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Limburger cheese joke

The grandfather had fallen asleep on the couch, and for a joke the grandkids rubbed limburger cheese under his nose!
After a while, the grandfather woke up, and he sniffed. "Boy, this couch STINKS!".
He got up and walked around the room. " The ROOM stinks!"
Then he walked into different rooms in the house, "My HOUSE stinks!"
Finally he walked outside, took a big sniff, and his eyes opened wide. "My GOD! The whole WORLD stinks!!!"
I'm sure there's a moral to this story. But right now I'm too busy listening to Fox News telling us how migrants and gays are turning our country into a hell-hole!

On Top Of Everything Else, Kevin McCarthy Wetting Bed Again

https://www.theonion.com/on-top-of-everything-else-kevin-mccarthy-wetting-bed-a-1849959561

Nepotism babies and the myth of American meritocracy


Our economy is rigged to encourage nepotism by ensuring that the already wealthy pass their wealth—and by extension the power that their money buys—to their children. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) pointed out how the tax code is written in order to benefit the moneyed classes. According to a CBPP report, “High-income, and especially high-wealth, filers enjoy a number of generous tax benefits that can dramatically lower their tax bills.”
https://www.alternet.org/nepotism-babies-myth-american-meritocracy/


It's unfortunate that the author of this opinion piece chose to start off with the example of Jamie Lee Curtis. An example of someone who benefitted from movie star parents, to become, herself, a movie star, is not quite as dangerous to a society as someone who, completely devoid of merit, inherits wealth and influence, then proceeds to use that inherited power as if it were his/her natural right.

Still, a good, thought provoking piece.

Criminal defense attorney explains why you should avoid self-checkout lanes: 'Theft by mistake'

A surprisingly informative article about the perils of using self-checkout at stores. Are we accepting a legal liability when we check our own items?

Jernigan explains that, in the early days of self-checkout, she noticed stores letting people off if they forgot to scan an item.

“They let almost all of these people either scan and pay for the item, or just let them go, but took the item they did not pay for,” she says.

Now, however, stores aren’t as lenient, she says. Jernigan believes this is because shoplifters have become so adept at stealing from self-checkout lanes that stores no longer want to take a gamble on whether a theft was accidental.

“They have lost all sympathy, and they are just taking a ‘Tell it to the judge’ approach,” she adds.

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/criminal-defense-attorney-explains-why-170210360.html

A Christmas miracle? Trumpers dumping Trump?

I drive the 20 miles into Clarksville about twice a week -- to shop at a hardware store or a Wal-Mart, or pick up prescriptions at Kroger, etc. On the way there, I pass the Super-Trumper's house. He has a very long driveway, and I always look at all the flags lining his driveway. There are two very large US flags, accompanied by six or eight flags that denote his particular brand of patriotism -- Trump flags, Confederate flags, and Gadsden flags. His driveway is a Deplorable Landmark!
Anyway, I'm writing to report that I drove past it yesterday afternoon and ...... THEY'RE GONE!
Only the two US flags still stand.
What happened?
Did he get visited during the night by three Christmas Spirits?
Or did the angel Clarence show him how much better the world would be if Trump had never been born?
Or, ..... were the superhero trading cards the final grift, the last gift he could take? A Christmas grift.

In honor of the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, I'd like to recommend a book.

'1945' by Robert Conroy is an alternative history of the attack, and subsequent war against Japan. The historical details presented in the novel are eye-opening, and the 'if events worked out a bit differently' is really frightening.

https://historicalnovelsociety.org/reviews/1945/

I live in a rural Tennessee county, and I ALWAYS see 'Let's Go Brandon' bumperstickers, keyrings,

flags, etc.
I've decided I would like a 'You Don't Know Jack (Smith)' sign.
I know it only costs a few bucks for a personalized bumpersticker.

"Ancient Apocalypse is the most dangerous show on Netflix"

I've noticed this series listed in Netflix's Top Ten list this past week, and have been momentarily tempted to check it out. But then I remember reading a couple of books based on pretty much the same premise -- that there was a great, prehistoric civilization, that has somehow gone unnoticed by every archeologist in the world except, of course, for the book's author. The books were always a waste of time, and I suspected that this series would prove to be the same. Then I saw this article in 'the guardian' that reinforced my suspicions:


The thrust of Ancient Apocalypse is as follows: Hancock believes that an advanced ice-age civilisation – responsible for teaching humanity concepts such as maths, architecture and agriculture – was wiped out in a giant flood brought about by multiple comet strikes about 12,000 years ago. There are signs everywhere you look, he says. To prove this, he spends an entire television series looking everywhere.


That’s the danger of a show like this. It whispers to the conspiracy theorist in all of us. And Hancock is such a compelling host that he’s bound to create a few more in his wake. Believing that ultra-intelligent creatures helped to build the pyramids is one thing, but where does it end? Believing that election fraud is real? Believing 9/11 was an inside job? Worse?


https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2022/nov/23/ancient-apocalypse-is-the-most-dangerous-show-on-netflix

I have to say, that given today's political climate, a well-crafted series that challenges the body of knowledge of every scientist in the world, IS much worse than merely a waste of one's time; it is a DANGEROUS waste of time.

Just watched this great film on YouTube.

https://m.

Description on YouTube:
The Negro Soldier is a 1944 documentary created by the United States Army during World War II.[1] The film was produced by Frank Capra as a follow up to his successful film series Why We Fight. The army used this film as propaganda to convince Black Americans to enlist in the army and fight in the war. Most people regarded the film very highly, some going as far as to say that The Negro Soldier was "one of the finest things that ever happened to America".[1] Due to both high reviews and great cinematography, The Negro Soldier proved to be a breakout film influencing army members and civilians of all races. In 2011, it was chosen to be preserved in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress


This was before Truman called for the military to be desegregated.
The part about the Tuskegee Airmen gave me the chills a bit, knowing what we know now.

The Electoral College system has screwed Democrats (and, arguably, the country) on two elections.

Close call on the last one.
Time to do away with it, but we probably wouldn't be able to get the votes for the next couple of decades. But there does seem to be a way to make the Electoral College more democratic: the National Popular Vote interstate Compact.

The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC) is an agreement among a group of U.S. states and the District of Columbia to award all their electoral votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the overall popular vote in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The compact is designed to ensure that the candidate who receives the most votes nationwide is elected president, and it would come into effect only when it would guarantee that outcome.[2][3] As of June 2022, it has been adopted by fifteen states and the District of Columbia. These states have 195 electoral votes, which is 36% of the Electoral College and 72% of the 270 votes needed to give the compact legal force.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Popular_Vote_Interstate_Compact

Passage of the Act is currently pending in two more states, Michigan and Pennsylvania, which would reach 241 votes, if my math is correct.
I gave the link to the wiki page, because its good about giving the pros and cons.
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