The Great Baked Potato Incident of Nineteen Fifty-Five. 

images-1My mother, like most mothers, had rules, expressions, little day to day sayings that we as children were to follow.  One of the rules of the home (as she called them) was to “eat everything on your plate.  If you do not, you go to bed.

My father would occasionally back her up with “Eat all of them beans, there are kids in China that do not have any rice.  And I would think to myself “What the hell does he know about China?  He is from Watonga (Wuh-tong-guh) Oklahoma.

My basic problem was I did not like baked potato’s, nor was I a big fan of liver and onions for sure. Continue reading

Thunder In The Night

Beware ID theft is real.

“Hey, you used to write superb, but the last couple of posts have been kinda boring¡K I miss your super writings. Past couple of posts are just a bit out of track! come on!”  Yeah, like you really expect me to answer this tripe … Don’t you just love all these Internet trolls who have nothing better to do than run around the net and instigate trouble.  As W.C. Fields used to say ….. “Go away boy, you are bothering me.”

ACDC in the middle of the night.  Iran has another problem, someone has loaded Malware onto the computers in their nuclear program and they are now hearing AC-DC at full volume in the middle of the night.  They have asked for assistance to remove the computer virus and stop the music and the crippling of their systems.  Now I wonder who could have done this dastardly deed?

Like my old man used to say, “Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of people.”

TOO MUCH SEX WILL KILL YOU … NEW SURVEY OUT SAYS SO.  You find the strangest things when you surf the net at night while your wife watches America’s Got Talent (NBC check your local listings … tonight it was some kid getting kicked in the … well you know) anywho, I found this article on the dangers of too much sex … that is if you are a fly.  

While we are on the subject of television, another show that she really likes is Storage Wars.  She cannot seem to get enough of Yuuuuup!  She loves to watch them bid on the abandoned storage lockers and see what treasure is inside.  Here is one that I doubt anyone would want to bid on, it is in Oregon.  This one is kind of creepy.

Here is one that is completely off the register, a guy who has NOT watched any television in 24 years.  That is better than the 12 foot snake found under the trailer in Florida, “Honey have you seen the dog tonight?”  

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Some folks take a good picture and then again, some folks do not.  I don’t feel as if I take a decent picture anymore, and kind of refrain from it.  Anyway I was looking at this picture and I found myself trying to figure out who it was?  Anyone want to take a shot at it?  Okay, it is Sarah I want to be the next president of the United States Palin.  I think it was taken at Rolling Thunder.  Rolling Thunder is a motorcycle meet held each year in our nation’s capitol and it appears this is where the photo was taken.  Here are two more shots, you can compare.

It appears that she was indeed there.

I am not sure, but the First Lady might have been there too.

FAKE ONE DOLLAR BILLS IN IDAHO.  Now I have heard of people copying $20’s and $50’s even occasionally a five dollar bill.  But going to the trouble of counterfeiting a $1?  Almost unheard of in this day and age, read about this Idaho underachiever here.  Maybe he was a little short on lunch money.

This one is close to my heart, no really, it surely is.  A girl who is on public assistance and receiving food stamps, wins the lottery.  A one million dollar prize, which as most of us know, would last a LONG TIME if managed correctly.  Evidently it wasn’t enough, during this same period she continues to collect almost six thousand dollars in food stamps.  Is this a great country or what?

At some point in time we are going to have to change some things.  First place we should start is in grammar school, where we teach children:  “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish… and you feed him for a lifetime.”

It might be more practical to change it to:  “Give a man a welfare check, a cell phone, cash for his clunker, food stamps, section 8 housing, Medicaid, 100 weeks of unemployment checks, a 40-ounce malt liquor, needles, drugs, contraceptives, and designer Air Jordan shoes… and he will vote Democrat for a lifetime.”

What we have now sure isn’t cutting it.

Thanks for droppin’ by, hope to see you again soon.

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Clear Blue Sky

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Early in the morning, it is cool, not cold mind you, but cool.  That is nice, spring is in the air, it cannot be long now, but there is the distinct odor of burnt grass in the air, and another wildfire is taking its toll somewhere.  Very dry here, I cannot remember for the life of me, when it was that we received a good soaking rain, been awhile.

Another thing that I find somewhat disturbing is the color of the sky, there doesn’t seem to be any blue sky left anywhere, just this dingy Grey color, void of clouds and seemingly full of the pollution of man.

Back in the day, I would lie down in the grass and peer up into the summer sky, rich and blue, filled with white wispy clouds and I would imagine they were different animals or shapes.   I see a cow, and Indian, there is a ducky …… that kind of deal.

Now I look up and I see the remnants of yesterdays’ commute in Dallas, a cold dead gray sky, and no rain.

Getting Casual.

Another sign that spring is coming, the Idaho House waived its decorum rule for the rest of the season.  Members can take off their jackets and eat or drink on the floor of the House, they are just not allowed to smoke or spit, we can still do that here in Oklahoma, but it is evidently illegal in other parts of the country.

Not long ago I took a vow to lay off politics’ and religion on this site, and so far, I have managed to stay fairly close to the goal and within the self-imposed perimeters of good taste.  It is so hard to come in here each day and write something that is NOT political and I have adjusted to that.  It is as a matter of fact, a lot harder than I imagined it to be a few weeks back.

Mr. Obamma is going to be on the Tonight Show this evening, if you are so inclined, you can tune in there and get the straight poop from the head nin-com-poop!  Perhaps he will explain on how “giving A.I.G. billions which they in turn gave to the banks of England, Germany and France will help the AMERICAN economy” I cannot for the life of me, figure that one out.

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U.S. Credit Card defaults rose in February to their highest level in 20 years, with losses particularly severe at American Express and Citigroup.  AMEX came in with 8.7% and Citibank at 8.3% what I cannot figure out is why is this so bad?  Even at those rates that means at least 91% of their accounts are paid up or paying on time, seems like a rock steady business figure to me.

All around me I hear the sound of money, but I don’t have a dog-gone nickel to my name, I see a light at the end of the tunnel …. Man, I sure hope it’s not some dog-gone train!  If counted out in $1,000 bills, a million dollars would be a stack of bills approximately 4″ high.  To reach a billion dollars, that same stack of $1,000 dollar bills would have to be 358 feet tall.  To reach a trillion dollars (and remember we are up in the 12/15 trillion range now) the stack would stand 67.9 miles high!

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This could be the reason Americans are only getting an average of 6.7 hours of sleep on weekdays, down from seven hours in 2001.  Anyone see the news piece on the janitorial position offered in Massillon, Ohio?  The job paid about $15 per hour and 700 people showed up to apply for it.  Maine is forcing people to buy one of three license’s in order to increase revenue, latest to hit the list is canoeists or kayaking.  They want $3.50 for “boat lic.fees.”  Oklahoma increases the fee for electricity by some $8 per month, cable TV switched over to this new crap, and as usual, it cost us something, about $3 a month.

Point being, “You get a $26 increase in your income this month, I sure didn’t.”

This could be the primary reason Oklahoma and Utah now lead the nation in people hanging up landlines (regular telephone service) and switching over to cell phone usage (which we have been on for about five years, once again, ahead of the curve).  At least 26% of all households in these two states have got rid of regular phone service.  As times continue to get rough, medicine and groceries will fall beside the way, as the population searches for a way to cope.

But all hope is not lost.

Washington state this week passed a new same sex marriage proposal.  It would extend domestic partners all the rights and benefits that the state offers married couples under a measure passed by both houses.  Currently only married couples are mentioned including employment pensions, and public employee benefits.  Washington State is clearly stepping out into uncharted waters when compared to the rest of the country.

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Another good news item is the James River in Richmond Virginia is now clean enough to swim in.  Now there is a novel idea, a river you can actually swim in.  Water tests showed that fecal bacteria had dropped to acceptable levels the Department of Environmental Quality said.  Which brings me to the obvious question:  “What is an acceptable level of poo-poo kaw-kaw nothing is acceptable to me, absolutely nothing is the level I want. anyway?” I mean, gee whiz, give me a break.  That is not acceptable in any way, shape, form or manner.

And finally.

If all this fails, you can move to California, where they are proposing to tax “pot sales.”  Now if you think about it, the nation’s pot heads have been paying a really high tax for years on this product, but it was to the Mafia or Organized Crime. 

Why not pay a tax to the local government instead, put the money in the hands of all those folks who KNOW how to spend it for your public GOOD.

Which gives us about $1 billion per year in added taxes revenue for all these tax strapped states that just cannot live on billions and billions per year in collected tax revenue.

Taxing Pot Heads … I Believe I have heard it all now.  A totally new meaning to the word “Reefer Madness.”

It is now time for me to close this off, head out to the front porch and maybe see if I can borrow some “medical marijuana” from my next door neighbor with the five dogs (the people who live two doors down on public assistance) . Mailman says every time he walks by there, they are out in the garage shooting pool on their cheap table with the crooked sticks, pumping out the rap on the boom-boxes and he says …. “I smell it, no doubt about it.”

Perhaps in the spirit of the day, they will share with me?

Twist one up and then I will sit there in the spring time warmth, and ask myself whether I want to hold the bowl of love or go out there in the Universe, in search of the meaning of life.  To do this with another person or do it alone, to feel that shield of love and glow that is incredible.  Again the nagging questions of life, to enter into another drug induced deep value introspective view of shallow relationships or just go back inside and watch The View.

Another wacky Thursday in a long line of run together crazy insane days.  When you give up religion and politics’ this is what is left ……. Not much.  Kind of like this bailout routine, this financial black hole we seem to find ourselves being sucked in to.  Think about it.

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Number Six Hundred

Greetings.  If you haven’t been here before and this is your first time, welcome to Creative Endeavors, The Home Of BoxcarOkie.com.  Today is a milestone for us, this is our 600th post this year, in the past 9 months we have posted to this blog-page a plethora of articles, some good, some not so good, a bunch of them were not even worthy of tossing into the fire.

But my, my they were so much fun.

In the past 15 days we have had over 160,000 people come by this site, which I certainly believe establishes it as a “Fast Growing Blog” and in this time span of some nine months, three quarters of a million visitors have come to this site, to stop, read, browse and comment. We might not be the best, but we are in the top 100 consistently and with wordpress, Live Journal or any other social networking site, that is a worthy accomplishment.

Creative Endeavors is one of the fastest growing WordPress.com blogs and we plan to grow even more in the future.  It is our profound hope to see at least one million people stop by and visit this blog by our Anniversary date which is March 12th, 2009 …… tell all your friends, help us out, spread the word!

As always we want you to stop by from time to time and watch us do just that.  Add your two cents into the comments and we will keep a light on in the window for you like the hotel chain advertises.  We always accept and welcome your company … This is and will continue to be …. One of the fastest and best reading blog pages on WordPress.com. and any other social networking site and it is important that you be a part of it.

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We Need to Get the Bloom Back on the Rose

The United States has an economic imperative to develop reliable, affordable,
clean sources of energy and use them more efficiently.

We Have Bubbles, Lot‘s and lot’s of Bubbles

Post Falls Idaho Two new waterfall-style fountains welcoming visitors here are a tempting target for vandals. The city said pranksters most recently filled the fountains with dish soap, forming a wall of foam 10 feet high. A fund raising effort has been launched to pay for a $3,000 lighting upgrade.  Rubber duckies are an option.

Another Honor of Public Service

Raleigh North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Jim Long has bequeathed his title of “oldest rat in the barn” to Secretary of State Elaine Marshall – along with a hunk of cheddar cheese. Long is the longest serving Democrat on the Council of State. He didn’t run for re-election. Marshall, also a Democrat, was the first woman on the panel when she was elected in 1996.

Speaking of Rats

OJ Simpson is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday for his conviction of kidnapping and extortion charges, which could mean life in the slammer for the Heisman Trophy Winner and present holder of low-life of the year award in America.  His attorney’s are hoping for a speedy sentencing so that they might appeal and get the “juice” back on the street while appealing his conviction which could take upwards of a year or more.  No word on what the official line is on him at the Casino’s.

Trouble On Walton’s Mountain

Charleston West Virginia State officials are looking for someone to encourage West Virginia natives to come home. And they’ve decided that no one is better for the role than a real West Virginian. The Department of Commerce is sponsoring an essay contest to find a resident to promote the state to those who have left home. None of the Walton Family could be located, and John Boy hasn’t been seen in years.  Entry forms are at http://www.hometowv.com.

Ahead of the curve

Once again, I pick up the paper and there it is “after” we have already run something on it.  Now they are saying that American’s are purchasing firewood and alternate forms of heating equipment in record numbers.  Shipments of wood stoves and fireplace inserts which can more efficiently burn firewood are up 54% in the first six months of this year over last year.  Some folks spent as much as $750 a month to heat their homes last winter, and there were even reports of desperate people in New England burning household furniture to stay warm.  As the price of motor fuel and groceries, other household staples continue to rise, Americans are seeking out alternative measures to insure they stay warm this winter.

A New Bail Out

Hillary Clinton is now in debt $7.5 million to consultants and vendors at the end of October according to election reports.  Her campaign committee sent an e-mail to supporters Tuesday inviting them to congratulate the New York senator on her nomination as Secretary of State and to also while they were at it, drop a buck or two in the envelope for the cause.  Why doesn’t she just declare herself a bank and get the way the rest of ’em are getting it, seems to be working pretty good for everyone else.

More High Numbers For The Slap Happy Xpress

Mr. Obama continues to get high numbers on his performance so far from the American public.  A Gallup Poll finds, even at a time the public is down about the economy, they are up on his performance.  More than three of four Americans, including a majority of Republicans (who generally do not like anyone period) approve of the job Mr. Obama had done so far.  He needs this kind of broad based support for the job ahead of him.

Meanwhile at the White House, Shorty was spotted off in the corner, muttering something about the difference between a chimichanga, and enchilada, and a quesadilla.  He is after all, headed back to Texas.

It’s an attitude thang Y’all … Doubt if you would understand.

#600 another one in the bag!  Stick around, we are just getting warmed up.

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“The cartoon courtesy of Center for American Progress” (online)


Afternoon Delight

Now here is something amusing.  I just posted an article on AllVoices.com a site with over 100,000 daily links, and now I cannot find it.  No telling where it went … don’t you just love the Internet.  Right now in Ethiopia or Tibet some guy is looking at his screen and saying out loud … BoxcarOkie, what is BoxcarOkie?  Sorry, but dog-gone it, that tickles me to no end.

Class Act

The American spirit is still alive and doing well in Idaho specifically in Stanley Idaho – Many residents in this mountain town have shaved their heads as a show of support for Andy Gunderson, the 51-year-old chief of the volunteer fire department who’s undergoing treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. So far, 19 of the town’s 100 inhabitants have gone bald, while others have helped raise $10,000 to cover medical expenses.  There still remain, despite it all, small pockets of hope in this vast country.  Here is one of them, Idaho seems like a nice place to live (except for the weather).

The New Same Sex Rush

Richmond Virginia  – The state is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the advertising slogan “Virginia is for Lovers” – one of the most recognizable tourism marketing initiatives in the country. Gov. Kaine calls the phrase an American classic.  Could this be the next hot-bed for same-sex marriages?  Perhaps “hot bed” was not the right choice of words there.

Word games

Skywriter is always searching around for interesting words, so we thought today we might give her a new one to mull over.  Philaunderer:  He may hop from bed to bed, but he always washes the sheets!

Gender specific anyone?

GenderAnaylizer.com I came across a site over the weekend and it said that if you submitted a site to it, it could tell you if a man or a woman was the author of that site.  Submitting our site, it said there was a 52% chance it was written by a man (BoxcarOkie … That is me) and here is something interesting.

Submitting the web address of Margaret & Helen, allegedly composed and written by two maternal grandmothers, one of the most popular web pages in America, it turns out that there is a over 50/50 chance that it was written by a man (54%) …… Hmmmmm?

Now the other shoe drops.  I ran Creative Endeavors through the checker and it said there was a 52% chance it was written by a man.  Now my question is this, “Why didn’t it say 85% or 77% a man, when a man actually writes it.  My writing style doesn’t lean towards the feminine side.” As with Margaret & Helen, you would think the numbers would be more inclined to be higher in their favor.  Just thinking outside the box.

Running on empty

Corporate CEO’s from the nations automobile companies have still not received any cash to bail out there cash strapped almost bankrupt companies.  The word is now they are coming out with a totally redesigned flex fuel model … It can run on U.S. Tax Dollars.  European carmakers are now looking for a bailout, and as usual, the numbers are in billions of dollars.  Life in the passing lane has slowed considerably, world wide.

Don’t Look Ethel!

Greeley Colorado – A Catholic priest convicted of indecent exposure for jogging naked around a track at a high school in the town of Frederick has been sentenced to five years probation. Robert Whipkey must also complete 100 hours of community service and register as a sex offender under the sentence handed down in Weld County District Court. He is appealing.  Excuse me?  There is nothing “appealing” about a naked man running, nothing … Oh wait a minute, sorry.

Here is another one (Can you tell I just LOVE naked news?  Yeah I know, sick puppy, what can I say?) some folks eating a delicious, simply scrumptious meal at McDonalds leave their cellphone behind when exiting the establishment.  On the cellphone are some simply delicious, scrumptious pictures of the Old Lady taken by Mr. Hubby in the bedroom of the couple’s home.

Here is where it gets interesting.  Shade of Paris Hilton.

The people that discover the phone, also find it amusing to post the pictures of Nakid Mrs. on the internet.  Now the couple is suing McDonalds for some $3 million dollars.  Good luck on that one ….. Why is it when people commit an irresponsible act, they expect other people to compensate them for their stupidity.  I will never figure that one out.  Never.  Read all about it here.

What’s Cooking?

Spent a quiet weekend here at the abode, Cup Cake and I.  She sits in the backroom and watches “The Cooking channel” and I search for porn, uh, watch Speed Week or Discovery Channel in our TV room.  If you are well off and have loads of money, then that room is referred to as the “Media Room.”  I like Rachael Raye, she is so cute and perky, all bubbly and stuff.

I think she is the cat’s meow, but dog-gone it, that Paula Dean has stolen my heart, she is my kind of down-home girl.  That twangy Deep South voice and her mannerisms.  “We found this daid possum on the highway on the way to work this morning and we sautéed it for about two hours, it is now tender and juicy, we are going to smother it with barbeque sauce and serve it up ……….. It tastes just like Chicken Y’all.”

My kind of girl.

People on the net are always looking for that “perfect combination” of material and viewers (hits) to accomplish their lofty goals.  How about a “Cheap Eats Blog” that would seem appropriate right now, and I know with the economy in this sorry shape it is in, it cannot be anything but very popular.

Last Swan Song

Ted Stevens recently convicted felon and ex-senator has given his last speech on the floor of the Senate.  The chambers longest-serving Republican, delivered his final address to the members and yielded the floor for the last time.  The speech was a poignant coda to a four-decade Senate career.  Perhaps a quarter of the Senate filed into the chamber to hear the speech, which is ironic, half the time you cannot get the bozo’s to even show up for a vote.

He was of course “saluted by his colleagues and I suppose given a standing ovation” this country always treats its crooks with respect you know that.  Slowly they all filed out of the room and to their laptops and CPU’s to send all-cap emails:

IT IS OVER.  MAKE SURE YOU ALERT SARAH THAT TEDDIES GROUP WILL BE ARRIVING AT 9:40. DITTO FOR OTHERS SOON TO FOLLOW.

Life goes on .. Wonder how much a loyal Washington convicted felon gets in pension these days?

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Garbled Viewpoint

Scratch N Sniff Bandits Strike Again

DALLAS Texas – A man has proven that you can never have too much underwear when he stole more than 130 pairs of panties from a Victoria’s Secret store.  The Dallas Morning News reported online Tuesday that a man snatched $1,067 worth of underwear from a table at the Dallas store Monday. A police report says a female accomplice held open the door during the theft and both sped away in a green car.  The report did not indicate what styles or sizes were stolen.

Don’t Forget Your Coupons

Coeur d’Alene Idaho – Law enforcement agents are offering $25 grocery gift cards to people who turn in burglary suspects before Thanksgiving. The Kootenai County branch of Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is looking for five suspects in recent burglaries and is offering the grocery cards to sweeten regular cash rewards of up to $1,000.  CATCH A TURKEY – WIN A TURKEY …. What a concept.

Locked Down and Lonesome

Paducah, Kentucky – A state prisoner serving a four-year sentence for theft returned to the McCracken County Regional Jail a few hours after he escaped from a cleanup detail. Authorities said Chad Toy, 21, told them he was influenced by family members who feared for his safety. He returned still wearing his orange jump suit.

What a classy move

The auto exec’s all flew into Washington this week in “private jets” to beg for money and a possible bail out.  Now that is an austerity program for the rich if I ever saw one.  Meanwhile, our beloved Chief Executive has done rather well in this lucrative money-pit of tax payer dollars.  It is estimated that Bush will leave the White House with an estimated net worth of some $21 million, not a bad payday, for a sorry job and a proven underachiever. This is the problem with America, we know the price of everything but not the value of nothing.

Thank You For Sharing That

Brad Pitt on fatherhood in an interview on today’s Oprah Winfrey Show says “I am impervious to poo, snot, urine, and vomit.”  Man that sure helped me get my breakfast burrito down, thanks a lot.  Gee whiz Poppa-Pitt show a little class.  Rosie O’Donnell is coming to NBC for another round of “please tune in and allow me to share my rancid life history with you” check your local listings.  Wonder if Barbara Walters is gonna watch?  Another one of Hugh Heffner’s girlfriends is leaving him to marry a younger guy … I think he is sixty.

He-Said – She-Said

Silverton Oregon has the nation’s first transgender mayor.  His/Her highness wears women’s clothes and has breast implants.  By not hiding his cross-dressing from the public he said “I have blackmail-proofed myself.”  Wonder which bathroom he uses at City Hall … Just thinking outside the box y’all.

Myopia in Texas (Where else?)

The Terrell, Texas, Tribune did not even mention in its Nov. 5th edition that Barack Obama had won the presidential election because it was not local news.  “We covered the local commissioner’s race” said the editor, “We thought that was more important.”  Texas is the only state in the nation that executes the mentally insane and also elects them to the highest office in the land.

Look out below

Now this is something everyone in New Jersey can take pride in.  Councilman Steven Lipsid, who was arrested at a Grateful Dead Concert for urinating off the balcony onto the crowd below.  The 44-year old politician said that he had “resolved not to touch alcohol again.”  See what happens when you get a good deal on cheap seats at a concert?

More Nakid News

Tell me that I don’t know my reader base?  Twelve participants in the Boulder, Colorado annual Naked Pumpkin Run may be forced to register as sex offenders.  As 150 revelers ran naked through the streets of Boulder wearing pumpkins on their heads (I am not making this up – I swear!) the police arrested 12 on charges of indecent exposure.  “I was thinking a minor fine or community service, not thinking of sex offender.” Said one arrested 23 year old.  I believe the key word in that statement would be “not thinking.”  If convicted, I think they ought to have to write and answer the Comments Section at Creative Endeavors for at least ninety-days, that would be good community service.

Back To Law & Order

Former Sen. Fred Thompson is going back to starring on TV after his foray into Republican presidential politics over the last year.  Thompson, best known on TV for his role as a gruff district attorney on NBC’s Law & Order, dropped out of the crowded Republican primaries in January after his much-anticipated presidential campaign failed to gain strong support among conservatives.

Val Kilmer (I think he was that Bat Man guy) is officially weighing a run for Governor of New Mexico approaching it as a worthy, serious matter (that is a delightful change of pace).  The 48 year old actor said he would be “very comfortable” in the position.  Here lately that position is mostly called “bending over’ if you are in politics.

No word on Vanilla Ice, Mr. T or anyone else, but I understand Hasselhoff is staying on America Has Talent. It is also rumored that George Wubya Bush is now considering “acting lessons when they settle down in Dallas” later on this year.

One thing is for sure … They should not have a problem locating a new house or an old one for that matter.

Have A Great Weekend.

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The Long View

OPEN ROUNDLauderhill Florida – Four years and more than 700,000 rubber bands since he began, Joel Waul has clinched the Guinness World Record for the largest rubber band ball. The ball, which sits under a tarp in Waul’s driveway, weighs 9,032 pounds and is more than 6 feet tall. The old record was 4,594 pounds.

Waul, 27, estimates he spent $10,000 on the project.  We did something like that up in Kansas once, drove 45 miles to the the Worlds Biggest Ball of String!  And of course the Worlds Biggest Prairie Dog … Which was constructed of Solid concrete.

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Albany New Yawk – Two major pharmacy chains agreed to translate prescription drug instructions into customers’ primary languages in more than 2,000 stores statewide by March 31, 2010. CVS and Rite Aid will counsel and provide written translations in Spanish, Chinese, Italian, Russian, French and Polish.  Now you do understand that when you travel abroad to these countries, they are going to extend to you the very same privileges.

And they wonder why no one can speak English in this country.  (What a bunch of prunes!  Inside joke, you have to read the comments section)

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Medford Oregon – A woman pleaded guilty to theft charges and was sentenced to up to 90 days in jail and pay back more than $3,000 to residents. Carley Torres, 35, and her husband had their children go door to door, asking for donations to send their oldest daughter to a volleyball camp. But the couple spent the money at malls and monster truck rallies, authorities said.

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Caldwell Idaho – Michael Hart, 29, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for an attack on his wife that included dousing her with lighter fluid and setting their bed on fire. Hart of Nampa pleaded guilty to attempted strangulation and arson for the May 6 attack on Jessica Holmes. Holmes survived and escaped with her two children.

Something for the girls …. Ladies if you want a good read, stumbled across one the other day, you might want to check her out.  The Resaurant Gal (this is not a typo, she is spelling it that way).

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President Bush hosted the world conference on money matters this week.  The agenda for the meeting of 20 top economies in the world was one of the most important money conferences since World War II.  Items discussed were how to impose more government control over lending and create more transparency within money markets.  Bush holding an economic conference is something to the Wylie Coyote holding his annual “teach chickens how to fly” summit outside of Waco, Texas.

They want more transparency?  Most of these bankers have their head so far up their A** they need a plexi-glass stomach just to see where they are going.

One thing about Mr. Obama, he is a class act, he opted out of the meetings allowing the Lame Duck president to go through the motions and enjoy his waning moments in his quickly fading Washington sunset.  Face it, no lame-duck president can do anything meaningful after the successor is elected.  The time in-between election and installation is too long, it gives them too much time to issue pardons to convicted political pals.

Bill Clinton issued more than 200 pardons between November and January before leaving office.  Mr. Obama said he was going to do his best to wrestle the problems of the economy on 60 Minutes.  Let’s hope so, it is so dog-gone bad that when we called a plumber the other day, that sucker actually showed up on time!

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Sarah Palin is in the news, discussing her future in the G.O.P ……….. haha-haha-hahaha- haha-haha-hahaha- haha-haha-hahaha- haha-haha-hahaha- haha-haha-hahaha- haha-haha-hahaha- haha-haha-hahaha- Oh excuse me, I believe I just hurt myself.  Can Sarah Palin actually be harmful to good health?  Read it here.

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A.I.G. (American Insurance Group) those wonderful parasites that are currently enjoying a nice high ride on taxpayer money, said that they are not going to apologize for their last exorbitant party and binge.  The CEO of that company which has taken a financial lifeline from the taxpayers (largest in history) said he isn’t sure if that will be sufficient.  Reporting a $24.47 billion loss this week, sure sounds like “party time to me.”

Just like I said, “Feed ’em once, and they will be back.”  Kind of like petting a dog.  You pet a dog and you have a job for life.  Personally I would rather have the dog, you can trust a dog, and of course, a lot cheaper to feed.

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Nothing is sacred anymore, in Seattle this past week they announced the cancellation of the annual Nude Bicycle Ride in city parks.  Citing 23 people for indecent exposure and arrests of obscene exposure.  Which reminds me of the young couple who were on vacation with their two small children.  They were driving down the road and they saw a sign that read …. “Nature Park.”  So they decided to turn off the main highway and go see this park, not knowing that it was in fact, a nudist colony.

As they drove down this secluded road, coming around the curve, they spied a group of totally nude adults on bicycles approaching them with no way to stop and turn around.  As they slowly drove by all the naked people, who smiled and waved, the youngest child, a precocious 4 year old in the backseat exclaimed … “Did You see that!” and the mother said, “Yes we did.

Where he replied, “Not one of those guys had a helmet on!

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