Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Good Man ... Even When No One Is Looking

I did not write the 160 words in bold below. They were written by a Curt Yeomans and they appeared in the Gwinnett Daily Post on page 8A on September 10, 2014...

“Carl Rhodenizer can still remember the morning he went to see Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy about funding the establishment of a shelter for abandoned children in Clayton County.

It was the 1980s and children were being abandoned at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Rhodenizer was seeking funding to buy a place where the children could be brought and cared for. He went to a county commissioner, but was told to come back when he had some funding lined up from the public.

So he went to the Chick-fil-A headquarters to see Cathy, whom he’d known since the early 1950s. The pair had lunch and talked for a while in Cathy’s office.

“He finally said ‘Now Carl, what do you need?’ and I told him what the commissioner had told me,” said Rhodenizer. “He was familiar with the situation at the airport and I asked him if he’d help us, and he said ‘Yes I will. Now how much do you need?”

Mr. Cathy did not say...

  • What’s in it for me?
  • I’ll have to check with my lawyers.
  • I’ll get back to you.

He simply said, “Yes I will. How much do you need?”

Above is the story about how Rainbow House got its first $100,000 while no one was looking.

Would I kid u?

Smartfella

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Lagniappe:

Samuel Truett Cathy March 14, 1921 – September 8, 2014

It is truly a shame that we know more about the Celebrity involved in he Celebrity of the Day Scandal than we know about this caring and giving man. Please, take a few moments to read about Mr. Cathy... Click Here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S._Truett_Cathy

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Voice Crying In The Wilderness ... Me

In 1967 Strother Martin told Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke, "What we've got here is failure to communicate"... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2f-MZ2HRHQ

My newspaper just told me who are the current highest paid TV Actresses ($37 Million, $13 Million, $11 Million). I’m so pleased for them. I just know they are doing great things for Humankind with all their hard earned money.

Did you just ask yourself what this has to do with Me Crying In The Wilderness? It’s simple. I am crying, “Who are these people?” I have never heard their names uttered in my entire life!

Yes I know they have never heard my name uttered in their entire lives either. Going forward they are never going to hear my name uttered in their entire lives since it is against Federal Law for them to know who I am because they are important and I’m not.

Still I am confused as to why they are not known to me. I pay attention. What am I doing wrong?

Is it because I don’t do FaceBook? Is it because I don’t Tweet my innermost everything to everybody? Who would have ever thought that I, an internationally known Blogger who is being read on 6 of 7 continents, would be Electronically Challenged?

I guess I am just going to have to stay out here In The Wilderness because I insist I am not going to be swept into FaceBook & Twitter.

Simply stated I do not want the world to know what I had for lunch!

Would I kid u?

Smartfella

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Domestically Awful

The word Domestic according to Random House Webster’s College Dictionary...

  • Of or pertaining to the home, family or household.
  • Devoted to home life.
  • Tame.
  • Domesticated.

As you can see above the Dictionary says, in no uncertain terms, that Domestic is a nice word... Or is it?

This is an example of how the Dictionary is leading us astray because here is what the nightly news tells us is the true modern day meaning of Domestic...

  • Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten.
  • Around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. Most often, the abuser is a member of her own family.
  • Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.
  • Studies suggest that up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually.

There were four more bullet points that I left off this list which continued to tell us how awful Domestic is but enough is enough.

If someone comes up to you and says, “I’m going to domesticate you”, you better try and get them to go domesticate someone else.

Would I kid u?

Smartfella

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Lagniappe: Speaking of Domestic Violence how would you like to have $1 for every time our crack news media said “Ray Rice” since Tuesday?

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

This Is Yesterday’s Foolishness...Or Is It?

I have been remiss. I should have sent this Blog Posting as soon as I saw it in yesterday’s newspaper. Please forgive me.

On Sunday I published the silliness about the “Cease Fire” in The Ukraine... http://forii.blogspot.com/2014/09/glory-be-land-goshen-thank-heaven-cease.html

Then Monday I read the follow-up article that tries to reassure us that the “Cease Fire” is holding. Holding means, there is No Fighting Going On Anywhere... Or does it?

Actually what we are told is, “Kiev and the Kremlin said a cease-fire pact between pro-Russia rebels and Ukraine still held despite fighting in at least two cities in east Ukraine”

Would you like to analyze these words with the Smartfella?...

  • The cease-fire is holding but there is still fighting.
  • If the cease-fire were holding would that not necessitate there be no fighting?

As those shouting at us As Seen on TV Commercials say to us every day, “But wait! There’s more!”...

In the statement above we are told, “Despite fighting in at least two cities”. Do you not think “at least two cities” is pretty open ended? Three cities are more than at least two cities and so five cities or nine cities.

Guess we will have to wait for further breaking news to find out if it is two+ or five or nine or...?

Would I kid u?

Smartfella

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Sunday, September 07, 2014

Glory Be! Land A Goshen! Thank Heaven! … The Cease Fire Is Holding!

My newspaper is all excited this morning because the Cease Fire in The Ukraine is holding.

My newspaper does not get a chance to see good news inside itself very often so I will not burst its bubble of happiness but I will tell you...

The Cease Fire Is Holding Because The Warring Factions Have Gone Back To Get More Bombs, Guns, Ammunition, Sticks & Stones.

I wish I were but I’m not kidding u.

Smartfella

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Saturday, September 06, 2014

He Is A Cultural Icon & I’m Not But I Am & He’s Not

Here is what Wikipedia has to say about Cultural Icon...

A cultural icon can be a symbol, logo, picture, name, face, person, building or other image. It is easily recognized and generally represents an object or idea with great cultural significance to a wide cultural group. It has a special status as representing, or important to, or loved by, a particular group of people, a place, or a period in history.

In this Foolishness...Or Is It? I will address Cultural Icon Persons. They influence us. We want to be like them. They are inspirational... Or are they?

Need some examples about what it is that I am talking about? Here are a few... Marlon Brando, Arthur Conan Doyle, Francis Ford Coppola, Dalai Lama, Walt Disney, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Mahatma Gandhi, Stephen Hawking, Ernest Hemingway, Alfred Hitchcock, Vladimir Horowitz, Steve Jobs, Luciano Pavarotti, Mr. Rogers, Peter Sellers, William Shakespeare, Spiderman, Mark Twain, Orson Welles

Did you object to any of these Cultural Icons? If you did, that’s understandable. We are all entitled to our own stupid opinion.

In my own stupid opinion, one of these ought to have jumped off the screen at you. Did you just say you experienced no jumping? Did you not see, take note of and wonder why a Fictional Comic Book Character was in the list. Did you not cringe when you saw Spiderman there? If not, I am disappointed in you.

As I was kicking this Blog Posting around in my head, I happened across a young Spiderman devotee and decided to ask him about my thoughts about this Blog Posting I had simmering within me.

When I found him he was standing facing into bright sunlight in his Spiderman Costume with his baseball cap on backwards and holding his hand up to his forehead to shade his eyes so he could better see into the bright sunlight. I knew immediately I was in the presence of a mental midget.

When I brought up the subject of Spiderman being on my Cultural Icon List, he readily agreed that Spiderman belonged there and he added he thought Spiderman was probably the most iconic of the icons.

He said he admired the way Spiderman could shoot out his sticky web strings and latch onto buildings, planes, busses, and evil villains. He said one day he hoped to do the same heroic feats of strength and agility just like Spiderman.

Have you ever been looked at like you were a Complete Idiot? Well, this was my turn to be looked at this way because I told him Spiderman could not do what Spiderman does because Spiderman was a Fictional Comic Book Character and he did not exist.

That’s when it happened. That’s when he looked at me in disbelief, then shock and horror, then disgust and turned and walked away from me shaking his head surely thinking to himself that I was a Complete Idiot.

Despite that fact that some of you did not catch the presence of Spiderman on this Cultural Icon List, I do respect your opinions because you are smart enough to read my blog. Please tell me that I am right about all of this. I’m surrounded by so many who worship fictional characters and celebrities that I am beginning to doubt myself. Could it be that I am wrong?

Would I kid u?

Smartfella

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Lagniappe: In order to prove my point, please read the article through the link below about the two 12 year old girls in Milwaukee who stabbed another 12 year old girl friend of theirs 19 times in order to impress Slenderman. You guessed it. Slenderman is a Tall Creepy Fictional Bogeyman whom they believe is real and who they greatly admire...

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-wisconsin-slenderman-stabbing-20140903-story.html

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Congratulate Me!

It has taken me many years but I am now approaching a milestone in my trek through Silliness. I have just under 33,000 (it has taken me years to get to this number) views on my gift to the world, Foolishness...Or Is It? I am so pleased!

I don’t know how he got into my computer room but Justin Bieber just appeared behind me and mocked my accomplishments as a mere molehill when compared to the adoration he receives.

He seemed to be enjoying himself as he knocked me down to size. He said he is followed on Twitter by just under 99,000 each day.

I really felt insignificant. I felt so inadequate. My life and all my efforts are apparently for naught. He seemed to thoroughly enjoy my misery as he looked down on me (he was hovering 2 feet off the floor).

I took some solace in thinking that my dear readers are enlightened by my attempts to educate and entertain them... Or are they?

Would I kid u?

Smartfella

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Lagniappe: Feel free to add a comment to this Foolishness...Or Is It? & enlighten me & my meager number of followers as to how Justin Beiber’s followers benefit by electronically trekking along behind him.