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00h UTC; THURSDAY, 6 DECEMBER 2012: If it's anything to you or I, readers, Your Correspondent's being the kind who takes a "why be normal?" mindset to blogging (and, in a way, this blog) could be considered as something of a blessing in disguise--or maybe not. But when you get right down to it, a recent review thereof in LinkReferral.com describing this blog as "insane and [having] way too much going on" is something of a Badge of Honour that Your Correspondent wears with pride (or tries to).

As for the type of crowd likely to fall for a "Second Tea Party" (pseudo)movement
such as Grover "AmeriKKKans for Tax Reform" Norquist is hoping to unleash upon Our Dear Lovely Nation should the "Fiscal Cliff" trigger ensue with automatic tax increases and sequestration come the New Year, expect them to be the lowest of "poor whiteism" as are much lower than the Jeff Foxworthy/Earl Pitts model of "redneck" on the Stewie Griffin Bar-Skank Ladder. (Never mind that Stewie effects a British accent as was probably more suited to Radio Luxembourg than the BBC in the former's heighth of popularity. And is probably the first to acknowledge that British radio listeners well into the 1960's and 1970's would have preferred The Great 208 over the sterile and aseptic offerings on the BBC's Home Service [now Radio 4] or its Light Programme [now Radio 2] such as inspired Mick Jagger's snide comment in "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" about his turning on the radio, only to find where

--a man comes on the radio
Telling me more and more
About some useless information,
Supposed to fire my imagination....


No wonder "Luxy" had such a following as it did, even if the BBC abolished the "radio only" licence at the start of 1971.)

So much for an online daily gazetta optimised for tablet PC's: News Corporation's Latest Noble Experiment in news delivery innovation, as in The Daily, is now being wound up inasmuch as it failed to produce the result desired; its last issue is expected to come out in mid-December, and it's no longer available in the Apple iPad Store. (Unlike the RSS feed for this blog, which you can access on smartphones and tablet PC's with apropos readers downloaded and installed by scanning the apropos QR code off to the side of the page. And did I mention where it's also available for the Amazon Kindle reader?)

One Unlikely Threat to the 2012 Festive Season, apart from the "Fiscal Cliff" threat and Fox News' Phony War on Christmas, is out of the way: An eight-day industrial action by clerks and longshoremen at the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach as caused serious disruption to holiday-shopping supply chains has ended with a tenative contract being arrived at yesterday, with operations expected to return to full strength pending final ratification.

Getting back to the "Tea Party" (pseudo)movement for the nonce, it looks as if the whole thing has become hackneyed and run its course if we're to accept the findings of a Winthrop University survey down South Carolina way as found that 90% of people surveyed do NOT identify themselves with the "Tea Party" cause or its agenda as opposed to some 5% of the surveyed acknowledging support. But then again, we need to remember that certain minority sects can be dangerous if left unchecked and uncontrolled.

So much for aspirin being the "wonder drug" they've been touting
all this time: A study financed by the compounders and manufacturers of Bare Ass Prin (as The Old Redhead was fond of calling Bayer Aspirin early on in his radio career in Washington, DC) hath it that such who are genetically indisposed to salicylates were unable to break down the coating on aspirin tablets in their system as releases its active components. (BTW, the cotton plug as was long a staple in aspirin bottles was not created to ensure freshness and purity of product over prolonged storage, but was a throwback to the days when pill-making machinery wasn't exactly perfect; hence, the cotton plug was necessary to ensure that the tablets remained intact through transit and warehousing. But then again, whose who can't stand tablets may want to consider headache powders like BC and Goody's, which are dissolved in water before taking.)

Essential Online Listening to especially the NRA Zealot and True Believer, among suchlike other specimens of "poor whiteism" still having designs on giving Junyer his very own .22 rifle for Christmas: None other than the Dragnet radio episode "A .22 Rifle for Christmas" (a real tearjerker of a Christmas radio episode, yet strong in its cautionary value besides); such aired as the Christmas episode of the venerable police-procedure drama from 1949 to 1952 (the link is to the original 1949 broadcast, with Sgt. Joe Friday [Jack Webb] then "partnered" with Sgt. Ben Romero [Barton Yarborough] in the weekly case histories until Yarborough's sudden death from heart attack on Christmas Day 1951, in its turn prompting the following week's radio episode to be quickly rewritten and restyled "The Big Sorrow," dedicated to Yarborough's memory).

If there's something that the AmeriKKKan Cultural Conservative, in his desire of having die Bransoner Muzikschaukultur used as the Defining Acid Test of Amerikanischer Realkultur (or so they hold it to be in its Luscious Glory of jingoistically xenophobic race honour as conflates Race Identity with National Identity per the ORION trope), would love to see, it would have to be seeing established in Branson some class of a movie studio complex dedicated to "wholesome, family-friendly" productions not unlike the postwar West German cinematic genre known as Heimatfilm as was popular from the early 1950's well into the mid-1970's (specimens thereof can be seen here in YouTube, howbeit without English subtitles) with its sappily cheerful conventions echoing those of the Heimatroman literary school. But then again, would such films "play in Peoria," as it were?

Finally, Your Correspondent feels it best to close this post by saying "goodbye" to Dave Brubeck, one of the 20th century's finer specimens of jazz/pop crossover best exemplified by "Take Five," a 1959 insturmental by his Dave Brubeck Quartet as was well received on the radio. Brubeck died on the eve of what would have been his 92nd birthday, leaving quite an interesting musical legacy.

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