Thursday, April 30, 2009

On The Blog Again

Time for another trip to randomville ...

Yesterday my oldest had to leave school do to multiple upchucking so I left work and picked him up. He was fine the rest of the day, but as he was sitting on the couch laughing uncontrollably at Tom and Jerry cartoons I got to thinking.

Over the years lots of people have claimed that cartoon violence has desensitized out culture from violence. Shows Like Tom & Jerry, Wile E. Coyote, and others have been cited. But if you ask me Popeye has had a far great negative impact. Those cray unfounded spinach claims aside I blame Wimpy and the whole "I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today," philosophy for the worlds crumbling economy.

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Still not sold on twitter? I am, for lots of reasons but just this week I discovered via twitter the fabulous term aporkalypse. So much better than swine flu if you ask me.

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Today is Willie's 76th birthday. Shame on you if you need me to explain that by Willie I mean The Red Headed Stranger. The King of Hemp and Bio Diesel. The Godfather of modern Texas music.

On that note here's a little musical tribute the one and only Willie.


What Would Willie Do - Gary Allan




Ill Never Smoke Weed With Willie Again by Toby Keith

30 comments:

Terrie Farley Moran said...

Hey Travis,

A great tribute to a great guy and all around wonderful musician.

Happy Birthday Willie!

Terrie

Davin Malasarn said...

Yes, aporkalypse is quite perfect.

Zephra said...

I have to agree with the whole Popeye issue. But I wonder how many people think about the damage that shows like Dora the Explorer and Blues Clues create?

I mean, come one, the damn clue is right behind you. Do you really need all these kids yelling at you to turn around? Open your eyes Steve and Joe.

And Dora, can't you do anything by yourself? You're so lazy you can't reach behind you to get your own back pack? You have to be told over and over again where the big red chicken it? Instead of looking at that map, try looking over your shoulder.

In 20 years, when this generation grow up stupid, unable to do anything by themselves, and lazy, you will know where it came from.

Angie Ledbetter said...

So far, I've managed to swat the twitter bug away, but I guess I'm gonna have to investigate soon. *sigh*

Glad the little Chip got a free day off school with ya. (WTG, guy. The ol' throw-up-sends-ya-home trick!) :)

Happy Birthday, dear Willy. Keep on singin' it!

Bubblewench said...

That is a great song! I love it!

He really is the man...


Tom and Jerry rule. :)

Julie Weathers said...

Great post, Travis. Sorry youngun is feeling poorly, though.

Yes, Willie is...unique.

Charles Gramlich said...

We agree on many things, my friend, but I'm afraid Willie isn't one of them.

Melanie Avila said...

I don't suppose random item #1 and random item #2 are related?

Jason said...

Amen to all of the above.

Eric said...

I'm not a huge fan of Willie (I like some of it), but I heard a rendition of one of his songs on American Idol a while back that was truly incredible. Great song, great version, sung by a great voice. Oh, and aporkalypse is awesome.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I swear he looks the same way he did 30 years ago. Some advantages to aging early. He sure sings pretty.

Bee said...

Interesting variety of cultural commentary on this one! Hope your son is feeling better.

Lana Gramlich said...

Yeah, I saw the "Aporkalypse" thing on Colbert the other night. Good one!
*LOL @ the Wimpy comparison.* Quite keen of you. You need to run for office!

Angela said...

Now we know who to blame for the economy crapper!

Being Beth said...

I love your take on Wimpy and couldn't agree more. Somehow though, my folks convinced me and my brothers that the whole spinach hype on Popeye was for real, and darn if we didn't slurp the stuff down -- one serving slurped down in one big swallow. GONE!

Rebecca said...

What is twitter? Seriously?

lyzzydee said...

I hope your little man is feeling better now. I can't get into twitter either, I just don't get it!!!!

David Cranmer said...

Always enjoy Willie's music. He did a duet with Dylan a few hears ago ("Heartland" I think)that was excellent. And cartoons doesn't cause anything other than a good laugh.

Crazy Charm said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I've been away for awhile, but am back in action! :)

McKoala said...

Isn't it amazing how upchucking can miraculously cease once reportedly upchucking child is removed from school?

DrillerAA said...

Willie has finally matched his age to his looks. The boy has looked 76 since he was 49. I guess it's all that clean livin'.

Cloudia said...

Back in the "Blues eyes cryin` in the rain" days, my pal Jim and I went to a New Jersey amusement park to see Wille perform.

It was raining, a handfull of folks showed up. Willie and his sister and band performed just for us. i love his authenticity and heart. He shows up in Maui sometimes.....Many more birthdays, Willie!!!!!!
Don;t get me started on "Crazy"!!!!!
Aloha

the walking man said...

Sorry I think it was the Three Stooges...poor guys tried like hell and never really got much more than a poke in the eye.

Happy Birthday Lefty.

ARCHAVIST said...

Happy birthday to the outlaw

Anti-Supermom said...

I know, I twitter, but I just don't really get it. I'm not gonna sit online waiting for your response.

Oh yes, and Happy Birthday Willie~

sybil law said...

Aporkalypse rocks - and so does Willie.

Bina said...

I have still yet to get on twitter. I keep meaning to, but by the time I'm done face booking and google readering (whatever) I forget all about twitter!!!!

Damn, I have to get my lap top back from my friend so I watch the videos!!!!!!

Never once, in my whole child or adult life, have I ever even thought about anything violent due to a cartoon or anything like that. I would much rather my kids watch cartoons than the news. The news?? Violent, sad, depressing, horrifying.

kim said...

Great randoms! And it IS all because of Wimpy. There's a t-shirt selling opportunity in that thought for sure.

Happy May Day -- I hang a virtual basket of flowers on your blog :o).

alex keto said...

Wee Willie has certainly gone a long ways with a voice that sounds like a goat being strangled. Slowly.

Aaron said...

I blame Wimpy and the whole "I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today," philosophy for the worlds crumbling economy.

BRILLIANT rant.