Sooooo, How Did This “Ebola” Virus Get Its Name Anyhow?

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EBOLA!!!!!!!!!!! EBOLA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, PANIC! PANIC! The sky is a fallin’. Ebola is EVERYWHERE!!!!

Well, not really, but if you watch the news media coverage of anyone who so much as has a fever or sneezes you’d think so.

Now I may stand, or sit corrected, but as I understand all of this Ebola stuff, unless you have traveled to Liberia or someplace that has an Ebola outbreak, or have come in contact with someone from those areas that sneezed on you, or somehow deposited some sort of stuff on you, fluids mainly, your chances of contracting Ebola are kinda slim. Basically because it is not an airborne virus.

So I, for one, am NOT gonna panic if I should come down with a fever or get the sneezies. As it is I get the sneezies every day just having cat allergies….and owning three cats. None of which have visited Africa. As far as I know.

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But, we ARE working on a new drug for that…………..

So where did this Ebola virus get its name anyhow? According to the Internet, which we all know has nothing but the facts, the virus was named after a river in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

No, this does NOT mean that Democrats are responsible because the word “Democratic” appears in that name. Nor does it mean Republicans are either because the Congo is a republic. So, if ya hear that on Faux news, and believe that, get a freakin’ life.

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Snakes in the grass…um….the ones on the right

The other thing I was wondering was why haven’t pharmaceutical companies come up with a vaccine considering the Ebola virus has been around since 1976. The answer to that questi0n……..because it wasn’t profitable enough to make a vaccine…..such as more profitable drugs that will save mankind, like Viagra and Cialis.

Because as we all know, getting a hard-on is more important than any vaccine to combat Ebola. More profitable for drug companies too.

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Then the biggggg bucks start to roll in

“Soooooo Dr. Frebus. What new drug are we working on today to save all of mankind?”

“Well Dr. Zersnick, I’ve come up with this here erectile dysfunction drug that will guarantee men a four-hour erection thereby allowing them to screw their freakin’ brains out.”

“Eureka! Wonderful. I can see the gazillions of bucks just rolling into our corporate coffers. Anything else you’re working on?”

“Well, I was gonna try to come up with a vaccine for that Ebola virus over there in Africa, but what the hell, Africa is sooooo far away and what are the chances of anyone here in the U.S. coming down with Ebola. Besides, how much money are we gonna make selling a vaccine that only three or four hundred people are gonna use.”

“Good point Dr. Frebus. Shelve it for now and see if you can come up with something similar to Viagra and Cialis for women. My damn wife is cold as a dead fish.”

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So, now that the Ebola virus is causing people to panic, dollar signs are popping up over the heads of all pharmaceutical company executives. There’s money to be made in them thar hills podner. Millions….perhaps gazillions even.

BUT……first we have to test these new drugs to see if there any side effects. You know, those pesky little insignificant side effects that arise when you take a pill for something and then suffer from the effects of the pill you’re taking and need yet another pill to combat the side effects from the first pill you took and before ya know it you’re taking more pills to combat all of the other side effects.

Like those damn four-hour erectile dysfunction pill hard-on side effects. Which I’m absolutely sure every guy taking those pills who gets a four-hour erection is gonna immediately run to the docs office and complain about.

NOT!

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And Geritol and Carter’s Little Liver Pills too

But have no Ebola fears my fine feathered friends. Even though presently there is no FDA approved drug to combat Ebola on the market right now, there are pharmaceutical companies that have Ebola drugs that are being tested. The problem……………

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Soooo, take two Aspirin and call me in the morning…..if you’re still alive

So basically the only options we as Americans in a state of panic have is to, 1. Never travel to Africa, 2. Avoid people you know who may have traveled to Africa, And 4. Do not play the song “Africa” by Toto until this Ebola threat is over.

http://youtu.be/FTQbiNvZqaY  (play at your own risk)

Might as well cover all bases here.

In the meantime…………….

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Or, if you tend to panic easily…..Arsenic

Just sayin.’

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The Next “Politically Correct” Term: Eurocentric.

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Um no….just f**king nuts

As always, being completely oblivious to what the hell is happening in the world, I had no freakin’ clue as to what the word “Eurocentric” meant when I read it in an article recently.

I initially thought it meant something like if you were from Europe and kind of a eccentric type person. Sounded logical to me. But, alas, I was mistaken.

So, before I proceed to the latest politically correct term and how it affects our otherwise mundane lives, here’s the definition:

Eu·ro·cen·tric
ˌyərōˈsentrik,ˌyo͞orō-/
adjective
adjective: Eurocentric; adjective: Euro-centric
  1. focusing on European culture or history to the exclusion of a wider view of the world; implicitly regarding European culture as preeminent.

Which basically means, in layman’s terms, for stoopid people such as myself, anything that relates to stuff that happened in Europe. Or, if you live in Europe and ARE an eccentric person. Whatever.

Sooooo. How does this affect all of us? Well, it seems that those politically correct people are now totally going ballistic over such holidays as Columbus Day, saying that it’s “Eurocentric” and should not be called Columbus Day because this is the Yew-United-States of America and Columbus was European.

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Be afraid….be verrrrry afraid

OMFG! What to do?

So, here’s what they did. And this is sooooooo brilliant….if you’re a freakin’ a**hole politically correct in your face and mine type idiot. You simply go to your local town council, as they did in Seattle, Washington, Berkeley, California and Minneapolis, Minnesota and change Columbus Day to, (OMFG) “Peoples Day.”

YES! Columbus Day will now be known as “Peoples Day” in those cities. Most likely because, as I said, Columbus was Eurocentric and Mario van Peebles, who I assume will now take Columbus’ place, is an honest to goodness Americancentric. Makes sense to me.

Now, of course you know what’s going to be coming down the ol pike next. Besides toll booths that is.

Renaming other holidays that may have a tinge of Eurocentric in them.

Presently these are the holidays we celebrate:

New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King Day
President’s Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Veterans Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
January 1
third Monday in January
third Monday in February
last Monday in May
July 4
first Monday in September
second Monday in October
November 11
fourth Thursday in November
December 25

But, other than screwing around with Columbus Day, most of these holidays are somewhat safe from the politically correct crowd. The one exception being Christmas, which offends a lot of off the wall we don’t have a freakin’ life people, who cringe at the word “Christmas” and would rather have it called something else so that instead of “Merry Christmas,” you’d simply say, “Happy Holidays.”merry nothing 1

After all, Christ was born in Bethlehem, which is part of Asia so that would make him Asiacentric.

But what about all the other days we celebrate here in America? Could those days be up for scrutiny by the politically correct too?

Like the Chinese New year (1/31) Should that be renamed, “The Chinese New Year But Only If You Were Born In America New Year? “CNYBOIYWBIA” for short.

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Ah so….kid may be Fu Ling Yu

And “Groundhog Day.” (2/2) Shouldn’t that be politically changed to “Underground Rodent Day.” Only because other rodents live under the ground and nobody EVER cares about THEIR damn shadows.groundhog1

Then there’s “National Wear Red Day,”  ( 2/7) which could be interpreted as leaning towards celebrating Russia. Let’s go with something less offensive. Like “National Beige Day” or something.

“Texas Independence Day” (3/2) I personally have an issue with. It should be “Sam Houston” day as he was the one who spearheaded independence for Texas and also gave us those talented singers, Thelma and Whitney Houston. I think.

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“Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day” (3/26) celebrated in Hawaii, which is now part of the United States. So my politically correct friends, should that be shortened to simply “Prince Day” so as not to offend the rest of us here on the mainland. Besides, the singer Prince could also get in on the action if it were simply shortened to “Prince Day.” As well as the makers of “Prince Spaghetti and Pasta sauce”.

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(L) Mona Lisa (R) Mona Lisa after overdoing it on Prince Spaghetti sauce

Cripes, even Cesar Chavez, founder of the National Farm Workers Union and a Mexican American, has his own day, (3/31) What does THAT make him? Mexiamercentric? Let’s change that one too and while we’re at it pay some homage to another great American, Sid Caesar. Two birds with one stone…..or ear of corn.

Cinco de Mayo, (5/5) in honor of the inventor of mayonnaise, slights all other condiments. Therefore, how about National Condiment Day.mayo1

Here’s another guy we honor. Leif Erickson, (10/9) WTF!

Erickson was from Iceland, which is considered part of Europe, so where the hell are those politically correct people when it comes to leaves…um…..sorry, I meant Leaf. Obviously Leif was Eurocentric too. So Leif Erickson Day should be renamed, Fall Leaf Day as far as I’m concerned.

Finally, this last one most definitely will never be the next target of those PC police people. And this is “Indigenous Peoples Day, (10/13)

Defined, that means:

“Having a set of specific rights based on their historical ties to a particular territory, and their cultural or historical distinctiveness from other populations that are often politically dominant.”

Meaning that these people can’t be pinned down to any particular country so they can’t be labeled as “Eurocentric” because who the f**k knows where the hell they’re from. So they’re basically playing it safe.

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The very first indigenous people

“Soooooo. I see that you’re one of those indigenous type people. So which country are ya from anyhow and what are your beliefs pal?”

“Screw you buddy. I know what you’re tryin’ to do. Pin me down to a specific country and then you’ll attack my beliefs and my holiday celebrations. So f**k off!”

“Cripes pal, no need to get all bent outta shape here. I was just wonderin’ because you’re wearing a yarmulke, a long flowing robe with a hoodie, a chain with a cross around your neck, and a Hillary for President button on one lapel and a Jeb Bush button on the other. WTF does that make you?”

“Um….politically correct for ANY occasion pal.”

Just sayin.’

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OMG! Social Security Recipiants Are Drainiing The Government……UM….WAIT!!!!

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Where’s Dick Van “Dyke” when ya need him?

Yes, I’m one of those no good rotten old geezers collecting Social Security benefits.

OMFG! I’m one of those moochers collecting from an “entitlement” program.

WAIT! Did I pay into SS all of the years I worked? Nah….must be my imagination.

WAIT! (again) WTF does this all mean? Beats the f**k outta me. Being the stoopid person that I am. Perhaps someone might step forward and put this into perspective for me. Like this guy below:


THE ONLY THING WRONG WITH THE
GOVERNMENT’S CALCULATION OF AVAILABLE SOCIAL SECURITY IS THEY FORGOT
TO FIGURE IN THE PEOPLE WHO DIED BEFORE THEY EVER COLLECTED A SOCIAL SECURITY CHECK!
WHERE DID THAT MONEY GO?
Remember, not only did you and I contribute to Social Security but your employer did too.
It totaled 15% of your income before taxes.
If you averaged only $30K over your working life, that’s close to $220,500.
Read that again.
Did you see where the Government paid in one single penny?
We are talking about the money you and your employer put in a government bank to insure you and I, that we would have a retirement check from the money we put in, not the Government.
Now they are calling the money we put in an entitlement when we reach the age to take it back.
If you calculate the future invested value of $4,500 per year (yours & your employer’s contribution) at a simple 5% interest (less than what the Government pays on the money that it borrows).
After 49 years of working you’d have $892,919.98. If you took out only 3% per year, you’d receive $26,787.60 per year and it would last better than 30 years (until you’re 95 if you retire at age 65) and that’s with no interest paid on that final amount on deposit!
If you bought an annuity and it paid 4% per year, you’d have a lifetime income of $2,976.40 per month.
THE FOLKS IN WASHINGTON
HAVE PULLED OFF A BIGGER PONZI SCHEME
THAN BERNIE MADOFF EVER DID.
Entitlement my foot; I paid cash for my social security insurance!
Just because they borrowed the money for other government spending, doesn’t make my benefits some kind of charity or handout!!
Remember Congressional benefits?
— free healthcare, outrageous retirement packages, 67 paid holidays, three weeks paid vacation, unlimited paid sick days.
Now that’s welfare, and they have the nerve to call my social security retirement payments entitlements?
They call Social Security and Medicare an entitlement even though most of us have been paying for it all our working lives, and now, when it’s time for us to collect, the government is running out of money.
Why did the government borrow from it in the first place?
It was supposed to be in a locked box, not part of the general fund.
Sad isn’t it?

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Freakin’ moochers

Ok……thanks Brian. But I’d like to add these statistics in as well. Courtesy of “Wikipedia.”  Because I’m 100% positive that obviously we SS moochers are draining the government and SS will go broke.

And, the government just does not have any spare cash to keep it going.

 

Recipients of good ol American Aid dollars in 2012

Top 25 Recipient Countries of U.S. Foreign Aid FY 2012 Reported in $US millions, Obligations [6]
Country U.S. Total Economic and Military Assistance FY 2012, $US millions Economic Assistance FY 2012, $US millions Military Assistance FY 2012, $US millions US Economic and Military Assistance per Capita, $US
Afghanistan 12,885.50 3,325.50 9,559.90 423.59
Israel 3,100.10 25.10 3,075.00 408.40
Iraq 1,940.10 783.50 1,156.60 62.32
Egypt 1,404.00 102.60 1,301.40 16.78
Pakistan 1,214.90 1,137.70 77.20 6.38
Jordan 1,135.30 831.60 303.70 174.42
Ethiopia 870.10 864.60 5.40 9.54
Kenya 749.20 745.60 3.60 17.42
Colombia 644.30 543.90 100.40 14.24
Haiti 510.40 510.20 0.20 52.07
West Bank/Gaza 457.40 457.40 105.57
South Sudan 444.30 395.50 48.80 41.81
Russia 440.90 339.00 101.90 3.09
Somalia 419.60 274.90 144.70 41.61
Tanzania 402.00 399.20 2.80 8.57
Congo (Kinshasa) 388.40 370.50 18.00 5.28
Uganda 352.40 349.40 3.00 10.48
Nigeria 335.90 330.90 4.90 1.97
Sudan 298.10 298.10 0.00 8.72
South Africa 274.70 272.60 2.20 5.63
Mozambique 274.00 273.50 0.50 11.65
Ukraine 273.30 207.20 66.10 6.09
Yemen 258.50 237.40 21.10 10.44
Bangladesh 256.80 246.50 10.30 1.59
Liberia 247.10 233.80 13.30 63.56

 

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Um….how about Canada……

 

Obviously these countries need our cash more than anyone on Social Security, which, as everyone says, is draining the government dry. (sniff)

I feel so embarrassed taking Social Security and all those other benefits the government gives me when I could just say, “Hey, keep your money, those other countries need it more than me.”

Ok everybody….let’s all break out in a patriotic song now.

Americaaaaaaaaaaaa, Americaaaaaaaaa, …um….I’m sorry, I’m all choked up. I can’t sing anymore.

Think I’ll just go have some bread and water and think about all this.

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Ok….maybe a carrot and some sour milk instead

Just sayin.’

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It’s “Columbus Day.” Honoring Peter Falk Of Course.

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Um, where exactly were you on the night of October 14, 1492

(A reprise of my Columbus Day blog from last year)

Oops…sorry, I got that wrong. “Columbus Day” does not honor Peter Falk who played “Columbo” on that TV series. BUT…I bet if ya ask a bunch of today’s school kids who Columbus was nine out of ten of them would say it was a detective on TV played by Peter Falk.

Just like on a trivia question I came across on the Internet the other day that asked the question, “Who Shot lee Harvey Oswald?” 7% answered, John Wilkes Booth. Go figure. It’s common knowledge that John Wilkes Booth shot President Garfield. Duh.

So today is “Columbus Day” in which we honor Christopher Columbus for discovering America and enlightening native Indians about how they could eventually make a fortune opening casinos once all kinds of colonists began to settle in the new land.

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Columbus discovers the early version of Ellis Island

And as you can see, they took his advice. Which begs the question, where would Donald Trump be today had it not been for Columbus.

Photo of Columbus taken with a Smartphone

Photo of Columbus taken with a Smartphone

A bit of history on Columbus for those of you who think we’re celebrating the founding of Columbus, Ohio.

Columbus was an Italian explorer who was born in Genoa, Italy around 1451. Which, I’m assuming, is the same place the Genoa sandwich was invented. Makes sense to me. Although I don’t think Columbus discovered the sandwich.columbus1

He had itchy feet which led him to go out and explore all kinds of places. That and a really good “Capital One” credit card with all sorts of rewards. Which led him to be able to convince Queen Isabella to extend him some credit to purchase three ships, the Nina, Pinta and Santa Claus…um….sorry, that last one should be the “Santa Maria.”

The Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria..or is it the Pinta, Nina,and Santa Maria..NO WAIT! It's the Santa Maria, Pinta and umm...ah screw it....it's Columbus' three boats

The Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria..or is it the Pinta, Nina,and Santa Maria..NO WAIT! It’s the Santa Maria, Pinta and umm…ah screw it….it’s Columbus’ three boats

Besides having itchy feet, which led him to venture out and explore, he also needed to get the hell outta the house he lived in with his parents. Basically because his father, Domenico Columbo was a middle class wool weaver and also owned a cheese stand and made Chris help out with the family business.

You can only weave wool and eat cheese for so long before it drives ya nutso.

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How Columbus came up with the idea of sailing the ocean blue in 1492

So, in 1492, he sailed the ocean blue, (which would later become a poem) and eventually discovered the new land, “America.” It DID take him some time to discover America because he was sort of a really bad navigator considering he once set out to sail to Japan but wound up in the Bahamas.

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Oops….

Which, if he hadn’t got his act together, would have made him basically screwed when it came to discovering America because he had competition from some guy named Leif Ericson who was also an explorer and could have beat Columbus to America first.

In which case we would be celebrating “Ericson” day instead of “Columbus Day.” Which, when ya think about it, wouldn’t be that bad considering “leafs” fall during the month of October, and Ericson’s name was “Leif,” so we could tie in Autumn leaf watching, the discovery of America and Lief Ericson Day all in one big celebration.

A few other people also have been credited with the discovery of America, but Columbus eventually got the credit. Scholar Amerigo Vespucci, who I think sailed here as well, and whom the “Vespa” motor scooter may have been named after, can also claim that America was named after him. Or at least the motor scooter.

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And shopping malls….don’t forget the shopping malls!

The vikings also were out sailing round the time Columbus was too, so there’s some speculation that they may have landed in America as well. Which may have some credibility considering Minnesota has a football team named the “Minnesota Vikings”.

Columbus can also be credited with proving that the World was indeed round. You may recall that a lot of the crew were afraid that the World was square and that they would eventually fall off the edge. Columbus, being somewhat irritated at those idiots claiming the World was square and had edges, most likely took them to the edge of the Santa Maria and threw their butts off into the water.

“Yousa tinka da Earth has a edgea. I’ll showa youse an edgea yousea idiotos!”

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Not only was Columbus a bad navigator, but sucked when it came to knowing anything about boats

Columbus died in 1506 at the age of 54, and even though he was dead, continued to travel to new and exciting places. First he was interred in Spain. Then he was moved to Santa Domingo in the Dominican Republic, then to Havana, Cuba, and then eventually back to Spain. Hard to keep a good explorer down.

There is some question as to where exactly he is buried to this day. Or if he’s still traveling.

In any event, we can thank Chris for giving us a day off from work in celebration of Columbus Day. As well as thanking the late Peter Falk for all those Colombo reruns.

And being very thankful that Columbus gets the credit for discovering America instead of that Ericson guy, Amerigo Vespucci or those Vikings.

Especially those people living in Columbus, Ohio who could be living in Ericson, Vespucci or Viking, Ohio.

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Columbus’ original map

And being stuck with those names like the people living in Intercourse, Pennsylvania who got stuck with THAT name most likely because some ancient explorer got caught with his pants down while exploring Pennsylvania with some bimbo and took a bo-dee-oh-doe break and got caught with his pants down and some pilgrim yelled out…”OMG…thouist doing Intercourse”……………and the name stuck.

Just sayin.’

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When You Can’t Afford To Get High On Pot……You Blog…..DAMN!

No, I’m NOT going to get sucked back into writing a daily blog every single day. But, that said, which I just did, I’ve decided in lieu of just getting stoned every day on some really good weed, which I can’t afford, I might as well get a different kind of high, (much cheaper) by writing every now and then if something enters my feeble mind.

When you're bored......this is what happens.....

When you’re bored……this is what happens…..a dumb blog

Along with the strange discovery that even though I have not written a blog since October 1st, people are still reading stuff that I’ve posted eons ago. Go figure. Boy some of you really need to get a freakin’ life if you have nothing better to do than read all of that crap I’ve written the past five years.

But..um…..thanks. Appreciate that you’re actually doing that. So, as long as you have nothing better to do than read that stuff, I figured every now and then I’d throw something new in, such as today, when I was extremely bored, along with the fact that my other half keeps bugging me to go out in the back yard and try to capture a pesky mole that’s tearing up our lawn. Writing is a perfect excuse for not getting into mole hunting.

So today what struck me was the various photos and artwork that we have in our abode. Some really nice stuff, some, not so much.

(art thieves, forget it, nothing we have hanging in our house is worth a f**k)

I’m sure a lot of you have paintings hanging on walls and a gazillion photos in frames sitting on tables and entertainment centers and every so often say to yourself, WTF! As I’ve done on many occasions.

But, it’s better explained this way. By actually showing you what the hell I’m talking about. Like the following:

This first picture that hangs on our wall is of my other half’s grandparents. Which always scares the bejesus outta me. I mean, think about it. They had eight kids! Were they a hot couple or what!!! Unless…….you factor in there was no TV back in those days and to pass the time they did what comes naturally. As we do today when the electricity goes out.

My other half's grandparents: Antonio and Hattie...um....wait....um....I think it's Hattie on the left and Antonio on the right....er....maybe

My other half’s grandparents: Antonio and Hattie…um….wait….um….I think it’s Hattie on the left and Antonio on the right….er….maybe

Yes, I’m gonna catch hell for posting her grandparents photo, so I might as well post one of my grandmother just to even the score. Here she is with yours truly at age 9 after my first communion.

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I know…..she looks like an Italian hit man and I resemble a freakin’ dwarf.

After seeing both those photos, I now understand why men back then dank an awful lot. But wait!

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Antonio and Hattie with their eight children which I assume they conceived when Antonio was verrrrry bored and maybe had a few drinks under his belt.

So Antonio and Hattie begot, Marguerite, who in turn, wed Mathias, and because, I’m assuming did have TV, only had one child, who is my other half, and is pictured below in 1961 holding her stuffed bunny. This photo was taken during her senior year in high school.

Yes, I know. You’re saying to yourselves, WTF, she’s in her senior year and walking down the street dressed like a 9-year-old holding a damn rabbit! According to her explanation, it was senior week and they were celebrating kids week.

Considering she still dresses kinda weird today, I didn’t buy that explanation.

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Psssst! Hey little girl, wanna candy bar…heh, heh.

But eventually she did, after much therapy, manage to break the bunny addiction and dress normally. Her dad, Mathias, was a career Army Sergeant and helped whip her butt into shape. Which is why I tend to move very fast when she barks an order at me. Like take out the trash and stuff. I did manage to break her of the habit of insisting that I salute her.

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This is either Alan Alda of the 4077th M*A*S*H Unit or Mathias Hoff

Anyhow, survivng her childhood, dumping that stupid rabbit, and being an Army brat, my other half evolved into a beautiful woman, which is amazing, considering those scary photos of her grandparents, Antonio and Hattie. Consequently, “I” do NOT drink. I wanna remember EVERYTHING that goes on when the electricity is out….if ya catch my drift.

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Leilani a few years ago. OK…OK……maybe 20 or 30 years ago. Cripes.

Of course, among the various art and photos displayed through the house are animals. I used to be a dog person, while Lei was always a cat person for the most part. So, obviously you have to have animals photos all over the place. Such as my Beagle KID.

WOOF....and other salutations of the season

WOOF….and other salutations of the season

Now to give the “cat lady” equal time I’d have to post hundreds of cat photos and that would take up waaaay too much space. Sooooo.

This should cover it all

This should cover it all

Now for the various art work which cost us a fortune. At least $20 or$ 30 bucks.

Like this one that SHE picked out. WHY? Beats the f**k outta me.

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Supposedly, Native American’s from Arizona.

Now “I” have much better taste when it comes to art. I mean, if I had a choice of staring at a couple of Native Americans standing outside of their house made of salt or something or a nice peaceful relaxing scene, as much as I love salt, I’d opt for this one…………

Native Misfit abode

Native Misfit abode

Or, better yet, this one………….

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Beats a salt house….ya think!

In the basement hangs a painting of a half-naked Hawaiian girl draped in Leis. No, not anything I picked out. Yep, my other half because she spent time in Hawaii.

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I DO however get to post cat cartoons all over the place. My idea of art work. Such as this one I hung up over the cat’s litter box.

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Cat Fancy Magazine

And, if you’re a guy, for some odd reason you tend to save all of your old car license plates. Why? Beats me. We just do. Go figure.

HEY! Ya never know when you'' need a license plate for a get-a-way car if ya wanna pull a bank job

HEY! Ya never know when you” need a license plate for a get-a-way car if ya wanna pull a bank job

Then there are the framed photos that sit all over the house, too many to count, but a couple of my favorites. Below is my friend Tom and I after filming a TV show promoting my two big selling books. (NOT)

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I’m the one on the right dressed normally

Figuring my novel, “The Covert Chamber” would be a big seller because it was about Nazis and time travel, I pleaded with Connecticut State Archeologist Nicholas Bellantoni to write the forward to my book. He actually did forensic tests on the bloodstains found in Hitler’s bunker.

OK kid...I'll write the forward to your book....but...if its a bomb.....I'm denying I ever wrote it

OK kid…I’ll write the forward to your book….but…if its a bomb…..I’m denying I ever wrote it

And, the one time I cornered Frankie Valli and took his photo back in the 60’s

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Whaddya want kid? Huh….you want me to read some lyrics to a song you wrote? “Rag Doll?” Ah, forget it….it’ll never be a hit. Now get outta here and let me enjoy my coffee.

And finally, besides the photos, art work, cartoons, license plates, animal pics and stuff, there are those figurines that take up space as well. You know, the ones you just can’t resist buying. So, considering I’m still trying to find my blog groove, and did this lame blog just to amuse myself today, this is my favorite figurine……..kinda says it all for me these days…….

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Need I say more…………..

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It’s Time To Say Goodbye To The MisfitWisdom Blog

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All good things must come to an end. Or, really sucky things too, depending on your opinion of the MisfitWisdom blog over the past 5 years. And so, it is with great sadness that I must say goodbye.

This was by far not an easy decision for me. But I felt it coming for some time now.

Many factors contributed to my decision to end this blog.

First and foremost, that after five years of writing I can no longer attract readers such as other sites who have thousands of followers on a daily basis and receive “likes” on their blogs.

As in a comedian receiving applause for their performances, a bloggers applause for writing  is the number of readers or “likes” he or she has on any given day. When you receive those “likes” or your followers number in the thousands, then you know writing your blog was well worth the effort.

My personal view of why I do not accumulate those numbers is due to the fact that today’s society is more interested in volatile in your face blogs that either provoke or spread hate and discontent, or simply blogs that feature specific content such as pets, how to do things, celebrities, and how many ways to use the word “f**k” in an attempt to piss off people.

Those blogs receive hundreds, if not thousands of followers on a daily basis. As I said, after five long years of writing, I have not achieved that status in numbers.

Devoting at least 3 to 4 hours a day writing this blog requires a lot of time and effort on my part. True, I did enjoy finding humorous things to comment on and attempted to make certain points on cutting edge issues as well as nonsensical stuff as well.

However, even through humor you sometimes, on many occasions, tend to bring out those who I refer to as trolls who never see humor in anything. It is their main goal in life to spread hate and discontent. And, they do a pretty good job of it.

One final swipe at, in my opinion the major cause of a lot of hate and discontent, “Fox News” and it’s founder Rupert Murdoch. Just take a look at this headline in the N. Y. Post the other day with regard to the Clinton’s new grandchild. Then tell me I’m wrong about Murdoch’s empire spreading hate and discontent.

The Fox News Empire and Rupert Murdoch's hatred empire

The Fox News Empire and Rupert Murdoch’s hatred empire

So, that said, it’s time to let others who make more of an impact carry on the banner of attempting to spread humor, instead of hate and discontent. I’ve  just about had it.

But, I want to thank specific followers who did make my day by commenting from time to time and for making donations to this blog.

Charlie in Australia who by far was the most influential of all of my blog readers who gave me the incentive to carry on when many times I wanted to just throw in the towel. And also made a few sizeable contributions for my creative effort. Thank you so very much Charlie.

Katy Anders in Houston, Texas who also has her own blog, but never let a week go by without making a comment. Thanks Katy.

John Roycroft, who also faced an uphill battle when it came to his own blog and eventually scrapped it and on occasions writes under a different heading. I know we’ve had our differences politically John, but at least you took the time to repost some of my blogs and comment as well. Thanks.

Sandra Barton from way up North, (Canada) who commented from time to time. Thanks.

On other social media sites such as “Sodahead,” “Twitter” and “Spire” my tip of the old Boston Red Sox cap to those of you who took the time to post comments on those sites.

Tina Roenhovde Tiller from Vienna who writes the “Tinasrabbithole” blog subtitled: “Everyday Life In Vienna.” Thank you Tina.

And finally, to my dear friends Tom, Bobby, and Sue & Rocky, for their support over the years. If I missed anyone, my apologies, but just know you are appreciated.

And finally to my other half, Leilani, who edited my blog before posting each and every day and laughed at what I wrote….even though I know she was pretending, (only kidding) my deepest appreciation for putting up with me during my ups and downs while writing each and every day. Love you.

So folks, thanks to those of you who followed this blog for the past five years. It was a great ride and my heartfelt appreciation to all of you.

Perhaps, from time to time I might pop in and say something. Then again, I just might lay back, enjoy life, and as my blog header says, screw it, “Do I Look Like I Give A Rats Ass.”

In closing, for the final time, I’d like to leave you with my favorite saying:

“Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while and leave footprints on our hearts. And we are never, ever the same.”

I’d like to think you would think of me that way.

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Once Again I’m Suffering From “Blogitus.” (borderline genius or very stupid)

As in this Johnny Hart cartoon today, (below) according to tests I’ve taken on Facebook, I may actually be a genius. Or pretty damn stupid. Kind of a toss-up depending on what one defines as being a genius, or just plain stupid.hart cartoon

At least a few times a year, when I fail to do my fair amount of chocolate intake, I go into a “Why the f**k am I bothering to write this inane blog” mode. Which was quite evident in yesterday’s blog when I went off on a tirade about Internet idiots.

And, on one social media site received this response from some guy in Colorado who calls himself, “Westernslope.”

Here’s his response to my blog titled, “Let A Smile Be Your Umbrella and You’ll Get A Mouthful Of Rain.” (9/28/14)

(Westernslope) “You are just like the folks you are calling out. Pot meet kettle.”

Which I assume he means that “I” am an idiot, considering I wrote about how idiots are all over the Internet commenting about issues without stating or knowing facts before they open their mouths and make idiotic statements. (refer to that blog)pot1

(for the record…..I did ask Westernslope to state his reasons why I am an idiot. Or, resemble a pot. Still waiting for a response)

Soooo. I guess I AM an idiot for stating facts. As in referring to Sarah Palin’s remarks about Obama saluting a Marine while (gasp) holding a coffee cup, but also pointing out that other Presidents have done basically the same while saluting Marines.

Geez….how f**king stupid was I!

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If the shoe fits…..wear it

Then I get nailed from a woman, Karen Wright, for using logic with regard to a news item the other day about Fox News entitled: “Male and Female Veterans Blast Fox News In Open Letter For “Boobs” Comment.”

Which was basically about Fox reporters in one of their segments using an off the cuff remark about United Arab Emirates female pilot Mariam Al Mansouri bombing runs over Iraq. I believe one of their lines with reference to her dropping bombs was, “boobs away,” which is a play on “bombs away.”

Sooooo. A bunch of veterans got all bent outta shape for that remark, possibly warranted, considering FOX News is supposed to be “News” and NOT comedy.

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AGAIN…..If the shoe fits, wear it

To which I responded on a social media site:

“In the context of this, a “NEWS” outlet such as Faux News should be reporting the news. Geez, what a concept. On the other hand, I, who write a daily, “HUMOR” blog, it should be acceptable to make a boob comment. Unless, of course, some of you can’t tell the difference between news and comedy.”

To which Ms. Wright responded:

“News Flash” Making a “boob comment” is not automatically the same thing as humor Richard. I don’t know who your “humor” blog target audience is, but to whom should this type of joke be acceptable by the way? Many teenage boys, it seems,are happy to accept yet another in an endless line of tedious, sexist, unfunny boob comments and often find them totally hilarious. Others may have different views and may decide to express them, as seems to be happening in this comment section.”

Now, I’m no genius, unless that Facebook test is correct, which I doubt, but I didn’t quite get at what the hell Ms. Wright was trying to convey to me. Because, obviously, as I said, I’m no genius.

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Why I flunked out of genius school

I kinda figured out, being more stupid than a genius, that she was rather upset that I tried to explain that a news outlet should not be making boob jokes but that “I” as a humorist, could do so…..because, after all, I “am” writing humor.

Let’s see…..if I can put this in a much clearer perspective. Like if the late George Carlin used all of those seven words ya can’t say on TV during a news program, BUT, it was ok for him to use it during his stand up comedy routines.

Totally acceptable in his stand up routine, but not if he were a news commentator.

AND THEY STILL CENSORED HIM!!!!!!!carlin1

Soooooooooooooo. Is it not ok for me, who writes comedy, to use the word “boob” or use boobs in any of my humor? If I correctly interpret Ms. Wright’s comment….I guess not.

Which brings me to suffering from”Blogitus.”

Which….basically is, what I started out this blog thinking in light of those two comments I received:  “Why the f**k am I bothering to write this inane blog?”

To which I will respond to Ms. Wright and to Westernslope.

BECAUSE IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE FREAKIN’ HUMOR YOU DAMN IDIOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Ya think!

Sorry folks. But you have to understand my way of thinking.

Which is this. I’m writing this blog, as I have done since 2010, and receive absolutely no compensation for doing so. Nothing, nada, zilch. In fact, if I get so much as one….yes “ONE” “like” on my blog….hey that’s  an accomplishment. Considering over three to four hundred people per day World Wide bother to read this stuff.

AND……in the course of those 5 years, two really great readers have actually made a donation to this site for creative work, AND, for making their day with a bit of humor. What a freakin’ concept! Making people laugh. Go figure.

So what does this all mean? Beats the freak outta me. The way I look at it, even God had a sense of humor when he made the Earth…………………

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Me thinkith he added a bit too much

Sometimes I wonder if talented people such as the late Robin Williams who brought so much humor into people’s lives had to also deal with idiots, and maybe it very well may have got to him as well.

So in conclusion, this means that I am at a crossroads here. Do I let those idiots get me to the point of scrapping this blog because it seems to me I’m wasting my time trying to make people laugh, or do I simply ignore them and implant into my feeble brain that, yes, there are people out there who obviously know what “HUMOR” is….and….OMFG…..enjoy a good laugh.

Without getting all bent outta shape as some do because they do not have a sense of humor and obviously lead very sad and humorless lives.

Your call readers………………there is a comments section at the bottom of this blog.

Whaddya think?

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