Category Archives: Pop Culture

Jane Fonda, ‘Climate Scientist’

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In her first few years as a climate scientist…

“I have been a climate scientist for decades and decades,” Jane Fonda crowed as she was arrested last weekend in a “climate protest” (https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/oct/14/jane-fonda-ive-been-climate-scientist-decades-and-/?utm_source=Boomtrain&utm_medium=manual&utm_campaign=20180326&utm_term=newsalert&utm_content=newsalert&bt_ee=bCXOY8fbWWQpTfL4KmTajYzq69DCeFUq3xVaiGe3mfN3aY). By “scientist” she means “one who mindlessly parrots things that she thinks sound smart.”

Anyway, the silly old fart said she was inspired in her recent “activism” by the little scold from Sweden whom the world’s leaders insist on bowing down to: “this little Swedish girl,” prated Fonda, “holding her sign every Friday in front of the Swedish parliament… and all the student strikers all over the world who have really risked a lot and given up a lot in order to say, wake up, old people, how come you’re not standing with us?”

What have student strikers “risked”? What have they “given up”? And what does Jane Fonda herself plan to give up?

Uh… nothing? That’s right–nothing.

All of a sudden the in thing, for rich and famous leftids, is to subordinate themselves to children. You’d think they’d be embarrassed to have children speak for them; but shame itself is too ashamed to hang out with liberals.


Now It’s a 10-Year-Old Motivational Speaker

(Thanks to Susan for the news tip.)

This is one of those things I wish I could unsee–a 10-year-old kid serving as a motivational speaker for his local high school football team.

Can you imagine the size of his ego by the time he’s twenty?

Really, this whole thing of being lectured to by children is getting out of hand. “I’ve seen a lot of things,” he declares. Must’ve been a busy ten years. And when he’s done, the whole roomful of hulking football players springs up to give him a standing ovation. I guess they can’t just go out there and play the freakin’ game. What is this–a high school football team, or the United Nations General Assembly?

The videos have gone viral on social media. Next thing you know, Junior’ll be doing Amway conventions.


‘Armstrong to Lance Himself’ (2013)

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It’s worse when you wear a silly helmet and a shirt with sponsors on it.

Lance Armstrong–remember him? Worldwide celebrity, dating Sheryl Crow (until she came out against toilet paper)–and he threw it all away by getting caught cheating.

So he sought absolution. From another celebrity.

https://leeduigon.com/2013/01/09/armstrong-to-lance-himself/

Gee. Back around the turn of the 19th century there was a now-famous short story by Robert W. Chambers, “The Repairer of Reputations.” Evidently that’s not Oprah Winfrey, who heard Lance Armstrong’s confession but couldn’t make him famous again.

And now I’m thinking of Humpty-Dumpty…


Memory Lane: Bounty from Sears

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During my boyhood, at just about this time every year, we received our Sears-Roebuck Christmas catalogue. Oh, boy! My brother, my sister, and I spent hours and hours marveling at the treasures depicted therein.

My favorites were the various play sets, featuring a whole bunch of little plastic figurines with a nice big setting for them. My brother would have loved the one pictured above! You not only get lots of little cars, but also this wonderful service station plus parking deck.

We had play sets for the Age of Dinosaurs, a farm, Cape Canaveral–you could put your eye out with those spring-launched rockets–an army base, and a three-ring circus.

And look at the price–$4.98 for the whole shootin’ match, or you can get the super-colossal version for $7.98. These items now sell on eBay for hundreds of bucks apiece. I remember when I wanted the dinosaur set and my father said we couldn’t afford it, five dollars was just too much. I wound up getting it for Christmas, and I still have some of the dinosaurs today. (Wish I’d kept those rockets, though!)

Oh, so many play sets! King Arthur and his knights, Ben-Hur and his chariot race, Wagon Train, Fort Apache, the jungle trading post–I used to get off on just reveling in the pictures in the catalogue.

Now, I do realize that such things have nothing whatever to do with Christmas, the real Christmas, but are really just add-ons to express the joy we experience at the birth of Jesus Christ Our Lord. Without Him it’s only a festival of Mammon. We do have to take care, especially with our children, that this is clearly understood. We mustn’t celebrate the gifts; the gifts are a celebration of Christ.

But I will stack up the 1959 Sears Christmas catalogue against any cultural artifact of this present time, and come out way ahead.


‘Miss Marple Comes to Life’ (2016)

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What a thought this was–a detective who can’t shoot a gun, can’t survive a fistfight, and can’t even run away. What could be more original than that? A little old lady who lives in a village!

https://leeduigon.com/2014/02/20/miss-marple-comes-to-life/

Joan Hickson was Agatha Christie’s choice to play Miss Marple, and didn’t get to do so until she was as old as Miss Marple. The result was well worth waiting for.

Forget about any other Marples. These are the best.


Memory Lane: Odd Ogg

“Odd Ogg, Odd Ogg, half-turtle and half-frog…”

Sorry, but that’s all I can remember of the 1962 Ideal Toy commercial jingle that introduced this unusual toy, Odd Ogg. I was 13 then; if I’d been eight, nothing would’ve stopped me from getting this toy for Christmas.

Battery-powered, Ogg would sort of play catch with you. If you rolled a plastic ball right down the middle to him, he would come toward you. If you missed, he would back up and razz you.

Totally harmless! Hours of innocent fun! What could be more out of place in this evil age that we’re marooned in?

I’d love to try it–and I wonder what my cats would think of it.

But Odd Ogg sells on eBay now for $100 to $500… The cats will have to be content with cardboard boxes.


‘How to Write a YA Best-Seller’ (2015)

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Note the black belt. That’s one deadly nine-year-old.

Wanna buy some prime Florida swampland?

Having read and reviewed so many of them, I now know how to write a Young Adults best-seller. But what excuse could I ever have to write stuff like this?

https://leeduigon.com/2015/04/25/how-to-write-a-ya-best-seller/

Lots and lots of power over other people isn’t good for anyone, regardless of age. Offering it to children is just plain crazy.

But I also monitor the news. And correct me if I’m wrong–but aren’t there suddenly a lot of supposed adults out there taking their marching orders from children?

It can’t possibly turn out well for us.


‘Reality “4” Dummies’ (2016)

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Hard realities–they bite

Why is it so hard for so many people to understand that the government has no money of its own–only what it can squeeze out of us in taxes?

https://leeduigon.com/2016/09/15/reality-4-dummies/

The older I get, the more I see social engineering as a satanic enterprise, just can’t ignore the smell of brimstone anymore.

But hey, let’s all do business without making a profit and see how long we can keep that up…


What Do They Want from Boys?

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(The content is disgusting enough without my illustrating it. Look at some baby chicks instead.)

Our esteemed colleague Marcia has made a thought-provoking point.

Talk about mixed messages! On one hand we have “educators” and other self-anointed change agents doing everything they can think of to emasculate boys, even to the point of feverishly encouraging them to “transition” into girls. And drugging them if they won’t sit quietly at their desks all day.

But on the other, you have best-selling novels about young women irresistibly drawn to younghandsomefabulouslyrich men, usually devoid of body hair, who subject them to physical abuse and humiliation… which somehow constitutes a “romance”.

So which is it, feminists? Door 1 or Door 2?

Y’know what? I don’t think they know! Their position has become too incoherent for even themselves to untangle.

But really, it’s the same thing behind both doors–culture-killing foolishness. Either one is toxic. Both are evil.

Kill the culture, though, and it’ll kill you back.


‘Polluting Your Mind’ (2015)

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How come all the S&M romance best-sellers all sound like the same book? And why would anybody want to read one?

https://leeduigon.com/2015/02/16/polluting-your-mind/

Given the popularity of these books–they sell like hotcakes–I think feminists owe us an explanation of what they’ve been doing for the last 50 years. \

And then there are the women who get off on fantasies of themselves being abused and humiliated by some “man” and still call themselves feminists.

Once upon a time you couldn’t publish stuff like this.


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