Friday’s Odds and Ends

Before we get into the serious stuff, I want to share this picture a friend sent me in e-mail. There were a bunch of pictures depicting Senior Fun, and I liked this one best.



While I am still trying to get my head around the fact that we, here in the States, actually elected a man to the presidency who has no political experience, a hot temper, and no tact, I am trying my best to continue to be a patriot.

I hate the fact that there were so many riots following the election, and I have not joined in any of the hateful rhetoric on social media. Taking to the streets, virtual or real, is not the response that speaks of integrity and honor.

While most people have not lowered themselves to such behavior, it is sad that some people burned the flag and threatened to kill Trump. In Oakland, CA, cars were set on fire and windows were broken. In Portland, OR students took to the streets, rioting, and Twitter was ablaze with Tweets supporting the killing of Trump.

Just what does that kind of behavior accomplish?

And on the other side of this political coin we have what Trump supporters have been doing. It can’t be blamed on the president-elect, but some of his supporters have created an atmosphere of hate and distrust with some of their actions. In Maryland, an Episcopal church that has a congregation made up primarily of immigrants was vandalized. Painted over a sign welcoming folks from the Hispanic community was the message, “Trump Nation whites only.”

A similar message was spray painted on one of the church’s exterior walls. More at

In Georgia, there is a push to prevent Muslim women from wearing a burqa and veil when posing for the photo on their Georgia drivers’ license.  The bill, authored by state Rep. Jason Spencer, R-Woodbine, would also subject female Muslim garb to the state’s anti-masking statute – which originally was aimed at the Ku Klux Klan. More at Your Daily


“Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.” ― Dale Carnegie



A child was asked to write a book report on the entire Bible. Here is what he wrote.

In the beginning, which occurred near the start, there was nothing but God, darkness, and some gas. The Bible says,”The Lord thy God is one,” but I think He must be a lot older than that.

Anyway, God said, “Give me a light!” and someone did. Then God made the world.

He split the Adam and made Eve. Adam and Eve were naked, but they weren’t embarrassed because mirrors hadn’t been invented yet.

Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating one bad apple, so they were driven from the Garden of Eden … Not sure what they were driven in though, because they didn’t have cars. Adam and Eve had a son, Cain, who hated his brother as long as he was Abel.

One of the next important people was Noah, who was a good guy, but one of his kids was kind of a Ham. Noah built a large boat and put his family and some animals on it. He asked some other people to join him, but they said they would have to take a rain check.

After Noah came Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Jacob was more famous than his  brother, Esau, because Esau sold Jacob his birthmark in exchange for some pot roast. Jacob had a son named Joseph who wore a really loud sports coat.

Another important Bible guy is Moses, whose real name was Charlton Heston. Moses led the Israel Lights out of Egypt and away from the evil Pharaoh after God sent ten plagues on Pharaoh’s people. These plagues included frogs, mice, lice, bowels, and no cable.

God fed the Israel Lights every day with manicotti. Then he gave them His Top Ten Commandments. These include: don’t lie, cheat, smoke, dance, or covet your neighbor’s stuff. Oh, yeah, I just thought of one more: Humor thy father and
thy mother.

David got to be king by killing a giant with a slingshot. He had a son named Solomon who had about 300 wives and 500 porcupines. My teacher says he was wise, but that doesn’t sound very wise to me.

After Solomon there were a bunch of major league prophets. Oneof these was Jonah, who was swallowed by a big whale and then got  barfed up on the shore.

After the Old Testament came the New Testament. Jesus is the star of The New Testament. He was born in Bethlehem in a barn. (I wish I had been born in a barn too, because my mom is always saying to me, “Close the door! Were you born in a barn?” It would be nice to say, ”As a matter of fact, I was.”)

During His life, Jesus had many arguments with sinners like the Pharisees and the Democrats. Jesus also had twelve opossums. The worst one was Judas Asparagus. Judas was so evil that they named a terrible vegetable after him.

Jesus was a great man. He healed many leopards and even preached to some Germans on the Mount. But the Democrats and all those guys put Jesus on trial before Pontius the Pilot. Pilot didn’t stick up for Jesus. He just washed his hands instead.

Anyways, Jesus died for our sins, then came back to life again. He went up to Heaven but will be back at the end of the Aluminum. His return is foretold in the book of Revolution.

A friend sent me that story, and I don’t know who wrote it. It was supposed to be written by a kid, but I suspect it was written by a clever writer. Have you seen it before? It has made the rounds on social media.

That’s it for me folks. Have a great weekend.

2 thoughts on “Friday’s Odds and Ends”

  1. That bill introduced in Georgia was withdrawn two days after it was introduced, thank goodness.

    I think it would be valid in any state to refuse to issue a driver’s license to a person wearing a full body covering if the license is to be used as a photo ID for everything from getting an X-ray to applying for a mortgage, but as noted, that problem is already addressed under existing Georgia law so is a moot point there. A person who chooses to wear a whole body covering so no one can identify him/her is going to face some restrictions under the laws of this country.

    The scarf seems like a whole different issue. Logic would tell us that a head covering, especially for a woman who may change her hair color, length and style frequently, does not affect the appearance for I.D. purposes. On the other hand, men are asked to remove baseball caps for the photo in many (most?) states, and I suspect those who are as attached to their caps as they once were to their baby blankets object to removal when they see someone else leaving headwear on. It’s tough to make a law apply equally to everyone so there have to be exceptions for religious or other valid reasons (i.e. the headcovering for Sikh men, headcovering for Catholic nuns, the hijab for Muslim women).

    1. Good points, Patricia, and as some of my Facebook friends pointed out, there are places in our country where women are applying for a driver’s license and having their entire body and face covered. I thought the objection was to the hijab.

      It is a very ticklish situation when the coverings are for religious purposes, which is what I understand those full-body coverings are.

      I think what most distresses me about this, and some other things that are happening, is how it is tearing our country apart. I just read some essays at The New Yorker Magazine that illustrated very poignantly how we have allowed fear to start dictating so much.

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