Friday’s Odds and Ends

Before we get into the news and other odds and ends, I thought you might enjoy this meme. The caption from Rita Rudner is priceless.

dog meme

In The News

This video  on Blue Nation Review of Joe Biden responding to the Trumster’s verbal assault on Judge Gonzalo Curiel in the media is worth watching. Judge Curiel is presiding over the civil case against Trump regarding Trump University. In the vein of civil, meaningful, and did I say civil discourse, this is the way it needs to happen. The speech was given at the American Constitution Society conference dinner.

In other Trumster news this is from Newsmax:

Donald Trump’s response after the Orlando gay nightclub shootings left some Republicans worried about him staying on a message they can stand behind.
Politico reports lawmakers are worried that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee won’t perform well in a president’s role as a national healer after major tragedies.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said, again, that he would not support Trump’s Muslim ban, according to NPR. 

“I do not think a Muslim ban is in our country’s interest. I do not think it is reflective of our principles, not just as a party but as a country,” Ryan said.

Following the shooting in Orlando last Sunday that left 49 people dead and over 50 wounded, the debate over stricter gun controls heated up. Many people favor a ban on assault weapons, but our legislators are reluctant to add that to any gun control measures. If you would like to sign a petition asking Congress to consider such a ban, you can do so here at  I am a gun owner, and I support the right to have a weapon, but I don’t believe that an assault rifle or pistol is what one needs for hunting or target shooting.

In other related news, I was pleased to read this from NBC News:

Senate Democrats ended a nearly 15-hour filibuster early Thursday after Republican Party leaders reportedly agreed to allow votes on two proposed gun control measures.

Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, said that a compromise had been reached. Votes would be held on whether to ban people on the government’s terrorist watch list from obtaining gun licenses and whether to expand background checks to gun shows and internet sales.

Writing Tips From Authors

“You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you’re working on another one. If you have talent you’ll receive some measure of success – but only if you persist.”  Isaac Asimov

“Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say ‘infinitely’ when you mean ‘very’, otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.” C.S. Lewis

“Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.” Cyril Connolly

Friday Funnies

Why do banks charge a fee due to insufficient funds when they already know you’re broke?

Why is it that when someone tells you that there are one billion stars in the universe you believe them, but if they tell you there is wet paint you have to touch it to check?

Why doesn’t Tarzan have a beard?

Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?

Why did Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

Whose cruel idea was it to put an “s” in the word “lisp”?

If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?

Why is it that, no matter what color bubble bath you use, the bubbles are always white?

Is there ever a day that mattresses are not on sale?

Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?

Why do people run over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it and then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance?

Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that’s falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over?

Why, in winter, do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when we complained about the heat?

That’s it for me folks. Have a great weekend. Let me know which joke resonated the most with you. I could relate to knocking things off the table. 

2 thoughts on “Friday’s Odds and Ends”

  1. LOL — I’m the person who keeps looking in the refrigerator, and I’m the one who does the shopping and cooking so I KNOW what’s in there…

    As for changes to the gun laws, banning assault weapons, etc., I’m for whatever keeps weapons out of the hands of criminals, the mentally ill, and terrorists. However…we can’t keep drugs from crossing our borders illegally, so what makes people think weapons won’t be smuggled in the same way? Where there’s a demand, there most definitely will be a supply.

  2. You made a good point about how hard it will be to control the assault weapons being smuggled into the country. Many people have said that instead of focusing so much on gun control, we need to be putting more time and effort into mental health issues and targeting potential threats.

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