Donald R. McClarey

Bats in the Belfry

  News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee:   GOTHAM—Gotham City has been dealing with its own epidemic of coronavirus. Many wanted to pin the outbreak on the Riddler, thinking “corona” was some kind of code to be

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Donald R. McClarey

Most Positive Portrayal of Viruses on Film

My candidate:     For so it had come about, as indeed I and many men might have foreseen had not terror and disaster blinded our minds. These germs of disease have taken toll of humanity since the beginning of

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Donald R. McClarey

We Could Do Worse

  News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee: ACME LABS—Two genetically enhanced laboratory mice, Pinky and the Brain, announced Friday their 2020 presidential run. The mice have been engineered to think and speak, though the experimentation seems to

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Donald R. McClarey

Lies, Injustice and the Communist Way

Bernie, no doubt gives it two thumbs up.  Part of the DC Elseworlds series where superheroes are reimagined.  In the above reimagining, the infant Kal-el lands in the Soviet Union rather than the US.  The comics were OK.  Full review

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Donald R. McClarey

Requiescat In Pace: Robert Conrad

  A sad week for the death of actors. Robert Conrad has died at age 84.  From 1965-1969 a young Don McClarey was always planted in front of the television whenever this show was on to view another thrilling, and

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Donald R. McClarey

Thank You Lord

  I don’t care if the movie is good or bad.  Teaming up Nicholas Cage with HP Lovecraft is a stroke of genius!  

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Donald R. McClarey

What is Best?

    KNOW, oh 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

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Donald R. McClarey

Good, Evil and Crossfires

A man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for, nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept

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Donald R. McClarey

Could Be

  News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee: In our Dear BaBee column, we help readers by dispensing authentic, biblical answers to life’s tough questions. Dear BaBee, I got home from work the other day, and my wife

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Donald R. McClarey

Remnants of the Precursors

Over the past few days I have been playing a good, free 4X space strategy game called Remnants of the Precursors.  (Yeah, I think that title could use some work.)  It is a fan made homage to Master of Orion,

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Donald R. McClarey

Plato

  Back in 1975 I was a freshman at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.  It was a fascinating time for me in many ways, and one of those ways was the discovery in the basement of the Foreign Language

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Donald R. McClarey

Kenobi

  Premiered December  24, 2019, and it is the best Star Wars that I have seen since the original trilogy.  Interesting echoes of Herod attempting to kill the Christ child, and the revolt of the Maccabees.  We live in an

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Donald R. McClarey

December 23, 1960: 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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Donald R. McClarey

Great Caesar’s Ghost!

The things you find on the Internet!  A compilation of Perry White, Editor in Chief of the Daily Planet, yelling at Clark Kent.  White would not receive accolades from business management consultants today, and I generally prefer a softer style

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Donald R. McClarey

Requiescat in Pace: Rene Auberjonois

Sad news.  Rene Auberjonois, a descendant of Napoleon’s Marshal Murat on his mother’s side, has died at age 79.  A consummate professional, during his acting career he had an infinite number of roles.  Doubtless he will be best remembered for

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Donald R. McClarey

Definitely Cowards

DC Comics walks the walk for their Chinese paymasters:   The artwork depicts Batman throwing a Molotov cocktail against a backdrop of hot-pink words spelling out the new comic book’s tagline, “the future is young.” It was posted on DC

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Donald R. McClarey

An Aquilonian Thanksgiving

What would Thanksgiving be without Conan the Barbarian? “By Mitra, this bird is as plump as a Zingaran concubine,” quoth Conan. Conan slid his broadsword free of its shagreen wrapped hilt and skewered the turkey. He raised his sword one-handed,

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Donald R. McClarey

Panic in the Sky

  As a boy I watched endless reruns of the Superman live action series.  My favorite episode was Panic in the Sky which aired in 1953, the twelfth episode of the second season.  Both Superman and Clark Kent in that

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Donald R. McClarey

D & D and Moral Panics

  Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts takes a look at the history of the role playing system Dungeons and Dragons: So even the New York Times has gotten in on the act, reporting on the latest upsurge in popularity for

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