The Great Beyond

The Values We Profess

The hypocrisy of America’s Founding Fathers — let’s go with the traditional gendered version here — is self-evident. All men weren’t created equal. The rights they were born with were totally alienable, especially at birth. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness — “property” in the original Lockean — were only conditionally available.

Yet those are the words they wrote, and signed their names below, large enough for the King to see it, in one case.

Those are the ideals of our nation, however much our nation has failed them in the centuries since. And some of us are damnfool enough to take them seriously.

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Buck Henry (1930 – 2020)

Wrote The Graduate, and wrote for Get Smart. Not much else to say:

Tim Conway (1933 – 2019)

No one could play the straight man when he was in gear …

Katherine Helmond (1929-2019)

Loved her in Soap, loved her in Brazil, and what an interesting life.

Ken Berry (1933-2018)

A fixture of my childhood … 


George HW Bush (1924-2018)

Gave us W (and thus hundreds of thousands dead), Dan Quayle, and Clarence Thomas, among other things. His other children, and now his grandchildren, continue to damage the nation. Fuck off, sweet prince.

Stan Lee, 1922-2018

Stan Lee, Marvel Comics’ Real-Life Superhero, Dies at 95 [Hollywood Reporter]