Everyday on Facebook one can see countless memes featuring the likes of Gene Wilder, Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Sam Elliot and others, supposedly expressing notions which would see the average person laughed out of the room. Which is largely the appeal of such memes, I have come to believe. If someone can hide behind Gene Wilder (whose image online accompanies some truly horrendous ideas) they don’t have to take responsibility for having such ideas themselves.

And all too many, as just a casual glance at Facebook will show, seem to believe that these are actual quotes, from folks who believe they share same lunatic ideas that they have.


While I generally don’t care much for Facebook memes, I have been known to post them a time or two if I find them funny, but the posting of celebrity memes with morally or politically objectionable captions strikes me as a sign of intellectual bankruptcy of the part of the person who created it.

All things considered, I’m a little cranky today, and the blowhards who hide their lunatic ideas behind images of Richard Nixon, Archie Bunker, Gene Wilder and Sam Elliot (God, how folks love to post lunatic ideas next to pictures of Elliot!) annoy me a little more than usual today.


In fact, if you go to Google you can actually find a site featuring “famous Quotes of Sam Elliot” – whether he actually said any of them is anybody’s guess, but I’m betting not.

Not that it matters to those who don’t quite have the guts to put their own picture next to insane ideas.



Aborted Blogs Department

Well, I was gonna write about Battlebots and cockfighting today, but a quick look at Google demonstrated to me that I would be just the latest in a long line of folks who have made the comparison.

Ah, well . . .



Today’s Soundtrack

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” is calming me down today while I think of folks hiding behind the images of Gene Wilder and Jean-Luc Picard, while posting “thoughts” which would make their own family members look at them with suspicion.


Now on YouTube: The Death of Fayetteville Open Channel

The first documentary I ever produced, “The Death of Fayetteville Open Channel,” about Fayetteville’s Great Access War in the early 1990s.



Quote of the Day

“What a wonderful butler. He’s so violent!” – The Doctor (Doctor Who – “The City of Death,” written by Douglas Adams)