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Post by Pyrrho » Sat May 25, 2019 2:01 pm

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The story appears in LIFE Magazine of 15 August 1949, and lays the whole drama out in two splash pages, with bare editorializing and some great photos.

The story goes like this: “In 1922 D. (Doctor Dee) Scarborough, the druggist in Whitney, Texas, put up a bench outside his store, and immediately it became a loafing headquarters for the gaffers of .the Brazos River Valley. 'Year after year they sat there looking like a jury of irritable terrapins, whittling, spitting and passing judgment on everything that passed. But finally reform caught up with them.” It caught up to them, even if everyone was wearing a collared shirt.

It came to the mayor of Whitney, Frank Basham, to appease “a delegation of local housewives” who were fed up with the old men, and wanted the “unsightly bench” gone. It was probably a lot more than the bench, as the quote above by Mrs. T.E. Bagley contends: “Why, they must spit two or three gallons a day! They ain’t died fast enough, these old men!”. Perhaps a dozen old farmers/ranchers/cowboys sitting on a bench all day long spitting and watching the world go by wasn’t the most attractive thing for downtown Whitney.

And so it came to pass that the lumber was removed, but not the men—they returned with nail barrels and took up residence, unabated, “sitting wrathfully” on the kegs. The police then threatened to confiscate the kegs, and then the men: tensions flared, and a special election was held, a referendum on whether or not to restore the bench.
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You gotta be shittin' me.

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You gotta be shittin' me.
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You never know what's going to happen, then some shit happens nobody saw coming, then later somebody says they knew it was coming, then some new shit happens nobody saw coming, rinse and repeat

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun May 26, 2019 8:34 pm

Fantastic.

Not a "video" game at all. :coolspecs:

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Yes you too can bomb the Commies into oblivion with Atomic Bomber!

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You would prefer to love them?!

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Post by Anaxagoras » Mon May 27, 2019 9:57 am

Both the past and a foreign country

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Doctor X wrote:
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You would prefer to love them?!

:freedom:

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From the odd series Ashes to Ashes, a sequel to Life on Mars where police officers get a major brain injury and wake up in a Cop Drama decades in the past. The female officer, who is in the car doing the part of Why the Fuck Would She Fuck Billy Joel, in this one ends up in 1983 and this is her Hell.
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"Never sorry to make a racist Fucktard cry."--His Humble MagNIfIcence
"It was the criticisms of Doc X, actually, that let me see more clearly how far the hypocrisy had gone."--clarsct
"I'd leave it up to Doctor X who has been a benevolent tyrant so far."--Grammatron
"Indeed you are a river to your people.
Shit. That's going to end up in your sig."--Pyrrho
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The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.