have believed or supported the man.

Of course, as Glenn Harlan Reynolds notes, right-wing dictators can be evil, but left-wing dictators merely have a lot of bad luck. Not to mention wreckers and saboteurs who get in the way of their Glorious Plans.

Yes. You, too, can be a pawn of the Russians and a purveyor of fake news!

But then, the ability of the leftstream media to deceive itself (or imagine it still has the power to manipulate others) appears boundless.

Ron Glass, I wish you were still with us

Then there’s a dear man who died before his time. (H/T PT in comments). Ron Glass played characters that were likeable and interesting while never, ever being saccharine. You got the feeling that only Ron Glass could have inhabited those particular fictional beings. RIP to an enduring actor.

And RIP to my always-vain hopes that the original cast of Firefly would one day get back together for a second series or at least a prequel to the not-very-good movie where Whedon so egregiously killed off a couple of the best characters.

Well, all the main characters on Firefly were the best. It was simply a magical ensemble cast. But I’m still going with Shepherd Book as a favorite. And Jayne Cobb, of course. Well, Mal. And Inara. And …

Stein’s plans: now with even more nefariousness?

The Gateway Pundit isn’t the most reliable source, so take this with a whole shaker of salt if you need to. But there may be an even more nefarious motive behind Jill Stein’s recount plans.

And now the Hillary campaign is participating, too. Funny how during the debates it was so very, very outrageous, insane, and anti-democratic for a candidate to say he might not be willing to accept the results of an election. Horrifying, even. So said Hillary herself.

But …

There are still nice people in the world, in which category J.K. Rowling and this Syrian family seem to fit.

I know celebs are always doing “nice” things when the public might be watching. But Rowling seems to be one of those rare celebrities who’s genuinely an intelligent, introspective, likable, and loving person. She cherishes her privacy, too. That’s a definite point in her favor.

And sometimes (left-wing dictators aside), you really do get hit with a stroke of amazing luck.

On that note, have a good day. And think creatively.

Today’s Amazon Native Ad selection was inspired by F.T. and D.H. and consists of fun, educational projects for kids (and some for kids and parents together). Some involve building devices to facilitate the violent, but generally harmless, flinging of projectiles. Others are more staid. Several are scientific. Enjoy.


  1. Steve
    Steve November 27, 2016 2:53 pm

    MSM said “we’re asking comments from world leaders on Castro’s death”. I would have said…it’s about time for the world to be rid of this murderer.

  2. kentmcmanigal
    kentmcmanigal November 27, 2016 6:17 pm

    Most political “leaders” are probably afraid to condemn Castro too harshly for the same reason most cops are afraid to praise too highly those who defend themselves by killing aggressors/thieves.

  3. Shel
    Shel November 27, 2016 6:25 pm

    As foreign as the concept is to me personally, I have to believe the “MSM and the socialist mob” would like very much to be able to do to their political opponents – us – what Castro did to his. The astonishingly vitriolic statements by many Hillary supporters in the wake of the election and the deluge of death threats to electors do nothing to cause doubt to such an hypothesis.

  4. Fred
    Fred November 27, 2016 6:34 pm

    But, but, but we never find out where Book came from or what his real ‘occupation’ was. In the episode ‘Objects In Space” we find out that “That ain’t no preacher” from the existentialist bounty hunter, who, I might add, was the very best guest bad guy of the short series. And the character development of Vera (Jayne’s rifle) hadn’t even scratched the surface of full potential. Ok, that last part I was kidding about, sort of. man oh man that show was good.

    Under appreciated is the word for Glass. I always thought Venus Flytrap was a hilarious mockery of the “cool black man” in a friendly, jive turkey sort of way.

  5. Steve Watt
    Steve Watt November 27, 2016 7:25 pm

    Umm, Fred, Venus Flytrap was played by Tim Reid, not Ron Glass.

  6. Matt
    Matt November 27, 2016 7:46 pm

    I do hope Fidel is happy singing campfire songs with Che Guerva while sitting around the campfires of hell.

  7. Fred Too
    Fred Too November 27, 2016 8:43 pm


  8. John Hardin
    John Hardin November 27, 2016 8:46 pm

    @Fred: The graphic novel “The Shepherd’s Tale” covers Shepherd Book’s backstory.

    I’ll let Claire link to it on Amazon so she gets the commission… 🙂

    Claire: your site’s HTTPS support appears to be currently broken (I had to go to some unusual effort to post this comment) and your webmaster@ and postmaster@ email addresses are undeliverable. I can understand the desire for anonymity, but there *has* to be some way to get in touch with you (or at least your technical staff) to report technical issues.

  9. AG
    AG November 28, 2016 12:46 am

    +1 On “Shepherd’s Tale”. It was one of three or four untaped episodes that were turned into graphic novels.

    A couple of years back there was an effort to get an animated show going, with original cast members voicing their ageless characters.

    Why Hollywood can manage to fund SAW 2-8 and Fast and Furious 4-12 but can’t invest in relatively small budget gold mines is confusing to me.

  10. ellendra
    ellendra November 28, 2016 7:03 am

    I’m losing faith in the ability of some people to see through their own brainwashing. Yesterday I was at a family gathering, and the topic of Castro’s death came up. I mentioned some of the people who had escaped to America, only to have to explain the word “escaped” to my sister-in-law. It seems she truly believed all the crap about Cuba being a worker’s paradise!

    When I pointed out that “people don’t build boats out of pickup trucks because they’re trying to reach Disneyland”, she argued that, because Disneyland is in Florida, and most of the Cuban boat people are trying to reach Florida, therefore they really are just trying to get to Disneyland, and it has nothing to do with Cuba being an unpleasant place to live.

    Later, my brother told me that the whole “fake news” thing was the GOP’s fault, because 40% of republican news is fake, while only 20% of democrat news is fake. I asked him if those statistics came from a republican or a democrat, and he sneered at me but refused to answer.

    I give up.

  11. Joel
    Joel November 28, 2016 7:14 am

    I remember seening Ron Glass in Firefly, realizing I hadn’t seen him in anything since – um – Oh, that cop comedy, you know the one, and feeling really cheated. He was such a pleasant actor to watch.

  12. M Ryan
    M Ryan November 28, 2016 8:13 am

    It was ironic last night when Justin “The Boy Who Would Be Prime Minister” Trudeau was at the Grey Cup (Canada’s answer to the Super Bowl) he was soundly booed. How the mighty have fallen. Sadly – since his party is the party of, for and by the moochers – it’s going to be a hard struggle to oust this little twerp.

  13. Fred
    Fred November 28, 2016 4:44 pm

    I stand corrected. Thank you Steve. Huh, all this time…

    Who is the other Fred with the +1? Should I change my name. I suddenly feel a little dirty. Smile.

    Thanks John for the tip about the GN.

  14. Claire
    Claire November 28, 2016 5:20 pm

    I didn’t realize that was two Freds! I hope the other Fred doesn’t mind, but since you were here first, I just changed his nym to Fred Too.

  15. StevefromMA
    StevefromMA November 28, 2016 6:27 pm

    Ok, one Fred is now deceased. I’m really StevefromMA who forgot I first logged in as Fred. You can send Fred out for extreme rendition. Uh, better make that Fred Too…

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