Sunday, May 01, 2016

The Good Old Days Were Really Good

A Movie from the Old Days ... “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”

This movie is about:

Ø Trying to do the Honorable Thing.

Ø Anguish because Honor has been attacked.

Ø Full of references to Freedom.

Ø Guilt for wrongs done.

Ø Confession of wrongs done.

Ø Innocence proven in the end.

 

A Modern Movie ... “Bridget Jones’s Baby”

This movie is about:

Ø Obsession with Love Life.

Ø Becoming Pregnant (“Pregnant” is referred to as “Knocked Up”).

Ø Not knowing who the Father of the Baby is.

 

I like the Old Days.

 

Would I kid u?

Smartfella

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

U.S. Congress To The Folks Back Home: We Agree This Is A Very Important Issue. That’s Why We Held A Hearing.

Our 11% Approval Rated Congress thinks holding a Hearing is Doing Something About Something. This video calls that idea into question...

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=176398459037933

Would I kid u?

Smartfella

Monday, April 25, 2016

Presidential Election Polls Then & Now

When our Founding Fathers were still upright Ye Ole Pollster asked this question...

For Which Candidate Are Ye Going To Cast Your Ballot?

In this year’s election cycle the Pollsters are asking this question...

 

Which Candidate Will You Not Vote For Under Any Circumstances?

 

Would I kid u?

Smartfella

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Don’t You Dare Stick That Big Thing In Me!

Today I experienced my latest in a series of Colonoscopies. I am a record keeper. Before I finish this blog I could go into my file cabinet & give you an exact number of Colonoscopies I have been subjected to but I won’t do that because you don’t really care how many I have been subjected to. Let me just say I have had my fair share of these undignified intrusions.

While I was waiting 6 hours (actually it was 15 minutes but it seemed like 6 hours) wearing that little gown that ties in the back in that little room where they leave you to wait & think about what is about to happen to you, these kinds of thoughts were running through my terrified mind...

Ø How many more of these am I going to be subjected to before I die?

Ø Any number I came up with was that number too many.

Ø Is there a better way?

Ø Maybe I could get some of those people whose lives I saved in Vietnam in my Medical Evacuation Helicopter to take my Colonoscopies for me. They seemed pretty grateful at the time.

Ø As my mind raced with ever increasing fear, I even found myself thinking that by the next time I am due for a Colonoscopy they (whoever they are) will have invented an Colonoscopy App & all I will have to do is tap the appropriate App on my Smartphone & I would be done before I knew I had been done.

All of you reading this Foolishness are smart because, if you were not smart, you would not be reading my blog are probably thinking something along these lines... Why is The Fella so panic stricken? He has already said he has had this done many times. He ought to be used to it.

My dear readers, this time was different because of something that happened in the big outside waiting room before they put me into that little waiting room where I had my panic attack. I am here to tell you, It Was Terrifying!

I was in the waiting room with about 12 other people who were waiting to get their colonoscopies done. We were all just staring, pecking at our Smartphones, reading magazines, etc. & then it happened!

In walked a man in coveralls from a Roto-Rooter Company. He was carrying a long metal probe, with a long goose neck on the front of the long metal probe that looked to be another 6 feet long & it was curled up folded back & he was holding it in the hand that was holding the long metal probe & there was a large hand crank on the back.

Everyone in the room followed his every step with their eyes. Some smiled nervously & some looked downright scared.

He disappeared into the back offices. The same offices we soon would enter when we heard our names called.

Now do you know why I was terrified in my little room in my little gown that tied in the back for those 15 minutes & why it seemed like 6 hours.

Would I kid u?

Smartfella

Lagniappe: Well, at least they did not end up using that Big Long Roto-Rooter Thing on me. On the other hand, I was asleep. Which makes one ask the question...Or did they?

Monday, April 18, 2016

When You Are Out Of The News You Are Out Of The News

Remember Ross Perot? He’s still around but he’s not news anymore.

What does one do to get into the news? All too many of the people we are interested in get our attention because they did something that we would not be proud of if we did what they did.

Henry Ross Perot disappeared from most of our lives after he ran & lost as the Reform Party Candidate for president in 1996. Thankfully he did not disappear from everyone’s lives.

He & his Reform Party lost the election but there are very few of us that would not agree that our Political Parties could use some Reforming.

Honors (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

Bet ya can’t name one Celebrity, Sports “Hero” or Politician appearing in our TV Boxes every night that has a Dinosaur Genus named after him.

 

Would I kid u?

Smartfella

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

All Politics Are Local

If saying something over & over makes the something said fact, then the Subject of this posting must be true because we have all heard All Politics Are Local said over & over.

I will give you proof of something I heard said over & over in 1992...

Ø 1992 was a Presidential Election Year.

Ø It was the year that Clinton (the Bill), Bush (the H.W.) & Perot (the Non Politician Outsider) all ran for President of the Good Ole USofA.

Ø That was also the year my wife & I went to London.

Ø Before we left on our trip, I heard over & over the Recession we were suffering through called, “The George Bush Recession”.

I was comfortable with the Recession being called, George Bush’s Recession because he was the President & we all know that Presidents are responsible for everything bad that happens to us. Besides, I had heard that it was George Bush’s Recession so often, it must have been true... Or was it?

When we were unpacking in our room London hotel room, I had the TV on to the Local News. What came out of that TV made me drop my socks. The Talking Head called the current English recession John Major’s Recession. (John Major was the British Prime Minister at that time).

Have I made my point?

Would I kid u?

Smartfella

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Who Would Have Thought That Bombs Would Become Obsolete

Bombs always seemed like such efficient things. They blow up. They break things that are close enough to be broken. Kill or maim anyone close enough to be killed or maimed. As efficient as they are Bombs, which we have come to know & understand, are about to be rendered obsolete by Buttons.

I watched Cyberwar Threat on Nova (PBS) recently. Nova told me it is now possible for someone to push a button on a computer & our electricity will stop flowing...

Ø We will not be able to turn on the lights.

Ø We will not be able to pump gasoline into our cars.

Ø We will not be able to safely direct our planes through the sky.

Ø Our traffic lights will cease to function.

Ø Operations in process in our hospitals will be plunged into darkness.

Ø We will not be able to open our garage doors with our remote controls.

Ø We will not be able to brush our teeth with an electric toothbrush.

Ø We will not be able to watch television.

Ø Our subways will roll to a stop.

Ø We will not be able to charge our smartphones (this is the one that will cause all too many of us to panic).

This is not a complete listing but, it ought to be long enough to convince you that a Cyber Attack is a really bad thing.

My sense is that some of us just thought to ourselves, “This is terrible! I sure hope all of this terrible stuff does not happen during the Super Bowl!”

Would I kid u?

Smartfella

Lagniappe: Congress has known about the possibility of this terrible stuff happening to us for years & there are steps that Congress could take to protect and/or minimize this terrible stuff happening. What have they done about it? On a Something to Nothing Sliding Scale what they have done is a lot closer to Nothing than to Something. Why does that not surprise us?