Until the next time…

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🍀 Happy St. Patrick’s Day 🍀

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James said to his friend Daniel, “I know a girl who married an Irishman on St. Patrick’s Day.”
Daniel said, “Oh really?”
James said, “No, O’Reilly.”

Murphy : “Why do the Irish always answer a question with another question?”.
Smith: “Do we now?”

Conor, the barber, was hearing complaints from his present trimmee about the price of barbers’ services. “I tell you, Conor, these New York barbers gotta stranglehold on the citizens. I was in London just last week, and you charge me half again what they charge there.” “That may be true, Sir,” said the Irishman, “but think of the airfare.”

An English man and an Irish man are driving head on at night, on a twisty, dark road. Both are driving too fast for the conditions and collide on a sharp bend in the road. To the amazement of both, they are unscathed, though their cars are both destroyed. In celebration of their luck, both agree to put aside their dislike for the other from that moment on. At this point, the Irish man goes to the boot and fetches a 12 year old bottle of Jameson whiskey. He hands the bottle to the English man, who toasts, “May the English and the Irish live together forever, in peace, and harmony.” The English man then tips the bottle and lashes half of it down. Still flabbergasted over the whole thing, he goes to hand the bottle to the Irish man, who replies: ”No thanks, I’ll just wait till the Garda get here!”

Michael wakes up in hospital, covered in bandages, and notices Adam sitting at his bedside. “What happened to me?” asks Michael.
“Well,” replies Seamus, “you had a few too many drinks last night, and then you made a bet that you could jump out of the window and fly around the pub.”
“Why didn’t you stop me?” Michael screams.
“Stop you?” replies Adam. “Hell, I bet thirty dollars on you.”

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

🌬We’re Having Weather Again 🌨


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Once upon a time there was a safe topic of conversation. It was called weather. Folks that would not, could not agree about politics or religion all talked about the weather. It simply was. Related image

Some liked snow – others did not. Some loved the gentle fall of rain while others complained there had been too much and it was drowning the crops/flowers. Some liked the hot weather. Others, like me, not so much.

Everyone talked about the weather but nobody did anything about it.

Now it seems that if you don’t believe in Global Warming you are doing something about it. Something bad.


Back in those good old days when we had to walk to school through 10 foot of snow, uphill both ways, the weather simply was. And yes, we did complain about it. A lot. But we didn’t blame the weather on other citizens, even Republicans.

I was a Democrat in those long ago days, so everything else was the fault of Republicans. Except the weather. And now that I am no longer a Democrat even the weather is the fault of the Republicans.Which is only one of the many reasons I am no longer a Democrat. I’m not a Republican either so Global Warming isn’t my fault.

Related imageNow the weather is also the fault of those knuckle-dragging Republicans who are responsible for drowning polar bears. What kind of monster wants to kill polar bears? They are so soft and fuzzy and have all those big teeth and for crying-out-loud they are bears. Big mean bears. I don’t want to kill them but I don’t want to find one rummaging in my garbage cans thank you very much. Any critter that eats seals is never going to be among my favorites. Funny the things some liberals will clutch to their breast, rhetorically,  in order to make other seem like heartless folk.

And in spite of all the hysteria about us knuckle-dragging unbelievers, I’m an Independent but unbelieving Independents are knuckle-draggers too, polar bears seems to be doing just fine. Alas poor Al, that’s an inconvenient truth.

It is increasingly obvious that polar bears are thriving despite having lived through summer sea ice levels not predicted to occur until 2050 – levels of sea ice that experts said would wipe out 2/3 of the world’s polar bears.

We had snow again last night. A lot of snow. There was a big winter storm that stretched from God knows where to we’re all going to die. It even had a name now that some idiot decided winter storms need a name. I don’t know what this one was named. I don’t care what this one was named. It’s a damn snow storm and it left about 6 inches of snow  where we had just finished removing snow. It filled in all the nice edges of the sidewalks and driveway which were nice and clean.  I have a name for it – #@c%(*y$@!!

However, it was a snowstorm not Armageddon. Weather folks seem to find increasing delight in turning every bit of weather into Armageddon. Too hot, too cold, too much rain, too little rain, snow, no snow whatever the condition they have an Armageddon scenario for it. I just want the damn weather report not the posturing of some catastrophist.

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I like snow. I like it about two days before Christmas until New Years Day. Then I just want it to go away. Snow that stays very long gets gray and dirty and ugly. And once the Christmas Card look is no longer wanted – it is no longer wanted. At least by me. It is a perfidious malingerer that wants to be coddled and shoveled. And snowblowed by over-grown boys who think it’s fun to blow snow with their big noisy boy-toys. Related image

To be fair the man/boy I live with has a new cordless electric snowblower because we don’t like noisy and we don’t like keep gas cans in our garage. Man/boy pouted through the early part of winter because he had this lovely new machine and no snow. What little there was came light and fluffy and I usually swept it off the sidewalks. The driveway was none the worse for 1/2 an inch of the stuff.

Now the snow has come in increments. Snow – snowblow and shovel. Wait a few days – rinse, lather and repeat. After a few repetitions the man/boys loose their enthusiasm.

We actually are quite lucky. Although there appears to be about 6-7 inches of new snow that is nothing compared to what was dumped elsewhere.

Winter Storm Mateo

Chicago’s two biggest airports, O’Hare and Midway, had hundreds of flight cancellations on Friday – some of which were canceled on Thursday before the storm arrived – because of Mateo, FlightAware reported. More than 200 flights were also canceled Friday morning at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

Public schools in Chicago and Detroit were closed Friday because of the winter Related imagestorm, city officials announced. Numerous school districts in Nebraska and Iowa also canceled or delayed schools Friday because of the snow and frigid temperatures, according to the Associated Press.

“Periods of heavy snow will arrive into Friday across the southern Great Lakes,” said weather.com meteorologist Jonathan Belles. “Friday morning’s commute could prove difficult in Chicago and Milwaukee, if not impossible for some spots. Visibility will be reduced due to falling snow from Chicago to Detroit on Friday.”

The winter storm also caused issues in Montana. After more than a foot of snow fell in Havre, city officials warned residents in a Facebook post that roads were “extremely hazardous,” and there were many accidents and stranded vehicles that blocked roadways on Thursday.

Image result for funny snow images I am not one of those who feels better about my particular condition because someone else is worse off. So knowing that some people got a foot of snow makes me feel no better. It may make me feel like a wuss for complaining but not for long.

And I’m sorry but I just don’t care that  the Eiffel Tower Remains Closed as Snow, Freezing Rain Hits Paris.

If you look at the weather map below you will see the blue zone, signifying heavy snow, just barely touches Wisconsin – that’s where I live.


Our household, made up of one old bat and one old crock did what we’ve always done when a storm is predicted. We went to the store, got bread, milk, bird seed and ice melt so that we wouldn’t need to go out today when the roads are bad. Since we’re both retired we can sit inside and watch those that have to go out and sympathize with them.

We can watch the fools that don’t have to go out but went out anyway and shake our heads at their foolishness. Just as we’ve always done because fools are not a new phenomenon. Garden Gnome, Winter, Snow, Dwarf, White, Cold, Hidden

I waded through the snow to feed the birds and squirrels. Since I am getting shorter, shrinking at an alarming pace, the parts of me that get wet and cold go further up my tailpipe every year. By next year I expect to be the size of a garden gnome and will not dare venture out if there is more than an inch of snow.

Wherever you are, snow or no snow, warm or cold, be well. I hope your day is filled with whatever you like best. As for me, I’m sitting here where it is warm knowing I don’t have to go outside again today. I don’t have to use the snowblower. All is well. And it’s still snowing.

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🌐 A Convergence of Arrogance 🌐


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 noun: arrogance

conceit, pride, self-importance, egotism; pompousness, pomposity, imperiousness, hubris;
  1. the quality of being arrogant.
    “the arrogance of this man is astounding”

I see a convergence of arrogance in the media, in Hollywood celebrities and from politicians. It’s always been there but now it appears, at least to me, to be an epidemic.

I used to believe that the common sense of a majority of people would save us from a superfluity of ignorance and stupidity. As we all know, the first can be cured and the second cannot.

I didn’t take into account the number of people who would bow down to the arrogance of the media and celebrities. I never believed that Americans would mistake the self-importance of these people as wisdom. As for those who worship at a politicians feet, I see no help for such stupidity.

I suppose such a judgemental attitude makes me seem arrogant. But I don’t think I know everything about anything. In the vast scheme of things I know very little. I do know that those who claim to know so much, based on knowledge gained from a dishonest media and celebrities with the IQ of a bread-stick are arrogant when they seek to inform me of how ignorant I am.

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Far too many people now get their information from a “tweet” on Twitter. I know it’s difficult to believe that anyone could be that foolish and then argue some issue with a person who actually knows something about it.

How amazing is it that people who know so little about so much are so willing to run their mouths and keyboards and prove their own ignorance? All while arrogantly insisting that they know more than the people that disagree with them.

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It was Wilfred Bion who said: ” Arrogance is a great obstruction to wisdom.” And so it is. If you think you know all the answers then how can you learn? When you pontificate without knowledge or facts you are not only being arrogant you are showing your ignorance. Those who look to fools for answers will end up equally foolish. Such fools think themselves wise.

One of my favorite writers wrote a great piece about how stupid we are becoming as a country and a culture:

  Derek Hunter: We Live in Stupid Times 

The big story this week was a book written by a guy known for exaggerating about a guy known for exaggerating with the main source being another guy known for exaggerating. And I’m not exaggerating.

I have no idea what’s true and what’s not true in the new book Fire and Fury: Inside The Trump White House, and neither does anyone on cable television repeating its claims like they were a personal witness to the events described in it. But neither does the author, it seems.

In the book’s prologue he wrote, “Sometimes I have let the players offer their versions, in turn allowing the reader to judge them. In other instances I have, through a consistency in the accounts and through sources I have come to trust, settled on a version of events I believe to be true.

There is one celebrity who asks some reasonable questions. He’s also smart and well informed. How he ended up in Hollywood is beyond me. But then I don’t know everything.


Byron York had a response to the madness of  “Professor” Brandy Lee:
Yale psychiatrist who briefed Hill Dems wants to physically restrain President Trump, force him to submit to evaluation, declare him unfit for office. But she worries: ‘This really will look like a coup.’ You think?
 I find it amazing that the very people who call Trump a fascist are so willing to behave like fascists. To “professor” Brandy Lee I have a suggestion: “physician heal thyself”.Image result for arrogance images
It’s also amazing that the Trump detractors cannot see how often they are guilty of the behavior of which they accuse Trump. They go on a expletive laced rant to protest the crudity and lewdness of Donald Trump – how can anyone be that self-unaware?
The media that protests the term fake news being applied to them responds with more fake news. They could save themselves hits to their credibility by simply doing a little investigating like real journalists should do. Here’s a radical thought, how about not making assumptions unless you know the whole story.

Do these people listen to what they say? Do the people that watch them every Sunday morning hear the baloney that is being peddled as “news”? I just don’t get it. I honestly don’t.

How about the arrogance, and stupidity, of a man who has been accused of sexual misconduct accusing the Trump children of being as vile as Saddam’s sons?

MSNBC’s Matthews Compares Trump’s Family To Child Rapists, Murderers, Drug Users

Matthews compared President Donald Trump’s children to known child rapists, murderers, drug users, thieves, and anti-Semites on Tuesday while interviewing the author of the newly released and already debunked book on the Trump White House.

While interviewing Michael Wolff about his book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” Matthews compared Trump’s children to Uday and Qusay Hussein.

What kind of a man does that? What kind of a human being is so filled with his own self-importance that he thinks it’s okay to accuse people of being so vile when it simply isn’t true?

This isn’t the first time that Matthews hyperbolic nonsense has debased the air-waves. He does it often. His arrogance is repulsive. What it says about those who still watch this cretin I don’t know. Nothing good I suspect.

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I do know that  you are not apt to hear humility, modesty or honesty from the media, Hollywood or the Democrat Party.

Today is another day when I suspect we will be bombarded with nonsense, lies and hyperbolic rhetoric from arrogant people. Another day when I will not watch the news on television. I simply don’t trust or believe them.

I don’t like arrogant people. I especially don’t like arrogant people who have so little to be arrogant about.

Have a good day. Ignore the idiots, love family and friends and try not to let it all get you down.

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🗣 Name-Calling Nincompoops

🗣 Name-Calling Nincompoops

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noun: nincompoop; plural noun: nincompoops
  1. a foolish or stupid person.

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I think we live in an age of nincompoops.  I hope that the good, decent, relatively sane and reasonable people outnumber the nincompoops by a large margin. It’s hard to tell because nincompoops spew their nonsense non-stop whereas people with brains tend to just get on with doing what needs doing and not talking about it.

Nincompoops can also be recognized by their inability to hold a conversation without name-calling. It must be in their DNA or maybe it’s caused by arrested development. Most appear stuck in adolescent.

All of us don’t name-call from time to time. I’ve done it in just designating people I think are fools by using the term nincompoop. It’s an old-fashioned  term that my grandfather used and I like it. I like it much better than a bunch of expletives. Expletives have been done and overdone until they are now just background noise.  Nincompoop however is far less common and it fits those I am trying to describe.

A perfect example of a nincompoop is White House “correspondent” April Ryan. Ms. Ryan made a fool of herself over whether Sarah Huckabee Sanders did or did not bake the pie she posted on-line. As a bit of nincompoopery this was classic. Ms. Ryan even went so far as to label her doubt – #piegate. Nincompoop? Undoubtedly.

Then there is nincompoop Cokie Roberts who blithely revealed that all the female newsies KNEW that John Conyers couldn’t keep his hands to himself. They knew better than to get on an elevator with him. Would have been nice to warn other women, wouldn’t it? These nincompoops did not.


Remember when all those people people on the left were suggesting that there was something wrong with Mike Pence for being careful not to be alone with women other than his wife? All knowing and all wise Washington Post correspondent Paul Waldman decided:

Pence’s unwillingness to be alone with a woman is a symptom of a bigger problem

I’m sure Pence would say that he’s just being careful. But I wonder if he realizes the discriminatory consequences of his rule. Over his career, he has had many colleagues and employees.

With the men, he can have complex relationships that traverse work and social contexts, build trust, and eventually help their careers. A woman who hoped Pence would be a mentor to her, on the other hand, wouldn’t be able to avail herself of those opportunities, since he can’t even have lunch with her.

She also won’t be able to avail herself of a chance to play the latest popular game of #Metoo and claim Vice-President Pence groped her.

Who’s laughing now? Not the name-calling nincompoops that hinted their was something wrong with him for trying to avoid even the appearance of monkey-business.

Here’s some choice nincompoopery from Twitchy:

As more and more news comes out about predators in Hollywood, D.C. and the media, we should be able to look toward strong, well-balanced, rational feminists for words of wisdom about how women are strong and capable, while recognizing that some men are also victims.


Oh wait, it’s 2017, what were we THINKING?!

This is a response from Lauren Duca, a ‘feminist’:

“It’s fine if we get to the point where there are no men on TV. It’s fine if we get to the point where there are no men in the White House.”

Whereas Lauren Duca, a genuine nincompoop wants to remove a whole gender there is another nincompoop that wants to restrict entire areas of the country because they ain’t  city folks.

MSNBC’s mouthy nincompoop Joy Reid often makes a fool of herself on her show but usually makes a much bigger fool of herself on Twitter. Sadly for Ms. Joy, on Twitter people get to respond to her nincompoopery.

MSNBC host says rural Americans’ voting power is a ‘threat to our democracy’

This is amazing. Joy Reid calls the rural minority a “core threat”


Reid is not objecting to a threat to American constitutional democracy. She’s objecting to a central feature of American constitutional democracy — a central feature that has been present since the founding of the country.

It’s not enough for progressives to divide based on skin color or sex, now they want to divide based on where you live.

Joe Scarborough Loses It, Says Trump Mentally Ill, Has Dementia

Joe Scarborough, the host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” has now officially gone off the deep end.

In a bizarre rant on Thursday morning, Scarborough said President Trump is mentally unfit for office and claimed that “people close to him during the campaign” have told him that Trump suffers from dementia. Scarborough went even further, saying the Constitution’s 25th Amendment allows for Trump’s removal from office — in fact, demands it.

This is the new line of attack: Trump has gone mad. Apparently the Left has bailed on the whole “Russia did it” meme and has decided this is the most fruitful line of attack.

Good luck with all that.

Hard to decide who I dislike more – Trump for engaging in this crap and demeaning the office he holds or Joe and Mika nincompoops for their insane hate.

There is not now and never has been a shortage of nincompoops. The country is full of them. Sometimes it isn’t just a single person, it is a whole magazine. In this case I’m talking about is Newsweek.

First Daughter Ivanka Trump is on a whirlwind tour through India this week, promoting education, advancement and equality for the country’s school-aged girls. She’s given several speeches but, apparently, Newsweek is angry that she appeared to give the same speech more than once.

Under the accusatory headline, “Ivanka Trump plagiarizes one of her own speeches in India,” the magazine declared that they were disappointed with Ivanka’s remarks to an educational conference in Hyderabad, claiming that instead of “a robust keynote address,” Ivanka delivered something that fell short. “The breadth of her talking points were recycled from a previous speech she gave during a foreign trip earlier this month.”

Okay, get it? Newsweek has it’s pages in a wrinkle because Ivanka Trump “plagiarized” herself. If that isn’t nincompoopery in the first degree I don’t know what is.

Let’s be honest, a lefty rag like Newsweek wouldn’t find anything good to say about Ivanka Trump if she gave a speech as perfect as The Gettysburg Address.

Newsweek was quickly taken to task not for critiquing the speech, that’s fair game, but for saying she plagiarized herself. As one tweeter responded, succinctly: “You can’t plagiarize your own speech, you morons.” Indeed you cannot.

On and on it goes and where it stops – it won’t. Nincompoops are a sub-group of humanity. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors, both genders and can be found everywhere there are human beings.

I hope you all head into your week end with  firm determination not to act like a nincompoop. We have enough of them.

Be well and be happy and walk in the sunshine.

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🦃 Happy Thanksgiving

Good Riddance 🗑

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Charles Manson is dead. Good riddance to a monster. I hope he likes he new digs in hell.

The cartoonists that I love so much seem to feel much the same way that I do.

I don’t often “like” Milt Priggee‘s cartoons but I like this one very much.

I like Mark Streeter‘s take too.

Paul Fell is right on target too.

Love this Glenn McCoy cartoon as much for the expression on the cartoon Manson’s face as for the welcome in hell for the monster.

Good cartoon from Lisa Benson coming at the topic from a different direction. I love the way this gal draws too.

I like all the cartoons about the death of Manson but I think I like this one from Tom Stiglich best of all.

All in all, in my opinion, the world is a better place now that Manson isn’t in it.