Musings of the Chronologically Challenged™ Fourth Generation
Thursday, December 16, 2004
Thanks again to my friend, John, in New Jersey for e-mailing to me the touching Christmas poem, The Sands of Christmas. It seems bloggers and readers of blogs appreciated it too, John. And thanks to Baldilocks and Sgt.Stryker for the links and the resulting surprise Christmaslanche. But most of all, thanks to the GIs of every service, rank and gender who inspired the poem. As the poem says, "You give the gift of liberty and that we can't repay."
>^..^< The DoubleMint twins joined the Marine Corps?
>^..^< Sam's done it again!! Redecorated, that is. Oh, and follow the ongoing saga of the "cute" controversy. This may come to a vote.
REFLECTIONS OF GREAT MINDS
James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994): Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton: Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.
Will Rogers: I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
Mark Twain: No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.
Winston Churchill: The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.
Pericles (430 B.C.): Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you.
SENIOR NEWS FLASH
California vintners in the Napa Valley area that primarily produce Pinot Blanc and Pinot Grigio have developed a new hybrid grape that acts as an anti-diuretic and will reduce the number of trips an older person has to make to the bathroom during the night. They will be marketing the new wine as Pinot More.
JOKES FROM DICK & JANE
During his speech at my cousin's graduation, Bill Cosby was making the point that true wisdom comes not from a classroom but from life. When he was in college, he said, his class endlessly discussed the question: Is the glass half full or half empty? So Cosby asked his grandmother the same question. She had it all figured out: "Depends on whether you're pouring or drinking."
My mother was away all weekend at a business conference. During a break, she decided to call home collect. My six-year-old brother picked up the phone and heard a stranger's voice say, "We have a Marcia on the line. Will you accept the charges?" Frantic, he dropped the receiver and came charging outside screaming, "Dad! They've got Mom! And they want money!"
While she was visiting my home recently, my sister nudged me and pointed to a line of new plants I had placed by the kitchen window. "Look," she whispered, "death row."