Two faces of lunacy

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ON THE left, you see me, the tall, pretty one, and Adrian, a good friend in those distant days. The shot comes from 1963.

California.

We were both in the Air Force, and we were standing in my barracks room, which my roommate had painted black with gold glitter.

Adrian was not my roommate. He lived in another barracks in another outfit. He was an electronics technician. I had a job that was less useful in civilian life, a survival-equipment technician.

If you want survival gear stuffed into the ejection-seat pod of an F-106, I’m your man. Oddly, after I left the military I never encountered that job opening anywhere.

Or an F-106, for that matter.

A basic knowledge of electronics, however, was quite useful, but Adrian never worked in electronics after the Air Force. He became a movie-theater projectionist, and he did that for many years. Within a decade we had lost touch, but I found him online about five years ago. It was an obituary. He died in his early 60s. The obit didn’t say why.

A sharp eye will notice a motorcycle helmet on the shelf behind us. Adrian owned a Honda Hawk 305, which was the first motorcycle I ever drove. It started my lifelong love of bikes. I wish I had one right now, but I’ve decided against suicide. I’m enjoying life too much.

Adrian got a psychiatric discharge not long after this photo was taken. Many of my friends have been mentally unstable, which says something about me, I guess.

Adrian had that slick suit tailor-made while stationed in Okinawa. I wonder why he was wearing it on that day. We never had occasion to don suits. Anyway, we had a dress Air Force uniform. Perhaps it was a manifestation of his lunacy.

Adrian was Jewish. Jews have been in and out of my life for a long time. Maybe I was a Maccabee in a former life. I am a fan of Israel.

AMLOHere’s another photo. Its connection with the previous is that it too is a shot of lunacy. It’s — and I’m almost embarrassed to tell you this — the president of Mexico, a man I refer to as el Presidente Moonbat.

How about that headgear?

Moonbat is not Jewish. Would that he were. His IQ would be higher. He likely claims to be Catholic because that’s what most Mexicans are. I’m going to save this photo and use it in all future mentions of our head of state. It captures what passes for his soul.

27 thoughts on “Two faces of lunacy

  1. AMLO’s going for the full muxe look with the floral crown, but the embroidered Mexican wedding shirt and the lei (missing in your photo) tend to confuse things. OTOH, it could all be a metaphor for his administration. Inclusive, dyspexic, and scrambled.

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    1. Ms. Shoes: Yes, I cropped the photo to focus on the loony headgear. And you had me scratching my head with “muxe.” Finally tracked it down. Are you trying to outdo that blond fellow in Melaque with fancy words that no one knows? I think so. As for Moonbat’s administration, it’s getting worse by the day. People get what they deserve.

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      1. I knew what muxe meant, and I know several others who also know.

        So there!

        Saludos,

        Kim G
        Boston, MA
        Where we can’t help but wonder if a flowery hairpiece is something in Beto O’Rourke’s future.

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  2. People float in and out of our lives. My best friend when I was stationed in Wisconsin got shipped off to Karachi. I never saw him again. He died in 1994 at age 50 back in Pennsylvania. My best friend from Viet Nam left a note on a message board for me to contact him. That was in 1992, but I didn’t see it for years. He was long dead by then. Another friend from Viet Nam lives in Tucson now. He probably wouldn’t remember me. He is in his late 80s now.
    President Moonbat’s picture reminds me of that photo of Calvin Coolidge wearing a war bonnet. If Trump wore a war bonnet, there would be an immediate stink and a call for impeachment. As a matter of fact, he has to do nothing for a call to impeach.

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    1. Señor Gill: I know that shot of Coolidge in the war bonnet.

      As for Trump being impeached, he’ll never be impeached because he’s done nothing to be impeached for. But the lefties have their little hopes and dreams.

      They have their own squaw too.

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      1. Could y’all stop talking about impeachment?!? The house finally voted on it, and by Democrat votes alone, the measure lost by something like 2-1. Including the full House, it lost by 3-1. Only the lunatic fringe wants to impeach Trump. I got quite exercised this morning by an NPR story about the (amazingly lame) testimony of Robert Mueller yesterday. They kept talking about it being a possible “roadmap to impeachment,” yet continued to completely ignore what I wrote above. And they also missed the fact that the Mueller testimony was scheduled before the vote on impeachment (which Pelosi had opposed, and I’m still not clear on how it even came up for a vote. But that’s another story). So once the House had voted, then having Mueller testify was completely irrelevant to anything. And even Michael Moore, a rare commentator who doesn’t let his preferences cloud his analysis of the situation, said Mueller’s testimony was a disaster for the Democrats.

        So, there’s not going to be any impeachment, so let’s all just move on.

        Saludos,

        Kim G
        Boston, MA
        Where we’d like to hear something more substantive out of the Democrats than “orange man bad.”

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        1. Kim: I have been endlessly amused by this endless impeachment talk. I think many people do not understand the process at all. First off, the target must actually have done something for which he can be successfully impeached and convicted. The Democrats/media/showbiz appear to think loathing the president is sufficient grounds for impeachment. It’s a hoot. They are lamebrained.

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  3. In this life, innocence is no excuse. Don’t confuse the issue with facts. Nadler and Schiff prove that. Now, it seems that powers that be are now taking another look at the murder of Seth Rich. My money says that Julian Assange will commit suicide by shooting himself in the back of the head, Arkansas style.
    Also, just who was taped doing what on that island? Life is getting just so much more interesting.

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  4. It’s a pity that the U.S. news media almost completely ignores anything outside our borders. And that goes for political blogs where I get lots of U.S. news, almost nothing Canadian or Mexican. We hear almost nothing of President AMLO or Prime Minister Trudeau. I’d be interested in some of that.

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    1. Creigh: You’ve come to the right spot. Moonbat was elected last year in a massive landslide. He took office December 1 and has gone on to prove spectacularly Mencken’s observation that “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.” Moonbat is a demagogue with a messiah complex. We are holding onto our sombreros.

      As for the U.S. media’s ignoring Mexico and Canada, that is because most Americans are only marginally aware that there are other nations. Sad.

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      1. Mencken also said “On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

        As you say, Americans are only marginally aware of other nations, but of course they are convinced of America’s superiority in every way. And Mexico in particular is a shithole, of course.

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        1. Creigh: That, of course, is one of Mencken’s lesser-known quotes and is often left out of his books of quotations.

          As for America’s superiority in every way, it has long been superior in many, if not all, ways, which is why so many people try to sneak into it. People don’t try to sneak into Ecuador or Kenya. Contrary to what the PC people would have us think, cultures are not of equal value, not be a long shot. As for Mexico being a shithole, it is not. In our hemisphere, Haiti is, and so are Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico does, like all nations, have its problems. These problems have worsened since our low-information voters have put Moonbat into the presidency. Mexico actually is a good place to live with the exception of some areas, which you would not want to live in or even visit. In many aspects, Mexico is superior to the United States.

          It’s easier to live here than above the border.

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    2. You could simply read the Canadian newspapers online. And even if you can’t read Spanish, there are plenty of Mexican news sites run by expats in English. And as you know, there’s precious little objective reporting on Mexico by the U.S. mainstream “misleadia,” and I’d imagine that the situation around Canada probably isn’t a whole lot better.

      Cheers,

      Kim G
      Boston, MA

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  5. Motorcycle helmet! Makes me wish I was back on one. Never mind, I’ve run out of ways to avoid violent death on the highway. You just would not believe some of the wrecks I lived through. The bikes didn’t. Always interested in your Señor Moonbat comments. They seem appropriate.

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    1. Ricardo: You were a biker? I don’t think I knew that. I rode motorcycles for about 25 years without ever having an accident. Well, if you don’t count my lying down a Harley Sportster on the pavement after it hit an oil slick while I was turning a corner that day in New Orleans. Injured neither myself nor the bike. But that is it, accident-wise, which is a freaking miracle considering all the time I was atop bikes while inebriated to varying degrees.

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  6. You periodically remind me of how our paths have crossed in the past. Castle AFB is but one example. But, by the time I showed up there during the first Nixon administration, you had long ago left. Just like the F-106s.

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    1. Señor Cotton: Yes, that photo was shot at Castle AFB. I was there — actually downtown having lunch at a friend’s house — when JFK was assassinated. Nixon was still dreaming of the presidency.

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