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Thursday, July 6, 2017 – Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer and G-20

Thursday, July 6, 2017 – Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer and G-20

Here’s What I’m Thinking. Get your history hat on.

The POTUS is out of the country. Our political prayer for the day is “please do not let him tweet and start a war.”

He is headed to the G-20 Summit that kicks off tomorrow in Hamburg, Germany. The Chair of the Conference is Head of State of Germany, Angela Merkel. It is a meeting to discuss world financial issues and has been going on since 1999 (Google it).

I am feeling like The Hippie Dippy Weatherman (George Carlin) “A line of thunderstorms is headed toward Japan, but so is a line of North Korean missiles, so I would not sweat the thunderstorms.” Is the emoji for this a mushroom shaped cloud over Alaska or the Secretary of Education telling children to “just get under their desks and put your hands over your heads?”

The POTUS visited Poland on his way to Germany. When That Man tweets at 3:00 AM that “His Presidency received the largest crowds ever” please remember your history.

  1. Most of those crowds were bused in. They are somewhat like Extras in a crowd scene in a movie. If one knew their history, he or she would know this.
  2. Had he or his staff bothered to check a history book he would see that since September 1, 1939, Poland has taken a rough ride in history. Actually, it goes way back further, but we’ll start with the September first date. First it was those Nazis tanks overpowering a military that was riding horses waving sabers.Then it was the Soviets and that Iron Curtain. So when he tweets “I am the BEST,” remember previous Presidents were not allowed to visit. Something about that Soviet Union travel ban during a period known as The Cold War. Ask your buddy VP. Not the Vice President.
  3. The POTUS is also meeting with the leader of Russia Vladimir Putin. I wonder if Vlad will serve Moscow Mules in a symbolic gesture of what the POTUS means to him.

As the 20 Heads of State gather in Germany, let us end with a history joke.

The Heads of State of Germany, The United States and Russia meet in a bar. The three are to discuss world issues and strategies to achieve them. As the evening progresses and drinking continues, the German head of state remains silent. The heads of state from the United States and Russia outline elaborate strategies. Finally, German leader is asked for input. She looks at the Russian and says, “Next time we will come in the summer.”

Thursday, February 11, 2016 – Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Donald Trump and the Seven Dirty Words

Thursday, February 11, 2016 – Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Donald Trump and the Seven Dirty Words

In 1962 comedian Lenny Bruce was arrested for vulgarity for saying the “F word” and “tits” during his monolog. At the same show George Carlin was arrested for refusing to show his ID to police.

On May 27, 1972 George Carlin took the stage at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium to record his Class Clown album. This monolog would come to be known as the Seven Dirty Words that you cannot say on TV.

Today, Donald Trump has said at least two of them during his campaign. If you count the “P word” that makes eight.

Is this who the people of the United States really want to represent us worldwide? President Potty Mouth? This is your family values candidate?

Well, shit. FYI – that is one of the words you cannot say. Unless of course you have cable TV.

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Frost Tower – Austin Texas Photo by me


Monday, December 14, 2015 – Who Says I’m Not Festive or the Hippy Dippy Christmas Trees

Monday, December 14, 2015 – Who Says I’m Not Festive or the Hippy Dippy Christmas Trees

Trivia – Who was the iconic standup comedian whose routines included The Hippy Dippy Weatherman? This is one of those that you either know it or you don’t – depending on your generation. Those of us who grew up in the shadow of the mushroom shaped cloud and The Cold War should know the answer.

I do like to decorate for the holidays. I AM FESTIVE! Just not in a traditional manner. My criteria – cheap and easy. That includes set up and break down. In fact, I actually overspent this year – almost $8.00 as opposed to the usual $5.00. That is because I was unable to find garland from last year. Of course I did find last year’s after I put these up these strands as I was looking for something completely unrelated.

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And having lived the Keep Austin Weird tradition (I was probably born with it), the weirder the decorations, the better. Allens? Did the judges finally come to judge your yard? I am working on some outside ideas for next year, but I want to ensure I do not get thrown into the HOA Detention Pond. But it is good to know people in the legal field.

So while you are thinking of the name of the Hippy Dippy Weatherman, enjoy my Holiday “trees.” Note: “Holiday” as no political connotations. It is total holiday inclusive. It means these may not come down until Fourth of July.

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The John Wayne – Merry Christmas, Pilgrim, Tree.

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The Gig ‘Em Aggie Tree!

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The Paddington Bear Family Tree.

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Normally known as The Cline Shrine, but during Christmas it becomes “The Elvis – I’ll Have a Blue Christmas Tree.” Thank you. Thank you very much!

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The Tripod Tree.

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The Christmas Movie Reel Wreath.

Red wreath (450x800)

Also – Movie Wreath also available in red.

Answer: The Hippy Dippy Weatherman was the incomparable George Carlin.

It went something like this – Think back to the 1960’s and The Cold War era. A weather forecast done by a “hippy” and “dippy” weatherman. This was the closing line of the routine.

“Like wow. There’s a line of thundershowers headed straight for Miami. There is also a line of Soviet ICBM missiles launched from Cuba, headed that way, so I wouldn’t sweat the thunderstorms.”

Today version: In George Carlin’s memory – “There’s a line of sandstorms headed straight for Syria. There is also a line of Russian bombers headed that way, so, Dude, I wouldn’t sweat the sandstorms.”