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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Donald R. McClarey

Pamela Ewing Has Been Dreaming Again

Dave Cullen, deservedly, savages Star Trek Discovery Season Two.   My bride and I are currently painfully making our way through the episodes, because we view all things Trek.  I will admit that Season Two is not as bad as Season

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Donald R. McClarey

About Time

      News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee:   U.S.—Everyone agrees it is a bleak and hopeless post-apocalyptic hellscape we are living in nowadays. Not from the Trump administration or anything, but because of all these Terminator sequels. 

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Donald R. McClarey

Why Settle for the Lesser Evil?

News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee:   IN THE LAND OF MORDOR WHERE THE SHADOWS LIE—The Dark Lord Sauron stepped up his campaign for reelection this week, unveiling the details of his ambitious Deathcare for All proposal.

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Donald R. McClarey

Theoden King

  Hattip to Dale Price. Theoden is my favorite character in the trilogy.  A King who doubts he is worthy of his sires, he makes himself into the heroic and wise leader his people desperately need in a terrible time

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Donald R. McClarey

Heroes

    News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee: WASHINGTON, D.C.—Trump has awarded galactic hero Chewbacca his long-awaited Medal of Bravery for his performance in the Battle of Yavin. The Wookiee had been snubbed by other presidents, who

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Donald R. McClarey

Me

Hattip to Amanda Servello.

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Donald R. McClarey

Worst Game Ad Ever

  I think the Paradox lads and lasses in Sweden were drinking too much brännvin when they put this together.

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Donald R. McClarey

The Conclusion of The Man in a High Castle

  “The Nazis have no sense of humor, so why should they want television? Anyhow, they killed most of the really great comedians. Because most of them were Jewish. In fact, she realized, they killed off most of the entertainment

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Donald R. McClarey

Bat Capitalist

    News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee:   GOTHAM CITY—Billionaire Bruce Wayne has come under fire for the way he dresses up as a bat and beats up alleged criminals. Many refer to his activity as

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Donald R. McClarey

Bearded Spock Universe LarryBoy

  News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee:   BURBANK, CA—DC Films has offered the first look at its dark new take on a beloved hero: LarryBoy: Dawn of Produce. At a special closed-door press conference on the Warner

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Donald R. McClarey

I’ll Take an RPG Game With the Spicy Chicken Sandwich

Hattip to Dale Price.  What a brilliant piece of marketing: Fast food marketing is a weird world. Sometimes it’s as simple as giving out free food. Sometimes they’re making games where you date Colonel Sanders. Is it supposed to make you sexually

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Donald R. McClarey

My Favorite Bit of Heinlein

    They fell to talking shop, and Macdougal showed him the new direct-reponse damping rig which had replaced the manual vernier control which Rhysling had used. Rhysling felt out the controls and asked questions until he was familiar with

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Donald R. McClarey

Tomorrow the World!

Emil Bruckner: If it is necessary, I will die for the Führer! Mike Frame: Oh, I see. You want to die. Emil Bruckner: It is my duty. Are you – going to beat me? Mike Frame: Well, since you find

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Donald R. McClarey

What Did Christmas Ever Do To Him?

  “The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents… some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of

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Donald R. McClarey

The PC Police Come For Indiana Jones

Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts gives us the details:   So one Angelo Delos Trinos wrote over at Screen Rant why Raiders of the Lost Ark has not aged well.  Not because of quality or directing or effects.  In a

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The Day the World Wept

The things you find on Youtube! First broadcast on February 9, 1960, the above is an episode of One Step Beyond entitled The Day the World Wept.  The Twilight Zone before the Twilight Zone, One Step Beoynd ran on ABC

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Donald R. McClarey

Monopoly Socialism

Hasbro has come out with a Socialist variant of Monopoly which describes, accurately, the organized theft that is Socialism.  Regrettably there are no man made famines, gulags, the crushing of religion, and the other features of any Socialist regime worthy

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Donald R. McClarey

Nightmare

Ah, the Twilight Zone episode that I found most terrifying as a small child.  Shatner never did better work than as a man recovering from a mental breakdown who sees an evil that no one else can see.  It has

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Donald R. McClarey

1775: War in the Lunar Colonies

News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee:   WASHINGTON, D.C.—In his July 4 address to the nation, President Trump took a moment to praise the American soldiers in the Revolutionary War for “kicking the crap out of the

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Donald R. McClarey

Ee’dplebnista Norkohn Forkohn Perfectunun

    Captain James T. Kirk: [to Spock] Keep working on the window if we’re ever gonna regain our freedom. Cloud William: Freedom? [he gets up] Cloud William: Freedom? Captain James T. Kirk: Spock. Mr. Spock: Yes, I heard, Captain.

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