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Chester Nez, Last of the original Navajo Code Talkers, Dies at 93

He was the last of his kind, one of the 29 original US Marine Corps "Code Talkers" of the Navajo Nation. As a child, the teachers at his government-run boarding school tried to force him to give up his native tongue, a hellaciously complex mess of tenses and verbs without many adjectives. In WW2, he and his brothers would ironically use that very language to help the United States liberate the Pacific.…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on June 24, 2014 at 1:33pm — 4 Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #118: And They're Off!!

Throroughbred horse racing, the Sport of Kings; grand, classy, exciting...and a good excuse for a mint julip and a wager or two.

Years of careful breeding, specialized training, and practice go into crafting the perfect racing horse, and not a little luck!  Horse, jockey, and trainer must learn to think as…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on June 14, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #117: Is This For Real?

Action! Excitement! Glamour! This Sunday,Sunday, Sunday, coming to a ring near you! It's Professional Wrestling! And...seriously, is this for real?

Once the game of carnival side shows and shady back-room rings, the sport of Professional Wrestling is getting huge, as are it's competitors. Always an action-packed clash of the manliest of…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on May 3, 2014 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #116: Ready for a Rumble?

Pugilism, fisticuffs, the duel in the squared circle, the sweet science...whatever you call it, it is perhaps the manliest dance in the world.

One ring, two men, fifteen rounds. No low blows or rabbit punches. Let's get it on! [image from wikimedia]

Boxing is a sport that has been around as long as man has been entertained by a good fight. From Ancient…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on April 12, 2014 at 9:35pm — 5 Comments

Cap'n's Cabret #115: Hockey, eh?

Furious, fast-paced, and frozen, hockey comes to the US!

A gift from our northern neighbors, the sport of Hocky brings the fast paced world of nonstop sport to the ice. Skates are worn, allowing incredibly fast movement as the players chase a small rubber "puck" across the ice, assaulting it with a large L-shaped stick, and then attempt to score a goal in a net not much bigger than the big guy guarding it. It's a game that is both graceful and brutal all at the same time, for 250…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on March 29, 2014 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #114: The Other Football

Football that primarily uses the players' feet? Uncanny! It's the growing sport of Soccer, what the rest of the world calls football, and if it can overcome its internal difficulties it's set to become the next great American sport!

Yes, the "Other Football" may not have the glory of the Gridiron yet, but if the growing popularity of the American…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on March 22, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #113: Shooting Hoops

It's the Little Sport that Could: Basketball! Once a second-tier game with a minor following, basketball is about to hit the big time!

With the growth of the new American Basketball League, this lesser-known American sport, invented a while back in the Midwest by Dr. James Naismith, is getting a new influx of money and a new surge of interest outside of the small gymnasiums,…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on March 8, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #112: Headin' for Home!

The silent mental duel of pitcher versus batter, the sting of a lightning double play, the tension of the bottom of the ninth, and the roar of the crowd after a homer...this is what makes Baseball, the Great American Sport!

And let's face it, folks, we're living in a new Golden Age, and we can perhaps thank one man for bringing the excitement to every home in America: the…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on March 1, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Official release of Dieselpunk: an Anthology, by Twit Publishing

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!  Twit Publishing announces long awaited release of Dieselpunk, an Anthology!

Eight exciting tales of Dieselpunk adventure and intrigue!

New and exciting worlds that never were (but…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on February 11, 2014 at 6:58pm — 7 Comments

Shirley Temple rides the Good Ship into Eternity (RIP)

She was the darling of the Diesel Era screen. Irrepressibly cute, but with just enough precocious personality to temper the sugar.

Shirley Temple was an icon of the silver screen. Instantly recognizable by her springy curls, bright eyes, and dainty voice, she became one of the first child superstars [above image from encoremag.com]. She could sing, she could…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on February 11, 2014 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Cap'n's Cabaret #111: Are ya' Ready for Some Football?

Strap into your pads, grab a pigskin, and gear up for some good ol' American Football!

Yes, the Cabaret is putting aside our posh threads and gettin' sporty. With radio broadcasts and newsreel distribution bringing the games home to fans the nation over sports is now a form of mass entertainment. So it's high time the Cabaret grabbed a pennant and cheered for the home…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on February 8, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #110: Toons Go to War!!

Gear up, folks, we're going to war! And we're taking our Animated Batallions with us!

Yes, folks, once again the fires of war have spread across this world, and this time it really IS a battle to make the world safe for Democracy!

To this end, we're mobilizing every sector of our nation, and Animation is…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on February 1, 2014 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Cap'n's Cabaret #109: Cartoons, Cartoons Everywhere!

Animation has exploded onto the sivler screen like never before!

It's everywhere, folks, with shorts from every studio you care to name.

There's hardly a movie on the silver screen that doesn't feature an animated short beforehand alongside the newsreel.

Warner Brothers,…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on January 25, 2014 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #108: Loonie Tunes and Merrie Melodies!

The Warner Brothers have entered the animation game with some unforgettable characters of their own!

Taking on Disney's Silly Symphonies head on, the Warners have launched a two-pronged animated offensive with Loonie Tunes and Merrie Melodies. A product of the dream team of Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising, these silly music-driven shorts are sure to get your gut shaking and your feet tapping.

And boy have they taken the animated world by…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on January 18, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Mikhail Kalashnikov dies at 94

[image from AP]

He was a jovial man, fond of literature and poetry.  He was a peaceful man by nature, but became forever associated with war.  He was a natural tinkerer who as a child obsessively disassembled and reassembled anything mechanical.  Born Nov 10, 1919 to a middle-wealth "Kulak" agricultural family (a group specifically…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on January 13, 2014 at 9:06am — 7 Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #107: Look Who's Talking!

Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks are back, and this time with sound!

Yes, folks, the new "talkie" revolution which began with last year's The Jazz Singer has spread to the world of animation.

And this time it takes the form of a cute and …

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Added by Cap'n Tony on January 11, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Google Honors Zora Neale Hurston

Today's Google Doodle honors the 123rd Birthday of Diesel Era writer and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston.

As an anthropologist, folklore researcher, and writer she introduced the world to much of the folklore and beliefs of African America, including the Caribbean.  It is she whom you can thank for Vodou and Zombies entering the public lexicon…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on January 7, 2014 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Cap'n's Cabaret #106: Boop-Oop-a-Doop!

Animation is taking an adult turn here at the Cabaret as new cartoon sensation Betty Boop heats up the screen!

Boop-Oop-a-Doop! 

Max Fleisher has done it again, folks!  The man who brought you Koko the Clown is tackling the Flapper phenomenon head-on with a jazz…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on January 4, 2014 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #105: A Little New Year's Luck!

Move over, Felix, because here comes the latest crazy cartoon critter, just in time to bring a little Luck to your New Year!   

The product of Walter Disney and Ub Iwerks working for Universal, this lovable little scamp with his big smile, black ears, and two-button pants is sure to become an icon of animation that will make Disney and Iwerks household…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on December 28, 2013 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #104: A Crazy Cartoon Cocktail Christmas!

It's a high tech Christmas this year at the Cabaret, my friends, as we experience the great techological advances that are driving the world via the medium of Animation!

Yes, folks, for tonight's Yuletide we will light up the projector rather than the Yule Log and watch some of the latest in cartoon animation, this time aimed at the Christmas…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on December 21, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

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