31 October 2009

7 Political Posts at Dennys Global Politics 31 Oct 2009



Happy Halloween!

From Denny: The weekend is a good time to catch up on political news and opinion. Here's some of what was covered this week. I developed this political blog just for international political junkies like myself and not clutter up this blog too much. Most people come to The Social Poets to read a bit of poetry and laugh at witty quotes and catch up on some cartoons or lighter news. Take a look and see if there is anything you missed!

I'm still working on fine tuning the political blog as I'd like to cover more international news, opinion and analysis. There's plenty of opinion "out there" but too much is garbage thinking or garbage writing so I'm still looking around for responsible thinkers and writers. There is a lot of hype to wade through to find the jewels. :) If you know of some quality sites to feature, please pass it along. (I'd be eternally grateful!)

And, again, thank you for your continued support, much appreciated! It's fun to write on a variety of subjects for you!

Video: Hillary Clinton Verbally Scours Pakistani Govt, Nukes at Stake if Pakistan Loses Control

Video: Prez Obama Takes Away Big Business 25 Year Wallet Candy

Video: American Soldier a Global Humanitarian Even in Death Thru Global Water Projects

Video: Iran Opens Up Nuke Site

Video: What is the State of the American Economy?

Video: Wealthcare for Billionaires Farce Musical Interrupts Insurance Industry Conference

22 Interesting Varied Blog Posts, 23 Oct 2009

**** And don't forget to turn your clocks back tonite for daylight savings time! All together now: who thinks this crazy practice should be abolished? (especially when it was developed just to benefit Big Business)

13 Lollapalooza Halloween Posts to Make You Grin!



From Denny: Here's a roundup of all the funny and informative Halloween posts from this week - Dennys Blog Feeds where you can view all the blogs at a glance for description and headlines to recent posts:

5 Crazy Funny Halloween Posts for Recipes, Costumes, Parties

From Denny: I've been writing intensely all day to get out all the funny Halloween related videos I've found and tasty recipes! I'm downright bug-eyed that I'm not sure which end is up - literally by the funny odd photo I found on StumbleUpon.

You will enjoy all these crazy posts as they were great fun to write:

5 Campy Halloween Posts, Costume Ideas and Recipes

Halloween Italian Comfort Food: Halloween Purses, Pumpkin Risotto, Chocolate Pudding Cake, Pumpkin Bread Pudding, Nutella Apples

Video: Halloween Campy Cakes - Chocolate Spider Cakes, Ghoulish Ghost Cakes

4 Campy Halloween Drinks for Your Party, Find Out Halloween Trivia



This little kittie is staying indoors come Halloween night... smart move, Oh, Wise One...

From Denny: What is Halloween without something a bit campy and ridiculous? The first post has a recipe and some sophisticated inexpensive decorating ideas. The costume ideas for you and your soon-to-look-ridiculous dog are the funniest. I like the X-Ray Machine costume best.

The second recipe shows you how to easily assemble your own Oreo cookie black Halloween spider cookies which are sure to be a hit with the kids at the door or your friends at your posh Halloween party!

Halloween

Video and Recipe: Halloween Pumpkin Chocolate-Chip Pound Cake, Decorating Ideas, Pumpkin Carving Tips, Amusing Costume Ideas for You and Your Pets

Recipe: Fun Halloween Oreo Spider Cookies



OK, these posts are so scary they are funny! (Lame, I know... I just love it when people over-hype their products. It's so outrageous.)

Funny

Lampooning Perfectionists is the latest Cheeky Quote Day! segment over at The Social Poets to get you laughing and thinking about how to improve your life without making it stressful.

Lampooning Perfectionists - Cheeky Quote Day 28 Oct 2009

I went cruising the web looking for more funny chocolate quotes than I already have stashed on Romancing The Chocolate blog and ran into funny Sandra Boynton's site. She has a new movie short just released a couple of days ago. B. B. King sings alongside his famous sidekick Lucille.

Let's all support her as this is her first movie debut. The little documentary that sidekicks it is interesting as to how many people it really takes, all the hoops they have to jump through, just to make a tiny film - and she made it funny too!

5 Funny Chocolate Quotes, Sandra Boyntons B. B. King Video

In case you missed any of these cute little Halloween funnies over at Dennys Funny Quotes, here's a repeat:

(Featured new today) Video: Creepy Hotels for Halloween Getaways

Repeats:

Funny Halloween Quotes, Halloween Cartoon

Cheeky Quote Day at The Social Poets, Funny Halloween Animation

*** Handmade Unique - lists posts from several blogs around the blogosphere with Halloween posts.

*** Thanks for visiting, everyone, and thanks for your great support! Have a fun and safe Halloween!

*** Editorial political cartoons will be here tomorrow for Sunday's post. Come on, you know that Halloween is so campy and funny that no writer can resist the temptation of writing posts for the silly holiday we enjoy so much. It's just too much fun! You know me; I'm always up for a good grinner! :)

30 October 2009

Angel Diaries: Samuel - Libations Friday! 30 Oct 2009

*** How do you recognize when an angel has truly come into your life? Do you remember your angel sightings or did the moment pass you by?

From Denny: This is a little story poem to be included in a developing book, written from the perspective of the child.





Angel Diaries: Samuel

This new house was different to her and so were the new people.
Everything was different; everything had suddenly changed.
The little girl was now three years old and studying all around her.

When the family first arrived, mysterious people from their old house visited.
Before talking to the parents, one man bent down to reassure the little girl.
He told her she was safe now as the bad woman who tried to harm her had an accident.
He said he and his friends made sure she was dead and wouldn’t harm anyone ever again.

The little girl was relieved, knowing he spoke the truth to her.
The same man repeated the story to the parents and they too were relieved.
The little girl knew powerful people were watching over her.

After the mysterious men left the little girl felt uneasy, sensing other problems to come.
For the first few months, the little girl watched as her parents invited new people into the new house.
She lingered near doorways straining to hear their conversation without entering the room since she was not allowed to participate.

The number of new friends grew and the parties grew louder so she couldn’t sleep.
The next morning, after those parties, her father was grouchy, grumpy and cross from too much drinking.
She had to step on egg shells around his meanness as he didn’t like children.



In the new house, everything seemed to change; the parents were no longer happy.
The father’s new job was difficult and stressful, making him angry all the time.
The mother was nervous and fearful around the father, especially when he yelled a lot.

Then, one Sunday afternoon, when the father was screaming and the mother, the older brother and the little girl were afraid, a very tall man knocked on the door.
His name was Samuel; he lived just across the street in this sleepy small town.
He was so tall he had to stoop low to fit through the house’s doorway as it was a 100 year old house in New England.

Later, the little girl learned he was almost seven feet tall. Samuel was in his 80’s now and had shrunk to six feet 10 inches. He said he was seven feet tall when he was young.
The family and the little girl had met Samuel when they first moved in and when Grand Dad was visiting for the summer. Grand Dad and Samuel became fast friends as they were close in age.

Grand Dad and Samuel were both mellow sociable men, always in a good mood.
Both Grand Dad and Samuel took a special interest in the little girl and took time to teach.
They told her stories about life, stories from their youth, people they knew and the future. They were amazed she listened to them which only caused them to teach her more.

One day when the father was angry and abusive again, the little girl remembered Samuel’s visits.
She prayed and asked God to send Samuel to stop her father from being so angry.
She knew her father was so tall he didn’t fear anyone but she knew he would fear Samuel who was the only person she knew who was taller.



As soon as the little girl finished her prayer, there was a knock at the front door.
The father went to answer the knock and was shocked to see Samuel standing there.
Samuel said, “I hear someone asked for my assistance.”

The father turned red with embarrassment and stammered his hello, not knowing what to say. He sensed someone told Samuel about his bad temper.
When Samuel came into the living room, the mother breathed a visible sigh of relief.
Samuel came over to sit down on the largest couch, sprawling his long legs out in front of him.

The little girl greeted Samuel as she climbed up onto the brown couch to snuggle up to him. Samuel grinned, winked and whispered low, “I hear you requested me; things will be fine now.”
The little girl was so excited Samuel could hear her in the spiritual silence that she beamed!

The father was annoyed and told the little girl to get off the couch. Samuel insisted she remained to complete her visit.
At that the little girl tried to stand next to the sitting Samuel to prop her arm and lean on Samuel’s shoulder like she did with other loving adults who liked kids. He was so tall and long that his shoulder was way above her head.



So, the little girl decided she would do what she used to do when she was two years old: stand on the lap of the adult to get to their neck to hug them. She couldn’t reach Samuel.
Well, Samuel was not the kind of guy who would scoop up a child to pull them up. He expected her to figure it out and smiled at her to try again another way.
The little girl was drawn into the moment and started to crawl up his chest, digging her knees into his slouched reclined body to gain traction. It seemed to her like a mountain to climb.

The little girl kept sliding down his chest and then had to retrace her knee-steps over and over again. Finally, on the third try she made it all the way up his chest and grabbed so wildly on to his neck she practically seized it. Samuel only laughed as the father looked on in horror.
Samuel winked at the little girl as her legs dangled down his chest without support as she clung to his neck. She pulled herself up to his huge long face that was almost as big as her entire body. Then the little girl claimed her prize and smothered him with cheek kisses and neck hugs as gratitude for showing up for a visit. At that success, he gathered her up with one giant hand and held her up against his neck like a small tiny kitten in need of a cuddle. The two were wrapped in this glowing energy.

The father kept complaining about the little girl being a nuisance but the mother pulled him away. The mother sensed there was something more here than just a child on a visit as she saw the glowing light. The father never did understand because he could not see what the others saw. He could not understand because he could not feel what the others felt.



Samuel visited the little girl for a few years more and then moved away. He came often when the little girl prayed he would visit. The father changed a little each time Samuel appeared, more fearful he would be held accountable of his own misbehavior though Samuel never directly challenged him.

Samuel became known as the little girl’s godfather as Grand Dad used to label him. But Grand Dad knew all along who Samuel really was; so did the little girl and her mother. Before Samuel left, he kneeled down to the little girl and told her not to worry about what life would bring, no matter how bad it seemed.



He said that he was sent from Heaven to help her and the family, now his assignment was done. He instructed her that if she first invited them how other people would come into her life to teach and protect her. And the last thing Samuel promised her was this as he smiled down at her, “One day it will be you doing the teaching and the protecting and you are going to be very good at it.”


Denny Lyon
Copyright 30 Oct 2009
All Rights Reserved

*** Thanks for visiting, everyone, have a great weekend!




Photo Credits

Little girl with red roses Photo by Pink Sherbet Photography @ flickr

Little girl with teal tights holding shoes Photo by randyloodle @ flickr

Little girl with fistful of flowers Photo by mollypop @ flickr

Little girl sitting on outdoor bench Photo by somma1977 @ flickr

Shy little girl Photo by tibchris @ flickr

Beautiful dancer Photo by tibchris @ flickr

Angel and Bird Post Dividers by Sandychosen @ Photobucket

Floral Post Dividers by Shabby Blogs

29 October 2009

Video: Sellout Journalist Stossel Helps Sell Anti-Health Reform For Puppetmaster Lobbyists

From Denny: If ever there was an incident to prove President Obama's point that Fox News is not a news station this new development is it. The anti-health care reform lobbyists have hired Stossel to sell their diatribe against quality health care for single mothers, children, people diagnosed with catastrophic illnesses and the list goes on. This guy Stossel is a disgrace both to his profession and humanity.

Fox News actually thinks Stossel has even stroke with the public to be believable. What drugs are they taking? Better yet, why is Stossel drinking the kool-aid? Gee, "do ya think" it's all about the bottom line: money? Oh, yeah. What decent reputation Stossel once had as a journalist just evaporated. If there's one thing in life you never sell out it's your integrity and reputation.

Big Business still doesn't "get it." They can be as greedy as they want but it still doesn't mean the public is actually stupid enough to go along with it. Even the former Bushies are losing their jobs and having their homes foreclosed. If they don't "get it" now what I "get" is those same negative nagger forces don't have the time any more to be so destructive supporting wrong and amorality. They are job hunting and scrabbling for housing just like everyone else now. Take a listen to what Maddow is reporting about the Fox's and Big Businesses' latest crime offensive against the American people:

28 October 2009

Lampooning Perfectionists - Cheeky Quote Day 28 Oct 2009



Perfection Sign Photo by TriXInc @ flickr

From Denny: Have you ever been annoyed by someone blustering about, fretting, worrying, bullying you and everyone else into joining their narrow world of perfectionism? What an unhappy place! Yet there are those who continue to insist upon forcing their rigid unrealistic dream onto the rest of us, a dream that continues to elude them. (Oh, Thank You, there is a God...)

I'm all for striving for the best in excellence but honey, there is a time when you just have to let go and let it fly out of the nest to get crushed by the criticism of the world. In time, whatever creative thing you sent out into the world often gets validated, just later. Forget about immediate gratification that the perfectionist seeks.

Can you tell I grew up about perfectionists? My reply to them? They make drugs for people like you; please use them. If you can't afford the drugs then come to my blog and start reading, religiously, the Cheeky Quote Day segments. I may even start the Cheeky Quote Day Health Care Plan. Feel free to pay in reasonably priced installments.

You need to lighten up and have some fun, especially poking fun at yourself. After all, imperfection begins at home, right? So does charity. Try being kinder to yourself and everyone else around you. The world will be a better place when people make the conscious decision to slow down, quit worrying so much, get outside their own heads and be more sociable.

Apparently, perfectionism has plagued society for generations. For hundreds of years writers have opined about the dilemma, trying to define it, dismiss it or reshape it. And, here I am, the next generation, here to repackage and market it because good classics just never go out of style, not when it comes to lampooning our own humanity. :) Most of these quotes are obvious laugh out loud while others really make you think, sometimes, in reverse, like how a crawfish moves, a skittering thought skimming your mind in unexpected ways.



Arc of Triumph in Paris Photo by Zigar @ flickr

Perfection Quotes

* Congratulations! You're not perfect! It's ridiculous to want to be perfect anyway. But then, everybody's ridiculous sometimes, except perfect people. You know what perfect is? Perfect is not eating or drinking or talking or moving a muscle or making even the teensiest mistake.

Perfect is never doing anything wrong - which means never doing anything at all. Perfect is boring! So you're not perfect! Wonderful! Have fun! Eat things that give you bad breath!

Trip over your own shoelaces! Laugh! Let somebody else laugh at you! Perfect people never do any of those things. All they do is sit around and sip weak tea and think about how perfect they are. But they're really not one-hundred-percent perfect anyway. You should see them when they get the hiccups! Phooey! Who needs 'em?

You can drink pickle juice and imitate gorillas and do silly dances and sing stupid songs and wear funny hats and be as imperfect as you please and still be a good person. Good people are hard to find nowadays. And they're a lot more fun than perfect people any day of the week. - Stephen Manes, Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days!



The closest to perfection a person ever comes is when he fills out a job application form. - Stanley J. Randall

This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfection. - Augustine

No one is perfect... that's why pencils have erasers. - Anonymous

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything,
That's how the light gets in.
- Leonard Cohen

To escape criticism - do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. - Elbert Hubbard

Only in grammar can you be more than perfect. - William Safire

Sometimes... when you hold out for everything, you walk away with nothing. - From the television show Ally McBeal



Photo by MigRodz @ flickr - I love Muscogy ducks. They are intelligent birds, sweet-natured, loving and friendly. Most people think them ugly; I adore them!

Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best. - Henry van Dyke

Gold cannot be pure, and people cannot be perfect. - Chinese Proverb

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without. - Confucius, Analects

When you aim for perfection, you discover it's a moving target. - George Fisher

Once you accept the fact that you're not perfect, then you develop some confidence. - Rosalynn Carter

There are no perfect men in this world, only perfect intentions. - Pen Densham, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves



Mother Teresa Photo by TheAlieness GiselaGiardino23 @ flickr - Known for suffering from terrible depression and many imperfections she allievated the suffering in many people's lives and lifted their souls out of despair.

The imperfections of a man, his frailties, his faults, are just as important as his virtues. You can't separate them. They're wedded. - Henry Miller

The human story does not always unfold like a mathematical calculation on the principle that two and two make four. Sometimes in life they make five or minus three; and sometimes the blackboard topples down in the middle of the sum and leaves the class in disorder and the pedagogue with a black eye. - Winston Churchill

Always live up to your standards - by lowering them, if necessary. - Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

He who hath not a dram of folly in his mixture hath pounds of much worse matter in his composition. - Charles Lamb

Even the best needles are not sharp at both ends. - Chinese Proverb

The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light. - Matthew Arnold

I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center. - Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Player Piano

Unless I accept my faults I will most certainly doubt my virtues. - Hugh Prather

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Striving to better, oft we mar what's well. - William Shakespeare, King Lear, 1605 (Today in Southern Speak: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.)

Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it. - Salvador Dali

All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. - William Faulkner

A good garden may have some weeds. - Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732



Orchid Photo by InkHong @ flickr

I cling to my imperfection, as the very essence of my being. - Anatole France (Jacques Anatole François Thibault), The Garden of Epicurus, 1894

He that will have a perfect brother must resign himself to remain brotherless. - Italian Proverb

You see, when weaving a blanket, an Indian woman leaves a flaw in the weaving of that blanket to let the soul out. - Martha Graham

Living up to ideals is like doing everyday work with your Sunday clothes on. - Ed Howe

Try as hard as we may for perfection, the net result of our labors is an amazing variety of imperfectness. We are surprised at our own versatility in being able to fail in so many different ways. - Samuel McChord Crothers

The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself. - Anna Quindlen

A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals a secret of hidden treasure. - Buddha

Truth is so great a perfection, that if God would render himself visible to men, he would choose light for his body and truth for his soul. - Pythagoras

Perfection is what American women expect to find in their husbands... but English women only hope to find in their butlers. - W. Somerset Maugham



Rainy Day in Paris Photo by Zigar @ flickr

Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make you a far happier and more productive person. – Dr. David M. Burns

They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they'd make up their minds. - Winston Churchill

I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God's business. - Michael J. Fox

The true perfection of man lies not in what man has, but in what man is. - Oscar Wilde

The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection. - Michelangelo

All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible. - William Faulkner

Fix your eyes on perfection and you make almost everything speed towards it. - William Ellery Channing

When nobody around you seems to measure up, it's time to check your yardstick. - Bill Lemley

The most difficult part of attaining perfection is finding something to do for an encore. – Anonymous

Does "anal-retentive" have a hyphen? - Alison Bechdel

When you aim for perfection, you discover it's a moving target. - Geoffrey F. Fisher

Everything is perfect in the universe - even your desire to improve it. - Wayne Dyer

The only nice thing about being imperfect is the joy it brings to others. - Doug Larson



Blue Morning Reflections Photo by papalars @ flickr

And the end result of success - from too much perfectionism - is irony:

Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success. - Dale Carnegie (OMG, he knows me! Who told him?)

The penalty of success is to be bored by people who used to snub you. - Nancy Astor, Viscountess, U.S.- born British politician

This is the last time that I will take part as an amateur. - Daniel Francois Esprit Auber, French composer

To be loved is to be fortunate, but to be hated is to achieve distinction. - Minna Antrim, U.S. writer

Work is a dull way to get rich.
- Neal Ascherson, British journalist and author

There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. - Douglas Adams, British writer

It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them. - Alfred Adler, Austrian psychiatrist

Nothing is more dangerous than an idea, when you have only one idea. - Alain, French philosopher (Propos sur la religion)




*** Thanks for visiting, everyone, have a great work week! (I'm sending you out of the nest all laughed up...)

*** For more funnies: 5 Funny Chocolate Quotes, Sandra Boyntons B. B. King Video

Photo Credits

Perfection Sign Photo by TriXInc @ flickr

Arc of Triumph in Paris Photo by Zigar @ flickr

Muscogy Duck Photo by MigRodz @ flickr

Mother Teresa Photo by TheAlieness GiselaGiardino23 @ flickr

Orchid Photo by InkHong @ flickr

Rainy Day in Paris Photo by Zigar @ flickr

Blue Morning Reflections Photo by papalars @ flickr

27 October 2009

Video: Making a Difference - Bicycles Helping People Get to Work in Tough Economy

From Denny: This is a really cool guy, a bicycle shop owner in South Dakota, took the idea from the national Cash for Clunkers and employed it for a local charity. He found a way to help finance a Bikes for Work program to help people who have no transportation be able to get to work.

With 20 million homes in foreclosure across America and millions out of work, there are still those who may have finally found work but at a much reduced income, many times up to 70% less. While people are adjusting to a chaotic economy and uncertain job environment there are still quality people out there like this man trying to do his part for his fellow man. This is such a heart-warming story!

26 October 2009

Roundup of Sunday Funnies 26 Oct 2009 - Balloon Troubles, Obama Takes on Fox, Why Fox News Isnt Really News



From Denny: The latest from the late night comedy show guys...

The Jay Leno Show

Jay Leno:
President Obama today agreed to commit an additional 40,000 troops to help fight Fox News.

From Denny: This gives new meaning to the phrase "civil war." This video is really good as Maddow gives a clear cut definition of real news, even with personal comment, and what is political propaganda. Amazing how many people in America really do not understand the difference or are aware of just how much they are being manipulated into weak mind mush through the triggering of emotions to the level of jacked up, hiked up outrageous levels.



And direct from the whackos weirdo mouths, this is quite a collection of quick clips with the same diatribe:



The Colbert Report

Stephen Colbert:
The congressional newspaper The Hill reports that to help pass legislation special interest groups are praying about issues like health care legislation. Which is fitting, since prayer is many Americans' current health care plan.

The Jay Leno Show

Jay Leno:
[President Obama] is such an inspiring speaker. He gets people to do things.

Obama: It is an honor just being here with all of you today. [Jay knocks over can of soda, and it spills on floor] Why don't you grab a mop? Why don't you help clean up? [Shows Jay mopping] That's a Socialist mop. [Jay backs away from mop.]



Jimmy Kimmel Live

Jimmy Kimmel:
Richard Heene, the father, his helium tanks were repossessed.

Announcer: Looking frazzled, Heene surfaced from his home while two men reclaimed helium tanks from the family's truck. [Two workers speak in high-pitched helium voices.] Everything went fine when we went to pick up the helium tanks, I mean, they didn't give us no kind of trouble at all.

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Jimmy Kimmel:
Harry Reid sent up a trial balloon for a proposal that would allow the government to offer health care alongside private insurers. There turned out to be a kid in that trial balloon.

*** For more fun today, visit Dennys Funny Quotes - Video: Wealthcare for Billionaires Farce Musical Interrupts Insurance Industry Conference


*** Thanks for visiting, everyone, and have a great work week!

25 October 2009

22 Interesting Varied Blog Posts, 23 Oct 2009



Photo from Stripes Photography group on StumbleUpon - wonderful photo - if anyone knows the photographer, please pass it along so they can receive attribution...

From Denny: In case you missed a goodie, here are some of the best from all the blogs this past week, enjoy! Thanks for all your support, everyone, and have a great weekend too! XXOO, Denny

Video: Americas Republicans Losing Support Even in Bad Economy

Video: Restaurant Foods Compost Great Wines

Busy Day at The Social Poets, Posts on Dan Browns Book The Lost Symbol and Obama

Video: 2,700 Year Old Mystery Mummy Surfaces at Miami Museum

Video: Meet the Human Calculator

Video: Noetic Science Examines Consciousness

Video: Pregnant Mother Dies of Swine Flu Misdiagnosis

Cool Video: Prez Obama Honored for Nobel in Sand Sculpture

10 Funny Quotes, Late Night Show Funnies, Spiritual Thought of the Day, Why Obama Deserves Nobel Peace Prize

4 Funny Posts and 4 Yummy Recipes

Chocolate, Pecan and Coconut Cookies

Recipe: Velvet Chocolate Cheesecake

Recipe: Fun Halloween Oreo Spider Cookies

2 Easy Basic Brownie Recipes

2 Easy Cake Recipes: Louisiana Praline Toffee Bundt Cake, Southern Livings Popular Praline Cake

Recipes: Make Your Own Cajun Blackened Seasoning for Fish or Chicken!

3 Recipes: 3-Step Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs, Sweet Tangy Slaw, Sweet Potato Roasted Garlic Turnovers

Do You Remember Your Dreams and Know Why It Is Important?

Haiku Style Imagination Quote and Photo

How Do You Know Your Creativity is Art?

How is the Dream Helpful on Our Life Journey?

Why is Joy Important to Cultivate in Your Life?

2 Great and Easy Pecan Bundt Cake Recipes



Photo by Arthur D. Lauck

2 Easy Cake Recipes: Louisiana Praline Toffee Bundt Cake, Southern Livings Popular Praline Cake

From Denny: Was looking through my years old newspaper food sections files, before throwing them out, decided to digitize some of the better recipes. This one is an awesome one for using fresh pecans that are in season right now. It came from a regional church cookbook, those cookbook equivalents of little "hole in the wall" great cooking restaurants that are difficult to find.

Also, provided is an online resource for purchasing Louisiana pecans. This farmer is friendly and a real delight every weekend when he comes in to the downtown Baton Rouge Farmers' Market to sell his products. Reasonably priced too. Take a look!

24 October 2009

Editorial Cartoons This Week 24 Oct 2009



From Denny: Today, one year ago, I began The Social Poets blog, and what a year it has been! What started off as a humble effort to park some art photos, wonderful inspiring and thoughtful quotes, and personal spiritual poetry with a little news, politics and humor mushroomed into a blogging monster of 12 blogs now, some with companion pages to total 18. :)

Initially, I did start writing so much as a way to finish waking up and retraining my brain after an elderly man on meds passed out briefly and rammed into my sitting car at 50 mph. While I saw him coming, I was boxed in and could only prepare for impact. Took a full nine months for my brain to wake up and things were still shaky for a while thereafter while the brain was healing itself. It's been an almost 3 year odyssey of recovery and am totally healed now, even of the nerve pain.



I also started this blog, wondering if my brain would ever shut down like that again without warning, and then all that I had learned would never be known or shared, much of it spiritual. A lot of spirituality is coded into the poetry to give people's spirits something to linger and chew on long after the mind has read it and moved on.

Anyway, thank you, everyone, and subscribers, for visiting so often and offering your support! You have no idea how much your support is so much appreciated, thanks again! OK, enough of the mushy stuff and on to the funny lampooning of the week...

From Denny: OK, everyone, keep your eyes peeled for the latest craziness and greed going on in American culture!



Liars News as a lousy excuse for respectable journalism



Health Care and Swine Flu: Call me suspicious but the longer this swine flu epidemic goes on, the more I'm wondering what it is the drug companies, the doctors and the government are not telling us. There is just something hinky about this whole business.

On the flip side, if it is true this is not really a flu but rather some deadly disease that escaped from some alphabet soup named government agency or vendor, then it would be wise for everyone they suggest to get vaccinated to do so. Obviously, they know something and are not telling in order to avoid panic.

Something this contagious, you might as well do one of two things with your children: get them vaccinated or start home schooling and keep them away from crowds until this outbreak finishes in a year or so.









The Bush Depression created the jobs chaos and jobless "recovery." You really wonder what drugs these economists are taking:









Afghanistan and rigged elections:







The usual lineup of greedy suspects making merry while the economy teeters on the edge:











*** Keep laughing, everyone, and thanks for visiting! Have a great weekend!

*** For more laughs, google my Cheeky Quote Day segments on this blog and check out more funny quotes over at another blog where I park what I enjoy, Dennys Funny Quotes.

23 October 2009

Happy Birthday to The Social Poets Blog, Angels Bridge Poem for Libations Friday 23 Oct 2009



*** If you like stories about real life angel experiences, then this is a must read!

From Denny: Tomorrow on the 24th, The Social Poets blog is officially one year old! Nothing like toddler status in the blogosphere. :) This was my first blog before spinning off all the others with various themes. I decided to keep adding more and more humorous quotes when the economy got chaotic, knowing people need to laugh and laugh often. This birthday cake animation was so much fun I just had to use it too - it's a free download.

It's funny when I sat down to write this poem yesterday I had three poems in my head at one time. It seems this one won out for first debut! It's been bouncing around in my head since I read another angel poem from a friend, Mystic Dave (link to his blog is under area of Link Love). People seem to enjoy poems and short stories that involve angels. So, here's one of what I call a story poem to celebrate my first year anniversary of writing The Social Poets and dedicated to my angelic friends who inspire and protect me daily!




Angels Bridge

An old stranger walked up to me in the grocery store and started talking.

Strange people come up and talk to me all the time like they have known me for years.

OK, it happens a lot lately, don’t know why, but Life intersects and I go with the flow.

He seemed to have so much to say and so I gave him a long listen.

Mostly, he asked deep and thoughtful questions in a running monologue.

At first, I have to admit, I thought he might be experiencing dementia.

Who comes up to you and starts off with such observant questions?





He complained aloud, Why is it people support and chase after the powerful?

I wondered silently about the gossip media and others who profit from people watching.

Do they vote for them because they believe they will gain a lavish lifestyle too?

He had my attention and my thoughts turned to the follower mentality in politics.

Do they align themselves with the rich and powerful, hoping that suddenly elevates them?

My mind went to wannabes of all kinds and stripes in society: fawning social climbers.

The animated old man began to answer his own questions as I remained silent.

The powerful will always step on the vulnerable to gain even more power.

He continued, The powerful will always use the weak, promising the share of power, only to deny it in the end when most desired.

By then, I was drawn in and wondering where he was going with all this.

His questions stabbed the air with force. Why chase after a mirage?

Why give your power away in the mistaken belief it will make you more powerful?

Why is it so few respect the Truth? Why is it so many turn away from the Truth?

I had pondered those very same questions myself. Had he read my mind?

The old man peered deeper into my eyes, wanting me to remember his words.

He chuckled as he pulled back a bit from his intensity, knowing I was not sure of him.

Sure, he remarked casually, the Truth stings our silly egos at times but at a small price.

Why not honor and chase after the Truth with the same fervor as chasing after riches?

Then his face grew serious, his voice quiet to deliver his most important teaching.





Truth leads to Wisdom. Wisdom teaches how to wield power and wealth to benefit All.

The path to Life’s balance, he insisted, is this: Honor, Truth and Wisdom.

He stepped away silently while the atmosphere around me was thick with awareness.





I turned around as I awoke to the present but he was no longer there in the food store.

Then I wondered almost aloud if I had just had a waking vision of an angel.

No, loudly whispered on the wind with a chuckle, I was really there!



Denny Lyon
Copyright 23 October 2009
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Photo Credits

Talk Talk photo by PinkMoose @ flickr

Dancing feet photo by lepiaf.geo @ flickr

Hands embrace photo by Pink Sherbet Photography @ flickr

Woman, water and bridge photo by 7 July @ flickr
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