Archive for October, 2008



Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/27/08

A man who cannot command his temper should not think of being a man of business.”   —   Lord Chesterfield

(Then in the “business of the Presidency” we need someone who can stay calm, cool and collected . . . as opposed to somebody known for his temper.)   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 10/27/08

STRYT  =  TRYST,  YORRS  =  SORRY,  LAUMSY  =  ASYLUM,  RUMIAD  =  RADIUM    —   Giving us:  RSSRAYMAIM

Visual Description:  May/November wedding scene.

Clue/Question:  When he wed the rich widow, he didn’t . . .

Answer:  MARRY AMISS

(Ya got me Yesterday, Mr. Jumble!  But, NOT today!)  ;~)  YUR

Sunday Jumble (Help!) – 10/26/08

TENAGE = NEGATE, BLATLE = BALLET, LUCASE = CLAUSE, QUINUE = UNIQUE, THEMEL = HELMET, SEWNAR = ANSWE  —   Giving us:  GTLLSEIEHTASR

Visual Description:  Young male with holes in his socks saying: Time to go shopping.

Clue/Question:  When he got holes in his socks, he said they were on . . .

Answer:  ???  (THEIR “LAST LEGS”   —  Courtesy of Roller!)

My thinking is that the first word could be: LIGHT, RIGHT, SIGHT, or TIGHT.  And one of the 4 letter words should be SALE (because he mentions shopping).  But, that’s all I got right now.  Suggestion?   YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote – 10/26/08

As soon as people are old enough to know better, they don’t know anything at all.”   —   Oscar Wilde

(A heck of a lot easier – for me – than today’s Jumble)   YUR

“Palin was the choice that they GAVE me.”

If youse guys remember my:  Sarah Palin (The Magilla from Wasilla!)- A Perspective (look it up!)  you should get a kick out of this video.  It’s not suitable for young children, but there’s no nudity or violence.  Just some strong (rap-appropriate) language. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_rOCDG_btk

Watch it, and then maybe re-read the above referenced piece.  The rovian puppet-masters really gave poor, old John no choice, whatsoever.  Ol’ Karl’s string of victory plans might seem to be coming to an end, but that certainly does NOT mean we can afford to take this election for granted!  If this thing is allowed to get anywhere near close then it will just be an open invitation for them to steal a 3rd presidential election.  We all MUST make it to the polls on election day, come Hell or high water.  And, we owe it to ourselves to make sure that (our) others make it as well.

If you want 4 more years of the Bush doctrine . . . just let the other guy go out and vote.

YUR

(Tough) Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/25/08

One is not rich by what one owns but more by what one is able to do without with dignity.”   —   Immanuel Kant

(Tricky) Jumble Spoiler – 10/25/08

FILOO  =  FOLIO,  LYPHS  =  SYLPH,  SEBIED  =  BESIDE,  LALPAP  =  APPALL   —   Giving us:  LISLBSILL

Visual Description:  Harried couple trying to make ends meet.

Clue/Question:  What the over-extended couple suffered from.

Answer:  BILLS ILLS

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/24/08

To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.”   —   Oliver W. Holmes

(Sometimes at forty you’re angry because you are not where you thought you’d be, at seventy you realize how arbitrary that number was.)   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 10/24/08

SARBS  =  BRASS,  NICEW  =  WINCE,  PLAICH  =  CALIPH,  LIMWED  =  MILDEW   —   Giving us:  SELHEW

Visual Description:  Salesmen and customers in an auto showroom.

Clue/Question:  Necessary in automobile circles.

Answer:  WHEELS

A Semi-Andy Rooneyism

Like most of us, your Uncle Rave is getting older by the minute.  And, with getting older generally comes getting crankier.  I really don’t mind being cranky though, because I think it shows that I’m still thinking, and that I still care.  Too many people nowadays seem to demonstrate that they’re either NOT thinking, or they just DON’T care.  Maybe it’s a combination of the two.  I don’t know, but I think that THAT is just plain sad.

Some of you regulars to these pages have read some of my rants on the hijacking and bastardization of the English language, by the right-wing conservafasciadorks.  They go out of their way to take an ordinary word, or phrase, and turn it – through inflection and steady repetition – into some sort of insult/accusation.  As in the case of the word: L-l-libereal.    Turn on FOX (Faux) News, or attend a McCain or Palin rally, and you hear  them spitting out the word liberal like Joe McCarthy used to spit out the word communist . . . or, like how a lazy/bad: parent, babysitter, or older sibling would talk about the bogeyman.  Uh oh!  He’s out there!  And he’s coming to get YOU!  (Keep the kiddies scared, and keep ’em in line.)

Well, another word they LOVE to play with – very often in conjunction with the word L-l-liberal – is the word “agenda”.  They just love to rhetorically ask:  What’s their agenda?  By the way they use the word, apparently only Democrats/Liberals have agendas!  Of course the Republicans/Conservatives actually DO have their own agendas, but when they speak of theirs they use words like “goals” and “objectives” in place of the word agenda.  Those words, by default, have more positive connotations.  Their goals and objectives are lofty aspirations!  While the other guys have some kind of agenda.  It’s an evil plan!  It involves Godless, homosexual, communists, who want to drink the blood of aborted babies, and undermine the troops!  And, why?  Because they HATE AmericaThat’s what they try to convey when they throw down the agenda accusation.  Of course, they’re playing off the phrase hidden agenda, and everybody knows that only dishonest people have hidden agendas.  So, why not just shorten it to agenda, and make people believe that those others – with agendas – are, at the very least, less honest than usReal Americans“.

It’s all just part of the politics of fear.  Instead of talking TO their constituents about, oh I don’t know, maybe about something like . . . the ISSUES, they would rather talk AT them, and appeal to their emotions rather than their intellect.  Jingoistic, accusational catch phrases, that make great soundbites:  You’re either with us, or you’re with the terrorists!  They HAVE to make the other guy – who puts his pants on, has bills to pay, has dreams and aspirations, and loves his: parents, wife and children, AND country the same way we all do – seem somehow . . . different and scary.

How patronizing of these manipulators, to fill people’s heads with such nonsense!  How petty!  How pathetic!  Well, at least now we’re clear on what THEIR agenda is.

YUR


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