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00h UTC; SUNDAY, 9 DECEMBER 2012: Call it a weakness on my part ... but whenever I hear any insturmental version of "The Colonel Bogey March" on radio, be it online or more conventional such, Your Correspondent can't help but chime in with one of two especially popular destructions thereof as were popular in our folly of youth on the schoolyard, as in "Hitler, he only has one ball" (you probably know the lyrics thereof) or, for that matter:

Comet, it makes your mouth turn green!
Comet, it tastes like gasoline!
Comet will make you VOMIT!
So get some Comet and vomit TODAY!!

(repeat
ad nauseum)

It turns out that the prank phone call two Australian DJ's made to the London Hospital where HRH The Dutchess of Cambridge was sick for a few days this past week has produced some rather unwelcome fallout: First, the nurse who took the call in question was found dead by self-slaughter the other day (details as to methodology not known to the moment) ... then the two Sydney DJ's who cooked up the stunt came in for some rather tasteless attacks over the poor accents of HM The Queen and HRH The Prince of Wales throughout, along with calls for them to be given their cards, in the wake of the nurse's suicide (eventually resigning on their own accord, with the station extending its sympathies in the bargain) ... and now the Dutchess herself is said to be "upset" at the whole news about the whole chain of events.

Let's just hope a miscarriage doesn't ensue in the end.

(Which calls to mind this actual English-language sign for horse-drawn carriage tours in Prague from a few years back: "Take one of our horse-drawn city tours--we guarantee no miscarriages.")

The Elmer Gantryite prolefeed masheen must be burning the midnight oil of late working up all manner of atrocity prolefeed seeking to exploit where the Supreme Court has elected to hear appeals of two cases as relate to the gay/lesbian marriage issue during the current term--one challenging California's Proposition 8, the other the constitutionality of the Federal "Defence of Marriage Act." Whose end result, in any case, should be on a par in terms of historical significance and importance as Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1954) was in breaking down race segregation ... Loving v. Virginia (1966) in breaking down legal bars to interracial relationships excused as being out of "racial integrity and purity" ... and, in their own way, Griswold v. Connecticut (1965) and Roe v. Wade (1973) in breaking down the respective taboos on contraception and abortion.

Given where some misguided religious zealots like to push the trope of "purity" (or, in Orwellian Newspeak, "goodthinkfull") as the ideal, and yet "Christian," answer to appeals to tolerance, diversity and understanding, perhaps we should be reminded of Sir Richard Burton's remark to his wife commenting on the attacks on his translation of the Kama Sutra in light of what were unwritten Victorian taboos on what was seen as "indecent" or "obscene"--to wit: "To the pure, all things are pure."

No wonder the RepubliKKKans can't wait for that last step of Our Dear Lovely Nation unto their "fiscal cliff" nightmare, the hope thus being one of (paraphrasing Georgr Orwell) "tearing apart existing economic models and putting them back together in new shapes of its own choosing." Which, judging from their belief in an unwritten interconnexion between ekonomesie vryheid met Amerikaanse eienskappe and Our National Character and Identity as a Sovereign Peculiar Among the Nations (so long as "nation" was viewed in the ORION context preferred of White Christian Nationalists), is probably nothing short of Fascism, packaged all the more as Our Last and Only Hope, "draped in the flag and carrying the cross"--preferably fiery, Ku Kluxer stylee.

Meanwhile, to the Jewish readers of this blog, Your Correspondent extends to all of you the best wishes for a happy and festive Hanukkah season. Just try not to overdo it on the latkes and sufgarot.

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