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.

The pope visited. The pundits comment.

Pope Francis should be glad he’s headed back to the Vatican. This trip to America must have tired him out, simply because of all the political acrobats trying to parse whether the pontiff would be a Democrat or a Republican. Because, in America, all that matters is our stupid political processes.:

From The Rude Pundit:

Oh, man, oh, man, the events just keep coming, every day seemingly more strange and absurd than the last. A pope delivers a speech that, if given by a Democrat, he’d be accused of being a wild and woolly socialist.

Seriously. That must just be a crazy liberal talking.

But then:

While social justice has long been a pillar of Catholic doctrine, that kind of rhetoric in the document sounds anti-capitalist to many on the right.

“Essentially, what this papal encyclical is saying is that every Catholic should vote for the Democrat Party,” conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said Tuesday, using the name for such a document from the pope. “That’s what it is. How else do you interpret it when the pope comes out and sounds like Al Gore on global warming and climate change?”

OK, that’s just a crazy Republican talking.

But then:

If he could, Pope Francis would endorse Bernie Sanders for president. I don’t mean to speak on behalf of the world’s most recognizable religious leader, but when you compare the political philosophy of both Sanders and Francis, theres only one conclusion: Sanders best fits his view of the world.

That’s just a crazy journalist talking.

Honestly, the pope doesn’t strike me as a partisan voter. He just seems to be a nice man telling everyone to be nice to each other.

It’s over: Yogi Berra died at 90

But the AP didn’t get it right Tuesday night:


This is Yogi Bear:


He didn’t die, because he isn’t real.

This is who died:

Yogi Berra is one of the Yankee immortals. Plenty of people know the great Berra quotes:

But the top video shows he was probably the best catcher in this history of professional baseball. Look at the World Series records. Yogi holds a lot of them.

Yogi even made a game show appearance:

And yeah, word is that the Bear was named after the Berra.

Jimmy Olsen died

Jack Larson, the Jimmy Olsen of my youth in “Adventures of Superman” died in California Sunday at the age of 87.

87! I remember when he was just a kid!


The obituaries all point out how he was typecast as Jimmy forever after playing the cub reporter with the geeky bowtie at the Daily Planet from 1952-1958. But what I didn’t know what that he was also a playwright, and had done the libretto for an opera.

He was also a “confirmed bachelor,” having been a lover of Montgomery Cliff and sharing his later years with producer and director James Bridges.

I remember his first appearance as Jimmy:

But the second episode was all his:


This is from the 1952 episode “The Haunted Lighthouse.” Jimmy goes to visit his aunt at the shore, but strange things happen, including the plaintiff cry in the distance:

I’m drowning!

Yep, that episode of Superman, seen many times in reruns in the early 1960s, freaked my baby mind out. I don’t think I watched the full episode without hiding my eyes until decades later.

But anyone who remembers the days of George Reeves (Superman/Clark Kent), Phyllis Coates (Lois Lane season one), Noel Neill (Lois Lane the rest of the series and the preceding movie serial) and John Hamilton (Perry White) knows that the first season of “Superman” was really scary. (Remember the two-part Mole Men story, or the guy who trapped Superman in the chamber and tried to electrocute him, or the deserted village with the people in the gas masks? Freaky, right?) The show wasn’t really geared toward kids until the second season.

Jimmy was always getting into scary situations, but the first season it was out of curiosity. The later seasons, he was just goofy.

But that’s probably why he appealed to kids. He was just like one of us.

Here he is in a savings bond commercial with Lois and Clark:

He did appear in another Superman movie years later:

I guess this means Phyllis Coates and Noel Neill are the last survivors of the series?


What’s happening in the Thunderdome?


The GOP ranks are thinning with Rick Perry and Scott Walker gone, but there are still too many candidates. Based on this list, the only combinations that seem to make sense are Jeb! and Carly or Marco and Jeb!.

Trump is still in the lead, but America’s Silvio Berlusconi is actually dropping. But Trump’s a TV guy and we’re getting sick of reruns.

And the Thunderdome reference just seems appropriate, because the stage is just a blood-thirsty freak show, and the only way to satisfy the audiences for both is to throw them raw meat: