Monday Morning Cartoon: The Wildest of Hares

We may have missed our Saturday Morning Cartoon last week, but today marks the anniversary of one of the world’s most iconic animated characters, so perhaps it was convenient.

Bugs Bunny turns 75 today, and the media are brimming with tidbits and tributes to the wild hare, which incidentally was the name of his first cartoon…

Remains of the Day: Monday, July 20, 2015

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As of this writing, our Facebook page has reached 666 people over the last week. You may recall that God sent a rainbow to shine His favor down upon us last Monday. This week, the AntiChrist has apparently given us his Mark of approval. We don’t know what to do with either of these signs frankly, so we’ll just review what we’ve been sharing on our Facebook page and Twitter feed today:

1.) Cracking social-media algorithms would have baffled Einstein, as Today’s Comic Strip amply demonstrates.

2.)  prepared us to host Scapegoats & Straw Men…

3.) From Pete’s Twitter feed:

Some days, I just don’t have the energy for social media…

I need inner conflict. My life would be boring without it.

Kudos to for calling what he is: a paper tiger. Question is: Do his supporters have a clue what you mean?

4.) From Lakin’s Twitter feed:

Requested Twitter feature: retweeting someone else’s retweet of your tweet, thereby igniting a cooperative tweet chain that goes on forever.

This is stuff, folks. I only deal in big picture stuff.

Sometimes I unsubscribe from podcasts because they produce too much content. I feel like I can’t keep up and get upset.

Yet another day where my inner voice manifests itself in the real world as a slightly stuffed-up Michael Caine. I’m only a little worried.

We had a bit of sickness that prevented us from getting behind the mic tonight. So, the recording of the next episodes of Scapegoats & Straw Men and Two Guys, Talking will happen tomorrow night. We’re chomping at the proverbial bit to get going. We’re also chomping at the proverbial bit to interact with you, our burgeoning audience. One way you can do that is to share with us what you’re sharing across social media. Feel free to message us on Facebook or tweet at us on Twitter or email us at show@scapegoatsandstrawmen.com.

Until tomorrow…

Embrace the Blame!!!

Remains of the Weekend: July 18-19, 2015

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Image Courtesy of Boston Magazine

Another weekend is in the can, and as we stare down the inevitable abyss of the next five days, here’s what we’ve been sharing on our Facebook page and Twitter feed over the last two:

1.) Our Saturday Morning Cartoon this week was an opera, but the good kind: short and snappy.

2.) The Weekend Comic Strip comes from one of our demented, crazier favorites: Buttersafe

3.) From Lakin’s Twitter feed:

I am often frustrated by other drivers when behind the wheel myself.

Well, field show #1 is in the books. Super productive day. I feel like the world’s fastest surgeon, but without the 300% mortality rate.

In case you’re wondering, yes that is a real stat. “Time me, gentlemen.”

I think my spirit animal is hummus.

4.) Some strange humor for a strange Sunday…

5.)  I tended to be one of the Scapegoats & Straw Men…

6.) Our Sunday Afternoon Poem was about such SSM spirit animals as crows, ravens, bats, and owls.

7.) The newest episode of Two Guys, Talking is now available. Titled “Batman Kardashian,” we banter about the obvious and the not-so-obvious…

Tomorrow evening we’ll be recording this week’s episodes of SSM and TGT. Although the content of the latter is a major TBD, look for “Mind Projection Minions” this Wednesday on the mainstage podcast. In the meantime, we invite you to share with us your Remains of the Day/Weekend. You can message us on Facebook or tweet at us on Twitter or email us at show@scapegoatsandstrawmen.com.

Embrace the Blame!!!

 

Sunday Afternoon Poem: Ancient Gaelic Melody

Bullwinkle Poetry Corner

Screenshot from ShepQuest

This week’s Sunday Afternoon Poem comes from a guy who hasn’t seen a Sunday afternoon in many centuries: Sir Walter Scott. It’s also creepy and (in part) about owls…

Ancient Gaelic Melody

I.
Birds of omen dark and foul,
Night-crow, raven, bat, and owl,
Leave the sick man to his dream –
All night long he heard you scream.
Haste to cave and ruin’d tower,
Ivy tod, or dingled-bower,
There to wink and mop, for, hark!
In the mid air sings the lark.

II.
Hie to moorish gills and rocks,
Prowling wolf and wily fox, –
Hie ye fast, nor turn your view,
Though the lamb bleats to the ewe.
Couch your trains, and speed your flight,
Safety parts with parting night;
And on distant echo borne,
Comes the hunter’s early horn.

III.
The moon’s wan crescent scarcely gleams,
Ghost-like she fades in morning beams;
Hie hence, each peevish imp and fay
That scarce the pilgrim on his way, –
Quench, kelpy! quench, in bog and fen,
Thy torch, that cheats benighted men;
Thy dance is o’er, thy reign is done,
For Benyieglo hath seen the sun.

IV.
Wild thoughts, that, sinful, dark, and deep,
O’erpower the passive mind in sleep,
Pass from the slumberer’s soul away,
Like night-mists from the brow of day:
Foul hag, whose blasted visage grim
Smothers the pulse, unnerves the limb,
Spur thy dark palfrey, and begone!
Thou darest not face the godlike sun.

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Picture from the Camel City Dispatch

Remains of the Day: Friday, July 17, 2015

We’ve gotta be honest with you. This has been a long week. We’re not exactly sad to see it go the way of the Confederate flag. Regardless, our Facebook page and Twitter feed have been active as always. Here’s what we’ve been sharing:

1.) This morning, on the blog, the Galactic Muse reappeared to deliver another Memo, this time on “So-and-So Over There.”

2.) Do your personal spirit a favor and take four minutes to listen to this amazing and powerful story about forgiveness from NPR’s StoryCorps.

3.)  listen to Scapegoats & Straw Men…

4.) From Lakin’s Twitter feed:

It’s Summer, and Summer means cold brew coffee. Also, hours and hours of marching band drill work. I tend to enjoy both.

5.) From Pete’s Facebook page:

My nephew is of the smartphone generation. Hold the phone in front of him and say “Smile,” he smiles. Tell him to be goofy, he’s goofy. Ask him how to do something on the phone, he’ll show you…

6.) From Lakin’s Facebook page:

Autocorrect: the most relatable love-hate relationship of our modern world.

Present across all electronic devices, even my desktop computer now accounts for my sloppy, sub-par typing skills. Give it enough time and no one will be able to type or spell accurately. We’ll just mash our fingers down and our thoughts will come out.

6.) We released our newest episode of Two Guys, Talking today, the slightly less focused, slightly more random companion podcast to Scapegoats & Straw Men. This week’s episode is called “Batman Kardashian” and can be downloaded on iTunes here.

7.) Today’s Comic Strip invokes Batman: Arkham Knight, which gives us an excuse to embed one of the game’s awesome trailers…

8.) Finally, Clark’s third “law” of prediction: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Do you have a device with a gyroscope and the YouTube app? Check this out…

We trust you have a relaxing weekend, and we hope you’ll spend a few seconds of that weekend recommending our audio wares to your friends and family. Also, please feel free to send us memes, comic strips, videos, articles, dinosaur DNA, etc., for use in a future edition of Remains of the Day. You can message us on Facebook or tweet at us on Twitter or email us at show@scapegoatsandstrawmen.com

We’ll be back Sunday night with Remains of the Weekend. Until then, check out our Saturday Morning Cartoon and our Sunday Afternoon Poem, the first being about opera and the second being about owls. Hmmmm…

Embrace the Blame! 

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Photo from NASA

Memo from the Galactic Muse: So-and-So Over There

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Screenshot from Comic Vine

Imagine a scenario in which the second a National Tragedy occurs, President Fill-in-the-Blank immediately walks out of the Oval Office, grabs a microphone, and begins making such assertions as: “This tragedy was caused by So-and-So who is obviously a Such-and-Such who advocates for This-and-That religion and is from Over There. This was obviously an act of terrorism committed by someone who, because they are a Such-and-Such, obviously wants to wipe us all out in the name of This-and-That religion. Their barbarism will not stand. We will respond within 10 minutes. Man the torpedoes. Watch out, Over There. Your seconds are numbered.”

That’s it. He doesn’t wait for the FBI, Homeland Security, and other law enforcement branches to wrap up their investigation. He doesn’t take a second to consider whether or not he should impose his suspicions and opinions on the situation. He doesn’t even count to 10 before unleashing his knee-jerk, gut-felt assessment on the world. He speaks and acts immediately, emotionally, and decisively.

But then. The investigation is completed. The facts are in. President Fill-in-the-Blank was wrong. Dead wrong. For all of his emotional rhetoric and decisive action-taking, he was wrong.

Or better yet. Imagine that he was right, but only partially right. He was right that So-and-So was a Such-and-Such, but This-and-That religion from Over There wasn’t directly involved with the National Tragedy.

In spite of being partially right, President Fill-in-the-Blank was also partially wrong in a big way, potentially endangering any progress that has been made in handling long-standing situations Over There. On top of that, his statements have stirred up the very worst fears people have about This-and-That religion, regardless of whether the majority of Thisses-and-Thatters actually agree with those who commit horrible acts in the name of their beliefs.

In either scenario then, President Fill-in-the-Blank has failed to act with wisdom, caution, precision, control, and maturity.

There is a Certain Sector of the Punditry and Populace who is criticizing President Obama for failing to disregard wisdom, caution, precision, control, and maturity in response to the Chattanooga tragedy (as they have with virtually every other National Tragedy over the last seven years).

This Certain Sector of the Punditry and Populace is the reason why Donald Trump–a man who possesses none of the qualities listed above–is No. 1 in the GOP primary race. This Certain Sector of the Punditry and Populace is the reason why we have spent trillions Over There.

This Certain Sector of the Punditry and Populace praises leaders who act from their guts, not from their heads. And this Certain Sector of the Punditry and Populace is the reason why we’re in danger of having many more Over Theres, many more acts of terrorism Over Here, and many more men like Donald Trump as President Fill-in-the-Blank…

Remains of the Day: Thursday, July 16, 2015

As sparse as we were on social media yesterday, we were that much more prolific today, especially one particular co-host who couldn’t keep his big yap shut. Anyway, here’s what we’ve been sharing on our Facebook page and Twitter feed:

1.) Confused about the Greek debt crisis? So are we. Here’s John Green to help sort it out…

2.) If you’re a comic-book fan (or even if you’re not), you probably know about origin stories. Sometimes, however, the origin stories of the creators are more fascinating than the origin stories of their characters. For your consideration: Wonder Woman

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Screenshot from American Culture

3.) Our Favorite Article of the Day is very insightful, especially for those of us who have a hard time saying, “No.”

4.) Today’s Comic Strip represents how we feel sometimes. We also feel as if there are commentators whispering our every move and mistake to an unseen television audience.

Maybe we’re just narcissists…

Peanuts Comic

5.)  we learned to never get , but to listen first to Scapegoats & Straw Men…

6.) “To become a writer or actor or almost anything of a ‘glamorous’ nature, one must find the sweet spot between Idealism and Pragmatism and not have an excess of either.” Great blog post on following your dreams.

7.) From Pete’s Twitter feed:

We live in amazing times. Practically the whole world, including myself, is eagerly awaiting a movie called Ant-Man…

The more gives the regressive thinkers in the press hell, the more I like him… via

I thought Southerners prided themselves on good manners…

Seriously, it’s a flag. A piece of cloth. The Confederate Flag is very easy to burn. Bring yours to me. I’d love to show you how it burns…

The President’s a human being.He’s not a piece of fabric.You show human beings respect,not fabric.

In other news, is a tragedy. But the 24/7 culture will respond to it like they do every other tragedy. By talking about guns…

8.) From Lakin’s Twitter feed:

I made oatmeal cookies at 11pm last night. It was both a great decision and a terrible decision.

I’ve been talking to myself in a nasally, vaguely-British accent all day. Must’ve been something I ate.

9.) He also retweeted this from Hank Green: Just fixed Katherine’s computer by banging it on my knee so…I am basically a Apple repair specialist.

10.) From Pete’s Facebook page:

No to gay rights. No to healthcare reform. No to a treaty with Iran. No to gun reform. No to equal pay. No to immigration reform. No to increasing the minimum wage. No to protecting the Earth. No to etc., etc. etc.

When you say No to everything, you begin to sound like a petulant toddler who wants the adults in the room to bend to his will, consequences be damned…

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Meme from Occupy Democrats

11.) From Lakin’s Facebook page:

Fun Pyware 3D glitch of the season:

Color guard members keep appearing in the visualizer with bucket hats and tall plumes. I keep taking their hats off, they keep putting the hats on.

12.) This week’s SSM was, in theory, very structured. Somewhere between the planning and execution phase, however, something went sideways. We started to discuss Mind Projection Fallacy, but then our brains got the better of us and distracted us with musicals, rainbows, coffee, and other stuff that had nothing to do with Mind Projection Fallacy. We were amused. And we hope you’ll be amused, too.

And next week, we promise: Mind Projection Fallacy. Unless of course, there’s another rainbow…

Well, that was a gluttonous helping of SSM goodies. Seems we got our second social-media wind for the end of the week. Until tomorrow, please feel free to send your goodies our way (and by goodies, you filthy-minded Scapegoaters and Straw People, we mean articles, videos, memes, comics, etc.) for use in a future edition of Remains of the Day. You can message us on Facebook or tweet at us on Twitter or email us at show@scapegoatsandstrawmen.comAnd don’t forget to be on the lookout tomorrow for another episode of Two Guys, Talking.

Embrace the Blame!

Remains of the Day: Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Busy doins’ ’round these here parts this week as we’re both heavily involved in several extracurricular projects. But never fear! We have new podcast content coming up, and we’ve also been actively updating our Facebook page and Twitter feed:

1.) Have you listened to the brand-new episode of SSM yet? Titled “A Laissez-Faire Affair,” find out what happens when two undercover podcasters sabotage their own plan after a rainbow distracts them.

You can download it on iTunes here and on our website here.

And don’t forget to leave us a good, bad, or indifferent review on iTunes. We welcome and consider all feedback!

2.) Today’s Comic Strip is a perfect example of modern economics

3.) I wonder if involve listening to Scapegoats & Straw Men during coitus..

4.) From Lakin’s Twitter feed: “I know we have inspired a new generation of explorers,” says Administrator Charles Bolden.

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5.) Finally tonight, here’s some Theology Gone Wild for ya…

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Pretty short edition of Remains of the Day this time around. If you could send us some extra hours for our day, we would be much obliged. The 24 we got now just ain’t doin’ the trick. While you find those stray seconds and missing minutes, please feel free to feed us animals the bread crumbs you find lying around the Internet. You can message us on Facebook or tweet at us on Twitter or email us at show@scapegoatsandstrawmen.com.

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Remains of the Day: Tuesday, July 14, 2015

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Awesome Print by nikz09mia

Apologies for being a little late on the draw tonight. We’ve been finalizing tomorrow’s upload of Scapegoats & Straw Men, titled “A Laissez-Faire Affair.” What’s that you’re wondering? No “Sh*t from a Hat”? Just wait and listen. Just wait and listen. In the meantime, check out what we’ve been sharing on our Facebook page and Twitter feed today:

1.) We were following this morning, indulging in the beauty of progress, exploration, and the unknown. Congratulations ! We should all take a few seconds to savor this historic day

Pluto nearly fills the frame in this image from the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) aboard NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, taken on July 13, 2015, when the spacecraft was 476,000 miles (768,000 kilometers) from the surface and released on July 14, 2015. More than nine years after its launch, the U.S. spacecraft sailed past Pluto on Tuesday, capping a 3 billion mile (4.88 billion km) journey to the solar system’s farthest reaches, NASA said. This is the last and most detailed image sent to Earth before the spacecraft's closest approach to Pluto on July 14. The color image has been combined with lower-resolution color information from the Ralph instrument that was acquired earlier on July 13. This view is dominated by the large, bright feature informally named the "heart" which measures approximately 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) across. The heart borders darker equatorial terrains, and the mottled terrain to its east (right) are complex. However, even at this resolution, much of the heart's interior appears remarkably featureless - possibly a sign of ongoing geologic processes.     REUTERS/NASA/APL/SwRI/Handout  ATTENTION EDITORS - FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
Pluto nearly fills the frame in this image from the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) aboard NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, taken on July 13, 2015, when the spacecraft was 476,000 miles (768,000 kilometers) from the surface and released on July 14, 2015. More than nine years after its launch, the U.S. spacecraft sailed past Pluto on Tuesday, capping a 3 billion mile (4.88 billion km) journey to the solar system‚Äôs farthest reaches, NASA said. This is the last and most detailed image sent to Earth before the spacecraft’s closest approach to Pluto on July 14. The color image has been combined with lower-resolution color information from the Ralph instrument that was acquired earlier on July 13. This view is dominated by the large, bright feature informally named the “heart” which measures approximately 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) across. The heart borders darker equatorial terrains, and the mottled terrain to its east (right) are complex. However, even at this resolution, much of the heart’s interior appears remarkably featureless – possibly a sign of ongoing geologic processes.
REUTERS/NASA/APL/SwRI/Handout

2.) Tuesday’s Comic Strip is courtesy of the always-reliable Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal

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Superman is a dick. You know that, right? Superman is a dick. Just watch the end of Man of Steel. He’s a dick.

3.)  a world without Scapegoats & Straw Men…

4.) From Lakin’s (incredibly prolific) Twitter feed

Say what you will about , but at least their listicles are published as one freaking page. Props to you guys, seriously.

Also, , you guys look like you’re having a hell of a good time over there.

Watching James Randi’s . It’s on Netflix. A great film about an amazing man. Go watch it.

“Paranoia paranoia, everybody’s coming to get me.”

Also, I am constantly impressed by ‘s Australian and European actors’ affinity for American accents. Impeccable.

The first “plot keyword” on IMDb for is “female nudity.” I’d argue the nudity of all cast members is equally essential to plot.

If you’re wondering, yes I should be being productive. But, like an artist working in his favorite medium, here I sit, procrastinating.

Disappointment realizing you can’t rewatch your favorite television shows nearly as easily as your favorite movies.

Rewatching some . Sookie must have a high pain tolerance. Beaten to a pulp in ep. 2, but damn it if she didn’t bounce right back.

Also, I am constantly impressed by ‘s Australian and European actors’ affinity for American accents. Impeccable.

The first “plot keyword” on IMDb for is “female nudity.” I’d argue the nudity of all cast members is equally essential to plot.

If you’re wondering, yes I should be being productive. But, like an artist working in his favorite medium, here I sit, procrastinating.

I am experienced enough in my craft to have attained near-surgical levels of precision.

I love the musical themes scattered throughout . Particular the “glamour” theme. It is pervasive and I never got tired of it.

Oh Bill, I’d forgotten how cryptic and vaguely grimy you were in season 1.

I think it’s the sideburns.

“Just because you understand the mechanics of how something works doesn’t make it any less of a miracle.”

Wait, which season of is it again that Alexander Skarsgard spends most of his time shirtless? I think I’ll skip to that one.

If I’m going to rewatch , I should keep a running tally of sexual fantasies involving Sookie. Anyone for an over-under?

I don’t think humans are meant to have access to consecutive episodes of television shows. We are weak.

5.) We fell down a bit of an off-social media rabbit hole today, hence the painting headlining this post. For some reason, Lakin brought up Skinwalkers (not the movie) in a text message this morning and sent me a link to this (immensely eerie) story. I mentioned the vast amount of literature related to the topic, which led Lakin to purchase and read this book and led me to listen to this…

That was after we discussed Eisenhower’s meeting with aliens when he was supposed to be at a dentist appointment. We’ve heard of worst excuses for not going to the dentist’s…

6.) HatShit Quote of the Day: “There is no skill ceiling to being a better musician or writer or painter. You have to procrastinate if you want to do anything ever.”–Productive Podcaster Lakin Weaver

7.) Finally, before we bid you goodnight, here’s quite possibly the greatest shower curtain ever…

SSM SM Giraffe on Dolphin Shower Curtain

Many thanks to one of our first fans, Andrew Johnson, for the share!

BONUS: More proof, your Honors, that Superman is a dick

Well, that was a supremely weird edition of Remains of the Day. We invite you to participate in the wonder of the weirdness by submitting your brand of bizarre for use in an upcoming edition of RoD. You can message us on Facebook or tweet at us on Twitter or email us at show@scapegoatsandstrawmen.comAnd don’t forget to be on the lookout tomorrow for “A Laissez-Faire Affair.”

Embrace the Blame!