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Monday, January 16, 2006

Dipping into the Mailbag

(ok, so that's where Uganda is...anyone know of any cheap flights to Africa, or how I can sneak a machete' on a plane?)

Because things are pretty slow in the world, I think it's about time I looked at the mail that's accumulated in my massive mailbag over the past year-and-a-half.
Ok, looking at the mail, I can see there are several issues I need to cover here.

Dear Blog-Person,
Are you a conservative, like me? Are you a liberal, like them? I have a hard time understanding some of the words you use. They seem communistic. I need to put you in a ready-made box so I can worship you or dismiss you. So which is it?
Real American, Boot in Yer A__, MT

Dear Real American,
You'll never put me in your "box," man. The world out there is so much bigger than conservative or liberal. If you'd quit playing with your Toby Keith action figure for five seconds, you would know that. The fact is, I'm mainly on your side, but I like mocking conservatives, too. It's fun. Don't think of life as an "us vs. them" proposition, unless you mean "right and Pauly Shore."

Dear Non-paperback Writer:
Why do I have to register with Blogger just to comment on your blog? Isn't that kind of lame? And why do I have to type in that bogus word-verification? Are you afraid of something? My mommy says I have to go to beddy-poo now, so good-bye.
Fancy Dress Smith, The Internet

Dear Spammer,
You drove me to word verification, you lace-wearing beard-face! And you no longer have to register with blogger to comment, because of massive complaints. I expected a flood of anonymous comments to start when I allowed them, but so far have gotten none, and even my non-anonymous comments seem to be dropping off. Maybe I should work in some actual content on this thing, eh? Never write me again.

Dear Bucks Piece-of-Crap,
Hey, I noticed you're not so loud about the Bucks now that they're sucking. Andrew Bogut looks like a cheese danish out there -- all inert and when you step on him, filling gets on your shoe. Aren't you glad you signed Michael Redd to that huge contract? How about that Bobby Simmons? Is Joe Smith even still on the team? Will you guys ever learn to play D? Tee Hee.
L. James, Cleveland, OH, USA

Dear Mr. James,
You know, it's not like they totally suck now -- they're still 19-16, above .500, and after some injuries. I'm beginning to think they will never learn to play defense, and it looks like Porter wasn't the only Terry to fail in that regard. I personally think the problem is the coaching, because the team hasn't really formed an identity yet (besides "team that wins all the close games"), and they haven't figured out that Bogut needs to be in the game during the 4th quarter, when he's good. Also, like I said, they really don't play defense. It's nice that they believe they can come back all the time, but bad that they just let people get ahead of them in the first place. Michael Redd will be fine, and the Bucks will be fine. They've got too much talent to fall back into mediocrity again.

And I'm going to see them in person lose to the Mavericks tonight, so I'll be able to say more about this tomorrow. That is, if I don't get beat up for rooting too hard against the home team.

Oh, and Lebron? You ain't beatin' Detroit this year anyway, so shut up.

Dear Stinky Cheese-Man
On a related note to what Lebron just wrote, what of the Packers this year? Are they"back" yet? Favre throws interceptions, takes Vicodin, and spells his name funny.
* Pekari, Out East Somewhere

Dear concerned football fan,
Your mom. The Packers were due for a bad year, since they have by far the best record of the salary cap era. But I am concerned about their new hire at head coach -- anytime Joe Horn says you're good, that's a problem. I'm certain we won't return to the wasteland of the 70's and 80's, however. It's about time the salary cap worked in the Packers' favor, don't you think.
Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Oh, and Favre beat Vicodin addiction and won a Super Bowl, all in the same year. Those are two things you've never done. Your mom.

Dear Little Brother,
You just used the phrase "Your mom" twice in one paragraph, which triggered our fancy-shmancy "Echelon"-style anti-terrorism program. We have now sent several agents to clandestinely watch you, as the Patriot Act practically commands. No longer shall we muck about with terrorists, er, potential terrorists. Now, if you type in a word like, "Yemen" or "Bong" or "I need some untraceable cell phones with which to make a dirty bomb," we will make you disappear. Have a nice day.
Name Withheld, Langley, VA

Dear local CIA Operative,
Boy, you guys are fast. I just typed that a few seconds ago. Thank you for keeping the country safe. I hope that you find your surveillance of me to be richly rewarding in every way. Terrorism is no laughing matter, and I wish to put a boot in its a__. Will I get flagged for saying a__? Whatever happened to our freedom, anyway? I suppose as long as the government can be trusted to make the right decisions regarding privacy, this is ok.
Yeah, this is probably a problem...

Dear Murderous Neocon,
So wait, let me get this straight -- you eat meat? Meat is genocide. You make me sick, and you don't deserve to live anymore. I suppose you shoot guns and give the homeless smallpox-infested blankets, too. I also suppose you live in a red state and shop at Wal-Mart, which makes Jesus cry. I also suppose you watch violent movies and wear clothes. I also suppose you expect your wife to shave and cook and clean and stop smoking pot. I also suppose you're Pro-life and drive an SUV. I also suppose...(ed. note: It goes on and on like this.)
Tolerance McGee, Swingin' New York

Dear Tolerance,
You're right. "Meat" is the same as exterminating an entire race of people. But I'm not giving up meat, so it looks like I start in Uganda and work my way west, eating plenty of steaks along the way. Hey, don't look at me -- you suggested it. I'm just being "tolerant" of your beliefs (since "tolerance" these days has come to mean "full acceptance or else").

I'm so sorry. This insane mail drove me to it, though. I'd better stop now before I implicate myself, moreso.


  • At 11:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey! I don't have to register! Now I can start posting. If I had knowna change had been made earlier, I certainly would have thrown in my nickle.


  • At 12:34 PM, Blogger Mike Pape said…

    And I certainly would have mocked you for misspelling it. ;)

    Nickel, that is. Not "it."

  • At 12:50 PM, Anonymous Afore-mentioned Pekari said…

    the Packers stunk. So get over it all ready. YOUR momma.

  • At 12:52 PM, Anonymous Afore-mentioned Pekari said…

    and what's with the little "*" by my name?!

  • At 8:41 PM, Blogger Mike Pape said…

    It's a universal sign, meaning in this case "any Pekari." I don't, in fact, know which one of you is commenting. Hence the asterisk.

  • At 9:09 PM, Anonymous millertimefan said…

    Oh no... this is your world Pape, preach on brotha, preach on!!!

  • At 7:58 AM, Blogger Dan said…

    Man. Echelon. When I read that I comprehended it as though it were real. BTW, I've been reading things, and it looks like Alias should end up well atleast (lots of old faces coming back).

  • At 9:36 PM, Blogger Mike Pape said…

    I just hope they kill Francie for real this time.

    Every once in a while Jack or somebody will mention Echelon, too. If the US Govt. has a database like that, they should definitely name it Echelon just to be funny.

  • At 9:03 PM, Anonymous Pekari said…

    Your momma for not knowing which Pekari was posting.


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