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Bob’s Musings:

12 May 2012 @ 16:44

-So much to blog about, so little time…

Bob’s Muse

-If you want to keep up to speed on the latest revelations in the Bullygate Saga, Stacy McCain has been reporting and aggregating like a Mike Foxtrot on it.  Here they are in order, oldest to latest: here, here, here, here, here, and here.  You should be able to view future ones at this link.  And don’t forget to check down in the Trackbacks section of each of Stacy’s posts to see what insights others on The Rightosphere are offering.

-While I was working on the Honey Do list yesterday, I chanced to take a break and landed upon an episode of Gunsmoke from the mid-1970’s.  I have never been a fan of the show, but the episode, entitled The Town Tamers, caught and kept my attention.  It was a very well-written story about the Marshall of the town of Hilt, who had brought law and order to the settlement after using much violence to expel those who would keep the town wild and open.  In the past two years, he’s been tentatively courting a widow with a young son, but he refuses to commit to marriage because of the dangers he faces keeping the town civilized.  She decides to leave and move to San Francisco to find a husband so her son will have a father.  The Marshall lets her go so that they will be safe and away from the still Wild West.  He has a touching scene with her son, Caleb, who sees him as the only father he’s ever known.  The Marshall explains that his Ma is doing it for him so that he can grow up in a safe environment.  No tears on the Marshall’s part — he takes it all stoically, like a man.

After talking with the town madam, who obviously has a thing for him, but urges him to pursue the widow because it will be the best thing for him, he intercepts her stagecoach and asks her to marry him.  They return to Hilt, get married, and prepare to settle down.  A bunch of desperadoes ride into town while the Marshall and his new wife are enjoying their wedding night, and their leader makes it clear that they intend to kill the Marshall and restore the old, wild ways in Hilt.

The next morning, through Caleb, one of the criminals sends a message to the Marshall to meet him and another man at the restaurant.  Tha Marshall goes in and arrests the two men.  As he’s leading them down the street, the leader of the group emerges out of a saloon and shoots the Marshall in the back.

The Marshall survives but is laid up in bed.  Hilt turns back into a wild town.  Marshall Dillon arrives with his two deputies, Festus and Newly, and visits his old friend in his bedroom.  There Marshall Rumbaugh reveals that he’s giving up the badge — no explanation why.  This upsets Caleb, who idolizes his new dad because his stands up for Law And Order.  The young boy runs to his room shattered.

Marshall Dillion goes after the desperadoes and kills their leader and one other, and restores order to Hilt.

As he’s leaving town, he stops to talk to Caleb, who is still distraught.  The Marshall makes the point that his father gave up the badge so that he and his mother would never lose a father and husband again, that he made a huge sacrifice just for them.  Caleb realizes that his new Pa never stopped being heroic and runs into his arms.

You don’t see too may stories like this anymore on television or at the movies.  Good triumphed over Evil, even though sacrifices had to be made.  The Marshall did the right thing, even though it meant giving up an occupation he loved.  He had done his duty in creating one more town where Law And Order ruled.  It was time for others to pick up his mantel, as he had a wife and son he was responsible for now, instead of a town.   Men like Marshall Rumbaugh brought civilization to The Wild West.  They performed a great service that we still, to this day, benefit from.  They made great sacrifices.  They never whined or complained or shed tears over the hand they had been dealt, the responsibilities that had been thrust upon them.  Such men just did the right thing, asking for no praise or recognition.  That is the spirit that made America great.  And it was nice to see it portrayed onscreen uncynically and without irony.

I am now a fan of Gunsmoke.

-In light of what their lead singer said the other day, I may become a Beach Boys fan.  From TMZ:

Americans will be “f**ked” if Barack Obama gets re-elected … this according to Beach Boys singer Bruce Johnston.

Bruce was signing autographs for fans in New York yesterday when the conversation turned political.

“Obama’s an a**hole, “Johnston says … adding, “Unless you’re interested in never having any money and being socialized.”

But Johnston was an equal opportunity disser — saying, “And who’s the Republican a**hole?”

“Our guy isn’t any good.”

Bruce Johnston: Exception to the rule when it comes to musicians being idiots.  Wouldn’t it be nice if they were all as wise as him [sorry…couldn’t resist].

-I guess you have to strike while the money iron is hot.  From Roger Friedman, over at Forbes, we learn:

…three months after Whitney died – [the Houston family] announced a deal with Lifetime Network for a reality series. Pat Houston, husband Gary, grandma Cissy, and of course Bobbi Kristina, will now film a show about how they’re dealing with Whitney’s death….

Yeah, they really cared for Whitney and gave a damn about her…yeah.

-From The Shelves Of The Paco Library, we get another great book review by our good Friend In The Ether, Paco The Eloquent.  Man, I envy his skill at finding time to read so much.

-The Manhattan Infidel has graced us with two timely postings listing the Uncoolest and Coolest Presidents.

A highlight from the former:

» James Monroe. Why was he uncool? One word: B-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-ring. How boring was James Monroe? No one even bothered to run against him in 1820 because he bored the opposition out of existence. When he died no one even suspected he was dead until he started voting Democratic.

And one from the latter:

» Teddy Roosevelt. What made Teddy Roosevelt cool? Perhaps it was the homosexual subtext of his life, from the pornstache to his editing a magazine called “The Advocate.” And as we all know, homosexuals are cool. Plus, Teddy Roosevelt once rode a moose across a river and he made that bitch moose enjoy it. No nasty internal combustion engines for Teddy. He believed in green, renewable energy. He would have made Solyndra work.

I think the coolest Prez was Ronald Reagan.  To be Cool, you have to not care what others think of you and you have to stick to your guns no matter what crap is thrown at you.  That was The Raygun.

-In a funny, but amateur display of their Photoshopping skills, the folks at The New Republic, in light of Time Magazine’s cover this past week and in light of Obama’s coming out, speculate on what that Tina Brown-run rag might run as cover this coming week.  Here are three examples [left untouched by me][tip of the fedora to Edpundit]:

And my favorite…

-And, finally: some people think this Cardinal that Raphael painted looks like Sly Stallone [tip of the fedora to Paco], but I think it looks more the great Bob Mitchum.  But, hey, baby, I don’t care.

-Live well, my friends…

8 Comments
  1. 12 May 2012 @ 19:06 19:06

    Thanks for the link, Bob.

    Mrs. Paco and I have been watching reruns of Gunsmoke on the Western channel (STARZ). You ought to check out the half-hour episodes that ran from 1955 until sometime in the early 60s. I think they’re better than the hour-long shows; tighter story lines, for one thing.

    • 15 May 2012 @ 19:07 19:07

      I will check those out – thank you.

      I’ve got available four different cable stations that are screening various eras from the show.

      BTW: It was my immigrant Grandfather’s favorite show [he also like Zane Grey novels] and the only one where you weren’t allowed to watch something else if you were staying over. I just found out that my Mother watches it every day. It’s become a family legacy, I guess.

  2. formwiz permalink
    12 May 2012 @ 22:31 22:31

    Operating on the theory Mr Belvedere is at least as young as his picture, I can only tell him there were a lot of shows and a lot of stories like that, back in the 50s and 60s, especially the 50s (which makes you wonder how so much of the Baby Boom Generation got so screwed up).

    FWIW, the only time I ever liked Gunsmoke was when Burt Reynolds was in it, but there are plenty of old shows like that are still being rerun, mostly on the Westerns channel (they do weekday afternoons of Lawman, Laredo, Wagon Train, and Rawhide, with Cheyenne on Saturday nights), but other places, too – AMC runs about 3 hours of The Rifleman on Saturday mornings.

    If they were before your time, sir, try some more, and you’ll know what so many of us old Baby Boomers are fighting to get back.

    • 15 May 2012 @ 19:14 19:14

      That picture is from around 1982 – I look more like the Dos Equui gentleman now [with more weight].

      When I was a kid, The Rifleman was one of my favorites and I remember watching reruns of Rawhide, Wagon Train, and Maverick. I also watched old Gene Autry movies [never like Roy Rogers].

      I stopped watching Westerns at about the age of twelve when I started liking police procedurals and PI shows. Dragnet’s still my favorite, as is Baretta [after Season I]. I still try to catch Kojak, Adam-12. I wish someone had Mannix on.

      I got back into Westerns in the mid-80’s when I saw The Shootist for the first time and the uncut Heaven’s Gate.

      As i get older, I’m finding I like all the old shows – where there was very little irony and almost no relativism – over the vast majority of the new stuff. And, of course, the old British Dramas, like Upstairs Downstairs and The Pallisers.

  3. 13 May 2012 @ 14:06 14:06

    One of the fun things about watching those TV westerns is seeing young actors on the way up, and old ones having a last go (for example, as formwiz points out, a youthful Burt Reynolds on Gunsmoke). I was watching an episode of Rawhide, recently, and was astonished to see none other than Claude Raines making an appearance (as a drunken old judge).

    • formwiz permalink
      13 May 2012 @ 17:50 17:50

      The estimable Mr Rains did a lot of TV. If you watch the nostalgia channels, you’ll see a good bit of him.

      PS One of the Christian channels on cable (can’t remember which) reruns Daniel Boone and The Big Valley.

  4. Rosalie permalink
    13 May 2012 @ 20:23 20:23

    Those old series are on for a reason; a lot of people are watching them. The Walton’s is another good series. They went through a lot of hardships between the wars and depression but they had resilience, imagination, and pride. I get a kick out of their grandmother who didn’t like Roosevelt because she didn’t want any help from the government. The younger generation could learn a lot by watching them.

    • 15 May 2012 @ 19:17 19:17

      My Mother used to tell me that her Grandmother, Lucy, was like Grandma Walton, except she was nastier [drove my Great Grandfather to kill hisself in the barn]. Lucy didn’t like my Father at first because he was an Eye-talian and an FDR Democrat.

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