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February 2, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge

View brewings. Time warps.

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There. A rattling before battle like soldiers thrashing swords against their shields to show resolve and create fear. That’s close to the sound.©

Cold comfort, the fireplace, the fleece, the chili. The wind’s fingers slipping between. Scouting.

Well, too bad. Time’s a-wasting and there’s enough competitions around to heat anything up.

Huddle around the TV and warm up to the 2016 Super Bowl commercials. Will the dachshunds make the leap? Will Mac get to run? Will every drop count? Will America really eat it up, Jack?

Oh, there’s a concert with a football game wrapped around it all, too.

There’s always politics if you’re a glutton for punishment and hot air. Everyone was so excited about a new Microsoft app to tally votes quickly, but then it all came down to low tech coin toss for a winner. How ironic. Even more humorous that the toss involved the Party which has a front-runner with a problem with technology.

Enough running and louse jousting.

Vintage stories would entertain better.

What would you think of a guy:

Who grew up picking 100 pounds of cotton a day – for enough days to buy a donkey – to bred to a horse for mule offspring to sell – to raise enough money to go to Harvard – to become a circuit riding lawyer in the West – to get elected to Congress – who backed down Wall Street and the Big Banks’ controls of loan money – to force the Secretary of Treasury to reveal documents that the IRS had been directed by him to hand out rebates to certain of his friends (Yes, the IRS has always been sketchy and a problem) – who became Speaker of the House – then Vice President (who knew better than anyone how to get men to the table to compromise and network success) – who almost became President if that woman hadn’t shoved the gun aimed at Roosevelt – and who even in his 90’s helped shaped the modern Democratic Party from his front porch including JFK?

Interested? Here’s an article with synopsis. (At the bottom check the list to see when the show will air in your area). A bit of a preview:

Vintage news reels and old photos are fascinating way to see how we got to where we are.

The Republicans became the Democrats. With a bit of progressivism nipping their heels along the way.

And his wife. No delicate prairie flower that one. Quite the independent minded woman for the era. Even Eleanor Roosevelt thought she had some solid ideas.

For comparison to current conventions, this excerpt of the 1932 Democratic Convention from the PBS show “Cactus Jack: Lone Star of Capital Hill”

So storm, you clouds.

Got plenty time warps and some smiles to play.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

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“Hold it. Drop that spoonful of sugar. Only thing refined around here is thought.” (USPD/






  1. sportsattitudes / Feb 2 2016 5:17 pm

    I like that line about the only thing refined around here is thought! Pretty sweet outlook…without being too sugary!


  2. Carrie Rubin / Feb 2 2016 5:55 pm

    I’ll take watching politics over football. My husband says my disinterest in football is my biggest fault. I can live with that…

    Interesting to learn about Cactus Jack!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 2 2016 6:36 pm

      What there’s really a football game? Thought it was a myth. Next weekend is yet another traditional feast day. The shows are full of suggested football themed foods (I just couldn’t bare to be an enabler, so no pictures/mention of those here). Supper Bowl is usually the Trimming of the Bushes here, but last weekend was almost 80 so the event was held earlier. This coming weekend looks to be much colder. What’s left is the healing of the bush bites. And maybe a bit of historical reading. I never knew anything about Cactus Jack but stumbled on that PBS show (full of vintage news reels – fascinating stuff for anyone who loves primary sources and speakers. That woman who grabbed the gun – her interview was a charmer.) More people would be interested in history/see the connections to today if they just were told the stories of the people at the times. Those politics I can actually watch for fun. Thanks for voting to leave a comment (Stay warm and dry – nasty stuff headed up there)

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      • Carrie Rubin / Feb 2 2016 6:37 pm

        Well, we’ve been so blessed with good weather this winter, I can’t complain if we get a storm.

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  3. The Good Greatsby / Feb 2 2016 6:01 pm

    I’ll be watching the Super Bowl in Shanghai, China. Unfortunately we don’t get the commercials in our broadcast. Disappointing.

    Cactus Jack in 2016!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 2 2016 6:47 pm

      Yee-haw! A man that knew the map to compromise was eased by getting people in a closed room and serving whiskey…even during Prohibition. (Smart enough to mix the drinks himself and made sure all the others got really strong drinks)
      A drought of commercials? You’ll just have to watch them on line – the winners anyway. So far the wiener dogs win! Thanks for kicking a comment to the goal line


  4. The Coastal Crone / Feb 2 2016 6:51 pm

    I had not thought or read about Cactus Jack in years. That would have been an interesting election year to watch. The film does not seem to be showing in the Corpus Christi area so thanks for sharing the information and videos. I don’t watch football now but do remember watching the first one but I was young back then. The wiener dogs and clydesdales are my favorite commercials.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 2 2016 7:09 pm

      We used to look forward and rate to the commercials, but some years were better than others. Now it’s all available online – much faster to run through them and you don’t have to spend so much time sitting in one room.
      Some of that PBS show nudged memories of my Grandparents/elderly relatives having political discussions.Never paid much attention to them then as a little kid.The song at the very end is sung in the exact cadence and regional accent I remember from them. (“Bee-YOU-tiff-full,Bee-YOU-tiff-full Tex-as…”) Maybe that show will be released on YouTube/video after the initial run. Surprisingly it’s an very interesting tale with all the old photos and newsreels.Smart producers. Glad you elected to stop by and chat!


  5. 50djohnson / Feb 2 2016 7:11 pm

    Love this!! I love history!!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 3 2016 11:17 am

      A guy that sounds like a real character. Couldn’t write fiction this good. Thanks for entering the Tardis zone and flinging over a comment

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  6. Cecilia Mary Gunther / Feb 2 2016 8:10 pm

    Goodness – only in America! c


  7. shoreacres / Feb 2 2016 8:18 pm

    I’m so unattuned that i hadn’t even realized that, yes, indeedy, that Super Bowl is this coming weekend. Well, they’re just going to have to play it without me. I know just enough about the teams to know I hope Peyton Manning is the winning QB. Let’s hear it for the old guys and gals — those young whippersnappers have plenty of time to be winners.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 3 2016 11:55 am

      Oh, you’ve missed all the football inspired food ideas (all the food groups: salt, fat, sugar…). I guess I’ll pick Denver(the last 5 minutes are all that counts – Denver is good at that)…and the Heinz hot dogs running or maybe the Barkleys for Subaru. A big yawn for Miss Dixie, no doubt. Thanks for tossing a passing comment.


  8. reneejohnsonwrites / Feb 3 2016 4:38 am

    Being from NC, I’m rooting for the Panthers. Cam Newton is amazing. I also think the way the team interacts with kids builds camaraderie. That’s the sports end. For politics, color me neutral. I’m not fired up about anybody. I keep having a single thought: “Really–is this the best we have now?” I wish someone would score a touchdown for me in that cesspool, but so far… Perhaps it’s coming, a last quarter field goal, a surprising run for yards gained… Oh well. (sorry for all the football analogies. Seemed appropriate.)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 3 2016 1:50 pm

      All I hope is that it’s a good game (and no one gets hurt). Your analogies are perfect…still sitting on the sidelines here, too with politics. Where are the statesmen? Enough with the halftime show circus. Thanks for grabbing the comment ball


  9. easyweimaraner / Feb 3 2016 6:23 am

    I was happy to hear that we can watch Superbowl too … but we get our own boring commercials… sigh….


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 3 2016 1:53 pm

      Usually there are some regional ads that show only in certain parts of the country here, too. But if there’s any political ads, I’m leaving the room (and wondering how they can afford to pay for a Super Bowl spot). Thanks for fetching a comment to add


  10. Ally Bean / Feb 3 2016 8:05 am

    I’d forgotten how much fun it is to watch those old newsreels and learn the stories. Truth be known I’m really more interested in history + politics than this year’s Super Bowl. I usually like football, but this year…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 3 2016 2:01 pm

      Agree this season seems a bit lackluster for some reason unknown. History is just a good story told well. Old newsreels are fascinating – odd how with Cactus Jack’s days many of the exact same issues were front and center. At least with the old films, you can smile and laugh at the style and characters as it’s removed in the distance of time…today’s politics are too close for comfort: the more things change, the more they stay the same. Play ball? Thanks for running in with a goal-worthy comment

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  11. marthaschaefer / Feb 3 2016 1:18 pm

    Living here in Political Primary Hell, I would rather be forced to watch a Super Bowl game without commercials. My (registered repeatedly with no success) DO NOT CALL landline rings constantly with unknown callers, opinion polls and recorded candidates. 12 calls yesterday, already that many today.

    This isn’t politics, it’s harassment!! I will look for the PBS special, comic relief perhaps?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 3 2016 2:10 pm

      It is harassment – we are getting polling calls here, too – and are no where near ground zero. It’s almost better to let the cell phone run out of charge. Hope good weather holds so we aren’t trapped inside with annoying TV(which is on less and less) and phones. Voting for squirrels – the ones outside – they at least know how to gather provisions for lean times, and have a sense of play and humor. Good luck with political campaign avoidance! Thanks for voting to add a comment here

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  12. D. Wallace Peach / Feb 3 2016 4:47 pm

    I love those amazing stories of grit and determination and principles. “So storm, you clouds.” – a great line 🙂


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