Thursday, November 16, 2017

It Used To Be That, Once History Was Done, It Was Written Down And It Was Done

The above Subject is the way it used to be. Now we change history to match up with the way things are now. Or said differently… We change history to match up with the way things should have been, if only the past was as enlighten as we are today.

 

This quote was sent to me in an email from a well respected organization. It is a quote of the words of John F. Kennedy…“A nation reveals itself not only by the men and women it produces, but also by the men and women it honors, the men and women it remembers.“

 

The problem is President Kennedy did not say these exact words. His historically accurate quote did not include…“and women” and “and women” and “and women”.

 

The actual historic quote was…“A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces, but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.“

 

I looked it up on The Internet and copied and pasted below the first five references I found...

 

Goodreads…

John F. Kennedy > Quotes > Quotable Quote

Ø    “A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.”

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John F. Kennedy

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John F. Kennedy Quote

 

A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.
John F. Kennedy

Source/Notes: 
Speech at Amherst College (1963)

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Dictionary of Quotes

"A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers" – John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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ThinkExist.com

John Fitzgerald Kennedy quote

  “A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers”

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The Atlantic

Poetry and Power

"A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers"

 JFK

Quote from The Fella…“History Changed Is Not History”.

 

Would I kid u?

Smartfella

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Little Known Industries

Little Known Industries

My newspaper continues to educate me. Today I learned about the Cash IndustryHeadline: As Digital Payments Spread, the Cash Lobby Raises Its Voice.

 

See what I mean? I don’t know how there could be such a thing as a Cash Industry and now I know it actually has a Voice Box. That’s amazing! That’s educational.

 

I said to myself, “Self, is my newspaper trying to tell me that there is an industry that makes money simply because we use money? How can that be?”

 

I understand there are the Automotive Industry, the Restaurant Industry, the Travel Industry and the Raman Noodle Industry and how they function. My confusion continued.

 

Then the article went on to explain to me that the Cash Industry was in direct competition with the Credit Card Industry. How the Credit Card Industry makes money I can easily understand but how does the Cash Industry make money? My confusion continued.

 

The Answer: The Cash Industry is those groups of companies that make up the global supply chain that make banknotes and coins. They supply the paper for bills, the ink, the holograms that are printed into the bills, the machines for handling cash and the machines for destroying the cash when it becomes worn out.

 

They actually came together last year to form the International Currency Association. Its membership costs $35,000 for the larger companies. Wow! That’s a lot of cash but you would expect that the Cash Industry would have a lot of cash laying around, would you not? 

 

Well that’s the name of that tune but the melody lingered on in my foolish mind and it started to wander on about other Little Known Industries.

 

The Outrage Industry…

Ø These are the people who provide the Outrage for our burgeoning Protest Industry (an industry within an industry).

Ø They teach protesters how to maintain a look of Indignation and Anger on their faces even if they can’t remember what they are protesting for or against.

Ø They can also assist those protesters who can remember what they are protesting about but they can’t remember whether they were for or against what they are protesting about.

The Sexual Misconduct Industry…

Ø Provides counseling for those that desire to become a Sexual Misconducter but they are having difficulty overcoming their outdated sense of decency that has been ingrained in them by years of training by Parents, Teachers and a myriad of Decent People they have been associated with since birth.

The Driving Dangerously Industry Is Teaching Traffic Chaos…

Ø Where I live drivers are running through stop signs without even tapping their brakes.

Ø On 2 occasions in the last week I watched cars go by me on crowded surface streets at very high speeds (my guess more than 60mph in a 35mph zone) while weaving through traffic like they are in a high speed police chase.

Ø I experienced a situation where I was waiting for a red light to change and a lady pulled up to me in a Right-Turn Only Lane. When the light changed, she did not turn right but accelerated very fast straight ahead and swerved in front as she sped away certainly exceeding the speed limit within seconds.

Ø Jaywalking is back big time.

Ø Running Red Lights.

Ø I was told by a friend of mine of a conversation with a recent immigrant where the immigrant said he thought our traffic laws did not make sense because they required drivers to stop for red lights even when there was no traffic coming.

 

Yea, I know I am an old Fuddy Dutty (a person who is stuffy, old-fashioned and conservative). If you are worrying about the influence of us Dutty People to make things right again, don’t bother. We are fast disappearing.

 

Would I kid u?

Smartfella

Friday, November 10, 2017

House, Senate GOP Split On Taxes

For someone who is opposed to having a law for everything one could imagine, I sure blog often about the need for more laws. The truth (remember truth?) is I am being silly about needing all these laws I propose and I am kidding you...Or am I?

 

Today I would like to tell you about the undeniable need for Secrecy in Government. I say the heck with transparency. I am certain that, after I lay out my case for Secrecy in Government below, each and every one of you will see the logic of what I propose…Or will you each?

 

The Subject of this Blog Posting above is the exact quote from my morning newspaper today (11/10/17) and therein is our problem…

Ø The House of Representatives has proposed a new set of provisions for their Tax Reduction/Simplification/Revision Proposal.

Ø The Senate has been ensconced in Happy Hour patiently waiting and doing no work on their Counter Proposal until they receive the House’s Proposal.

 

Whenever any Senator is asked what he “thinks” the bill should look like before the House’s Version is published, he declines to comment but he does admonish the questioner along these lines…

Do you really expect the Senate to spend any time coming up with a Counter Proposal before there is something Counter?

Within 45 minutes of the House’s Proposal, the Senate lays out its Counter Proposal using the House’s Proposal for the basis of the their proposal.

 

Almost everything the House has proposed the Senate will Tweak, Adjust, Take A Position Opposed To, Modify, Raise and/or Lower (Yes, in our 9% Approval Rated Congress, there is a difference between Tweak, Adjust and Modify).

 

Hardly anything that is proposed by the House is agreed to without change.

 

In this case the Senate agreed to…

·       Lower Corporate Rate to 20%.

·       Nearly double Standard Deduction.

·       Eliminate Personal Exemptions.

·       Eliminate Alternative Minimum Tax.

 

The Senate has quibbled with…

 

House Bill

Senate Bill

Top Individual Rate

39.6%

38.5%

Number of Individual Tax Brackets

 

4

 

7

Estate Tax

Expands exemption to about $11 million a person & repeals in 2025

Expands exemption to about $11 million a person

Corporate Rate Reduction To 20% Takes Effect

 

 

2018

 

 

2019

Top Pass-Through Rate

25% with caveats

Above 30%

State/Local Reduction

Preserves for Property Tax up to $10,000

Eliminates

Medical Expense Deduction

 

Eliminates

 

Preserves

Student Loan Interest Deduction

 

Eliminates

 

Preserves

Child Tax Credit

$1,600/Child

$1,650/Child

 

If you find yourself wondering about whether some of these changes were derived by use of the Dart Board at Happy Hour, you just know the Dart Board came into play when you gaze upon the last one above…a $50 difference?! I just heard that famous tennis player shout, You Can’t Be Serious!

 

Would I kid u?

Smartfella

 

 

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

I Choose To Not Believe The Media’s Take On This One

News Article Headline 11/2/17…

Overexposure, Not Anthem Protests, Blamed for NFL’s Ratings Woes

I choose to write my own Headline…

OverStupidExposure Blamed for NFL’s Ratings Woes

Please take 5 minutes and 35 seconds to watch this video…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQCQFH5wOJo

 

Would I kid u?

Smartfella

Saturday, November 04, 2017

George Washington's Church Says Plaque Honoring First President Must Come Down

Below is a quote (5 paragraphs) from the news article where the above Subject came from…

  • Leaders at the church that George Washington attended decided that a plaque honoring the first president of the United States must be removed.
  • Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia will take down a memorial marking the pew where Washington sat with his family, saying it is not acceptable to all worshipers.
  • The plaques in our sanctuary make some in our presence feel unsafe or unwelcome," leaders said, a reference to the fact that Washington was a slaveholder.
  • Some visitors and guests who worship with us choose not to return because they receive an unintended message from the prominent presence of the plaques.
  • Many in our congregation feel a strong need for the church to stand clearly on the side of “all are welcome- no exceptions”, they concluded.

I propose a remedy (I always propose a remedy). I say the “Leaders” should put this New Unoffending Plaque in the place of the Old Offending Plaque

What’s His Name Sat Here

No one could object to that…Or could one?

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There’s more to this Silliness that I first thought. For example, think about this…

There are Inns all over New England with signs reading…

George Washington Slept Here

Historically this has been an invitation from the inn keeper to come sleep where George slept.

Are these Invitation Signs now going to be seen as Warning Signs that convey this message to the Sleeping-Out People…

Be Careful. You Might Want To Take Your Business Elsewhere Because George Washington Slept Here!

Let’s carry this to its Illogical-But­-Certain-To-Happen Conclusion. Are we going to see the need for all Inns in New England to put up signs that say…

George Washington Did Not Sleep Here

The Sleeping-Out People are certainly going to be demanding assurance that George had not actually slept there before they will consent to sleep there.

By not putting out a No George Sign, the New England Inn Keepers might be suspected of trying to trick the Sleeping-Out People into sleeping where George slept which would certainly make them uncomfortable, dare I say, actually put them in danger.

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Are you thinking the fella is getting carried away by using the word “danger” in the above paragraph? I defend my use of that word by referring to the opening quote above which started all of this Silliness.

The people who are removing George’s Plaque said as justification for the removal these words…

The plaques in our sanctuary make some in our presence feel unsafe

Would I kid u?

Smartfella

The Source: http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/10/28/george-washington-church-plaque-honoring-first-president-must-come-down

Friday, November 03, 2017

Message To My Russian Friends…Or Are They?

Headline in my Newspaper 11/2/17…

Russia Ads Targeted Precise Groups

The new data, released by members of the House Intelligence Committee, show the sophistication of the Russian effort to hit precise groups of people to amplify specific, simmering tensions within the U.S.

 

Message to My Russian Friends…

Hey, Boris, it’s working!

Would I kid u?

Smartfella

Thursday, November 02, 2017

All Of A Sudden (At Least In My World) Opioids Are A Strong Contender For The Number One Topic Of Conversation

Since Opioids just came into my ken I am trying to figure out what they are all about. I started by looking them up in Wikipedia. This is what I found and that’s when my curiosity turned to confusion…

Opioids are substances that act on opioid receptors to produce morphine-like effects…

Ø Used for pain relief, including anesthesia.

Ø Suppression of diarrhea.

Ø Treating opioid use disorder.

Ø Reversing opioid overdose.

Ø Suppressing cough.

Ø Suppressing opioid induced constipation.

 

Am I displaying my ignorance by saying to myself, Self, are they telling me…

Ø If I had an Opioid Use Disorder I would be given Opioids to remedy my Opioid Use Disorder?

Ø If I had an Opioid Overdose I would be given Opioids to remedy my Opioid Overdose?

Ø If I had Opioid Induced Constipation I would be given Opioids to remedy my Opioid Induced Constipation?

 

I can understand going into your doctor’s office and saying, “Doc, wine, women and song are ruining my life. I really think I have to give up singing”.

 

What I am having a hard time getting my mind around is going into your doctor’s office and saying, “Doc, Opioid Use Disorder, Opioid Overdose and Opioid Induced Constipation are ruining my life. You have got to give me a whole lot of Opioids and be quick about it!”

 

Would I kid u?

Smartfella

 

Lagniappe: Did you notice one of the things Opioids are now used for is Suppressing Cough? I hate to burst these smart people’s bubble but the Smith Brothers’ Daddy fixed this problem in 1852.

 

Lagniappe More: Originally the drops were sold from glass jars on countertops. To prevent drug stores from selling generic versions the company began packaging drops in branded boxes in 1872. To distinguish their drops from imitators, the bearded brothers created a logo featuring their portraits and stamped it on their boxes. When trademarked in 1877 the word "Trade" appeared under the picture of William and the word "Mark" under the picture of Andrew. It followed the brothers became known as Trade and Mark, nicknames that stick to this day.

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Lagniappe More Again: Today we have Stand-Up “Comedians” who get most of their laughs by using Filthy Language. I sometimes wish that we had Stand-Up Historians instead and they would stand up and tell stories like this one about Trade and Mark Smith. The problem is, without the filthy language, no one would be laughing and I would be the only one taking notes.

Monday, October 30, 2017

I Told You So! ... Or Did I?

How many times have I told you that the teaching of Arithmetic is being neglected in the Good Ole USofA? Did you just say that I have never told you that the teaching of Arithmetic is being neglected in the Good Ole USofA? Maybe I never have told you, but if I had told you, I would have told you and I would have been right to tell you.

 

This news story proves the point I may not have made to you. It comes from the state of West Virginia’s Penal System…

Ø An inmate escaped from jail by walking out of jail just before 6am on a Wednesday.

Ø It was not until the next evening at 7pm on Thursday that prison officials discovered he was gone.

 

There you have it! What’s that you say? Did you just say, “Have what?” You don’t see the Arithmetic Deficiency I am all agitated about. Oops! I guess I left out the reason I am agitated…

After he had left, and before he was discovered to have left, prison officials conducted 3 Formal Inmate Head Counts and 2 Informal Inmate Head Counts.

That, My Dear Readers, is a lack of Arithmetic Ability for sure!

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The Late Paul Harvey just looked over my shoulder and said, “Fella, tell them The Rest of the Story”

The reporter who wrote this story was obviously enjoying his disdain for the prison official’s inability to count as he went on to report, “walked out of jail, giving himself at least a 36 hour head start.

 

I have been known to be picky. Would you consider me too picky if I pointed out to the smug reporter that this Walking Inmate had at least a 37 hour head start?

 

No that would be too picky. I’m not going to make mention of it.

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Had the Walker Inmate remained in prison, we would certainly have seen more examples of Arithmetic Deficiency…

Ø The article said that on Friday the Walker was due to be sentenced to 3 to 20 years in prison.

Ø What probably would have ended up happening was he would have been sentenced to 2 years in prison.

Ø Then he would end up being released in 6 months.

 

Would I kid u?

Smartfella

 

Lagniappe: Maybe there ought to be a law passed that there cannot be more than 20 inmates in any prison at any one time, unless and until they can find prison guards with more than 20 Fingers and Toes.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Intelligence Committees

I have come around to the point where I think it is an Insult to my Intelligence that our 9% Approval Rated Congress has Committees (1 in the Senate and 1 in the House) called the Intelligence Committee.

 

I think the Folks Back Home (that’s us) ought to demand that Congress be required by Federal Law to prove to us that these committees are, in fact, Intelligent!

 

Until such time as they have proven to us that they are Intelligent, they should be required to change their names to something more akin to the truth…

Ø Wild Guess Committee.

Ø Decision by Use A Dart Board Committee.

Ø As Long As We Use Big Words and Look Indignant They Will Continue To Vote For Us Committee.

 

This whole set up with Congress just does not seem fair. We constantly have to prove things to Congress…

Ø Must reveal to them how much money we make so they can take the maximum amount of our money away from us.

Ø Must testify to them that we do have Health Insurance or they will enact a Tax … or a Penalty … or a Tax/Penalty … or a Penalty/Tax upon us.

Ø We must notify them that we have died so they can stop sending us Social Security Checks, Disability Payments, Food Stamps, Aid To Dependent Children Payments, Housing Choice Voucher Program Payments, Unemployment Compensation Payments, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Payments (TANF) (Formerly known as Welfare), Educational Assistance Payments, Federal Student Aid Payments, Job Training Financial Assistance Payments, Trade Readjustment Allowances (Income Support While Participating In Full-Time Training), Relocation Allowance Payments (If, after being re-trained, you have to move outside our normal commuting area), etc. etc. etc.

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I’ve asked this question before but this continues to confuse me…

Why is a Federal Crime to Lie to Congress but it is Not a Crime for Congress to Lie to Us?

Would I kid u?

Smartfella

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Clear And Concise

On his first game back from suspension, one of our Kneeling Football “Heroes” recently told us in very clear and concise language (Or was it?) why he held up a Clenched Fist at the end of our National Anthem.

 

This is the kind of intelligent dialog (or is it?) that we need to hear or read about in order to come to a better understanding about what these Kneeling/Clenching Football Heroes (Or are they heroes?) are really thinking (Or are they thinking?).

 

Here is what he had to say…

“It’s just something that I do. I’ve got my morals. I’ve got my values and my things that I think about. I don’t want to cause no attention to nobody else and bring unwanted attention, but on the same token, you know, there’s certain things that people are doing it for. So, for me, it’s just one of those personal things that I do.”

(Don’t worry if you can’t understand what he is saying because he does not know what he is saying either.)

 

(Don’t worry if you can’t understand what I say in the paragraph below because, just for yucks, I used my Buzzword Generator.)

Now I am certain that all of you have a more profound understanding about his functional transitional mobility. Certainly he harbors deep systematized linguistic projections which roots certainly go back into insecurities he experienced in childhood but which have been magnified because of his deep compatible organizational contingencies. Once he become more secure in his responsive logistical concepts all will become clear as crystal…Or will it?

 

When this happens they are going to stand tall and put their hands over their hearts and act like patriotic grown-ups … Or will they? … Or are they?

 

Would I kid u?

Smartfella

 

Lagniappe: I hope you did not jump to any hasty conclusions about the Kneeler/Clencher’s Suspension. This guy certainly has a way with words and he explained his suspension in this Facebook Posting of his, “I would have never been suspended if I had not been caught doing what I did, which was certainly something worthy of suspension. My lawyers are working on having my being caughtness thrown out because it provided proof that I had done something suspendable. Once we are over that legal encomberence we are going after that newspaper that published the proof of my guilt. If I had found evidence of something that the newspaper had done that was wrong I would have not been able to publish it in my newspaper because I don’t have a newspaper because I am not a newspaper. Does that sound fair to you?”

 

The saddest part in that 2,973 Sitting Judges across the Fruited Plain, upon reading the Kneeling/Clencher’s statement above, tweeted to each other, “You know he appears to have a valid point”.