Send In The Clowns

6Oct

Ironsides is back and black. The original Ironsides aired from 1967-1975, a very turbulent period in American history, and I am not sure that in 1967 that concept would have been easily accepted by the citizenry. The new show stars Blair Underwood, who is African-American, and  I already like the idea. I hope it says something about our progress in race relations. Today, imagine an African-American Raymond Burr and no one cares.  It's like yeah, so what? Is it a good show?

Another show I like, even though it has a typical plot of good vs. evil, is Sleepy Hollow. Evil returns from hundreds of years ago to try and destroy the world, but it has a few twists.  The show introduces Ichabod Crane, chasing after ancient demons in today’s world.  It seems Ichabod comes back after 250 years because he has to help the town’s police destroy the four headless horsemen of the Apocalypse, and they follow clues left by the founding fathers (yes, the founding fathers of the United States).  It seems this was Ichabod’s mission way back in the day, but he lost his head.  However, in today’s world Ichabod has been reunited with said head and really looks amazingly good for his age.

One thing that I keep thinking about—and this is not part of the Sleepy Hollow plot, but I think it could be--is if the clues on how to destroy the four headless horseman of the apocalypse were left by the founding fathers and you accept the idea that the founding fathers are the cornerstones of today’s government, is it possible that way back in the day, one or two of those founding fathers were not so good, and like good old Ichabod are still running around creating destruction and apocalypse in Washington, D.C.? And maybe Ichabod is disguised as Bernie Sanders?  I had a dream that Congress marched into session singing “Send in the Clowns,” and it seems to me the D.C. circus clowns have lost their heads already.

 I’m trying to look on the bright side of the government shutdown. With the parks closed, “the bears are having a picnic"(everyone sing!), the moose are contently grazing, and the wolves are safe, and the KKK didn’t get to have a rally they had planned at a state park (YES!).  There is some good in this, but you have to look really hard.  It doesn’t matter which side of the alleged aisle you’re on or which tea bag you’re dipping,  Affordable Health Care, or “Obamacare, “is the law, it’s good, and it’s not going away.

In the podcast, I take a look at “Kirlian” photography, a photographic technique used to capture the phenomenon of electrical coronal discharges. Along with whatever thoughts pop spontaneously into my head, I’ve even taken off my tin foil hat so I get better reception. Give a listen.

 

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