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Audie Leon Murphy would have been 83 on June 20. He was an American soldier in World War II, and later became a famous actor, in 44 American films, plus a songwriter. (“Shutters & Boards”)
In 27 months of combat action, Audie Murphy became the most decorated U.S. combat soldier of World War II. He received the Medal of Honor, the US military's highest award for valor, along with 32 additional medals, plus 6 medals in France & Belgium.
Murphy had a successful movie career, including the extremely popular To Hell and Back (1955), based on his memoir of the same name (1949), also starring in 33 Hollywood Westerns. Audie Murphy died in a plane crash in 1971 and was interred, with full military honors, in Arlington National Cemetery (the 2nd most-visited gravesite, after JFK). Wikipedia
Kristoffer Kristofferson (71) is an influential American country music songwriter, singer and actor. He is best known for hits such as "Me and Bobby McGee", "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down", and "Help Me Make It Through the Night". Kristofferson is the sole author of most of his songs, but he has collaborated with various other figures of the Nashville scene such as Shel Silverstein and Fred Foster.
His movie roles: The Last Movie (directed by Dennis Hopper) Cisco Pike Blume in Love and Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (directed by Sam Peckinpah) Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, Convoy, (another Sam Peckinpah film which was released in 1978), Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Vigilante Force, a film based on the Yukio Mishima novel The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea, and A Star Is Born (with Barbra Streisand). Lone Star (1996 film) reinvigorated Kristofferson's acting career, and he soon appeared in Blade, Blade II, Blade: Trinity, A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries, Fire Down Below, Tim Burton's remake of Planet of the Apes, Payback, The Jacket and Fast Food Nation.
"Last night you were, unhinged. You were like some desperate, howling demon. You frightened me. Do it again!" [Morticia Adams]
"Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand." [Remember “The Velveteen Rabbit”? Margery Williams, author]
You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space." [Johnny Cash]
"If someone blows himself up he will consider himself justified. How can we fight terrorism when those who commit blasphemy are rewarded by the West?… Pakistan should sever diplomatic ties with Britain if it does not withdraw the (knighthood to Salman Rushdie)… We demand an apology by the British government. Their action has hurt the sentiments of 1.5 billion Muslims.” [Pakistani Religious Affairs Minister Ijaz-ul-Haq to the Pakistani national assembly]
"Real progress has already been made in Iraq, and the terrorists know it.
That's why they're surging against our surge, and why they are attempting
to convince us that we have lost when it is they who are losing."
[Bill Kristol, who must own stock in Exxon]
"Doubt is to certainty as neurosis is to psychosis. The neurotic is in doubt and has fears about persons and things; the psychotic has convictions and makes claims about them. In short, the neurotic has problems, the psychotic has solutions." [Dr. Thomas S. Szasz]
Gods are fragile beings, they can be killed with a whiff of science or a dose of common sense. [Anon.]
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Welcome to Metro Fairborn, Ohio and THE STAND-UP. Its like a stripper... without the lap dance (6 foot limit in Ohio)!
A Happy Belated Summer Solstice to all of us! Thursday was the longest day of the year. It’s all down hill from here as we slide toward Winter - but the HOTTEST days are with us as far as we can prognosticate. I’ve always HATED hot weather - until the other day I saw Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CNN exclaiming, "Your Sweat Glands Are Your Friends"! Well, BOO YAH!!
(…personal… for Mariel Hemingway. Your spam filter has blocked my e-mails. Send me your phone number so we can talk.)
I see Damita’s sluggin’ down one Jack Rasberry after another. Phinas is sipping’ some o’ that fine corn mash he mixes out behind his place. Mixes it with Country Time lemonade. Smooth…
Wait. Ho! Dennis is nursing some silly microbrew made with chili peppers. No thanks, if I want chiles and beer I’ll eat a burrito and drink a Dos Equis like you’re supposed to.
I got carded at WALGREEN the other day for buying Sudafed. They wrote down my address and drivers license and everything. Which makes me think, its a good thing I was only making a really small batch of meth, because if I was making a big one, I could probably get in a lot of trouble!
I was called for jury duty in Greene County last week. They dismissed m after lunch. I got a little certificate that says I get paid $15 for my time and I don’t have to do jury duty again for a year. I’m going to have to buy myself something nice with that $15. I wonder how much a blowjob runs these days?
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What's the root of 69?
Why doesn't the god hypothesis work? The god hypothesis force vector is perpendicular to its displacement.
Heisenberg is stopped by a traffic cop who asks: "Sir, do you know how fast you were going?"
Heisenberg replies: "No, but I know exactly where I am"
Chemical castration for pedophiles? Hmmm. First question, does it stop the behavior? Probably not. Then you’re left with vengeance. If that’s your motive, why not give ’em the needle? In essence castration can be the killing of zillions of little spermies that can essentially fertilize all those eggs that can eventually turn into embryos. I saw that cute li’l Elizabeth Hasselbeck on the view defending the president`s decision on stem cell research. She’s really no smarter than that foul-mouthed Lez with the big head - Rosie…
The Sopranos final episode caused anger over how it ended Sunday after six years of mob violence. The screen just went blank and not another shot was fired. SO-O-oooh…
HERE’S YOUR VIDEO (Hillary’s Song, in case you haven’t seen it…) Bill and Hillary Clinton shot a commercial in a diner spoofing the last scene of The Sopranos. Shouldn’t Bill have ordered the appetizer?
Vintage VIDEO - Spike Jones & Gang: The Sheik of Araby
I MUST be OFF!!