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Tandra Page 1533, Gunsmoke

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I’m sitting on my back porch looking out over the yard as the rising sun brightens the Eastern sky.

This is a little off topic, but I am getting rather sick of making observation on the campaign to bring down Alabama Justice Roy Moore by Mitch McConnell and the Bimbo Brigade. No one appears able to prove these women are lying and I have no special insight, but I have found if you don’t know your friends, know the character of your enemies and we have known beyond reasonable doubt the character of the Beltway Swamp Rats and their cronies for years.

So on to other things.

I bought a boxed set of the first four seasons of the television series “Gunsmoke” that ran on CBS forever. I bought the thing several months back at the same time I purchased a boxed set of “Perry Mason” and a couple other sets. They were all on sale and I had extra cash in my pocket. The phrase “more money than brains” comes to mind.

In any case, I set “Gunsmoke” aside while I watched “Perry Mason” and several other shows at an average of one show per night. If you wish to get right royally sick of a television series, try watching a complete season at one setting. So I spaced out my viewing and, as I’ve previously said, I enjoyed “Perry Mason” more on DVD than I did when I was watching it way back in the day. For one thing, the commercials are removed on the DVD set.

But I finally came to “Gunsmoke” a few weeks back. The show is still enjoyable some sixty years after it first aired. It’s sorta nice to watch a broadcast performance from a time when men were men and women were women and everyone was intelligent enough to tell the difference. From today’s perspective, “Gunsmoke” is pretty bland plot wise but, looking back, for the time it was broadcast over CBS “Gunsmoke” was rather edgy. I find I enjoy watching those old “oat burners”.

I did notice an amusing background item from the “Gunsmoke” pilot show. Marshall Dillon is holding a conversation with another cast member while standing in front of a bulletin board displaying Wanted Circulars. One of them, predictably, is a circular for William S. Bonny, “Billy The Kid”. Seriously, Billy the kid was a local bad man much farther West. I doubt Dodge City KS had any knowledge of him until long after he was dead and became a pulp hero. The circular on display is a nice touch however.

Another wanted circular is for the Butch Cavindish Gang. Those up on your Fifties Hollywood Western Lore may remember the Cavindish Gang was the outlaw band that ambushed a detachment of Texas Rangers and wiped them out except for one man who survived to become The Lone Ranger. No, I don’t think there is a larger strategy at work here. The circular is obviously no more than a set decorator having a bit of fun. Mebbe he was a Lone Ranger fan.

Anyway, those old Fifties television shows can be fun to watch, light entertainment before I pile into bed at night.

Tomorrow I’ll return to the sordid Justice Roy Moore farce. News came over radio while I was typing this observation that one of Justice Moore’s accusers has been lying through her teeth. Not only is there testimony from witnesses that Beverly Young did not work at the restaurant of question at the time Justice Moore is accused of assaulting her. Beverly Young apparently never even saw the place.

“Rule by the unaccountable is tyranny!”


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