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Posted Saturday morning, January 20, 2018. Originally posted Sunday, October 8, 2017. A tall tale with more than a grain of truth at its center… Last night’s feature for Family Movie Night: American Made. “Pick up and deliver”: Drug-smuggling, gun-running, money-laundering rogue pilot Barry Seal (Tom Cruise, left) swaps cash for information with future dictator of Panama Manuel Noriega at the behest of Seal’s controllers at the CIA in American Made, a modern day pirate movie that tells the true story behind the Iran-Contra Scandal…more or less. American Made takes a relatively minor player in what became the Iran-Contra scandal,... Continue reading
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Saturday night, January 20, 2018. New posts below but before scrolling down, please read... Update: We've been knocked for a loop, but I still feel like a lucky blogger. Thanks to the generosity of readers, family, and friends we've paid the electric bill and shaved Ken's tuition costs down to $1800! Thank you so much! Individual thank you notes are on the way. We're not out of the woods by a long shot but at least the wolves aren't on our heels. For those of you who haven't heard the details yet, here's where we are: Thanks to those of... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Lance Mannion
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Posted Friday morning, January 19, 2018. It’s good Jeff Flake hates what the Republican Party has become. Now he needs to see how he’s helped it become this way… Loneliest Man in the Senate: Arizona Senator Jeff Flake communes with his conscience while ignoring Republican colleagues Bob Corker and---I think---Orrin Hatch whispering behind his back. Undated photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP via Axios. Have to admit I didn’t pay much attention to Jeff Flake’s speech on the Senate floor the other day. Probably few people did. There were other things going on. That’s Trump’s gift to other Republicans. He’s always... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Lance Mannion
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Posted Wednesday night, January 17, 2018. It'd be one thing if he was lying about his height and his weight out of simple vanity. But he's lying for the same reason used car salesmen used to roll back the odometer. To sell his customers a lemon. Who’s the taller President? Donald Trump and Barack Obama, with Melania Trump and Michelle Obama. Trump’s Inauguration Day. January 20, 2017. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images via the Toronto Star. Photo up top and one similar to it, both taken on Trump’s inauguration day, are making the rounds online, with folks claiming they show... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Lance Mannion
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Posted Tuesday morning, January 16, 2018. She just never knows when to lighten up. Hillary Clinton and a new friend on the campaign trail in Iowa, October 2015. AP photo by Nati Harnik, via the Albuquerque Journal. Following up on my previous post, Donald Trump is through clowning around: I won’t get into all the factors that saved him from being more widely recognized as the bore he was, but one was, unfortunately, Hillary’s own inability---or refusal---to clown. Not that I think she should have and I mean that as a knock. That’s how she won the debates. By being... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Lance Mannion
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Posted Monday night, January 15, 2018. Revised under Mrs M’s editing Tuesday morning, January 16. When it was still a laughing matter. Donald Trump clowns it up at a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona. July 2015. Photo by Ross D. Franklin/AP via the Boston Globe. We’re getting there. Language-wise. Calling him what he is. First step was liar. The media seems to be generally comfortable with that. Now let’s see how they are with racist. After that should come corrupt. There’s a great Yiddish word for him. Real New York talk, and you know how he likes that. Goniff. I’d... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Lance Mannion
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Posted Monday morning, January 15, 2018. “Why do we want these people from all these shithole countries here? We should have more people from places like Norway."---the current President of the United States, as reported in Vox, January 11, 2018. Click on the image or the link to see Ben White’s original tweet. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Lance Mannion
Cathie, I hadn't heard it either, which is surprised me because the FDR was calling to warn Churchill about a possible German plot to blow up an American ocean liner and blame it on the Brits.
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on Churchill interrupted at dinner at Lance Mannion
This is one I can't figure out. Do his voters not notice his craziness? Or do they think he's crazy like a fox? Or do they think being crazy is a good thing?
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on The Dread Pirate Donald at Lance Mannion
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Posted Sunday morning, January 14, 2018. “Chewie, we’re home.” My favorite line and one my favorite moments from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Han Solo (Harrison Ford, right) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) arrive to “steal back” the Millennium Falcon. Han dies in the end, but his role as the most important person in the galaxy continues to expand in Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. Opening crawl: This is the second post in an ongoing series. The first post is here. By this point it’s probably unnecessary, but it’s a rule of the road, so: Spoiler alert… In Star... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Lance Mannion
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Posted Sunday morning, January 14, 2018. “Detail from ‘Kitchen,’ [a miniature crime scene crafted by Frances Glessner Lee] around 1944-46. A pie is in progress. A housewife, with an ice tray at her side, is dead on the floor. The handles on the gas are turned on. Suicide — or murder? Credit Harvard University, via Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Baltimore.” Courtesy of the New York Times. It was all I could do to keep myself from titling this post The Nutshell Series of Unfortunate Events. I also considered some play on the Ghashleycrumb Tinies. But this is serious... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Lance Mannion
Posted Sunday afternoon, January 14, 2018. New posts below and more on the way, but before scrolling down, please read: Sledding continues to be rough here in Mannionville and I'm still working on smoothing some things out on the slopes ahead. But in the meantime, can still use a little help: if you enjoy what goes on around here and you can swing it, this would be a good time to consider making a donation. Every little bit helps and would be much appreciated. Thank you. And thanks for reading the blog and all your encouragement and support. Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2018 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Saturday morning, January 13, 2018. It almost goes without saying at this point, that everything decent and intelligent people can’t stand about Donald Trump are things his mobs of voters love about him and think are proofs of what a great President he is. That includes his racism, of course, and loyalists in the Administration and apologists in the media are counting on that. They’re gleefully making the case that the shithole comments are going to make his voters cheer, as if winning the approval and support of racist yahoos is an achievement. It shows he’s in touch with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2018 at Lance Mannion
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Posted late Friday afternoon, January 12, 2018. Hard to imagine any important political leader of one of our major allies, let alone one on Churchill’s level, being grateful for a surprise phone call from our current President. October 5, 1939: Churchill [at that point back in the Cabinet as first lord of the Admiralty, the office he’d be holding when he became Prime Minister in May 1940] was having supper in his apartment with the third sea lord, Rear Admiral Bruce Fraser, and the director of naval construction, Sir Stanley Goodall. As the three men were talking, the phone rang.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2018 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Friday morning, January 12, 2018. Slightly revised Thursday morning, January 18. The Two Faces of Lindsey Graham. Photo by Al Drago/CQ Roll Call/AP, via Mother Jones, May 2016. Ok, Senator Graham, which is it? “You know how you make America great again? Tell Donald Trump to go to hell...He’s a race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot.” ---South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, December 8, 2015. “No, I don’t think he’s a xenophobic, race-baiting religious bigot…” South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, January 8, 2018. Back when Graham first called Donald Trump a “race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot,” it was almost reasonable to think he... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2018 at Lance Mannion
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My gift for Little Christmas from Oliver Mannion who I don’t think was being a wiseguy. Mannnionville Ranch. Thursday morning, January 11, 2018. Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Wednesday morning, January 10, 2018. Yet another scene from the 2016 presidential campaign trail of Hillary Clinton failing to inspire her voters. HRC at a rally in Las Vegas, February 2016. Photo by David Becker courtesy of Reuters, via MSNBC. Oh for Pete’s sake! From NBC News: WASHINGTON — Oprah Winfrey's still a long way from the Oval Office, but a new O-for-POTUS boomlet caught fire after she delivered the kind of inspirational and aspirational message at the Golden Globes that Hillary Clinton had trouble hammering home in the 2016 presidential election. What’s the news here? That a practiced... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2018 at Lance Mannion
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All I can figure is the lunch buffet in the press room must be tremendous Posted Monday night, January 8, 2018. Big Brother and Little Sister: President Trump telecommutes to a press conference taking place just down the hall as Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders waits for him to be done so she can get back to her job of lying to White House press corps. Image courtesy NBC 4 Washington. January 4, 2018. Other day, in a tweet about White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ latest wrestling match with the truth, the inestimable Mr Pierce observed: Sarah Huck... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at Lance Mannion
Posted Monday morning, January 8, 2018. I've started sending out individual thank you notes, but I wanted all of you who helped out with our emergency fundraiser to know how grateful we are for your kindness and generosity. I'll be posting the details of our bad news soon, after we tell our families. Straits are still dire and are going to stay that way for a while. I haven't yet figured out how to navigate them, but rest assured we're all healthy and all together, so we have that to be thankful for. And we have all of you. Thanks... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at Lance Mannion
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Stephen Miller is Kylo Ren but without the guilt and the angst and Adam Driver’s sex appeal Posted Sunday night, January 7, 2018. White House Senior Advisor and the President’s most obsequious sycophant Stephen Miller’s oily interview with Jake Tapper on CNN this morning reminded me of this post from early last year when Miller set the pattern of humiliating himself on television. A couple of things have changed since I wrote it: Miller’s position at the White House has seemingly become more secure and, while the movie Kylo Ren has grown even more conscience-stricken, Miller seems to have grown... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2018 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Saturday evening, January 6, 2018. Respect for the office demands disrespect for the man holding the office if he’s disgracing it. Tweet’s from the Republican National Committee. Guy in the picture is that “famous bloviator” Michael Wolff, author of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, a book Republicans would like to see skip the remainder bin and go straight to pulping… I don’t want to ruin any Republican’s day (“Liar, Lance! Phony!”) but the genie’s out of the bottle. Cat’s out of the bag. Pandora’s box is open. A manager at Barnes & Noble just told me... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2018 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Friday morning, January 5, 2018. Rey (Daisy Ridley) on her quest as the Romantic but not epic hero of the less than great but still fun second installment of the Star Wars sequels, The Last Jedi. I’m trying to keep spoilers to a minimum, but some are just going to slip in. As the title says, this is my first thought on The Last Jedi. I have second, third, and fourth thoughts in the works. One on how Han Solo was the most important person in the galaxy. One on sex in the Star Wars cinematic universe. One on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2018 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Wednesday morning, January 3, 2017. “Barbara Cake cleans the counter toward the end of her J.C. Penney shift on Dec. 23.” Copyrighted photo by Dustin Franz, courtesy of the Washington Post. This is a good story by the Washington Post’s Jessica Contrera. But it is a story. In the purest sense of the word. It’s non-fiction but still it might as well begin “Once upon a time, there was a nice sixty-seven year old woman who worked in the jewelry department of the last big department store in a failing mall…” It’s a day in the life story, like... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at Lance Mannion
Posted Tuesday morning, January 2, 2017. New posts below but before scrolling down, please read: Thanks again to those of you who sent us to see The Last Jedi Sunday. I'm working on several posts about it today. I expect to have the first one up later today. It's about sex in the Star Wars movie universe and if that isn't click bait, I don't know what is. But as I mentioned the other day, we've gotten some unfortunate news that I'll be posting about later in the week. First we have to tell our family. (Don't worry, we're all... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Monday night, January 1, 2017. One of Dickens’ great talents was that no matter how bad the weather really was, he could make it feel so much worse. He could also make it funny. Here’s poor Toby Veck, whose job as a ticket-porter keeps him outside all day in all weather, dealing with a winter wind: And a breezy, goose-skinned, blue-nosed, red-eyed, stony-toed, tooth-chattering place it was, to wait in, in the winter-time, as Toby Veck well knew. The wind came tearing round the corner—especially the east wind—as if it had sallied forth, express, from the confines of the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2018 at Lance Mannion