don't panic

Since all of the politicians seem to be in a major stew looking for the solutions to the myriad problems of the world and proposing themselves as the answer, I thought I would remind them that the answer to “What is the Meaning of Life, the Universe and Everything?” has already been determined and now we are just waiting around for the ultimate question which may take a while. In the interest of tying up loose ends before Hogmanay, feel free to supply your own real questions and answers to anything that seems to be besetting the world.


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  1. blueINdallas says:

    Ah, great post! Thanks, Jamie!

    I think Adam’s answer was better than Vonnegut’s in The Sirens of Titan. (All of this is for want of a screwdriver.)

    Happy Weekend!

    Oh, any chance rr is going to the Dem debate next weekend?


  2. tonyb39 says:

    Ben Carson Channels The Donald, Threatens to Leave GOP Over Nomination “Theft,”
    By Taylor Marsh
    “[…] …several longtime Republican power brokers argued that if the controversial billionaire storms through the primaries, the party’s establishment must lay the groundwork for a floor fight in which the GOP’s mainstream wing could coalesce around an alternative, the people said. – Robert Costa [Washington Post]
    IF THE REPUBLICAN party thinks they can still have backroom meetings and deals without people finding out, they must be living in the 20th century. Ben Carson has made an opportunity out of Robert Costa’s report today in the WaPo, grandstanding in a way that gets Carson back in the news after an abysmal 19-point crash in Iowa polling, threatening to leave the GOP over stacking the nomination deck, something Donald Trump teed up months ago.

    Carson’s statement in Politico

    “If the leaders of the Republican Party want to destroy the party, they should continue to hold meetings like the one described in the Washington Post this morning,” Carson said in a statement released by his campaign.

    Carson said he prays the Post’s report is incorrect and threatened to leave the GOP. “If it is correct, every voter who is standing for change must know they are being betrayed. I won’t stand for it,” said Carson, who added that if the plot is accurate, “I assure you Donald Trump won’t be the only one leaving the party.” […]

    “I am prepared to lose fair and square, as I am sure is Donald,” Carson said. “But I will not sit by and watch a theft. I intend on being the nominee. If I am not, the winner will have my support. If the winner isn’t our nominee then we have a massive problem.”
    Once upon a time, candidates had to kowtow to their political party apparatus. At least on the conservative side, this is no longer the case.

    It’s interesting that all this bottom-up activism is happening on the right while Democrats are preparing to nominate the strongest establishment candidate we’ve seen in a very long time, Hillary Clinton.

    But then, a woman politician wouldn’t have a chance if she didn’t come through the establishment and, at least, Democrats are willing to embrace a commander in chief who is female, something Republicans aren’t close to doing.”


  3. patd says:

    “now we are just waiting around for the ultimate question which may take a while”
    good thread and quest to ponder, jamie. as a wise one once wrote about a question:

    `Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’
    `That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.
    `I don’t much care where–‘ said Alice.
    `Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat.


  4. Jamie says:

    Happy 100th Frank … In line with the weekend theme


  5. Flatus says:

    He might be celebrating his 120th if he gave up that noxious weed.


  6. Flatus says:

    Tony, I like Carson’s reaction–if all candidates at all levels reacted similarly, the hollowness of what’s left of the GOP would be incredibly apparent.


  7. Flatus says:

    My personal universe contracts on a daily basis. I suppose that is as it should be as we continue to be inundated by facts of our ‘known’ space on this Earth.


  8. jacew2003 says:

    According to Trump, Carson and Cruz, the meaning of life can be found in fear. Fear of everything! “nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” (FDR)

    The modern republican party has become less a political party, and more a clearing house for the sum of all their fears. They deny climate change, but are absolutely convinced that the sky is falling, And they want you to believe it as well.


  9. rebelliousrenee says:

    I had no idea when or where the next Dem debate takes place until I saw your question and googled it. I’m sure there are no tickets left and even if there were… no, I’m not going… I’d much rather watch it in the comfort of my own living room.

    Now where the hell did I put my babel fish!….


    • patd says:

      renee, re dem debate on 19th in your part of the woods
      fyi from http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/12/11/democrats-revoke-debate-sponsorship-of-wmur-new-hampshire-tv-station/
      The Democratic National Committee has revoked the sponsorship of WMUR, New Hampshire’s most influential television station, of the party’s presidential debate next week because of a labor dispute involving the station.
      Pressure had been mounting on the station’s parent company, Hearst, for some time, as all three Democratic candidates for president pushed for labor negotiations to at least begin before the debate, scheduled for next Saturday, Dec. 19. Otherwise the candidates faced the prospect of having to cross a picket line.
      “Regrettably, as a result of WMUR’s unwillingness to move forward on scheduling negotiations between the Hearst Corporation and production department employees represented by I.B.E.W. Local 1228 prior to the debate, we will no longer include WMUR as a co-sponsor of the debate, and their talent will not be participating in any way,” read a joint statement by Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the national committee, and Ray Buckley, the chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party.

      re gopers on the 15th
      from http://www.politico.com/story/2015/12/rand-paul-could-be-booted-from-main-debate-stage-216658
      Rand Paul, once considered the main contender for the anti-establishment GOP vote, will likely be pushed off the debate stage next week when CNN announces the lineup for the fifth Republican forum.
      Chris Christie, however, has clawed back in the polling thanks to a rebound in New Hampshire, virtually ensuring he will be promoted to the main event in Las Vegas on Tuesday, according to POLITICO’s calculations.
      Based on national polls, only five candidates are at 3 percent or higher in surveys conducted since late October: Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush.
      But Christie, John Kasich and Carly Fiorina are likely to join the top five even though they are all between 2.5 percent and 3 percent in the national polls because of CNN’s decision to consider both national polls and surveys in either Iowa or New Hampshire. (To qualify for the main debate, a candidate must average at least 3.5 percent nationally or 4 percent in either of the first two voting states.)


  10. patd says:


    A strange thing happened the other day in Washington, D.C.:

    Marco Rubio actually showed up for work.

    Without needing Mapquest he found his way to the Senate floor. He even remembered where his seat was.

    These days a Rubio sighting in the Capitol is rare, the birdwatcher’s equivalent of spotting a blue-footed booby.



  11. patd says:

    according to wiki:
    The song touched the hearts of Americans, soldiers and civilians alike, in the midst of World War II, and it earned Crosby his fifth gold record.[citation needed] “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” became the most requested song at Christmas U.S.O. shows. The GI magazine Yank said Crosby “accomplished more for military morale than anyone else of that era”.[citation needed]
    Despite the song’s popularity with Americans at the front and at home, in the UK the BBC banned the song from broadcast, as the Corporation’s management felt the lyrics might lower morale among British troops.


  12. jacew2003 says:

    Sunday Serendipity,

    Some well known seasonal tunes, in a wonderful work for organ.
    Enjoy the music and enjoy your day!


  13. Flatus says:

    Thank you, Jace! Salisbury Cathedral has a marvelous history dating back to the 12th century. The picture down below below will do more to show its architectural details.


  14. rebelliousrenee says:


  15. tonyb39 says:

    Republican Hypocrite Caitlyn Jenner Advocates for LGBT Rights at the UN: WATCH
    by Andy Towle
    “Of course, along with claiming that she advocates for the trans community, Jenner has said she still plans to vote for the anti-LGBT Republican Party in 2016 despite a slate of candidates who have been vocal and expressive about their opposition to LGBT issues in recent months on the campaign trail.”
    Oh She just galls me.. Maybe she is a net positive to the trans community but the fact she talks that Republican trash as her trans people are continually hurt by the Republican power structure makes her just despicable..


  16. tonyb39 says:

    Colbert Staged a Reading of Downton Abbey With American Accents. It Sounded As Bad As You’d Expect.
    Now this is funny!


  17. tonyb39 says:

    Another one, backs me up i think…


  18. Jamie says:

    Songs of the season for various decades … which ones did you grow up with?


  19. patd says:

    nostalgia for city folk


  20. Jamie says:

    And something a little newer:


  21. Might Salisbury cathedral be the model for PILLARS OF THE EARTH I wodner………


  22. Christmas, 2015……….”What fresh hell is this?”

    He said, with a merry twinkle in his bad eye……


  23. whskyjack says:

    Little Richard is 83, confined to a wheelchair, and living in the penthouse suite at the Hilton in downtown Nashville. He says he’s never performing again.



  24. Flatus says:

    Sturg, From the English wiki:
    “…[2]The final aerial shot is of modern-day Salisbury with a CGI cathedral combining elements of Salisbury Cathedral and Wells Cathedral, to represent the complete fictional Kingsbridge Cathedral, which were the two cathedrals which inspired Follett, during the writing of the novel.[3][4] The series was followed by an adaptation of the sequel World Without End in 2012.”


  25. Jamie says:

    For those who enjoyed a bit of The Nightmare Before Christmas, a visit to Tim Burton’s merry house of unusual art might be in order: http://timburton.com/


  26. Another thing Caitlyn Jenner probably doesn’t get is laid.


  27. Jamie says:

    Anybody have anything they want to say about the debate tomorrow night? My interest in the proceedings is lurking somewhere below zero.


  28. patd says:

    good news for a change
    the above inspires a parody of lennon’s song —
    one two three four…
    everybody’s talking about oil spoils, frack cracks, deforestates devastates…
    all they are saying
    is give earth a chance
    all they are saying
    is give earth a chance


  29. rebelliousrenee says:

    Another clown debate?… think I’ll pass on this one… rather watch the Celtics/Cavaliers game.
    Leaving in a few minutes to have cataract surgery… can’t wait to see what I will see when I can see!


  30. patd says:

    from http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-all-lausd-schools-closed-threat-20151215-story.html
    An email threat sent to a Los Angeles Unified School board member that prompted a closure of all Los Angeles Unified Schools was traced to an IP address in Frankfurt, Germany, according to law enforcement sources.

    All campuses were closed Tuesday morning after receiving what officials have called a “credible threat” of violence involving backpacks and packages left at campuses.

    Law enforcement sources said that the person who made the threats could have masked their location. District officials have been investigating the threat since about 10 p.m. Monday night, according to a school police source. The FBI and LAPD are assisting.


  31. tonyb39 says:

    Dear Generation X: Don’t believe the Marco Rubio hype
    Rubio is a severely conservative millennial in a 44-year-old’s Gen X clothing


  32. tonyb39 says:

    Hillary Clinton outlines plan to stop ISIS from recruiting online
    By Dan Merica
    “”Promising to carpet bomb until the desert glows doesn’t make you sound strong, it makes you sound like you’re in over your head,” Clinton said, referencing a comment Sen. Ted Cruz made earlier this month. “Bluster and bigotry are not credentials for becoming commander and chief and it is hard to take serious senators who talk tough but then hold up key national security nominations.”


  33. Jamie says:

    Dealing with my first hideous cold in a decade. You are all on your own while I suffer from being plagued.


  34. tonyb39 says:

    Sorry, Jamie, feel better.. Stay away from CNN. The losers won’t help you feel better :0)


  35. tonyb39 says:

    Trump Post-Debate Interview With Chris Matthews Goes Off The Rails: Won’t Put “Birth Certificate” Talk To Bed
    RCP Video


  36. tonyb39 says:

    GOP debate scorecard: The big winner wasn’t anyone on the stage, it was Democrats
    Trump comes off as a sniveling bully; Bush as simple-minded; Cruz as maniacal. And that’s good news for Democrats.


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