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Thursday, November 30, 2023



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NOV. 30, 2023

In Alabama, another small-town paper hit in ‘open season’ on free press
    Another obviously bogus raid on another small-town weekly newspaper. Let's hope the paper wins enough millions of dollars in damages to be on a sound financial footing for the 22nd century. 

Massachusetts becomes fifth state in nation to make prison calls free
    This is a big deal. As part of the established cruelty of American jails and prisons, inmates aren't allowed to have cellphones. Any phone access is through landline pay-phones — often charging exorbitant rates through contracts that funnel profits to the local sheriff's office. 

America’s most dire threat is from within
    For the first time to my knowledge, a major American newspaper states the obvious, with no mealymouthed both-sides bullshit or "some say"isms. 

Grand Ole Opry in Glasgow votes to ban use of Confederate flag
    Turns out there's another Grand Ole Opry, in Scotland, information of no use to me beyond triggering a brief headshake.
    But it got me curious enough to google the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. On their site, the only mention of Confederate flags is on the band Lucero's page ("Lucero have formulated their own ideas and culture which, in some cases, contradicts what came before them (no Confederate flags), but also updates and reconsiders those traditions in a new light.").
   Which means that the stars and bars remain AOK at the original Opry, because country music is largely redneck music, and redneck racists rule the South.

 The Mohammed Image Archive
    Behind that link, the page describes itself as "a comprehensive compendium of images that depict Mohammed (the 7th-century founder of Islam), spanning all historical periods, cultures, genres, styles, formats and themes."
    I was especially amused at the 1980 postage stamp from the Islamic Republic of Iran, with an image of the prophet on it.  

Florida Republican-backed ballot measure would ban reparations for descendants of slaves
    Reparations for blacks will never happen, of course, so this is merely intended to remind blacks that they're despised.

After strike wins, UAW announces push to organize nonunion plants
    I would like to bear UAW President Shawn Fain's child. 

 What a third world war would mean for investors
    From The Economist, un-read and of no interest to anyone sane, but the headline's a laugh. That the way they think.  

Students for Trump leader faces charges for striking girlfriend in the head with a pistol 

So you wanna be a cop? 

How Alice Cooper and Groucho Marx got to be midnight buds 

Maybe I should look into this 'no-food diet'

Napoleon had planned to retire, to New Orleans 

Amusing, Interesting, Outrageous, or Profound
    AIOP is my Lemmy page, for anything that's (in my opinion) amusing, interesting, outrageous, or profound. It's mostly a rough draft of this page, but you're invited to stop by.

♫♬  MUSIC  ♫ 

Chocolate Rain — Tay Zonday 

Hey Bulldog — Fanny 

Lookin' Out My Back Door — Creedence Clearwater Revival 

Red Right Hand — Nick Cave 

Right Field — Peter Paul & Mary 


Thomas Augsberger
Hollywood big-shot, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil 

Ociel Baena
non-binary activist 

Luigi Caiola
Broadway producer, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 

Mary Cleave
astronaut, went twice into space 

Tim Dorsey
Serge Storms novelist 

Stephen G. Jurczyk
NASA administrator

🖕 Henry Kissinger
Nobel Peace Prize, war criminal 

Jean Knight
rocker, "Mr. Big Stuff" 

Aldo Lado
filmmaker, Night Train Murders 

an elephant alone

🖕 Charlie Munger
Berkshire Hathaway billionaire's billionaire

John Nichols
author, The Sterile Cuckoo 

Laurence Payne
progressive activist

Cecil Sandford
fastest man on two wheels 

Elliot Silverstein
moviemaker, The Car, Cat Ballou 

Frances Sternhagen
actress, Outland 

Sticky Vicky
ping pong balls from her vagina


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 the AVA, BoingBoing, Breakfast at Ralf's, Chuff, Dirty Blonde Mind, It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, Lemmy.world, Looking for My Perfect Sandwich, Miss Miriam's Mirror, Self-love Is My Superpower, Voenix Rising, and anywhere else I've stolen links, illustrations, or inspiration.

Special thanks to Linden Arden, Becky Jo, Wynn Bruce, Joey Jo Jo emeritus, Jeff Meyer, 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. "The Mohammed Image Archive:" incredible site, just fascinating. Including the "Emails from Readers" section, which has hateful comments on the left side, and favorable comments on the right. The left-side posts are astoundingly ignorant and brutal.

    1. I don't believe there's anything on earth that triggers more stupidity and more deeply, than religion. It's what keeps humanity primitive.

      What honestly surprised me was that website's historical section, explaining that the fury over any images of Muhammad is relatively new, only dating back a few centuries.

      Sorta like the Christian fury about abortion, which only dates back a few decades, and was basically all about abrogating feminism.

  2. It would be ecstatically refreshing to see a feelgood story about a truly good person who happened to be a Republican. In reality though, it’s become very clear that every last human wearing the (R) is a piece of shit, it’s just a matter of degree.

    1. My Pop was an Eisenhower Republican, a decent person, but that was a different century.

      It's no longer possible for a decent person to call themselves Republican. Too big a contradiction. It's like kicking a dog or spitting tobacco on the carpet — just an immediate, irrevocable indication that someone's an asshole.


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