Archive for ◊ April, 2011 ◊

Liberal Jews – Part 28
Saturday, April 30th, 2011 | Author:

Is it hard to believe that I find Liberal Jews so preposterous and anathemas to my way of life?   A recent issue of New York magazine talks about the ultra-Liberal, Paul Krugman, as well as his five cohorts:

In December, Krugman and five other liberal economic thinkers (Joseph Stiglitz, Robert Reich, Jeffrey Sachs, Alan Blinder, and Larry Mishel) were invited to the Oval Office… the economists sat ringing Obama—two Nobelists, a former Labor secretary, and a former vice-chairman of the Fed. Not a Gentile among them

Frankly, all six of these men fit the caricature of the nebbish Jew.  They are not only mental midgets (in terms of a belief system based on rainbows and unicorns).  They are physical midgets as well.   You could fit Krugman and Reich in the trunk of a Toyota Camry and still have room for your vacation luggage.

Bible Knowledge Test
Friday, April 29th, 2011 | Author:

Humorous answers given on a bible knowledge test:

  1. Noah’s wife was Joan of Ark.
  2. Lot’s wife was a pillar of salt by day and a ball of fire by night.
  3. Moses went to the top of Mount Cyanide to get the ten commandments.
  4. The seventh commandment is “thou shalt not admit adultery.”
  5. Joshua led the Hebrews in the battle of Geritol.
  6. The people who followed Jesus were called Decibels.
  7. The espistles were the wives of the apostles.
  8. Salome danced in seven veils in front of King Herrod.
  9. Paul preached acrimony, which is another name for marriage.
  10. The Jews had trouble throughout their history with unsympathic Genitals.
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No Romney Here
Thursday, April 28th, 2011 | Author:

I’m certain that there are many conservatives who would not support Romney…

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Grilling Out
Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 | Author:

Some of my favorite meals that I make on our grill:  Salmon Mash and Lamb Chops

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More Interesting Tidbits
Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 | Author:

Q: Why is someone who is feeling great ‘on cloud nine’?
A: Types of clouds are numbered according to the altitudes they attain, with nine being the highest cloud If someone is said to be on cloud nine, that person is floating well above worldly cares.

Q: In golf, where did the term ‘Caddie’ come from?
A. When Mary Queen of Scots went to France as a young girl,Louis, King of France , learned that she loved the Scots game ‘golf.’ So he had the first course outside of Scotland built for her enjoyment. To make sure she was properly chaperoned (and guarded) while she played, Louis hired cadets from a military school to accompany her. Mary liked this a lot and when returned to Scotland (not a very good idea in the long run), she took the practice with her. In French, the word cadet is pronounced ‘ca-day’ and the Scots changed it into ‘caddie.

Q: Why are many coin banks shaped like pigs?
A: Long ago, dishes and cookware in Europe were made of a dense orange clay called ‘pygg’. When people saved coins in jars made of this clay, the jars became known as ‘pygg banks.’ When an English potter misunderstood the word, he made a container that resembled a pig. And it caught on.

Q: Did you ever wonder why dimes, quarters and half dollars have notches (milling), while pennies and nickels do not?
A: The US Mint began putting notches on the edges of coins containing gold and silver to discourage holders from shaving off small quantities of the precious metals. Dimes, quarters and half dollars are notched because they used to contain silver. Pennies and nickels aren’t notched because the metals they contain are not valuable enough to shave.

Q: Why do people clink their glasses before drinking a toast?
A: It used to be common for someone to try to kill an enemy by offering him a poisoned drink. To prove to a guest that a drink was safe, it became customary for a guest to pour a small amount of his drink into the glass of the host. Both men would drink it simultaneously. When a guest trusted his host, he would only touch or clink the host’s glass with his own.

Q: Why are people in the public eye said to be ‘in the limelight’?
A:Invented in 1825,limelight was used in lighthouses and theatres by burning a cylinder of lime which produced a brilliant light. In the theatre,a performer ‘in the limelight’ was the centre of attention.

Weekend in Pitt
Monday, April 25th, 2011 | Author:

A quick weekend visit with the family in Pittsburgh…  the weather held out long enough to allow us to eat lunch outside in Shadyside…  we headed downtown for Len to get a shaggy-head hair cut (and commiserated with the Penguin’s fans after their 8-2 loss)…

 

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Obama and the Budget
Sunday, April 24th, 2011 | Author:

A few political cartoons about this topic…

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Insights from History
Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 | Author:
  1. If you are right handed, you will tend to chew your food on the right side of your mouth. If you are left handed, you will tend to chew your food on the left side of your mouth.
  2. To make half a kilo of honey, bees must collect nectar from over 2 million individual flowers
  3. Heroin is the brand name of morphine once marketed by ‘Bayer’.
  4. Tourists visiting Iceland should know that tipping at a restaurant is considered an insult!
  5. People in nudist colonies play volleyball more than any other sport.
  6. Astronauts can’t belch – there is no gravity to separate liquid from gas in their stomachs.
  7. Ancient Roman, Chinese and German societies often used urine as mouthwash.
  8. The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows. In the Renaissance era, it was fashion to shave them off!

Hat tip to Todd I.

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Interesting Tidbits
Friday, April 22nd, 2011 | Author:

Some good ones from my buddy, Slick:

Q: Why do men’s clothes have buttons on the right while women’s clothes have buttons on the left?
A: When buttons were invented, they were very expensive and worn primarily by the rich. Since most people are right-handed, it is easier to push buttons on the right through holes on the left. Because wealthy women were dressed by maids, dressmakers put the buttons on the maid’s right! And that’s where women’s buttons have remained since.

Q: Why do ships and aircraft use ‘mayday’ as their call for help?
A: This comes from the French word m’aidez -meaning ‘help me’ — and is pronounced, approximately, ‘mayday.’

Q: Why are zero scores in tennis called ‘love’?
A: In France , where tennis became popular, round zero on the scoreboard looked like an egg and was called ‘l’oeuf,’ which is French for ‘egg.’ When tennis was introduced in the US , Americans (mis)pronounced it ‘love.’

Q. Why do X’s at the end of a letter signify kisses?
A: In the Middle Ages, when many people were unable to read or write, documents were often signed using an X. Kissing the X represented an oath to fulfill obligations specified in the document. The X and the kiss eventually became synonymous.

Q: Why is shifting responsibility to someone else called ‘passing the buck’?
A: In card games, it was once customary to pass an item, called a buck, from player to player to indicate whose turn it was to deal. If a player did not wish to assume the responsibility of dealing,he would ‘pass the buck’ to the next player.

 

Wish They All Could Be California Girls?
Thursday, April 21st, 2011 | Author:

A great quote about California, sent to me by Tarvar… from Burt Prelutsky of the LA Times

“Frankly, I don’t know what it is about California, but we seem to have a strange urge to elect really obnoxious women to high office.  I’m not bragging, you understand, but no other state, including Maine, even comes close.  When it comes to sending left-wing dingbats to Washington, we’re number one.  There’s no getting around the fact that the last time anyone saw the likes of Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Maxine Waters, and Nancy Pelosi, they were stirring a cauldron when the curtain went up on ‘Macbeth’.  The four of them are like jackasses who happen to possess the gift of blab.  You don’t know if you should condemn them for their stupidity or simply marvel at their ability to form words.”

 

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