This blog has had a great many incarnations. I’ve written about business news. I’ve written extensively on political campaigns. I’ve written music columns. I’ve written fiction stories here. What I do now is write about political news, focusing on one story per day.
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I am a Democrat and I am hopelessly partisan. I don’t think there is anything wrong with that offhand. It’s a semi-free country. I won’t allow the right wing MSM to silence me or the truth, any more than I would allow my compatriots on the left to gag me when I disagree with them, and those disagreements happen more than you’d think. I am an equal opportunity attack Rhino.
I’ll write about sports every once in awhile, when it suits me. But not too much. I want to stay on point, politically
Though this site is now titled “Casus Belli”, it still has in the URL it’s original name, Mikey The Rhino. The name Mikey The Rhino has its birth in a character in a book that, in it’s finished form, will never see the light of day, Titled “The Salmon Of Doubt”. Yes there is a book titled “Salmon of Doubt” out there, but it is not the one that the writer had envisioned, because he died before he could finish it.
It is the work of my favorite writer of all time, Douglas Adams. In this book there is a character, named Desmond the Rhino, and Desmond was…err…well, no beating around the bush here, he was a rhino. In a zoo. In Los Angeles. Who escaped. And the five pages about Desmond were from the perspective of the rhino, an animal that depends much more on its sense of smell than it does vision, and as a consequence has a peculiar view of the world, in comparison to what you or I might perceive. He also has a run in with Thor (the thunder god, Not Mr. Heyerdahl) and a party in suburban Los Angeles. Read the story if you want to know how things went.
What struck me about the passage was the way it was written from the minds snout perspective of this animal. And you read that right, minds snout. It relies on it’s sense of smell, like we rely on vision. Minds eye for us, Minds snout for Desmond. Now, I have heard it said that I have something of a skewed perception of the world, So when I wanted to write articles about MY perspective of the world, Desmond immediately sprang to mind.
But since my name isn’t Desmond, and I didn’t want people addressing me by a name that isn’t rightfully mine, I figured, why the hell not, go with Mikey The Rhino. It sounds good. And it is kind of a tribute to the late great Douglas Adams. Not the best tribute, but the best one that this rhino can come up with. I wish I had the talent and skill and inventiveness that that man had. I will try my best to be the best writer I can be.
A very excellent youtube viddy from the 1981 BBC TV version of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” Fun with dolphins and mice.
Last Updated: 12/17/16 1:00pm EDT