Wednesday, July 19, 2017

It Is Looking Like The Appreciate Sign Has Come Up Lacking

On May 17, 2015 I wrote a blog entitled, “Why Do I Need To Be Polite? I'm Too Busy Taking Your Money!” I poked fun at the rudeness of some Gas Station Attendants but it just might be that I have hit on a very non-foolish point. Could it be that a return to politeness and courtesy is in order?

First the Blog Posting…

Why Do I Need To Be Polite? I'm Too Busy Taking Your Money!

Have you noticed how impolite/uncaring the Money Takers in Gas Stations are? You probably not. You are so used to me noticing things for you that you have become lazy and just depend on me to do your noticing for you.

I don't hold that against you. I'm glad I can help.

However, I have figured out why they are so impolite. It's those signs outside their stores that say…

"We Appreciate Your Business!"

It's a dual purpose sign. It makes you feel appreciated before you enter and it makes it unnecessary for the Money Taker to have to appreciate you. After all, it would be redundant for them to appreciate you after the sign has already appreciated you.

If you have not noticed this sign, look for it at your next opportunity. It is a big sign. It is almost as big as the EBT Sign.

Would I kid u?

Smartfella

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July 19, 2017…

The picture below is photographic evidence that, “How y’all doing today?” and “Y’all come back now!” might again be the thing to do.

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The small red lettering on the store is the “We Appreciate Your Business” sign.

I’m sitting here wondering how “y’all” sounds when spoken with a Middle Eastern Accent.

Friday, July 14, 2017

You Had Better Watch Out Because Your Social Security Administration Is Watching Out For You

In order to fill you with confidence, I will Bullet Point below the “Efficiency” of your Social Security Administration (SSA)…Or will I?

(My comments will be Yellow Highlighted)

 

This all started when I made a Simple Request to the SSA to change the Direct Deposit of my Social Security Pension from one bank account to another bank account in the same bank.

 

Did I heard you just say to your collective selves, “That sounds simple”. That’s what you might think but the word “simple” is nowhere to be found in the SSA Operational Manual…

 

I made my request to the SSA on April 28, 2017.

Ø On July 7th I received a letter dated July 5th that informed me that my SSA has sprung into action.

Ø The letter also falsely stated that I made my request on June 27th.
>In a future audit the SSA will be given a Gold Star because their Springing Into Action Letter was written a mere 8 days after the minion (me) submitted my request.
>The truth is their
Springing Into Action Letter
was written a whopping 68 days after little ole minion (me) submitted my request.

Ø The Springing Into Action Letter then goes on to say I will receive the first deposit into my new bank account on August 28th.
>In a future audit the SSA will be given another Gold Star because I received my deposit to my new account a mere 54 days after the Springing Into Action Letter.
>The truth is I will get my first deposit a whopping 122 days after I made my Simple Request to the SSA.

 

It is at this point that the Springing Into Action Letter goes from Deceptive to Downright Bizarre…

Ø I am told of the many courses of action that are available to me If I Disagree with the Decision the SSA has made.
>Why would I disagree with the SSA agreeing to do what I asked it to do?

Ø They tell me they will review my case and look at any new facts that I have presented to them.
>I only have old facts. I just want them to put my money into my new account.

Ø They tell me my case will be reviewed by someone other than the person who originally decided my case.
>I have no problem with the old person (just might have been a bit slow). I just want them to put my money into my new account.

Ø They pledge to review the parts of the original decision that I think are wrong and correct any mistakes.
>I don’t object to the original decision to put money into my new account and there were no mistakes that I can recall (other than they might have been a bit slow in getting it done).

Ø Strangely, they also pledge to review those parts of their decision that I think were correct.
>Huh?

Ø They said they will make a decision that may or may not be in my favor.
>Does this mean they may decide not to put my money into my new and different account and I will be then required to open a different new and different account from the new and different account that I had previously decided upon?

Ø I will then have 60 days to appeal the decision they have made in regard to my request and the 60 days will start 5 days after they mailed this letter to me unless I can prove that I did not get their letter within 5 days of their letter having been mailed.
>Believe me, if they I just put my money into my new account, they are not going to hear a peep out of me. I am too confused to peep.

Ø They then tell me I had better have a good reason if I want to wait longer than 60 days to appeal.
>Does that sound like a threat to you?

Ø They finish up with a flurry of administrative minutiae…
>I can file an appeal with any SSA Office.
>The appeal must be in writing.
>The appeal must use their form “Request for Reconsideration” (SSA-561).
>I can find form SSA-561 online at
www,socialsecurity.gov/online/.
> I can also get a form SSA-561 by calling and asking for one to be sent to me, making my request in writing by mail or coming into any office in the Good Ole USofA and asking for one.
>If I need help in filling out form SSA-561, I can be helped either in person in one of their offices or on the phone.

 

Several years ago I had a minor problem (at least I thought it was minor) with the SSA which ended up taking weeks to resolve. During these weeks I several times had to make phone calls to the SSA and wait on hold listening to the worst music the SSA could possibly find to inflict on me. Usually the waits were over an hour.

 

The issue got resolved quickly after I told them I had contacted my Congressman.

 

The “Contacting My Congressman” part was almost a lie because a minion at my congressman’s Office had already stiff-armed me and I had just about given up all hope for resolution to my Minor Problem

 

This time I’m just going to sit quietly and keep my fingers crossed.

 

My Mother would have made a Novena. Maybe that’s what I ought to do. Probably not, I bet Novenas are prohibited in some obscure SSA Regulation in a Sub-Section entitled, Unauthorized Interference with Governmental Confusion.

 

Would I kid u?

Smartfella

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

OK We All Know Our News Reporting Services Can’t Get The Facts Within Their Stories Right But You Would At Least Think They Could Get Their Headlines Right

I saw a Headline on the front page of my Newspaper a few days ago that read, “Crisis Deepens in Venezuela After Maduro Backers Storm Congress”.

Below the Headline was a Picture of three members of Venezuela’s National Assembly. Two of them are bleeding from their heads and had their own blood all over their clothes as a result of the Maduro Backers having stormed the Congress with guns, pipes and sticks.

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Maduro is trying desperately to stop an election that will likely show the voters want him gone. Whether he goes gone after the vote is taken is another problem.

Are you laughing at our media’s incompetence along with me? Pretty funny, is it not?

What’s that you just said? You said you don’t see anything that is so inaccurate or is so funny? I can’t believe you sometimes. I would think you are not too smart, if it were not for the fact that you read my Foolishness…Or Is It? Blog Postings. The fact that you read my silliness shows that you are smart but, come on, you have to be more aware of what is going on around you than this!

We all are familiar with Venezuela’s ongoing disaster…Or are we?

Venezuela is, for all practical purposes, is a Failed State...

Ø Venezuela has 298.4 Billion Barrels of Oil Reserves. That’s more than any other country on earth. That’s 30.1 Billion Barrels more than second place Saudi Arabia.

Ø Venezuela used to be one of the more prosperous countries in South America.

Ø Venezuela’s Inflation is out of sight.

Ø The absolute basics of life are not available at all or are in extremely short supply.

Ø Venezuelans are running across neighboring country’s borders to get darn near anything and everything…Toothpaste, Toilet Paper, Food, etc.

Ø They are also fleeing into neighboring countries at a very high rate.

Ø Their Democracy is in a shambles having been replaced by a “Democratic” Dictatorship.

Ø In the past three months, almost 100 demonstrators have been killed.

OK, I’ll give you one more shot at what’s wrong with the Headline above. I’ll wait…………………………….

You still don’t see what’s wrong, or said more pointedly, what ought to be absolutely impossible?

It’s the two words, “Maduro Backers”. That can’t possibly be right! How could there be people that still back Maruro in a country that has been an ongoing disaster for so many years now?

There can’t possibly be any Supporters of Maduro left in the Entire Country…Or can there be?

Would I kid you?

Smartfella

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

I Have Uncovered A Government Operation That Has Confused Us For Years As We Drove Down The Interstate Highway System

We just got back from an 1,634 mile trip to and from the Dallas Area. There was hardly any turns in the road from here to there. It was boring. You know what happens when I get bored. My Foolish Mind starts to wander and, when that happens, I Notice Things.

 

Somewhere between here and there I uncovered a Vast Government Conspiracy to Slow Us Down, to Save Our Governmental Rulers a Lot of Money (so they can waste it elsewhere) and to Make New Money Off Of Us, all at the same time.

 

Read on to become educated and get ready to waste a lot of time writing your congressman full of righteous indignation (Google “Waste Your Time” and one of the examples given is, “Writing Your Congressman”).

 

Years ago I wrote one of my best Blog Postings about the little man who invented the Orange & White Roadside Construction Barrel… http://forii.blogspot.com/2009/09/we-are-going-to-have-to-crank-it-up.html.

 

Many times I have wondered about what must be a major problem and expense for our Governmental Rulers to store the billions of Construction Barrels they own when they are not in use. I had assumed they bought or rented warehouses all over the Good Ole USofA for storage. It must be a giant headache, a whopper of a logistical problem and a tremendous expenditure of taxpayer funds!

 

I now know that storage is not a headache nor a problem nor any expense at all because they don’t store them at all.

 

Read on you will be amazed at this fine example of Governmental Efficiency you will ever see that our rulers actually end up making money…

Ø The barrels are stored alongside our Interstate Highway System.
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Ø This is why you are constantly coming across warning signs that say something like this, “Highway Construction Next 15 Miles. Fines Doubled When Workers Present”.

Ø Then, as you drive along (maybe at a lower speed) you do not see any workers but you do see Construction Barrels every 10 feet on both sides of the road.

Ø Sometimes, off to the side of the road, you will see a worker digging in a hole with 4 to 5 other workers holding up shovels watching the digging worker dig.
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Ø Periodically you also see fellow travelers off to the side of the road being given tickets.
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That’s the What You See and here is the Why You See It

Ø The barrels are there to save storage money.

Ø Instead of buying or renting warehouses, our rulers store them on the side of our highways all over the Fruited Plain.

Ø Then when the State sees the need for increased revenue, they used to send out diggers, digger watchers and the Highway Patrol Cars to give out tickets.

Ø In order to save even more money, they eventually bought the Diggers and Digger Watchers mechanical figures from Disneyland.

Ø In recent years even more money is being saved because they only buy the diggers from Disneyland and they have started buying shovels from China that can stand up all by themselves.

 

And now you know… The Rest of the Story.

 

Would I kid u?

Smartfella

Thursday, July 06, 2017

New Bell At Mass

As we are going into Mass each week, I have started hearing a new bell ring. Being sly, cunning and alert I have figured it out.

 

It’s all a part of the changing times we all enjoy in the Good Ole USofA…Or do we? No matter what your religion, if you go to church, you will very likely hear this new bell in the near future. It’s a Sign Sound of the Times.

 

Here is what it’s all about…

Ø It is a single bell chime.

Ø It happens 5 minutes before mass starts.

Ø Right after the bell tolls, you will hear car doors open and close all over the parking lot and you will see the car’s occupants start walking towards the church.

 

Have you figured it out yet?

 

It’s a notification to all of the parishioners who have been sitting in their cars Texting, Tweeting (Twits), Emailing (my children tell me that my grandchildren think emailing is old fashioned) and/or doing some other kind of Social Networking up until the very last minute before they head into Church to try and save their souls.

 

I wonder if, when they are asking forgiveness for their sins at the beginning of mass, they include Texting, Tweeting, Emailing and/or doing some other kind of Social Networking up until the very last minute.

 

If it’s not a sin, it ought to be.

 

Would I kid u?

Smartfella

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Pet Peeves

I Ought To Send This Every July4th

One of my pet peeves is I hate change for the sake of simplification or cute...Especially Cute.

Here are several examples of such nonsense...

Ø Christmas changed to Xmas.

Ø Thanksgiving Day changed to Turkey Day.

Ø Good Friday changed to Spring Holiday.

Right up there with the worst of them is...

The Fourth of July Independence Holiday Changed to Weenie Day

If our Founding Fathers were alive, they would turn over in their graves.

Would I kid u?

Smartfella

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Europeans Have Been Trying To Kill Each Other For Thousands Of Years. They Must Certainly Know What They Are Doing By Now…Or Do They?

It has come to light recently that Members of NATO have not been living up to their Signed Commitment to Provide for their Common Defense.

 

To expand on the above nifty opening, they have not been Providing for their Common Defense for many years.

 

As a result of this lack of spending, there are now Significant Material Shortages that have become evident in their Military Preparedness.

 

Soldiers in Germany’s Light Infantry Battalion 413 near the Baltic Sea coast complained last year that they didn’t have enough sniper rifles, antitank weapons or the right kind of vehicles.

 

During exercises, they told a Parliamentary Ombudsman, their unit didn’t have the munitions to simulate battle.

 

The Ombudsman told them to Imagine The Bangs.

 

There you go thinking I made Imagine The Bangs up. My Dear Readers, you are wrong again. If you are a subscriber to the Wall Street Journal, you can click this link and see that I am not kidding you…

Don't worry. We'll whip everything into shape after the shooting starts.

 

If you are not a subscriber, you will just have to trust me…Or will you just?

 

Would I kid u?

Smartfella

 

Lagniappe: It has been reported that only 5 NATO Countries have been living up to their Defense Spending Commitment. One of the five is Greece. When you consider all the Financial Problems Greece has had in recent years, this shows that the Greeks, as in ancient history, are still Honorable and Intelligent People … Click Here: "Opa!"

Friday, June 30, 2017

There Ought To Be A Law Against Stupid (Have I used this title before?)

Picture This…

Ø Girlfriend shoots Boyfriend in the chest.

Ø Boyfriend is dead.

 

Picture This…

Ø Girlfriend and Boyfriend want to make a YouTube Video.

Ø Their video will show Boyfriend holding a book in front of his chest and Girlfriend shooting at and hitting the book but not hurting the Boyfriend because the book stopped the bullet and then they can go out for Burgers and Fries.

Ø Girlfriend shoots and hits the book Boyfriend is holding in front of his chest but the book does not stop the bullet.

Ø Boyfriend is dead.

Ø Girlfriend is shocked and is not sure what she will tell her 2 children nor her next child because she is 7 months pregnant.

 

Enter the Lawyer…

Your Honor, this is clearly a case of Book Publisher Negligence because any Book Publisher who had the least bit of concern for its Buying Public would certainly have provided a Disclaimer in a prominent place (like the book cover) and in an attention getting color pattern (I would have recommended Day-Glow Orange) that would have warned the unsuspecting buying public that this book would not stop a bullet. (Yes, I know the prior sentence is too long but lawyers are known to do that.)

 

Enter the Judge…

Counselor, you have made a valid point. I am going to award this Formerly Pregnant Stupid Girlfriend Widow and her Offspring a whole bunch of money. We will reconvene at 9AM Monday when I will announce how much money it will be. This is going to take a while and I’m going to need my calculator for this one.

 

Would I kid u?

Smartfella

 

Lagniappe: No, I did not make this Foolishness up. Click here and read all about it: Stupid is as Stupid just did.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Are Shadows Dangerous?

Once upon a time we believed that Shadows Could Not Hurt Us. Certainly we still believe this…Or do we?

 

On June 27, 2017 what happened at the Redstone Arsenal in Alabama brings the “…Or do we?” above into sharp focus. Here are some bullet points about what happened or did not happen at the Arsenal…

Ø Parts of the Arsenal were on lockdown for about 3 hours.

Ø Investigators tried to investigate reports that a shooter was on the second floor of Building 5301—The Aviation and Missile Command Building. (“Investigators tried to investigate”, sounds like something the Smartfella would come up with in one of his sillier moments.)

Ø The Post’s Twitter Account said, “Installation is locked down. Run hide fight.” (“Twitter Account Said”, sounds like it is a thinking autonomous being behind a big curtain promulgating warnings and instructions to those not allowed behind the big curtain.)

Ø At some point there was also a lockdown for the rest of the post and the neighboring Marshall Space Flight Center. (The Fella is glad they stopped at the neighboring Marshall Space Flight Center because I live in a neighboring state and I had things to do yesterday.)

Ø In the afternoon authorities were quoted as saying they were, “Still working on confirming the situation”.

Ø  A post spokesman said he still didn't know what, if anything had happened at Building 5301 and he had no information about any casualties or anyone put into custody (Not a lot of information coming out of this guy. Kind of makes you wonder why he bothered to make a statement at all.).

Ø An ambulance service was sent to the facility.

Ø Looks like people were running everywhere. The FBI said its agents headed to the scene and base security personnel were working with the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. (I don’t mean to be picky but does it not seem that this Bureau is getting out of control regarding its responsibilities? Was it not once simply the Bureau of Alcohol and Tobacco? Did it not move on to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms? Now it’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. What’s next? Is it about to become the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, Explosives and Jaywalking?)

Ø The Governor’s office is being updated about the situation and she said, "I will continue to closely monitor and pray for a peaceful and quick resolution”.

Since we are at the Bottom Line of this Posting I will now give you the Bottom Line…

There was no shooter.

If I were Sly, Cunning and Alert I would title this Foolishness, “Are Shadows Dangerous?” Did you just say that I did title it “Are Shadows Dangerous?” I must be Sly, Cunning and Alert.

 

Would I kid u?

Smartfella

 

Lagniappe: Above I slipped in a bullet which said, “An ambulance service was sent to the facility”. Did you just ask why was the ambulance service dispatched if there was no shooter and no shots? The answer, my Dear Readers, is simple. The ambulance really would not have been necessary except for the heat problems and minor injuries caused by the lockdown … Which was not necessary.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Don’t Blame Me. I Tried To Give You A Lot Of Money But You Lollygagged And Your Opportunity Has Now Passed You By.

In June of last year I offered any single one of my Dear Readers the opportunity to be given a nickel every time that lucky person heard in the news or saw written in any news publication the word, “Comey”.

 

To become eligible to be buried in nickels all any one of you had to do was be the first to take me up on my offer.

 

Not one of you had the foresight to take advantage of this financial windfall. A lot of money was right there for the taking. As of this moment, it is too late. I am withdrawing my foolish offer.

 

I have dogged a bullet for sure. Little did I realize that, had one of you taken me up on this offer, that person would today have all my money.

 

I bet you are kicking your collective selves. If I were you, I sure would be.

 

Would I kid u?

Smartfella

Monday, June 19, 2017

Those Who Do Not Learn From History Are Destined To Repeat History

I just opened your mail by accident and found out that you are going to blow up a whole bunch of people but I’m not going to tell anyone that you are going to blow up a bunch of people.

 

Hey, you, in the paragraph above. Are you nuts? Why not tell?

 

To get some kind of answer to why not tell, we have to go back in U.S. History a bit...

 

The Black Chamber was the United States' first peacetime Cryptanalytic Organization, and a forerunner of the National Security Agency. It was funded jointly by the State Department and the U.S. Army.

 

In 1929, the State Department withdrew its share of the funding, the Army declined to bear the entire load, and the Black Chamber closed down.

 

The new Secretary of State Henry L. Stimson made the decision to stop the State Department’s funding and years later in his memoirs he made the oft-quoted comment: "Gentlemen do not read each other's mail”.

 

Maybe, if the Black Chamber had still been in operation in 1941, we would have been warned about the coming attack on Pearl Harbor.

 

Then someone could have said to Secretary Stimson: “Do Gentlemen Bomb Other Gentlemen on Sunday Mornings?”

 

Let us all hope that, in this Politically Correct time we live in, reading other’s mail is not considered Politically Incorrect because The Bomb is very popular at this time in U.S. and World History.

 

Would I kid u?

Smartfella

Monday, June 12, 2017

I Wonder Why We Are Inspired By A Wonderful Fictional Woman Wonder Woman But We Ignore The Actual Deeds Of Actual Wonderful People

If I asked, have you ever heard of Benjamin Rush (No, he was not a relative of Rush Limbaugh), 99% of you would say one of the following to the electronic device of your choice in front of you, “Huh?” or “Who?”

 

If I asked, have you ever heard of Wonder Woman? 99.999% of you would say, “Absolutely! She is Wonderful!”

 

Is your Mind’s Eye available? If so, use your Mind’s Eye to picture this picture...

Ø One day Dr. Jonas Sulk was struck with the thought that he could invent a serum that would prevent Polio.

Ø Almost immediately he was again struck with the thought that such an undertaking was going to be a lot of hard work.

Ø He then thought of a better and absolutely easier way to become famous.

Ø He says to himself, “Self, my cousin is a pretty good writer. I will get him to write a pretty good article about how I invented a cure for Polio. Once my cousin’s writing has made me famous, I will not have to bother to find a cure for Polio. Why should I go to all the time and effort to actually invent the cure, when I can become just as famous for inventing the cure without actually having to invent the cure?”

 

Have I confused you enough? Are you to the point where you are saying to yourself, “Huh?”

 

It’s Wonder Woman. Her movies has been released and the Silliness of modern Good Ole USofA is in full swing. My newspaper has an article that says all of the following (My comments will be inserted in parentheses)...

Ø She is a “hero” for everybody (No she’s not. She’s a fictional character.)

Ø She has inspired all sorts of people the way all sorts heroes have inspired (No she didn’t. She’s a fictional character.)

Ø She embodies love, justice, kindness and independent thinking. (No, she does not. She’s a fictional character.)

Ø Since the beginning of time we’ve told stories through universal characters. Recently we’ve, for some reason, only chosen men to be those universal characters. (Huh?)

Ø Wonder Woman is for everybody. (No she’s not. She’s a fictional character.)

Ø She doesn’t want to bring any darkness to the world. (No she doesn’t not. She’s a fictional character.)

 

It’s my turn to wonder and I’m wondering why Hollywood did not make a movie about Dr. Benjamin Rush. He was pretty wonderful in his own right...

Ø He was a Founding Father.

Ø He signed the Declaration of Independence.

Ø He was a physician with Washington’s Army.

Ø He established America’s first dispensary.

Ø He heroically battled epidemics.

Ø He helped the poor.

Ø He fought slavery.

Ø He wrote the nation’s first chemistry textbook.

Ø His collected writings fill 45 volumes.

Ø He taught thousands of medical students that insanity was an illness, not a curse.

Ø He taught that dreams might be a pathway to the deeper workings of the mind.

Ø He has been called the father of American Psychiatry.

Ø On hearing of Rush’s death in 1813, John Adams wrote Thomas Jefferson: “I know of no character living or dead who has done more real good in America.”

 

Well I must concede that you put me in my place with that thought you just thought when you thought... “How could he be a Hero he did not wear a cape!”

 

That thought of yours has left me speechless.

 

Would I kid u?

Smartfella