Friday, June 26, 2009

I'll Be Glad When This Week Is Over !

I'm not real sure of the intelligence level of any politician based on their actions and votes in Congress, but there are some politicians whose actions cause me to question the intelligence of the people who elected them, as well.

The newest idiot on the block is South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, who in a Wednesday news conference, admitted that he's been cheating on his wife with a woman from Argentina. He will step down as head of the Republican Governors Association, but doesn't say whether he will resign as governor.

Governor Sanford had been missing in action for five days causing speculation that he was either hiking the Appalachian Trail or had been injured. My first reaction was that he was either dead or was "doing" someone, the latter thought prevailing.

The likes of Senator John Edwards (affair), Governor Rod Blagojevich (bribery), Sen. Roland Burris (bribery), Sen John Ensign (affair) and the parade of other lying, thieving politicians only reinforces my thoughts that the majority of politicians are egotistical, con men who prey upon the American voter under the guise of creating a better government.

Most politicians hone their predatory skills in lower political arenas and by the time they rise to national prominence, have their skills down pat. Yet one by one, in an almost comedic pattern, they fall from grace. Evidently unaware of the old adage "people who live in glass houses should not throw stones," they inevitably condemn those who fall in front of them, only to fall themselves at a future date.

I don't profess to be Einstein, but I am wise enough to keep my mouth closed in discussions where my past actions could easily be the subject of the debate.

I've been experimenting with foods lately and although I'm not a chef, I'm a pretty good cook. I often purchase canned guava shells which I serve chilled with cream cheese or as a topping for Haagen-Dazs French Vanilla ice cream. The other day, I purchased some bananas and it dawned on me that they would go well with the guava shells.

I sliced the bananas thinly on a bias and put them in with the chilled guava shells. Then, I ground some fresh cinnamon over the mix and chilled it. The next morning, I tried it and it was exquisite. Try it, you'll like it!

As an afterthought regarding Haagen-Dazs French Vanilla ice cream, you might like to try topping it with Disaronno Amaretto liqueur.

Yesterday was a rough day in L.A.:

Farrah Fawcett passed away yesterday after a long battle with cancer. The 62 years old "Charlie's Angels" star was diagnosed with anal cancer in 2006 and had recently been hospitalized again before succumbing to the illness. Fawcett is survived by long time partner Ryan O'Neal and their son, Redmond.

Michael Jackson died suddenly yesterday afternoon of cardiac arrest. According to reports, Jackson suffered a cardiac arrest and medics were unable to revive him. A TMZ source said Jackson was dead when paramedics arrived, while the Times says he was in a deep coma upon arrival. An autopsy will be performed today to determine the cause of death.

This Date In History: 1483; Richard, Duke of Gloucester, becomes king of England as Richard III after declaring his nephews Edward and Richard illegitimate. 1541; Francisco Pizarro, the Spanish explorer and conqueror of Peru, is assassinated by members of a group loyal to his executed, former rival, Diego de Almargo.

1858; China and Britain sign the Treaty of Tientsin, bringing a temporary end to the Second Opium War. 1945; The charter of the United Nations is signed by delegates from 50 nations in San Francisco, California. 1963; President John F. Kennedy is received enthusiastically by the residents of West Berlin, divided from the eastern half of the city by the Berlin Wall, when he tells them, "Ich bin ein Berliner.

Has any journalist noticed that after clicking "Publish Post," the next page which reads "Your blog post published successfully" now has advertising on it? It's getting to the point that I believe that the next marketing ploy will be to put advertising on toilet paper. It's an excellent idea in that you're forced to look at it anyway.

Picture Of The Day: It has been very difficult watching three very talented people pass away this week. The deaths of Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson have deeply saddened the world. Today's pictures reflect the almost expected weekly screw-up by a politician with South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford taking the starring role.

I would be remiss, however, not to include pictures of Farrah Fawcett, whose long and agonizing battle with cancer finally ended yesterday and the sudden and unexplained death of singer Michael Jackson.

Birthdays: Diego Portales, Chilean statesman 1793, Bernard Berenson, American art critic 1865, Pearl Buck, American novelist 1892, Peter Lorre, Hungarian actor 1904, Laurie Lee, writer and poet 1914.

Printable Things I Never Told You: 1) I once went to a restaurant called Bulimia's. The food wasn't bad, but the lines to the bathroom were very long. 2) My friend says he's got a "trophy wife." He may be right, but I don't think the trophy was for first place. 3) When flying, it scares me when the plane begins its approach for landing and, over the loudspeaker, you hear the pilot saying "Whoa, big fella...WHOA..!" 4) The only time France wants us to go to war is when the German Army is sitting in Paris sipping coffee 5) A day without sunshine is like.....well, night.

The Hits Just Keep On Coming:

My pal, Garnett, became confused when he heard the word "service" used with these agencies - The Internal Revenue "Service", the U.S. Postal "Service" and the Cable TV "Service." This is not what he thought the word "service" meant, but today, he overheard two farmers talking. One of them said he had hired a bull to "service" a few cows. BAM!!! It all came into focus. Now he understands what all those agencies are doing to us.

Thanks to Brother Kirt for the following story:

On his 74th birthday, A man got a gift certificate from his wife. The certificate paid for a visit to a medicine man living on a nearby Indian reservation who was rumored to have a wonderful cure for erectile dysfunction. After being persuaded, he drove to the reservation, handed his ticket to the medicine man and wondered what he was in for.

The old man slowly, methodically produced a potion, handed it to him, and with a grip on his shoulder, warned, "This is powerful medicine and it must be respected. You take only a teaspoonful and then say '1-2-3.' When you do that, you will become more manly than you have ever been in your life and you can perform as long as you want."

The man was encouraged. As he walked away, he turned and asked, "How do I stop the medicine from working?" The medicine man replied, "Your partner must say '1-2-3-4,' but when she does, the medicine will not work again until the next full moon."

He was very eager to see if it worked so he went home, showered, shaved, took a spoonful of the medicine, and then invited his wife to join him in the bedroom. When she came in, he took off his clothes and said, "1-2-3!" Immediately, he was the manliest of men. His wife was excited and as she began throwing off her clothes she asked, "What was the 1-2-3 for?" !

And that, boys and girls, is why we should never end our sentences with a preposition or one could end up with a dangling participle!

An engineer dies and reports to hell. Pretty soon, the engineer gets dissatisfied with the level of comfort in hell, and starts designing and building improvements. After a while, they've got air conditioning, flush toilets and escalators, and the engineer is a pretty popular guy.

One day God calls Satan up on the telephone and says with a sneer,"So, how's it going down there in hell?" Satan replies, "Hey things are going great. We've got air conditioning, flush toilets and escalators, and there's no telling what this engineer is going to come up with next."

God replies, "What? You've got an engineer? That's a mistake! He should never have gotten down there. Send him up here, immediately!" Satan says, "No way. I like having an engineer on the staff, and I'm keeping him." God says, "Send him back up here or I'll sue."

Satan laughs uproariously and answers, "Yeah, right! And just where are you going to get a lawyer?"

That's it for today my little moon pies. Friday signals a trip to AREA 51 for a bit of rest and procr....recreation. Count me in! Have a great weekend and more on Monday!

Stay Tuned !


Paula said...

Funny jokes today. I always liked Farah. I don't recall any bad publicity about her.

garnett109 said...

Now jim You got me curious about guava shells

Missie said...

Laughing at all your funny tags! LOL

Enjoy your weekend.

Rose said...

Great entry! Sad topics with American Icons gone.

Kirt is the man! Great joke!

Love the pic of the newest idiot of the block dancing! That was cool!

Have a great weekend! Heavy rain in my neck of the woods.

Hugs, Rose

Julie said...

I am not even sure what guava shells are so now I have to google them, LOL. And as for the governor, didn't I hear once when Clinton got caught, It's only Sex! Ha. Anyway, Farrah was not the best actress but she was sweet. I am sorry she died so young.

Martha said...

All I can add tonight is have fun in Area 51! :-)

Linda's World said...

Great entry. I watched "Farrah's Story" on the tube tonight. It was good but very sad. She was a brave lady and to share the story of her fight was a wonderful thing. I hope their son can turn his life around as a tribute to a mother who loved him dearly. Have a good weekend..Linda in Washington

salemslot9 said...

years ago, I watched
"The Burning Bed"
and "Extremeties"
Farrah was very good
in both movies

D Anderson said...

i was stunned when i heard about Michael Jackson; he was still relatively young

Heli gunner Tom said...

I share your opinions about politicians...and, "Pride comes before a fall." Absolute power corrupts-- absolutely.

Tom S

Joann said...

I wish I liked gauva, that sounds really good...!!

Pamela said...

Rough week with all the deaths. As far as that politician...well...I hope she was worth it!