The Twilight Zone – Complete Series Review – Season 5 Episode 16 – The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross

Salvadore Ross is a selfish, angry young man who is in love with Leah Maitland, a gentle, sensitive young woman.  He tries to get her to go out with him but his lack of empathy convinces her that although she finds him attractive that they could never be happy together.  When she closes her front door in his face, he angrily punches the door and breaks his hand.

Forced to stay overnight at the hospital prior to the bones being set, he shares a hospital room with an old man with a respiratory infection.  When Ross questions why the old man is in the hospital for just a cold, he tells Ross that for the elderly a cold can become pneumonia and that he would trade his cold for a broken hand gladly.  Ross jokingly says, “it’s a deal.”

The next morning Ross wakes up and when he accidentally bangs his bad hand on the furniture, he discovers that it isn’t injured anymore.  But he also finds that he is coughing.  He checks on his roommate and discovers that the old man has a broken hand.  But when the old man changes his mind about the broken hand, Ross laughs at him and tells him all trades are final.

Now Ross realizes that he has the ability to make deals for unbelievable exchanges between himself and other people.  He approaches a rich old man he knows and offers to exchange his youth for the old man’s age and a million dollars and a beautiful apartment.  The old man jokingly agrees and the next morning Ross is old, rich and living in the apartment.

Now Ross cleverly offers a number of younger people like the bell hop and the elevator operator a thousand dollars for a year of their lives.  Soon Ross is young again but still very rich.  He goes to see Leah and although she is amazed and happy for his prosperity, she tells him straight out that she could never marry a man that wasn’t kind and gentle like her father.

Ross goes to Leah’s father and tells him that he will give him one hundred thousand dollars for something hard to describe.

In the next scene Ross is driving Leah home from a date and he is courteous and affectionate and sincere.  He goes to Leah’s father and asks for her hand in marriage.  The father refuses.  Ross asks whether he has any compassion.  The father says, “you bought it from me yesterday,” and then shoots Ross point blank.  The drama ends with Ross dead on the floor.

Okay, so this sounds like a pretty dopey concept and I guess it is.  But I actually liked it despite myself.  There’s some cleverness to the set up and it moves right along.  The ending is predictable but I took it as kind of a joke ending.  B+.


When Real Life Gets Weirder than Conspiracy Theories

Over at Conservative Treehouse, Sundance has a post on a leftover from the Mueller investigation that has a Russian Mata Hari who has been in solitary confinement because she is part of the Mueller cover-up operation and a CEO who was dating her resigning from the company he founded in order to get in front of the story that he is giving to the DOJ about these past hijinks.

Details Behind Patrick Byrne Allegations of FBI “Political Espionage”…

There’s no end to this stuff.


The Democrat Primary Field – Part 2 – Elizabeth Warren

The Democrat Primary Field – Part 1 – Joe Biden


Being a transplant to New England I have sadly had a ringside seat for the Fauxcahantas, Liarwatha, Granny Clampett, Elizabeth Warren show.  And it has been a spectacle like few others.  But Massachusetts being Massachusetts even the spectacle of Snow White claiming to be Pocahontas did not deny her election to the United States Senate from the Bay State.  They do love their radicals.

Warren is actually the brain behind Obama’s famous “you didn’t build that” assault on entrepreneurs.  He lifted it wholly from a speech she gave in Andover Massachusetts that essentially said that every businessman used the roads and infrastructure that was paid for by all the citizens of the country. Therefore, his ownership of his own business was somehow illegitimate and he should have to pay through the nose to keep a part of what was his.  Her platform is tax the rich.  Free college, free stuff and debt forgiveness.  She’s basically Bernie in a pantsuit.

As communists go, she’s relatively glib.  She can string together sentences that sound reasonably coherent but when she gets started on one of her rants, she gets this manic look in her beady little eyes and it’s clear that she’s actually a pretty dangerous lunatic.  Still compared to the gibbering of Corey Booker or the whining of Kamala Harris or even the demented yammering of Biden she seems almost sane.  So, for that reason, and because of the belief that suburban white women will vote for her in droves many on the right fear her candidacy.  Now I don’t think she’ll get the nomination.  But I wish she would.  Why?  For the sheer joy of watching President Trump call her Fauxcahantas and Liarwatha and Chief Full of Bull.  Can you imagine?  I mean, I think there’s an outside chance she’ll stroke out if he starts laughing at her during a debate.  Think of the tweets.  Think of the rallies.  There would be endless war whoops and memes of Warren’s face on Cigar Store Indians and Indian Head Nickels and her on the warpath.  It’ll be heap big fun.

And Warren’s presidential run has been great for her most loyal torturer in chief Howie Carr.  He is a columnist for the Boston Herald and now that Whitey Bulger is dead “the Fake Indian” as he calls her is his favorite target.  Here’s his latest taunt.

So that’s Fauxcahantas.  She made her career by convincing Harvard Law that she was a lily-white woman of color.  Now she has to convince democrat voters that she can get Americans to believe that she’ll hand them over all the wampum they deserve.  Ugh.


Michael Anton Analyzes Bronze Age Mindset

Michael Anton is an interesting character.  Having been Publius Decius Mus of Flight 93 Election fame I like to see what he has to say.  Here he receives a copy of Bronze Age Mindset from Curtis Yarvin ( also known as Mencius Moldbug) and actually manages to read it through.  Read his reaction.

Apparently the unneutered millennial men are pretty pissed off about the world we are handing over to them.  Can’t say that I blame them.  This place is pretty awful.

Now I guess I have to try reading it.  Is there no end?


The Twilight Zone – Complete Series Review – Season 5 Episode 15 – The Long Morrow

Douglas Stansfield is an astronaut who has been selected to go on the first interstellar mission.  The round trip will take forty years so Stansfield will be put in suspended animation for the trip.  Right before the flight he meets a girl named Sandra Horn who is working for the space agency.  They fall in love on their one and only date and she tells him that her life will be a meaningless exercise without him and when he returns in forty years, she will greet him at the landing.

When Stansfield’s ship returns the mission, controllers see a note to notify Sandra Horn.  When the controller asks whether he should check the old age homes his colleague says that she is currently in a cryogenic facility.  The base commander meets Sandra when she is revived from suspended animation and gives her the shocking news.  Stansfield set his cryogenic unit to revive him very shortly after his launch from Earth.  He has aged almost the entire forty-year interval.  When Douglas and Sandra meet, she tells him that the age difference won’t matter to her.  But he tells her it would matter and he releases her.  The base commander tells Stansfield that he is honored to have met a man as selfless as he is.

The very pretty Mariette Hartley plays Sandra and she does a good job of representing the tragic love story that sets up the surprise ending.  But anyone who has read a lot of golden age science fiction stories saw this one coming a mile away.  Still in its day it was probably a surprise for the audience.  B.