Monday, October 5, 2009

Monday Mutterings

The media is having a field day with the David Letterman affair and frankly, I think some of the commentators shouldn't be throwing stones near their own glass houses. Assuming that that there were not any workplace transgressions that were illegal or jeopardized the workplace ethic, it is much ado about nothing.

In any scenario, relationships often occur and it seems to me that this is just human nature. I don't know of very many people who haven't met someone at work that they like, at least once. Nevertheless, the media continues on, especially the cable news channels who derive their income by turning molehills into mountains.

The newest media twist is that some of the media are now defining the Letterman situation as "sexual harassment." One would think that if this is the case, the offended party would file a lawsuit. Since a lawsuit or complaint has yet to be filed against Letterman, it would seem that the media should concentrate on the man accused in the case, Robert Joel Halderman.

Halderman, who until last month shared a residence in Connecticut with Letterman's longtime personal assistant, Stephanie Birkitt, was a longtime and well-respected producer for the CBS News program “48 Hours Mystery.”

While sexual harassment, in and of itself, is not something to be overlooked or taken lightly, the details that have surfaced until now seem to indicate that the Letterman case was not sexual harassment, Nevertheless, the story will continue to be in the headlines until the media sleazebags can find a new case to champion.

On the other hand, Barney Frank, the openly gay United States House Representative for Massachusetts's 4th congressional district, who has admitted that he had an affair with a male prostitute, continues to serve America as the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee. The committee oversees the entire financial services industry, which includes the securities, insurance, banking, and housing industries.

Frank is widely considered to be one of the most powerful members of Congress. Frank is described as "one of the brightest and most energetic defenders of civil rights issues." Mr. Frank is also a vigorous and unashamed defender of Acorn, now being investigated in many states across the nation for voter fraud and corruption. Go figure......

In Other News: The Olympic Committee decided that the 2016 Olympics will not be in Chicago, rather, It’s going to be in Rio de Janeiro. As a result, the 2016 Olympics will be topless. President Obama has banned federal employees from texting while driving because he says it is distracting and could lead to accidents. Obama admitted he was texting behind the wheel when he picked Joe Biden for vice president. Automobile manufacturers have reported that for the ninth year in a row, the most popular car color was silver. In fact Chrysler says that this year, all three of the cars they sold were silver. China is celebrating it's 60th anniversary of Communism. We 're celebrating in the United States because they own all of our debt. If you want to send China a gift, the 60th anniversary gift is lead paint.

This Date In History: 1434; Banker Cosimo de' Medici returns from exile to Florence, becoming its effective ruler. 1793; The revolutionary government in France abolishes Christianity. 1796; During the French Revolutionary Wars, Spain declares war on Britain.

1877; Chief Joseph, of the Nez Percé, and one of the leaders of Native American resistance to white encroachment in the western United States, surrenders to the US Army with the words “I will fight no more forever.” 1914; The first ever air battle takes place when a German reconnaissance aircraft is shot down by an armed French aircraft and its two-man crew killed.

1936; The Jarrow March, the most celebrated of the hunger marches that took place in Britain in the 1930s, leaves Jarrow, on the River Tyne, for London. 1962; The Beatles release “Love Me Do”, their first single. 1969; Monty Python's Flying Circus is first broadcast on BBC television.

Picture Of The Day: Squabbling, the daily occurrences that happen to everyone but ofttimes amusing when it comes to the animal world. I got a kick out of today's pictures and I hope it you do as well.

Printable Things I Never Told You: 1) A countless number of people have read Jimmy's Journal and have gone on to lead normal lives. 2) One of my neighbor's boys swallowed some coins and was taken to a hospital. When his grandmother telephoned to ask how he was, a nurse said, "No change yet." 3) In the workplace, Prairie Dogging is when someone yells or drops something loudly in a cube farm, and people's heads pop up over the walls to see what's going on. 4) Forget world peace. Visualize using your turn signal. 5) If you think nobody cares, try missing a couple of car payments.....and that's five !

Birthdays: Jonathan Edwards, American theologian 1703, Chester Alan Arthur, 21st president of the United States 1829, Robert Goddard, American rocket engineer 1882, Václav Havel, Czech political leader 1936, Bob Geldof, Irish rock singer 1954.

The AREA 51 Retirement Home Bar and Grill: A man and his wife were celebrating 50 years together. Their three sons, all very successful, agreed to a Sunday dinner in their honor. All three sons arrived late.

Son number one arrived and said, "Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad. Sorry I'm late. I had an emergency and I didn't have time to get you both a present." His Dad said, "Don't worry, the important thing is that we're all here together today."

Son number two arrived and announced, "Wow, Dad, you and Mom still look great. Dad, I just flew in from L.A. and didn't have time to get you a present. Sorry." His father, "Hey, we're just glad you were able to be here."

Just then, son number three arrived and said, "Happy Anniversary! I'm sorry, but my boss is sending me out of town and I was really busy packing, so I didn't have time to get you guys anything." Again, the father said, "I really don't care, at least the five of us are together today."

After they had all finished dessert, the father put down his knife and fork, looked up and said, "Listen up, all three of you, there's something your mother and I have wanted to tell you for a long time. You see, although we were very poor, we were able to raise each of you and send you to college. All through the years your mother and I knew that we loved each other very much but, we just never found the time to get married."

The three kids gasp and said, "You mean we're bastards?" Their father said, "Yeah, and cheap ones too!"

The Hits Just Keep On Coming: My thanks to Brother Kirt and My Perfect Martini for their contributions to today's entry.

A Girl Potato and Boy Potato had eyes for each other. Finally, they got married, and had a little sweet potato, which they called "Yam." Of course, they wanted the best for Yam. When it was time, they told her about the facts of life. They warned her about going out and getting half-baked, so she wouldn't get accidentally mashed, and get a bad name for herself like "Hot Potato", and end up with a bunch of Tater Tots.

Yam said not to worry, no Spud would get her into the sack and make a rotten potato out of her! But on the other hand, she wouldn't stay home and become a couch potato either. She would get plenty of exercise so as not to be skinny like her shoestring cousins.

When she went off to Europe, Mr. and Mrs. Potato told Yam to watch out for the hard-boiled guys from Ireland and the greasy guys from France called the French Fries. And when she went out West, to watch out for the Indians so she wouldn't get scalloped. Yam said she would stay on the straight and narrow and wouldn't associate with those high class Yukon Golds, or the ones from the other side of the tracks who advertise their trade on all the trucks that say, "Frito Lay."

Mr. and Mrs. Potato sent Yam to Idaho P.U. (that's Potato University) so that when she graduated she'd really be in the chips. But in spite of all they did for her, one-day Yam came home and announced she was going to marry Tom Brokaw. Mr. And Mrs. Potato were very upset. They told Yam she couldn't possibly marry Tom Brokaw because he was just a.......Common Tater!

A young boy had just gotten his driver's license and asked his father if they could discuss his use of the car. His father said he'd make a deal with his son. "You bring your grades up from a C to a B average, study your Bible a little, get your hair cut and we'll talk about the car." The boy thought about that for a moment, decided he'd settle for the offer and they agreed on it.

After about six weeks his father said, "Son, I've been real proud. You brought your grades up and I've observed that you have been studying your Bible, but I'm real disappointed you haven't gotten your hair cut." The young man paused a moment then said, "You know, Dad, I've been thinking about that, and I've noticed in my studies of the Bible that Samson had long hair, John the Baptist had long hair, Moses had long hair and there's even a strong argument that Jesus had long hair." To this his father replied, "Did you also notice they all walked everywhere they went?

A drunk staggers into a Catholic Church, enters a confessional box, sits down but says nothing. The Priest coughs a few times to get his attention but the drunk just sits there. Finally, the Priest pounds three times on the wall. The drunk mumbles, "Ain't no use knockin, there's no paper on this side either".

That's it for today my little corn muffins. Remember, hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance? More on Wednesday.

Stay Tuned !


Rose said...

Who cares what Letterman did years ago and he was not even married during the times in question.

What I don't understand was Letterman said he found this box in the back seat of his car while going to work one morning and it contained all these allegations. Why does he keep his car unlocked I wonder??? He is wealthy enough to have a garage I'm sure.......hmmmmmmmm! Then again, I don't care who Letterman screwed years ago or last night for that matter! LOL

Senorita said...

My favorite was when we were your little chocolate eclairs. That was a delicious thing to be !

I couldn't give a rats ass about who Letterman screws. At least he is getting some. The only person who has a right to know and act on it is his wife. I'm sure she's known for years.

That is the problem with this country, pointing at people in office who have affairs and making such a big fuss.

Paula said...

That squirrel or what ever kind of animal it is looks like it has been dead and stuffed for years.Like the other pictures though.

Pamela said...

Who cares about Letterman?? I say good for him. Maybe that's why he had to have heart surgery, huh? Kidding!
Loved your jokes!! Common Tater...hahahah!
Have a good night!

Joann said...

You are SOOO Right about the media.... they really get carried away with stuff NOBODY else really cares about!! LOL!! And they do it ALL THE TIME!!!

Your post cracked me up today as always...!!

Coelha :B said...

I agree with you and the Letterman thing.. Frankly, I could care less. If I was his wife however, I'd be pretty pissed off. The whole world knows, and the media is eating it all up... He better buy her some real expensive piece of jewelery or something...

Heli gunner Tom said...

Funny Jokes! I really needed that.. lol. Thanks.

Tom S

Anne said...

I hope I never go on to lead a "normal" life after reading your journal. I think your posts improve my life with laughter. Anne

Julie said...

Oh the things one misses while working days and not having a TV. Missed Letterman's newest. Well actually, don't miss him at all. Loved all your jokes however and all your graphics. Lovely..