Monday, December 15, 2008

That Was The Week That Was And Some Old Family Pictures

Some of you may be too young to remember but there used to be a comedy show called That Was The Week That Was and that's what I thought about last week's news. The major difference that TW3 was comedy and last week's news was far from comedy.

Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich started the week off with his being arrested for scandal and attempting to sell Barack Obama's vacant senate seat to the highest bidder. Wall Street money manager Bernard Madoff screwed investors out of approximately 50 billion dollars. A small child's skeletal remains were discovered near the home of Casey Anthony and fears are that it is the remains of daughter Caylee Anthony.

Over the weekend, an Iraqi reporter hurled his shoes at President George Bush and unfortunately, he missed. As I digested the weekly news this weekend and listened to the constant stories about the failing economy, I happened to see a series of actors from one of the major networks (I think it was CBS) wishing everyone "Happy Holidays." Every single one of them said "Happy Holidays".

Well guess what Elmer, it's MERRY CHRISTMAS ! All of the major news networks and the cable news networks go out of their way to wish people Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Ramadan or Happy Three Kings Day. I have no problem whatsoever in accepting other people's religions and holidays and most other people don't have a problem respecting mine. It's the politically correct idiots of the media that fail the test. So, I want to be added to the politically correct list and on December 25th, I like the media to say that we'd like to wish the ten or twelve Christians of the world a MERRY CHRISTMAS, not a happy holiday.

I was going through some old boxes over the weekend and I happened to run across a few old pictures when I was married, so I thought I'd share a few with you. You may notice that my hair was darker in those days, but I assure you it still is. It's just that I have chosen to color my hair to silver to add a more "extinguished" look.

This Date In History: 1791; The first ten amendments to the US Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights, become law following ratification by the state of Virginia. 1890; In South Dakota, Sioux leader Sitting Bull is arrested on suspicion of leading an uprising, and then killed in a subsequent gunfight. 1899; At the Battle of Colenso, during the South African War, or Boer War, Britain suffers a major defeat at the hands of the Boers.

1944; American bandleader Glenn Miller dies when his small plane, en route to Paris, disappears over the English Channel. 1982; Spain ends its 13-year blockade of Gibraltar by partially re-opening its border. 1993; The British and Irish prime ministers sign the Downing Street Declaration, a statement of fundamental principles with regard to the future of Northern Ireland.

Picture Of The Day The pictures of my family and myself are circa 1980 and were taken in various places. The snow picture was taken at Steamboat Springs, Colorado during ski season. The family picture was taken in the living room of my humble abode and the night club picture was taken in a casino right after wifey-poo and I had a little tiff about my gambling. I think the casino was Caesar's Palace, but frankly, I don't remember.

Birthdays: Gustave Eiffel, French engineer and builder 1832, Antoine Henri Becquerel, French physicist 1852, Jean Paul Getty, American oil executive and financier 1892, Maurice Wilkins, biophysicist 1916, Edna O'Brien, Irish novelist 1932.

The Hits Just Keep On Coming: My thanks to the very sweet Linda in Washington for the following:

Due to a power outage, only one paramedic responded to the call. The house was very dark so the paramedic asked Kathleen, a 3-yr old girl to hold a flashlight high over her mommy so he could see while he helped deliver the baby. Very diligently, Kathleen did as she was asked. Heidi pushed and pushed and after a little while, Connor was born.

The paramedic lifted him by his little feet and spanked him on his bottom Connor began to cry. The paramedic then thanked Kathleen for her help and asked the wide-eyed 3-yr old what she thought about what he had just witnessed Kathleen quickly responded, "He shouldn't have crawled in there in the first place .......spank his ass again!"

Farmer Gossman goes to the vet and says, "My horse is constipated." The vet says, "Take one of these pills, put it in a long tube, stick the other end in the horse's ass, and blow the pill up there." Farmer Gossman comes back the next day, and he looks very sick. The vet says, "What happened?" Farmer Gossman says, "The horse blew first."

That's it for today my litlle stocking stuffers. More on Wednesday.

Stay Tuned !


MISSY said...

It's sad isn't it? I hear people all the time saying Happy Holidays and are quick to wish a "Happy Whatever" but never a "Merry Christmas." It's sad, it's stupid, but it's the words of the Bible coming true. *M*

natalie said...

Gee Jimmy!
Your ex wife is a knock out!
She looks great an so do you!
So Merry Christmas my new friend!
who are the kids? are those yours?
they are extraordinary looking!

Rose said...

I love all your family photos!

And, MERRY CHRISTMAS! I agree, what is with this Happy Holiday stuff?

Hugs, Rose

Anne said...

awwwwwwwww, You are STILL a handsome devil! Anne

Paula said...

You two made such a nice looking couple. Nice looking doesn't always cut it I know.

Linda's World said...

In the Casino picture "wifey-poo" looks happy but you don't. Hmmmm! She's an attractive lady. And what a fine figure of a suave, debonair man she was married too. That's the news across the nation~none of it much good. I'm actually quite angry about the "shoe" incident. As far as I'm concerned now, every military person from every country should leave Iraq and "let them eat cake!" Others have given their all for those people to have something that resembles freedom for the first time in many years. If that's they way they feel, we should all get out & let them fight it out among themselves. Linda in Washington

Linda's World said...

P.S. Merry Christmas from Linda & Gabi

garnett109 said...

Jim don't get me started my friend i had business at the court house today and the guard said happy holidays to me and i replied , my friend it is merry christmas, the rest haver their day on the calendar look it up.
it only got like this since 9/11
great pics of you and your ex

Julie said...

It was so cool seeing your old pictures, love the dark hair but silver is definitely you these days. What beautiful children and x wifey-poo. Very pretty.

Myra said...

I love family photos! Makes you seem more real (not that you aren't) but ya' know! What a stunning couple. Ya' still got it, Jimmy! (whatever "it" is) Wasn't that hilarious about Bush and the shoes??
Merry Christmas!

Missie said...

I try to say Merry Christmas all the time.

Enjoy your day.

Bethe said...

Of course, I'd wish you a Merry Christmas, but unfortunately one cannot tell what religion one is by looking at them. Dec. 22 is Yule tide for me. Yule is the ancient midwinter festival from which Christmas festivities such as feasting, singing and giving of gifts were derived.

I work with people who are Jewish and celebrate Hannakah, black people who celebrate Kwanza. It's a diverse world that we live and not everyone is Christian. So why not Happy Holiday's and everyone enjoy whatever holiday they celebrate without discrimination?

Kelly said...

Hey Jimmy, I didnt fall off the face of the earth! I am back and reading diligently :) Nice looking photos there. You ever wonder what will happen now that everything is so digital? People dont develop their pictures like they used to, they just save it onto a disc instead of putting them in an album. I still like the feel of looking through an album instead of on the computer. I should get more pictures developed than I do. I say Merry Christmas! Hugs, Kelly

Claudia's thoughts said...

Last year I spoke to someone who was a sales associate in the mall and she told me they were not allowed to say "Merry Christmas" so not to offend anyone.

Why is Christianity the only religion it is OK to discriminate against??? No one cares if the Christians are offended. I am not offended by anyone elses celebrations, in fact, I enoy hearing about their customs and beliefs.


natalie said...

JImmy! Hey thanks for the comment on my blog!:)
you rock Buddy!
Hey I bet you do like cookies!:)
what flavor?