Tuesday, April 12, 2016


Analogy Much?

"Your puny 'logic' and 'reasoning' won't be enough to save you!"

Just how stupid are Democrats, really?
Or perhaps the proper question is, How stupid does black-eyed skank Hillary Clinton think Democrats are?

One of the staples of Clinton's rhetoric during her primary campaign has been a call for permitting lawsuits against gun manufacturers by victims of mass shootings like Sandy Hook.

When I taught logic and reasoning, one of the principles I tried to impart to my students was that reasoning by analogy, while sometimes useful, was one of the weaker methods of supporting one's position. Nowhere is the truth of that clearer than in Hillary's idiotic rhetoric.

She tells her rapt audiences that it while the manufacturers of toys that injure children can be sued, manufacturers of guns that kill children cannot be. This is scarcely a sound analogy, however, since in the former instance the product's injurious defect IS the manufacturer's responsibility, while in the latter instance a criminal's misuse of a properly function product is NOT.

If you accept Clinton's analogy, we really ought to be suing companies like Chicago Cutlery and Stanley, since knives and hammers are also used to murder people. If the principle is that a criminal's misuse of the item makes its manufacturer liable, why should these companies not be sued by murder victims?

Because it would be stupid, that's why.

Of course, Clinton's sycophantic fans are unlikely to think this through on their own. In that sense, one can hardly blame Clinton for pandering to such fools.

"Logic? We don't need no steenkin' logic!"

Of course, you can get away with a lot when the progressive mainstream media (but I repeat myself) is on your side, and your opponent is a doddering old socialist with a shaky grip on reality.

Good Eatin'

The whole point of "comfort food" is to make us feel better when the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune get to be just a bit much. Ever since I was a young boy, there have been few foods that accomplish this task quite so well as a grilled cheese sandwich.

April 12 is National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, and as a patriotic American and sentimental old fool, I shall do my duty.

I don't make them as well as my mom used to,
but every once in awhile I come pretty close. And
I take some comfort from the effort as well as from the sandwich itself...

"Needs more ants."
You say that about everything...

Don't Fall For It, Republicans!

From the insightful pen of Michael Ramirez, whose editorial cartoons you should read often, as I do.

Until Next Time...

The Broadway "rock musical" Hair was a cultural phenomenon that just happened to coincide with my high school years. For a couple of years after the show's 1968 Broadway debut, Top 40 radio was peppered with cover versions of songs from the show.

One of the most successful of these was the medley "Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In,"
by the popular vocal group The 5th Dimension. The latter part of the medley is the chorus from the musical's finale "The Flesh Failures," but the group's label felt "Let the Sunshine In" was a more upbeat title. Their rendition was such a huge hit that even today people still think the musical's song is called "Let the Sun Shine In."

Back then, just as now, I was a huge fan of vocal harmony, and this song really gave the group a chance to show off its prowess in that regard. Nearly half a century after I first heard it, their performance still gives me goose bumps.

Original 1969 45 rpm single
On April 12, 1969 "Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In" hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, and it held that spot for the next six straight weeks.
No other single that year had a longer reign at the top of the charts.

Basically from Easter until the end of my sophomore year of high school, this song was at the top of the WHB Top 40 countdown every Friday night.

The song won the Record of the Year Grammy Award, as well as a platinum certification from RIAA (unusual for a single in those days).

I can't sing myself, much less teach others how to do so, but when I was directing plays I often worked with students who were active in my school's vocal music department. Every so often I would dream about directing them in a concert or a competition, and this was one of the songs I'd have them perform.

Today's send-off is a 1997 remaster of the song from the group's compilation album  
Up, Up, and Away: The Definitive Collection. Enjoy...

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