Donald R. McClarey

Rebel Inc

  Colonel Bella: Look. I was always on the side of the insurgents. I have no experience in these matters. But it would seem necessary to win the support of the people. As our opponents used to say in Vietnam:

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Because, Daffiness

  I have been sadly neglecting the daffy aspect of the blog as of late, and I hope this makes up for it.      

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Ghosts of the Library

  One of my favorite stops at the Abraham Lincoln Museum in Springfield.   The Thirty-third Infantry Illinois Volunteers was organized at Camp Butler, Illinois, in the month of September, 1861, by Colonel Chas. E. Hovey, and mustered into the

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Gordon R. Dickson

“Suppose it was even as you think,” he went on, even more gently. “Suppose that all you say was a fact, and that our Elders were but greedy tyrants, ourselves abandoned here by their selfish will and set to fulfill

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: King Theoden

  ‘We will have peace,’ said Théoden at last thickly and with an effort. Several of the Riders cried out gladly…. ‘Yes…’ he said, now in a clear voice, we will have peace when you and all your works have

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Sad News

“I’m afraid you have it all wrong, all of you.  I’ve been monitoring some of their old-style radio waves, the empire spokesman trying to ridicule their religion, but he couldn’t. Well, don’t you understand? It’s not the sun up in

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Stewart Trek

No, this is not a parody post:   CBS announced Saturday that Patrick Stewart will reprise his iconic role of Jean-Luc Picard in a new “Star Trek” series. It will be streamed on CBS All Access. The still-unnamed series will

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On Vacation 2018

  Something for the weekend:  Holiday Road.  I am on vacation with my family until August 5. My internet connection in the coming week will range from intermittent to non-existent. That is now by choice.  In the past it was not,

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Truth

Quark explains us to his nephew.  His statement is true about us, but it is only part of the truth about the Sons of Adam and the Daughters of Eve in this often rugged Vale of Tears:  

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Steve Ditko: Requiescat In Pace

In my misspent youth I collected comics.  (As a sign of advancing maturity I got rid of them when I was 13.  If I had saved such treasures as my beloved Spider-Man #2 I could have a tidy sum now!). 

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Harlan Ellison: Requiescat In Pace

Sad news.  Harlan Ellison, the enfant terrible of the Golden Age of Science Fiction, a man who managed to get into arguments with virtually every major science fiction writer of his day, has passed away at age 84.  Ellison tended

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Public Service Announcement

Amazon Prime now has all five seasons of the best science fiction series ever broadcast:  Babylon 5.     Bester: Would it interest you to know that I’m married, Mr. Garibaldi? That I have a five-year-old daughter? That on Sundays

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Solo

Anyone else planning to see this over the Memorial Day weekend? I am not expecting much so perhaps I will be pleasantly be surprised. Playing outlaws with hearts of gold is a tricky business. Make them too villainous and the

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Lost in Space

Something for the weekend.  Theme songs from Lost in Space.  As a kid I loved the show, even though even at the age of eight I realized the show was science fantasy rather than science fiction.  The 1998 Lost in

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Why We Fight

  Time to refresh my Chief Geek of the blog creds.  The Axanar film project has produced huge fan interest, and well it should.  The Prelude to Axanar video below is the best Trek I have ever seen.   Jonathan

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Robert E. Howard

Know, O prince, that between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities, and the years of the rise of the Sons of Aryas, there was an Age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay spread across the

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American Gothic and Ma and Pa Kent

    (I originally posted this back in 2013.  I am reposting it for the fun of it.)       A first-rate video on Grant Wood’s American Gothic (1930).  One of the more famous pictures at the Art Institute

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Star Wars Holiday Special

    Some things simply cannot be unseen no matter how strongly you wish that were possible.  From November 17, 1978.  For the masochists among our readers, the entire Holiday Special is available on You Tube.  It is amazing that

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Night of the Meek

  Originally broadcast on December 23, 1960, the Twilight Zone episode Night of the Meek features Art Carney as a drunken Department Store Santa with a big heart who substitutes for Santa on Christmas.  Rod Serling sums up the message:

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Star Trek: Son of God

From Bread and Circuses:   Flavius: The message of the Son, that all men are brothers, was kept from us. Perhaps I’m a fool to believe it. It does often seem that men must fight to live. Capt. Kirk: You

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Star Wars Redux

  “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.” Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars:  A New Hope     Seeing The Last Jedi tomorrow with my bride and kids.  I have been dutifully trooping to see the Star Wars franchise for four

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GoodFacts v. RealFacts

A stand out performance by the late Jerry Doyle, who was one of the few contemporary outspoken Hollywood conservatives, as Security Chief Michael Garibaldi in the always underestimated sci fi show Babylon 5.  This sequence shows the difference between GoodFacts

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