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Message 240 of 822 (693037)
03-09-2013 11:18 PM
Reply to: Message 238 by CoolBeans
03-09-2013 10:20 PM


Re: Duane Gish, 92 ... some balance
He was dishonest but he atleast had a great delivery.

So does any competent con man.

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Message 637 of 822 (824058)
11-22-2017 12:48 AM
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11-21-2017 11:55 PM


Re: Charles Manson
On Sirius XM Progress Radio today, a caller made the observation that the Republicans would even vote Charles Manson into office. Though Hitler would have come up a very close second.

How much does it cost to support a prisoner? What a waste of money that was.


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Message 638 of 822 (824059)
11-22-2017 12:50 AM
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11-21-2017 9:59 PM


Re: David Cassidy
OK, Della Reese, David Cassidy, and Charles Manson. Does that meet our quota? Or does Manson not count?

Frankly, I'm pushing for Donald Trump to round out this troika.

Except for his funeral. As I understand, each president can make arrangements for his own funeral ahead of time. And, as I understand, Trump has already made his own arrangements which include the massive display of military hardware in a massive parade patterned after the massive Red Square parades in his boyfriend's country.

Edited by dwise1, : Added a happy thought


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Message 650 of 822 (828623)
02-21-2018 4:55 PM
Reply to: Message 649 by Thugpreacha
02-21-2018 2:52 PM


Re: Billy Graham
Ironically, it was Billy Graham who over half a century ago changed my life for the best.

As a child, I attended our neighbors' Protestant church. One Sunday, a group from church took me to a Billy Graham revival. That motivated me to be baptized, and then to get serious and learn just exactly what I was supposed to believe. So I started reading the Bible, through which I discovered that I just could not possibly believe that stuff. Since I couldn't believe what I was supposed to, I left. Even though I was still a bit below the traditional age of confirmation, I present myself as a "confirmed atheist."

Everything I've encountered since then has confirmed my decision: learning the history of Christianity, learning fundamentalist theology as a fellow traveler of the Jesus Freak Movement, studying "creation science", decades of repeated encounters with creationists and with "true Christians."

If not for Billy Graham, I would very likely have not found my path.


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Message 700 of 822 (849241)
03-01-2019 3:33 PM
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02-28-2019 4:07 PM


Re: Andre' Previn, 89
Somewhen around 2013 he participated in a prank with a long-standing German program (kind of akin to "Candid Camera"), "Verstehen Sie Spaß?"(Do You Understand Funny?) -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzjL-txuGcw .. Verzeihung, aber alles auf Deutsch.

He came on a standard show for a standard interview, but when he opened his violin case, it was not there. The entire scene devolved into "Wo ist meine Geige?"(where is my (extremely expensive) violin?). At one point, they even bring in a security man still wrapped up in duct tape. He had been hit on the head, but André still wanted to know, "But where is my violin?"("Aber wo ist meine Geige?"). Finally, a violin case arrives, but the "extremely expansive violin" is utterly destroyed. But the show's host recognizes the agent delivering the violin case as being from the "Verstehen Sie Spaß?" show and the entire deception falls apart at that point.


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Message 727 of 822 (852622)
05-14-2019 6:04 PM
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05-14-2019 4:01 PM


Re: Tim Conway dead at age 85
Yes. Numb skull!

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Message 766 of 822 (861656)
08-24-2019 11:12 PM
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08-24-2019 10:19 PM


Re: David Koch
Of course, he's gone, so he will not have to face the consequences of his lifelong behavior. The real villains rarely do.

I think that's his final "out".

He's not going to have to face the consequences of his actions. "Screw the future; I got mine!"


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Message 809 of 822 (867833)
12-03-2019 7:19 PM
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12-03-2019 4:44 PM


Re: D.C. Fontana, ST: TOS writer at 80
Interesting but what is the original series?

Star Trek (1966-1969). The one with CAPT Kirk.


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Message 811 of 822 (867835)
12-03-2019 7:49 PM
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12-03-2019 7:30 PM


Re: D.C. Fontana, ST: TOS writer at 80
late '60's, cancelled and replaced by "Lost In Space"!

Funny story, that.

Lost in Space premiered a year before Star Trek (1965 for LiS, 1966 for ST), also lasted three seasons and went off the air a year before Star Trek (1968 for LiS, 1969 for ST). After a year of silliness and the "Monster of the Week", the critics had low expectations for Star Trek, assuming that it would just be another Lost in Space.

To fight that prejudgement, the producers invited critics to tour the set and see for themselves that this was going to be a serious and adult science fiction show. This was before the show hit the air and they were filming the first episode to air, "The Man Trap", on the day of the tour. There they saw a pointy-eared alien bleeding green blood basically saying, "The monster attacked me, Captain." Everybody on the tour went away thinking, "Not another Lost in Space. No Monster of the Week. Yeah, right! In a pig's eye!"


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