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The Supreme Court Caught With Robes Down On Hidden Cam

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The United States Supreme Snort, er, Court-- are they for real? Well, just take a look at the hidden camera footage Funny or Die gathered for this "expose" on the Chief Justice and his all-boy's club. If you don't crack up watching this, you're not breathing.

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Three Bullets, Three Leaders, Three Deaths -- In One Day

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November 22, 1963. If you were around back then, you certainly know the significance of that day. Or do you?

We all know that our 35th president was assassinated in Dallas. It's an event that haunts us even today -- nearly fifty years to the moment. It's indelibly imprinted on we survivors -- where we were and how we heard the news.

Yet two other greats died that same day. Within hours of the president. Their loss is hardly mourned, certainly nearly forgotten that it occurred at the same time.

But virtually no one on 22 November 1963 realized—and relatively few realize even now—that that day also saw the departure of the two other major figures, who were also world-shapers in their very different ways.

The two greats that were lost were as far from politics as you can imagine. These two, both men, were visionaries perhaps greater than JFK. Their words were read and their books sold thousands more copies than anything Kennedy wrote, Profiles in Courage included. Their literary works still are great sellers today.

These authors who's passing was glanced over at best, were totally ignored in the big picture despite the fact that they would have made front pages if they had died a day earlier. What is it they say, "Timing is everything?"

The two "ghosts" were C.S. Lewis (The Screwtape LettersThe Chronicles of Narnia, and The Space Trilogy) and Aldous Huxley (Brave New World).

Philosophically and sociologically, they were titans. Their passing deserved a bit of recognition but sadly, a more instantly shocking sense of despair overtook this country. The presidents murder understandably overshadowed the more peaceful and orderly passing of these two pillars of future thought.

The Daily Beast:

Death had moved remorselessly westward to claim his scalps. Lewis died first, in his brother’s arms, a few minutes after tumbling with a crash from his bed at the foot of the stairs at the Kilns, his house outside Oxford, at 5.30pm. He was just a week shy of 65. One hour later—12.30pm in Texas—the 46-year-old President was shot. At the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Los Angeles, Huxley’s second wife Laura, leaving his bedside with his request for an LSD injection, found the doctor and nurses in shock watching the news of the assassination; Huxley died, aged 69, at 5.20pm local time, just under eight hours after Lewis.

So perhaps in a few weeks, after we've tired of all of the Kennedy conspiracy specials and commemorations, we'll take a moment and hearken back to two of life's most interesting writers. As this post began, things in life (and death) seem to happen in three's. So here's three quotes from the other two missing greats.

C.S. Lewis C.S. Lewis:

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less.

The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.

There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, 'Thy will be done,' and those to whom God says, 'All right, then, have it your way.'

Aldous HuxleyAldous Huxley:

That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.

Maybe this world is another planet's hell.

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

Wise men of wordsmiths. Come November 22nd, I'll remember their 50th anniversary of passing. Join me?

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Too Soon? It's Only Been Fifty Years

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Comedians, when a questionable joke fails to get laughs, or even provoke groans, often turn to their audience and shrug, "Too soon?"

Well, it's happened once again. Certain things are just a bit sacrosanct. They really should be considered taboo. And here's a very recent commercial that crosses that line.

But if there is something positive to take away from this, it's not the intended cause. It's not going to get us to go off and place a bet with French horse racing bookmaker PMU. But what it could do, is remind us all of the ridiculous obsession America has with guns. Whether cultural or not, whether protected under the second amendment or not, this commercial is wrong (for taste reasons) but it does serve as a reminder of how guns kill.

It doesn't matter that I find this commercial abhorrent, I'm using it strictly to make a point.

On Tuesday, two Colorado state officials faced a recall. They were part of the group that got sane and reasonable gun control measures passed in their state (background checks and 15 round limits on gun clips). With the NRA heavily lobbying against them, they were defeated. The message of reasonable gun laws took a huge hit.

We can't let that continue. This is a wake-up call.

We must work against the NRA so that we have some safety measures in place, especially while we liberally apply meaning to the second amendment.

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Video- Maher, Bashir and "Kennedy" Scuffle On Brewer Finger Wag

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Gack. The Twitter was alit last night over this "Kennedy" woman, and now I understand. The winner of this panel was def Bashir. Since the vid comes from the MRC, they cut it off at "Kennedy"'s supposed "win". If you see the full segment on vid, let me know.

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