“This is the way the world ends; not with a bang or a whimper, but with zombies breaking down the back door.”

I can’t take it any more. I can’t take another political ad. It must be torture to live in Iowa right now. Yesterday as I watched my eighth or ninth ad, I wondered what we ought to call a group of politicians. Some of my favorite collective names are a murder of crows, a maelstrom of salamanders and a nest of vipers, all perfectly fitting politicians. I was leaning toward a nest of politicians figuring the vipers wouldn’t mind, they might even be honored, but then I found the perfect collective: an intrusion of politicians, borrowed from the cockroaches. That one fit all around. I also have a second choice just in case: a deceit as in a deceit of lapwings. Feel free to use either one.

It may reach 60˚ tomorrow and feel more like spring than winter. Today is already in the 50’s. We’re having a heat wave, a tropical heat wave is falling unbidden from the lips.

Zombies have trouble sitting upright. I just saw one try to get out of her coffin. I’m watching a 1943 black and white movie called Revenge of the Zombies. The evil doctor is really a German who is providing his services to Nazis. He has volunteered to provide an army which can’t be killed as they’re dead already. The Nazi is a caricature, a heel clicker. The setting is Louisiana. I never thought of it as a hotbed of spies, but I guess a zombie army was too good for any Nazi to pass up. The zombies are turned by some sort of swamp mud. The antidote is coffee though I don’t know if you can add cream and sugar. The movie is terrible so I like it. My favorite character is played by Mantan Moreland as Jeff, the driver for Scott and Larry, two of the main characters. Moreland was also the driver for Charlie Chan. Moreland sees dead bodies which are always gone by the time he gets Scott or Larry to check so they think he’s crazy and seeing things. Borland is wonderful and funny and plays up his part perfectly, “”Well, I’m sure there’s a logical scientific explanation for the proliferation of supposedly paranormal activity in this sector — er, I mean, lady they’s boogedy-boogs in the bushes!” I’ve learned Zombies walk slowly, speak in almost an echo and come when called. Good to know stuff.

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20 Comments on ““This is the way the world ends; not with a bang or a whimper, but with zombies breaking down the back door.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    I think an intrusion is the best choice 🙂 No elections here for a couple of years I hope, the opposition might try to make the government fall and they can if they want to. Their problem is that if they do and then win the election the new opposition are capable to do just the same and they will and it’s all because of the racists who has the balance of power no matter what side get to be the bigger one.

    It will mostly stay above 32 here, even might reach 40’s but with the warmer weather the storms will arrive and it willstart blowing already tomorrow by noon and it will snow and rain a lot at the same time, can’t pretend I look forward to it even if it is warmer.

    I would love that movie but to be honest, I’ve never really understood the zombie thing, they are slow and tend to fall apart so it would be rather easy to get rid of them I think 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      These zombies looked just fine. They even talked, sort of. On The Walking Dead they are falling apart and look disgusting. They also do a weird zombie shuffle. The zombies in this movie walked just right.

      The presidential elections are every four years. First they run in primaries hoping to be nominated by their parties. After the primaries 2 are left, one for each party, democratic and republican. Now these two are running for president so the ads will continue until November and election day.

      Still warm.

      Have a great evening!

      • olof1 Says:

        Zombies like that I would fear though. We all learn about Yor system in school, a bit odd for us Europeans who are used to more parties than is healthy 🙂

      • katry Says:

        Christer,
        Once in a while a third candidate runs, like Ralph Nader did. What happens, though, is he takes votes away from one of the other two major parties, and he took voters from the democrat so the republican won.

  2. Bob Says:

    I’m not into zombies so good luck with the movie. Here in Dallas we are going up to the high 70s with clear skies. A beautiful Spring like day. Who knew that it would be this warm at the end of January.

    The political ads haven’t hit yet in Texas because our primaries aren’t until March. During the primary season the ads from the Republicans are who’s more conservative than Hitler. The Democratic ads are who’s more liberal than FDR. In the last presidential election year the Democrates didn’t even bother to run ads or even run candidates in statewide office races. At the ballot in my previous district the choices were Republican or Libertarian. Texas is now a one party State. The Republican led legislature has gerrymandered the congressional districts to prevent any Democrates from winning a seat in the House. Of course our junior Senator, Ted Cruz, is running for President assuming the Supreme Court will rule he’s eligible since he was born in Canada.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      It wasn’t a gory movie. Actually it was kind of humorous, some of it on purpose.

      The weather man is describing today and tomorrow as spring-like here. 70˚ would be closer to summer than spring for us.

      We have our primary in March as well, but the ads continue and are frequent. The Republican runners’ ads go after Obama and the other candidates. We are told why that candidate is the best choice. They don’t even mention conservative or liberal in any of the ads. They are just trying to best one another.

      Cruz is hated by just about everyone including his supporters, and he is glad because he gets to use that as a political strategy. Even the elder Bush made a comment about not liking Cruz.

  3. minicapt Says:

    Why Louisiana?
    Possibly … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louisiana_Maneuvers

    Cheers

    • katry Says:

      minicapt,
      I haven’t ever heard of this exercise. I find that amazing given how often I watch WWII programs on the military and history channels.

  4. Kay Says:

    You’re right about the political ads! I don’t always answer met phone anymore I am still polite when I do answer and it’s another pollster but I no longer answer their questions. I wonder if the candidates realize how much Iowans hate these constant calls. I am a political person. My township’s caucus is being held in my home tomorrow evening. But I will never volunteer for work in another primary campaign. Almost all of our tv commercials are political ads. Fortunately I have a dvr,record everything I watch so I can skip all the commercials. Still when the phone rings dozens of times a day it’s much more annoying than persuasive!

    Sent from my iPad

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    • katry Says:

      Kay,
      I have caller ID on my TV so I know not to answer. All those calls are worse than annoying. The callers use fake names hoping someone will answer-nope, not me.

      It is funny the large number of Republican ads here. I am registered as an independent but mostly vote democratic though I do like to pick and choose for the primary. I can’t do it this year. I just can’t vote for a Republican.

  5. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I believe it would be a pestilence of politicians.
    Or maybe a polysyllabus of politicians.
    I have no idea what a polysyllabus would be but it sounds good.

    The modern zombie wars thing hasn’t grabbed my interest. The only zombie book I’ve read was Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. It was fun. Coffee didn’t work there, though. Swords and being hit in the head worked well.

    The weather was lovely and springy up here today. Not much sun but nice and warm. For the last day of January.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I’ll take that as well, but a polysyllabus of politicians is too kind.

      The TV program I Zombie is fun to watch. The zombies are quite civilized, and the main character who works in the morgue is wonderful.

      The weather wasn’t as warm here but it was a nice day.

      Have a great day tomorrow!

  6. Richard Says:

    Not anywhere near November and there are way too many poli-ads and commercials touting which of the Mad Men have the best (ahem) ‘plan.’ None of them have a plan. What they have is vested self-interest. I’d like to think at least one of ‘em could sweep away my cynicism acquired over decades of progressively worse politicians and ‘plans,’ but I don’t see anyone on the horizon capable of doing that. In the current field of candidates for our land’s highest office, I have to go with Ted Cruz. Trump is a standard-issue Northeast Liberal and a longtime friend, donor to, and supporter of the Bill & Hill Club. Sanders would fit right in if he were in Stalinist Russia – assuming Uncle Joe didn’t have him taken ‘out back’ to have a bullet put in his head. Can’t have competition in those ‘one-man rule’ societies, y’ know. Rubio … naaah. He killed his chances when he became Chuckie Schumer’s go-to-boy and public face for illegal immigration and amnesty. The rest of ‘em should drop out now and save whatever amount(-s) they would have wasted on print and TV ads. Their collective opportunities for electoral victory can be summed up in the term ‘snowball’s chance.’ As for what to use as a collective descriptor for politicians, I submit ‘plethora’ … or should it be ‘penalty’ … ?

    Gettin’ on toward rain now. Might get some, might not. Chances are put at 20%, which in my humble universe, means there are four times as many chances for it to not rain. We’ll have rain and stormy weather by Tuesday. See my happy face?

    Zombies. B-o-r-i-n-g. The next trip down the Ladder of Imaginary Steps is to the ‘reanimator’ types. What ever happened to the really good bad movies, like ‘The Island of Dr Moreau’ or the ‘Cabinet of Caligari’ … ? Or ‘Manos, The Hands of Fate’ … ? The only zombie movie worth watching was ‘Night of the Living Dead,’ but even that pales when put next to something like ‘THEM!’ on the double-feature marquee. Hell, even ‘Plan Nine from Outer Space’ beats zombies. I was so disappointed when MythBusters caved to pressure to tackle this insipid non-subject. There’s nothing about zombies a li’l napalm can’t cure …

    • katry Says:

      Richard,
      Being a politician means being ego-centric. I haven’t been enamored by any of the current pols. I do wish Elizabeth Warren was in the race, but it is too early, I think, in her career, but she an up and comer. Keep an eye on her!!

      I am not a Cruz fan for a variety of reasons, but then I still haven’t decided which primary I’ll sign to vote in. By the March primary here in Mass. the field will have narrowed. I’ll decide then.

      The zombies in this old movie were nothing like the zombies of today. They did not rot, could speak and could understand and obey orders. They were just people under a spell.

      Them! is one of my all time favorites.

      • Richard Says:

        To be sure, I have observed Fauxcahontas’ prevarications for some time now … she’s equally as bad – if not worse – than the other two Good Little Socialists-in-Waiting. Nice set of high ‘Indian’ cheekbones, tho’. Have we learnt nothing in the eight years of the Obama Regime … ? These are dangerous people. But then, I’m sure they’d each look us in the eye and tell us with a straight face “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help you.” Right.

      • katry Says:

        Richard,
        You and I are political opposites. I look at the total mess left by Bush: the inflation, the loss of jobs and that balanced budget left by Clinton. I then look at the strides made in all of the above during the last eight years. They are many.

        I love Trump’s wall to be built by us but to be charged to the Mexican government. I hope they have an unlimited credit card.

  7. Jay Bird Says:

    I am blessed. No political ads yet in the Capital District of northern NY. No robo-calls either. Political ads would take time away from the constant Time-Warner cable productions!

    Bad enough CNN is ruined by constant Iowa/New Hampshire coverage. And ESPN is wrecked by Super Bowl coverage of two teams I could care less about. Ack!!

    I’ll go political later in the campaign. I get to vote in the registered Democrat primary in a major Blue state, and not sure who I’ll back (Bernie-Hillary). Surely no one on the other side.

    Don’t know why zombies get such a bad rap. I kind of picture the audience at a Dead concert. Like, groovy, man.. .

    https://youtu.be/p4k5XftdTMs (music starts at 0:40)

    • katry Says:

      Jay,
      I saw that The Kingston Trio had recorded this when I was looking for zombie songs. I went with Harry thinking he had a monopoly on songs from the Caribbean. I got a chuckle from the description of the KT and how they became folk singers.

      They do sound quite young here.

      Sorry you’re missing all the political ads. They are perfect reasons to vent.

  8. Jay Bird Says:

    Have to mention… saw “Zombie Apocalypse” today on one of the back-water channels, like Thriller or SyFy. OMG, it was bad!! They must have had a $500 budget for sets and special effects. Starred Ving Rhames, if that’s any indicator of quality. I’d suggest “28 Days Later” or “Shaun of the Dead” for your summer movie nights on the deck.

    • katry Says:

      Jay,
      I do show one bad movie a summer. Last year it was The Man with Two Heads. I don’t think I’d show a zombie movie. A couple of my friends would hate it. They are the guys who still say chick flick.

      I really like Shaun of the Dead.


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