You Wanted More Norbert?

Well, okay, here’s a Norbert video I hadn’t posted yet. I hope his growing fame doesn’t make him haughty (and how many times have you seen that word used, lately?). This amazing little dog is loved all over the world.

Hands off, Hollywood!

Chickens’ Welcome Wagon

I have no excuse for posting this, except I really do love to watch chickens run. And if they’re going to run to meet you when they see you coming–well, what more could anybody ask?

A Parable of a Pogo Stick

Here’s a boy who wants to set a record for pogo stick jumps; and I think there might be a lesson here. To wit: “Keep on jumping and jumping and jumping some more, and eventually you’ll fall.” Ouch.

I was a great pogo stick artist in my boyhood. If my mother had ever seen some of the tricks I got up to, she would’ve plotzed. And before I could fall and suffer a real injury, another kid borrowed my pogo stick and wrecked it.

Today I seem to be battling writer’s block. (“Well, of course you are! Why else would you be writing about a pogo stick?” I just can’t generate a Newswithviews column this week–after I don’t know how many weeks in a row. I mean, there’s so much really bad nooze out there, I can’t decide what to write about.

So I guess I might as well sign off until the evening, when I’ll have the pleasure of selecting and posting a cat or dog video. Or some other nice critter.

And then tomorrow morning I can try again.

Some Thoughts on… ‘Sports’

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I grew up being taught all sorts of stuff about how sports build character, teach discipline and sacrifice, and courage, teamwork, blah-blah-blah. But I believed it, and I grew up playing all the different sports. And as an adult, I played men’s softball and basketball for decades.

Here are the lessons I learned by being personally involved in sports.

*Sports bring out the worst aspects of your character. Oh, boy, do they ever! Crybabies, fat-heads, cheaters, bullies, liars, quibblers–you’ll find them all in lush abundance wherever sports are played.

*Sports have a way of becoming much more important to you than they should be.

Now I’m talking about playing the sports, not just watching them. You’d need an entire conference of psychiatrists to cover that ground.

One winds up asking, every now and then, “Why play at all? Do I really need this in my life?” Well, one does require exercise; and for some of us, solitary exercise is just unendurably boring. And let’s admit it–socking a homer, sinking a game-winning basket: these are fun. We do need fun in our lives.

On the balance, though, I wish I’d found more constructive ways to spend the time I spent in playing sports. I am sure it didn’t make me a better person. Just ask my wife what she thought of that softball team I was on for so many years.

Walking is dull, but at least it won’t blossom into a fist-fight.

CNN Admits: They’re Also Out to Get Gaetz

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What ever happened to “reporting the news”?

Well, James O’Keefe, of Project Veritas, swung his undercover microphone into action during a chat with CNN Technical Director Charlie Chester–who bragged about CNN’s use of “propaganda” to bring down President Donald Trump and replace him with a scarecrow.

Now we learn that CNN has also been out to get Rep. Matt Gaetz (https://thenationalpulse.com/breaking/leaked-video-shows-cnn-director-admitting-matt-gaetz-stories-are-democrat-propaganda/).

Charlie Chester put it so eloquently: “If the agenda, say, is like get, like Matt Gaetz right now, he’s like this Republican. He’s a problem for the Democratic Party because he’s so conservative, and he can cause a lot of hiccups in passing laws and what not. So it would be great for the Democratic Party to get him out… So we’re going to keep running these stories to keep hurting him…”

One of “these stories” was a false report that Gaetz had requested a meeting with the president to ask for a pardon for assorted “crimes.” The story was not true, but CNN kept it on their front page for 24 hours.

So nooze media are going to decide who’s in Congress and who isn’t? I thought the people were supposed to decide that in elections. Then again, we know what they’ve done to elections, don’t we?

These are acts of war against America, and against the American people, by a domestic enemy intent on destroying our constitutional republic and replacing it with a one-party totalitarian regime owned and operated by the Far Left. CNN is in that sense an enemy unit engaged against America.

And right now it looks like the enemy is winning.

‘Play Ball!’ (Yeah, Right, Uh-Huh)

Fake Fans in the Stands Are Causing Real Problems for Teams

You’d almost think some evil genius had seized control of baseball and was doing everything he could to make it ridiculous, contemptible, and low. Like, “Major League Baseball”–the bad joke that replaced the American and National Leagues, which were competing business entities–signs a sweetheart deal with Communist China, and then turns around and attacks the state of Georgia for trying to clean up its election laws.

Ha, ha. The 2021 so-called baseball season has begun. And, Because COVID, fans aren’t allowed in the ballpark. But they solved that problem last year while I wasn’t looking.

This year, for a mere $100, you can have a cardboard cutout of yourself set up in the stands at the Houston Astros ballpark (https://abc13.com/astros-fan-cutouts-buy-cutout-how-to-be-at-minute-maid-park-mmp/6318214/). Have your picture taken “in your gear”–is that the most pathetic thing I’ve ever heard? I think it may well be–and the Astros will turn it into a life-sized cardboard cutout.

And! And! And there will be canned cheering!

What more could you want?

So first “baseball” gave us player strikes, quality starts, and bullpen by committee; then Gay Day at the Ol’ Stadium, celebrate sodomy; and now they demand we believe that any effort to restore integrity to the electoral process is “Jim Crow” on steroids and we punished Georgia by pulling the All-Star Game out of Atlanta I guess that’ll learn you racist peasants–!

And in return we get cardboard fans and canned crowd noise.

Somebody please tell me this is just a movie, and it’s almost over.

Hello? Hello…?

‘Writing Believable Fantasy’ (2017)

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“The writer who can’t look into another person’s heart, and find some kinship with it…” might as well go on to Congress. Or join the nooze media.

So what does it take to write believable fantasy?

Writing Believable Fantasy

I only get to see books that are actually published; and a lot of those are bad enough to dry up a good-sized pond. After many years of studying the matter, I don’t know why that should be. Unless it’s simply that so very few people can actually write a good novel, the supply can never catch up to the demand and a lot of pfud gets published because they don’t have anything better.

 

By Request, ‘I Surrender All’

Requested by Erlene: we open up the blogging day with All to Jesus I Surrender, sung by Robin Mark.

Little Dog, Little Cat, Big Chuckle

The little white dog wants to play. Apparently the cat does not. How do you get the cat cranked up to play. (Hint: You don’t. Cats don’t do what they don’t want to do.)

No silly animals were hurt in the making of this video. (The cat was afraid of looking silly, but the dog simply didn’t care.)

CNN Admits It Used ‘Propaganda’ Against Trump

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Honk if this surprises you: CNN’s technical director, Charlie Chester, has admitted that the nooze network’s “focus was to get Trump out of office”–to which end they used “propaganda” (https://www.projectveritas.com/news/part-1-cnn-director-admits-network-engaged-in-propaganda-to-remove-trump/).

This came out in an undercover recording by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas.

“Look what we did, we got Trump out,” Chester bragged. “We were creating a story.”

Or creating an act of war against America. Take your choice.

Chester went on to say, “Climate change is going to be the next COVID thing for CNN… Fear sells.” Eventually, he explained, COVID will taper off and people won’t be afraid of it anymore; but climate change, he said, is something CNN can “milk” for years to come.

So now, thanks in part to CNN, we have a mummified doofus in the White House, a ruptured southern border, huge tax hikes on the near horizon, people going energetically paranoid about COVID, and riots all over the place. Thanks, Democrats. Thanks, nooze media.

What can we do about it?

I wish I knew. I really wish I knew.