All serious and sanctimonious

leftovers & links
Sunday, May 14, 2023

Retyping my old Pathetic Life zine, once in a while I find a typo that I didn't catch 27 years ago. Thursday's entry originally said, "Too tired and to busy to run to the maildrop…". Jeez, "to busy" — I am so embarrassed.

Here's a typo that's a little more problematic. The word I wanted was 'bigger', but I accidentally clicked the 'n', which is right next to the 'b' on a standard qwerty keyboard. That's a one-stroke error that produces perhaps the most vile word in the English language.

Accidents happen, but what startled me is that my spellchecker didn't flag it. The typo sat in my rough draft for days, and could've been published if I wasn't so far behind on my writing.

At the very least, wouldn't you expect the n-word to have little red squiggles under it, like any misspelled word? It's a word that cannot be spelled 'correctly', by civilized people.

What annoys me more is, I can't find a way to remove n*gger from my word processor's dictionary of approved English-language words.

And now that I'm prepping this for publication, I see that n*gger is also an approved word in Google's Blogger software. And again, there's no way to un-approve it.

It's a word that belongs in no software's 'standard' spellchecker as an AOK word. That I can accidentally type it and get no warning — like the warning I'm getting for AOK, above, or for n*gger, which the software considers misspelled — is seriously pissing me off, so where do I send a complaint that nobody will give a damn about anyway?

French actress Adèle Haenel, at very much the peak of her career, has announced that she's done, and why. She's sick of the rape and abuse, and how the French movie business has protected the most famous pervs, monstrous men like Gérard Depardieu and Roman Polanski.

What Haenel has done requires bigger balls than mine, and if you're not impressed you don't understand show business, or France. Even in Hollywood, the American film industry tries to be embarrassed by the ongoing rapes. In France, they don't even pretend.

Getting all serious and sanctimonious wasn't my intent today, but I'm enjoying it and there's more.

I didn't see a moment of the telecast, of course, but I'll mildly dissent from everyone's outrage at CNN, for holding a Trump 'town hall'.

It's CNN, so my assumption is that they handled everything poorly, probably on purpose, ran the event like Wrestlemania, and barely pushed back, or didn't, against Trump's lies. For all that, absolutely, blame CNN — they deserve every ounce of criticism. 

But it's bullshit to say, like this article, that CNN's telecast "normalized Trump's lies." Trump's lies have been normalized for years, CNN played a big part in that, and Wednesday was just another day for CNN and Donald Trump. They "didn't hold him accountable," but I don't remember CNN ever holding a politician accountable.

Lots of complainers are saying CNN shouldn't have given Trump a platform, but that's wrongheaded, too. You can't hate Trump as much as I do, but he is a former President of these United States. Covering him, especially as he's running to get the job back, is part of the news. 

All the major candidates will get their silly CNN 'town hall' telecasts, and Trump is a candidate so he gets one too.

CNN, meanwhile, will continue sucking, but not because they put an ex-President on TV. They'll suck because they're CNN, and sucking is what they do.

Tell me, please, why I should give a sliver of a damn about "the potential indictment of Hunter Biden."

"Here’s what we know about the investigation," says Vox, usually a credible source for news and analysis, but why does any of it matter to anyone not named Biden?

If there are grounds to indict him, indict him. Give him a trial, and if he's guilty, give him a prison cell. Nudge me when there's a verdict; maybe I'll care then.

It's Mother's Day. Do I gotta call my mom? 

Sigh. Probably.

News you need,
whether you know it or not

NY AG doles out wrist-slap fine to companies that helped telecom giants use fake and dead people to lie about net neutrality 

Health insurance claim denied? See what insurers said behind the scenes. 

New FDA blood donor guidelines end "no sex for three months" rule for gay men 

Astronomers capture largest cosmic explosion ever witnessed

Kagan worried about ethics of free bagels as Thomas accepted lavish trips from billionaire: report 

Pansy basketball-player apologizes for calling Taiwan a country 

Seattle Int'l Film Festival acquires and will re-open shuttered Cinerama

FCC low income broadband program is a huge windfall for monopolies causing the broadband affordability problem we're pretending to fix 

Hundreds of endangered seahorses released into the wild 

Climate change, human misuse threatening Nile River, with flow of water likely to fall 70% by end of century 

Multi-billion-dollar natural disasters are the new normal 

Video showed an officer trying to stop his partner from killing a man. Now we know police investigators never even asked about the footage. 

Mississippi deputies already under investigation for possible civil rights violations are now also accused of attempting to assault him and a second Black man with a sex toy during an interrogation 

Police officer responded to man's 9-1-1 call, then stole his credit card information, authorities say 

South Carolina man sues police after being shot at 47 times during mental crisis 

Subway strangler's lawyers seek donations on the same right-wing 'Christian' fundraising site that's raised money for Jan. 6 defendants, Kyle Rittenhouse, etc. 

Oregon Republican boycott threatens key bills on abortion and gun control 

Tucker Carlson gets a new show, on Twitter of course 

Why some people are spreading false rumors about the Texas gunman 

Thomas's pal obstructing Senate probe 

US soldier who shot BLM protester gets prison; Republicans object 

• In Brazilian court, US Rep Santos admits to theft 

Mystery links
There's no knowing where you're going


My browser history
without the porn

The colored entrance is still there 

Eric Burdon was the Eggman? 

Rate the landlord.org 

The world's oldest drag queen tells her story one last time 

♫♬  It don't mean a thing  ♫
if it don't have that swing

Can You Read My Mind? — Margot Kidder

Dream Weaver — Gary Wright 

• I'm Not Gonna Miss You — Glen Campbell 

Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Is In) — Kenny Rogers & The First Edition 

Piano Man — Billy Joel 

Eventually, everyone
leaves the building

Dorothy Bohm 

Rosemary Crossley 

Don Denkinger 

Yvonne Jacquette 

Jack Rebney


Cranky Old Fart is annoyed and complains and very occasionally offers a kindness, along with anything off the internet that's made me smile or snarl. All opinions fresh from my ass. Top illustration by Jeff Meyer. Click any image to enlarge. Comments & conversations invited.  

Tip 'o the hat to ye olde AVA, BoingBoing, Breakfast at Ralf's, CaptCreate's Log, Dumnezero, Katameme, Looking for My Perfect Sandwich, One Finger Medical, Two Finger Magical, Miss Miriam's Mirror, Nebulously Burnished, RanPrieur.com, Voenix Rising, and anywhere else I've stolen links, illustrations, or inspiration. 

Special thanks to Linden Arden, Becky Jo, Wynn Bruce, Joey Jo Jo, John the Basket, Dave S, Name Withheld, and always extra special thanks to my lovely late Stephanie, who gave me 21 years and proved that the world isn't always shitty.


  1. Captain HampocketsMay 14, 2023 at 5:12 AM

    I will never understand people like Dwight Howard, the basketball player in your link about Taiwan and China. The man is worth 150 million dollars. Is that not enough? Why is he afraid of hurting China's feelings?

    Glad you liked my Michael Buble remark. I have to assume I've heard his music, at random, at the grocery store near Christmas time or something, but I'd neither recognize it, nor him, under any circumstances.

  2. So many schmucks in the world, I find myself assuming everyone's a schmuck, and I'm rarely wrong.


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