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December 10
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I'm a reasonably good writer with an Internet connection. I'm rather opinionated on certain topics. I live in a town whose primary function is as a rest stop at the intersection of two interstate highways. I have too many radios! All postings in this blog are Creative Commons The Fuddler. Non-comm, attrib, no derivs.


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JUNE 24, 2014 11:26PM

One afternoon on Front Street


Poem Creative Commons 2014 The Fuddler. Non-comm, attrib, no derivs.

Hey you! Yes you! Just where the hell do you think you're going?

Look at you. Body armor, two pistols, an AK-47.

Enough ammo for another Tet offensive, Jesus!

Stay where you are. Get those… Read full post »

Watch the above video of an encounter between the guy who posted it and a police sobriety checkpoint.

Now, I've been through such a checkpoint myself and as I recall the encounter went something like this:

I arrived at the checkpoint and rolled down my window. The officer… Read full post »

1992 ad from Albany, NY newspaper. photo LastVestige.jpg

 (Click on graphic to see full-size version.)

My, how things have changed since 1992 when the above record shop comic-ad first appeared in an Albany, NY area give-away newspaper. Back then, CDs were obsoleting vinyl, turntables were being junked at record rates (pun intended) and used… Read full post »

AUGUST 12, 2013 12:27PM

When Roe Goes, I'll Be Ready

Years ago, I found a copy of Woman's Day magazine from 1938 at a garage sale. One of that issue's cover stories discussed the prevalence and morality of birth control. It was mostly a collection of statistics peppered with a few quotes from men and women on the street. “It's… Read full post »

I never thought I'd actually go through with it. It was all so quick.

A while back, Giant Markets (not affiliated with the southern supermarket chain by that name), a long-established local supermarket chain was bought out by a regional chain from Pennsylvania, W___ Markets. Unlike the loca… Read full post »

So, here we are again, a day which will never come again, one with three repeating numbers. The next such day will be 2/2/22.

This seems like as good a day as any to let all concerned know that I've applied to be on The reason should be obvious. Not… Read full post »

MAY 16, 2012 9:22PM

Do you believe in signs?



A few months back on NPR's hour-long interview program, Fresh Air, host Terry Gross was interviewing C. Peter Wagner, the man behind a rather interesting movement called The New Apostolic Reformation, part of a larger movement known in some circles as dominionism. Its followers… Read full post »

Low cost doesn't necessarily indicate inferiority. A high price is no guarantee of quality.

"The right thing to do ain't necessarily what you wanna do." - The Who, “I'm A Farmer”

Not all darkness is evil. Not all light is benevolent.

Any new technology can and will be misused.

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(Video contains some strong language)

Last week, America's preeminent talk-show blowhard made on-air remarks which not that long ago would have ended any broadcaster's career in a

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As an old girlfriend and I were driving into town one day in her 1998 Toyota, a passing gravel truck dropped a bit of its carelessly-secured load right in front of us.

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(Some links may be NSFW)

By the time I'd gotten to the corner, the bus had already rounded the opposite corner, leaving me in a cloud of diesel smoke.

It was the early 1980's. I had left

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WARNING - Parts of the above video are extremely graphic and disturbing.

Last Wednesday marked the seventieth anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Although World War II was well before my time, and apparently none of my

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NOVEMBER 11, 2011 1:13PM

Something about a run of ones...


It's a coincidence that doesn't happen very often, a run of the same digits when you write out a date numerically. You probably remember 9/9/99 even if you can't recall what you were doing on that day. (Some of

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Like a lot of other bloggers, I'm here writing my recollections of the day in which the worst attack on American soil since 1865 occurred. I could write pages of florid prose, but because I know there's plenty of that in the traditional media and blogosphere, I'll give

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SEPTEMBER 1, 2011 12:03PM

And that's the way it was and is.

(This is a new edit of a story which I wrote in tribute to Walter Cronkite following his passing in 2009)

My father called him “Mister Disease”. He wasn't slagging on America's most trusted news man, he was just cracking a pun. In his mother

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JULY 22, 2011 11:11PM

The next best thing to being there.


Space shuttle mission #STS-135 and the program which made it possible are now history. With that in mind I would like to call your attention to this fascinating booster-cam video of Atlantis' final launch.

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JUNE 24, 2011 6:10PM

Paying For It, Writing About It.

A graphical memoir about a subject which no one wants to talk about but everyone has an opinion on.


Some weeks ago, I was at the gym working out on the rowing machine when I spied a young Asian man over near the free weights. He was wearing a… Read full post »

MAY 29, 2011 12:53AM

It didn't happen. Now what?


"The evaporation of 4 million who believe this crap would leave the world an instantly better place."

- poet and NPR commentator Andrei Condrescu, speaking about a pamphlet abour The Rapture which he was handed by a

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I found the video you see above via Susie Bright's Twitter feed (go, Susie!). The students who made this definitely knew what they were doing, and saying.

(One kid jokingly drops the F-Bomb at the very beginning, otherwise the rest of it is pretty much PG-rated.)… Read full post »

I'm a Cold War baby. My generation lived under the Damoclean sword of nuclear war. I grew up taking part in those laughably pointless duck-and-cover drills which all American schoolchildren participated in in preparation for World War III, also known as “The Big Showdown with the Russi… Read full post »

MARCH 3, 2011 11:52PM

Smell The Coffee, It's 1980 Again.


The newly-dominant Republicans in the House of Representatives are bound and determined to show all those freedom-hating liberals just who is charge. One way which they plan to achieve this noble end is by sticking it to the environmental

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Those that respect the law and love sausage should watch neither being made. - Mark Twain

Listen to the Youtube clips you see above. Don't forget to pick your jaw up off the floor afterward.

Not since the Wikileaks affair have we gotten

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FEBRUARY 11, 2011 7:01PM

No Valentine yet (and that's OK)

I keep telling myself that V-Day (or VD as some folks refer to it for some Freudian reason) is a commercial holiday, that the red plastic, foil and cardboard hearts which I see everywhere have no more significance than the plastic mistletoe and the strings of colored lights I… Read full post »

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JANUARY 26, 2011 9:09PM

A call for rationality and fairness


This posting deals with human sexuality. It may not be work-safe.

(I began this article as a comment to another blogger's posting. I decided to make it a full-length posting because I wanted/Read full post »

JANUARY 10, 2011 10:51PM

Let's just say...




Freedom is when one may do whatever one pleases within reason and with proper regard for the rights and the well-being of others.

License is when one does whatever one pleases but without regard for the rights or the well-being of others, let alone reason.

Free… Read full post »