Well, fourteen years is a long time to wait, but Incredibles 2 is coming out on June 15.
The original Incredibles was the most conservative movie to come out of the entertainment industry in many a moon. Don’t believe me? Go here to read the 2005 moans of a Leftist about the movie. Politics aside, it was a grand movie, hilarious and heart warming, and the best family flick of 2004. I am looking forward to this.
Mort Walker has passed away at 94. The creator of the comic strip Beetle Bailey, for 68 years he poked gentle fun at the absurdities of the US Army. Walker served as an Army officer during World War II. Post war he became a cartoonist and drew about what he knew: the Army and the comic possibilities of any massive hierarchical organization. Throughout almost seven decades Walker followed the same formula. His soldiers never went to war, they stayed at camp Swampy in perpetual peace time, the issues of the day were ignored, no politics were to intrude on the strip, the same set of characters, with very few additions and subtractions, served perpetual timeless enlistments, the officers were almost always clueless and the men often lazy and shiftless. Stated that way it might be hard to see how the strip endured, but it did, and proved especially popular with kids and veterans.
Ironically, this non-controversial strip for its first ten years was banned from the pages of Stars and Stripes by the Army, humorless military bureaucrats disguised as officers taking umbrage at the strip’s depiction of officers as fools and the men as shirkers, completely missing the deep love that Walker had for the Army he kidded.
At ease Mr. Walker, your long tour of duty is over.
Ah, for the halcyon days of my youth when talk shows did not always consist of mindless chatter about sex, bleeped F-Bombs from some non-educated “celebrity” or stale, politicized tripe. I have always been somewhat skeptical about evolution, but the contemporary world, at least the human portion of it, does make a striking case for de-evolution.
Something for the weekend. Rainy Days and Mondays (1971). Lots of rain here in Central Illinois this week as October comes in quite wet. The Carpenters, siblings Richard and Karen, recorded this song in 1971, and it was their fourth number one song. Actually I rather like rainy days and Mondays are great for me, as any trouble they bring can be written off since it is a Monday and the start of the work week for most, and therefore comes predestroyed as it were. I always enjoyed Karen Carpenter’s voice and thus was saddened when in 1983 she died of anorexia nervosa and the details of her often sad life came out. However her art remains and that is not a bad legacy for any artist.