Saturday, July 22, 2023

Happy Moon Landing Week...

...mankind's greatest accomplishment.   

At least it was when it happened back on July 20th of 1969, achieved with less computing power than you carry in your pocket today.

And it was done by brave men of great skill and strong character...

Armstrong, Collins, Aldrin

...gifted individuals who dedicated their lives to a worthy goal larger than themselves, and who worked tirelessly to accomplish what, just a few short years before, had seemed impossible.

When they succeeded, the world rejoiced with them in amazement and admiration.

Without question or dispute, America was the greatest nation on earth.

Of course, that was more than 50 years ago, long before we'd reached our current state of enlightenment.

Now we realize America is more racist than ever, more xenophobic than ever, more misogynistic than ever.

In our current state of self-loathing, it's unfashionable to honor our past, tainted as it is by our innate and unrepented evil.

No problem...we can focus on our many modern day achievements, ones that rival and surpass those from our shameful past.

Some great accomplishment during the Biden administration, perhaps?

I mean other than remembering which day of the week it is or not falling down in public for no apparent reason.

No rush...have a little think on it; we can wait...


Well, let us know if you come up with anything.


...Speaking of Moon Landing was also Chappaquiddick week...

Mary Jo Kopechne, Kennedy's victim

...when then senator Ted Kennedy was given a free pass for the crimes of vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident, failing to report an accident, name it.

And like the moon landing, this, too, was followed with great interest by the international press...

...whose admiration for America was no doubt tempered by our kid glove treatment of the (morally bankrupt) rich and powerful.

Watch the movie Chappaquiddick for an accurate and realistic rendering of those shameful events.

The Twins Report from my co-worker:

After a very tough week, the boys are making some progress.

Follow up eye exams showed some improvement, but they have another exam scheduled for next week.

One of them started bottle feeding, but the other is still breathing too fast for that to be practical.

As always, it's a mixed bag of some progress and some setbacks.

Your continued prayers are both needed and appreciated!

Enjoyed a decent round of hickory golf this week, and finished at 1 under par.

Don’t look at me like that; it’s true.

Was actually 2 under after 4, but got in trouble on 5 when I hit into the trees and ended up with a double bogey.

Then I bogeyed 6 with some inept putting, but righted the ship and got up and down for par on 7.

That left me sitting at 1 over, but I finished in a blaze of glory with 2 birdies in a row on 8 and 9.

In the clubhouse at 1 under par!

I know; amazing turnaround compared to my usual weekly outing, hey?

This might be a good time to mention...

...this was on Ryan's Hickory Golf Course in my backyard.

It wasn't supposed to be.

Tried to golf at my usual haunt - signed up for my normal 7 am tee time - but when I arrived I was informed the course was "closed for maintenance", whatever that means.

The young girl behind the counter said I could golf on one of the other 2 courses, but I explained I use hickory clubs from the 1920's...

...and gutta percha golf balls with a max distance of 160 yards.

The blank stare I got in return told me I might as well be speaking in tongues, so I didn't bother trying to elaborate.

But just to be clear, hoping for a good round using hickories and gutty's on the equivalent of a 6,100 yard course is kind of like hoping to douse an inferno with a squirt gun.

Came home and walked 9 on my backyard course, but hopefully I'll be able to tee it up on the real one next week.

Ok, line up by IQ points for a quick Cha Cha...

...through Parting Shots...

our future leaders

why some people remain childless

daisy's flying solo...

...after she got separated from the pack

Halloween in July?  Even I think it's too early.

the end of another tough day at the home for wayward felines

first Monarch

As always we here at the AMC appreciate your faithful if somewhat mystifying patronage.

And now -

having recharged your intellectual batteries from our unique selection of epistemic essentials, harvested from elite institutions of higher learning where they were organically grown using only the finest guano de toro spewed by the wokest professors this side of the Pecos

- it's time to get up off your keister and get after it.

later, mcm fans...

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