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Three Things

(1) I have, with no small amount of surprise, received a handful of emails from supposed tea-baggers complaining about the "Vigilante Bingo" cartoon I created on 4-2-2010, referring to me without deviation as a "hate-filled leftist" for daring to point out the incredibly obvious.

I gotta tell ya that I haven't laughed so hard since George "Dumbshit" Bush crammed all five of Cheney's draft deferments down the crotch of his Mattel flight suit and announced "mission accomplished" on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln.

I'm just a small-time web-cartoonist and these clowns were attempting to use big-time Republican talking points on me in some squalid effort to quell my editorial viewpoint.

I tell you what, I'll make you twerps a deal. You quit hassling blacks, hispanics, women, gays, poor people, vegetarians, animal rights activists... basically anyone that's not white and rich and I'll be left with nothing to do. See? Easy?

(2) I recently discovered that was hosting the entire series of Professor James Burke's "Connections" program. Needless to say, good fun has been had by me.

And the fun didn't stop there as I just stumbled across Dr. Jonathan Miller's "The Body In Question" series, also on youtube.

I saw this series when it first hit PBS back in 1978 and was entranced by the sober, no-nonsense, sometimes whimsical fashion in which Dr. Miller explains the mysterious inner workings of the human body. The final episode is, in fact, a full autopsy. This is the kind of educational TV program they won't or can't make anymore. Enjoy!

(3) For those interested, the insurance company (State Farm) just got back to me with their initial offer regarding my recently wrecked Mustang convertible. (See the Rant on 3-29-2010)

As I feared, they want to total my beloved Mustang, offering me an insultingly low $7800. Their other cruddy offer is a check for $5000 and I can go fix it myself. The repair shop is mentally estimating at least $7000 to fix it so that's not going to work.

I don't know what State Farm's beef is as they're getting off cheap here. I could easily have caused bodily harm to myself and others but I kept my head when my brakes failed.

The collision repair chaps are currently working up an itemized estimate which I'll drag along to my local insurance office for a little face-to-face. I'm prepared to get legal if they balk. Either way, at least according to friends and neighbors, they'll probably drop me from coverage once all is said and done. Big sigh.

This is the first major accident for me in many, many years so the subtle details of making sure it's done right are daunting. I presently seem to have all my ducks in a row but should anyone care to offer a hint, tip or trick that might aid in my fight to make the word "comprehensive" mean anything, feel free to share.


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Raging Pencils salutes the Mystery Readers of
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Whoever you are, thanks for reading my bodacious little 'toon.

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A blast from the nostalgiac past. The RP from 6-25-08.

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Oh, yeah. Forgot.