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Mister Rogers' Neighborhood: Clip on Assassination

The 1960s was a very tumultuous time with a lot of assassinations, such as JFK in '63 and Malcolm X in '65. 1968 had two high-profile ones: MLK Jr. that April and RFK two months later. As bold as any show then and now, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood tackled this very difficult subject front and center with utmost care and respect. This clip came from a nighttime special in recent response to RFK's murder and mass media's graphic display of it:  
 

"I'll Go With You": A Harry Potter Tear Jerker

Harry Potter has several tear-jerking moments both in the films and books. One of them that stands out to me is the moment Harry says goodbye to Ron and Hermione. What really makes it stand out is the sorrow throughout. Harry just found out that he's a horcrux, and the only way Voldemort could die is he kills him, destroying the horcrux with it. The ragged breathing indicates he's still coping with not only the fact that he has to die, but leave his closest friends behind. Hermion
 

Dumbo’s ending is one of Disney’s best

Dumbo went through so much trauma throughout. Bullied by a brat for his wings (and getting his mom locked up in the process), ostracized as a freak by the Matriarch and the other elephants, demoted into a clown sideshow after accidentally destroying the circus tent, and bullied by the crows before Timothy stood up for him and made them have changes of heart. And I didn’t even get to Baby Mine! Suffice it to say that this film is really sad…which makes this happy ending so triumphant in hind
 

Nostalgia bomb: Full theme of Shining Time Station

Like many Americans back in the day, I first got into Thomas & Friends through Shining Time Station, a slice-of-life, sitcom-esque family show that ran most knowingly on PBS from 1989 through the '90s. Aside from adapting Thomas & Friends and introducing it to American audiences, it had three major hires in its run: Didi Conn, Ringo Starr, and George Carlin after Starr left. also has a very iconic intro (after George Carlin was hired) and outro, sung by Kevin Roth. I was a huge fan

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My All-Time Favorite Bob Ross Painting

It's no big secret to long-time users here that I'm a huge Bob Ross fan. Painting was and remains one of my big pastimes, which I hope to return one day. There are 403 episodes, but my favorite comes from near the beginning: a seascape painted with the top half white and bottom black. It was the first of its kind in the series and is a joy to watch. Have fun watching!  

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Shades of Grey

No, not the 50 Shades franchise. This great painting from Joy of Painting, Series 2. One of my favorites of the show:

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Celebrating Independence Day with The Opera Game

American chess master Paul Morphy is widely considered to be the greatest chess player in the 19th Century. Many of his chess matches are used to teach others about the game, from rapid piece development to sacrifices. His most famous, and widely considered the most beautiful, game took place in a Paris opera house in 1858. Morphy — playing the white pieces — faced the partnership of the Duke of Brunswick and Count Isouard. Watch how it unfolds.  

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Buffalo Man's Tum Blur

(intentionally nonsensical pun is intentional XP)   http://darkqiviut.tumblr.com/   A lot of my blogs here will be located in my Tumblr, too.

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What's to come for the 2017 MLB Hall of Fame ballot.

Cooperstown will only have two former players enshrined, but it's nonetheless a hell of a class.   Back in the 1990s, Ken Griffey Jr. was the Michael Jordan in baseball. He had not just the strong core to help form the amazing swing of all-time. He epitomized coolness in fashion. Why do so many people wear that baseball cap backwards? Because of him, and he kicked so much ass with it. There was a swagger to him that you couldn't help but not watch. I've seen him play baseball when I was a kid,

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My unofficial 2016 MLB Hall-of-Fame ballot

Tomorrow afternoon, at least one player will be voted into Cooperstown, who in turn will be enshrined. Another player, on his fourth ballot, has a great shot of getting in. You have two more with an outside shot of getting in, though perhaps unlikely.   For those who are curious, here is the official Hall-of-Fame ballot. The closest to make the HOF last year is Mike Piazza at 69.9 percent. He might get in this year. Ken Griffey, Jr., a first-time person on the ballot, is getting in. Out of the

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