Back to the future … in the real future

So, back in 1985, Marty McFly, his girlfriend Jennifer, and Doc Brown got in the Delorean and traveled to 2015 to help get Marty’s and Jennifer’s kids out of trouble.

This is what they saw in “Back to the Future II

But the date they went to was Oct. 21, 2015. That’s tomorrow. Unless something really radical happens today, I don’t think I’m going to see any flying cars, or hover boards. Or holographic movie ads on the city streets. I’ll see this:

Just goes to show. The future isn’t what it used to be.

A side note. This was the front page of USA Today in 2015 in “Back to the Future II”:


Notice the sports news in the upper left hand corner. If you’re betting on baseball, “Cubs sweep series in 5.” Now that’s way out there. (Also, you can’t sweep in five. A sweep is four games.)

Invasion of the House snatchers

So I’m reading stories about John Boehner calling it quits as speaker of the House because the Republicans he leads are out of control, and I see this in on the NPR Web site:

In the wake of House Speaker John Boehner’s surprise resignation, one name has quickly emerged as the front-runner to replace him: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

And my first thought is Kevin McCarthy? Like “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” Kevin McCarthy?


But then I realized that can’t be right. “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” came out in 1956, and it’s a horror movie about a guy who slowly comes to realize that everyone around him is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates. The movie is a classic and is considered “a metaphor for the tyranny of McCarthyism (or the totalitarian system of Your Choice).”

Yes, I started thinking the same thing. Kevin McCarthy is in a House where once reasonable people are being replaced by things that appear to be human but want to get rid of everyone who doesn’t agree that their way of doing things is the only way things should be done.

So maybe Kevin McCarthy is the logical choice to be speaker of the House. But I suspect that at a certain point, we’re going to see him running through the streets of Washington:

Sorry, dude. I’ve been yelling this since the Republicans went after Bill Clinton. No one listens.