“Not long after the 1971 release of the film adaptation of A Clockwork Orange, the novel’s author, Anthony Burgess, received an offer from a publisher: Write a short follow-up to the novel, one that uses the word ‘Clockwork’ in the title and brims with artwork, and we will make you a rich man.

So, according to Burgess scholar Andrew Biswell, the novelist got to work on a brief piece, which soon became a big piece, which eventually ballooned to 200 pages. Written under the name The Clockwork Condition, the work was to be a philosophical meditation on the very nature of modern life. But alas, it never was — the manuscript was never published, and despite rumors of the project, it was never found either.

Until now.”

Nation Touched by Joe Biden

Funny line!

We are now looking at these as the most likely scenarios:

Trump vs Biden
Trump vs Sanders

  • Sanders was born in September 1941 in Brooklyn (obviously).
  • Biden was born in November of 1942 in Scranton (presumably on a train).
  • Trump was born in June of 1946 in Kenya (which is just as accurate as his claim that his dad was born in Germany).

Trump, the youngest of the three, is actually slightly older than Bill Clinton and G.W. Bush. VERY slightly. It’s just about a three-way tie.

Among Biden, Sanders and Trump, will all three of them actually make it to the end of the next Presidential term in January of 2025? Will any of them? Bernie will be 83, Biden 82, and Trump will be 78 and obese with a fast-food addiction, which means he is probably the oldest of the three if you measure it in terms of life expectancy. (You don’t see a lot of old fat guys.) Even Elizabeth Warren will be 75 then. There’s not a lot of fresh young blood coursing through our system.

SIDEBAR: in a sense, those three guys come from three different cultural generations. Trump is an early baby boomer. Biden is a war baby. Bernie was born before Pearl Harbor.

Hell, Bernie was probably born before the invention of harbors.

Or pearls.

Mickey Rooney Allegedly Auditioned Women for Roles That Didn’t Exist and “Wore Out the Casting Couch”

“True Confessions goes on to reiterate a claim that the Breakfast at Tiffany’s star had an illicit affair with legend Elizabeth Taylor when she was just 14 and reveals that Rooney was unhappy with what he perceived to be her ‘lack of talent.'”

“A former Hollywood PR (agent) labeled Mickey as abrasive, nasty, curt, and rude.”

And then there was this:

Cohen says he pleaded guilty to some things he did not do in order to stop the Feds from pursuing his wife.

(He did admit to the campaign finance violations on behalf of Trump.)

Tom Arnold is a twitchy, half-witted little creep whose brain has probably been permanently damaged by years of drug abuse, but every once in a while he produces something interesting. For example? Howard Stern would not turn over all the years of Trump interviews, so Arnold went over to the dark side, obtained them through the back door, and got them published. Sirius XM filed a copyright claim to get the audio removed, but all the transcripts are still online, and of course there is still all the audio evidence available to support the transcripts, should anyone dispute them.

And, well, if you know how to use that whole zany interweb thing, you can probably figure out someplace where all the tapes are still available.

We all knew he was running, of course, and he may well get the nomination, but nobody is passionate about him. Bernie and Warren and Beto and Mayor Pete all have enthusiastic supporters, but Biden? He’s just good old Joe. In a race against Trump, his only strong advantage is that he’s a decent human being and Trump is not.

That has never been enough.

In the early days of our republic, John Quincy Adams, one of the men responsible for the idealism of our early republic, lost an election to Andrew Jackson, who was arguably the worst human being ever to attain our presidency, even to this day.

About a century and a half later, Richard Nixon defeated George McGovern in a landslide, despite (to quote the gonzo legend Dr. Hunter Thompson), “The tragedy of all this is that George McGovern, for all his mistakes and all his imprecise talk about ‘new polities’ and ‘honesty in government’ is one of the few men who’ve run for president of the United States in this century who really understands what a fantastic monument to all the best instincts of the human race this country might have been, if we could have kept it out of the hands of greedy little hustlers like Richard Nixon.”

Thompson continued, “McGovern made some stupid mistakes, but in context they seem almost frivolous compared to the things Richard Nixon does every day of his life, on purpose… Jesus! Where will it end? How low do you have to stoop in this country to be President?”

Well, Doc, I am sorry you have to hear this from across the endless expanse of the ethereal plane, but we haven’t hit rock bottom yet.