30 September 2009

Cheeky Quote Day! 30 September 2009

From Denny: Chefs around the globe have done a lot to educate the palates of the public these past twenty years or so. Haute cuisine caught on like wildfire for a tasty trend since the go-go 1980's in America. This year a movie was released (which I have yet to see) about America's first person to humanize upscale cuisine, Julia Child. She didn't believe in the cultural snobbery surrounding the subject of food. Nor did Julia care for the attitude of intimidating people to cook it for themselves.

Julia Child was no kitchen terrorist. One of those few decent personalities to come out of the old WW II era CIA, she promoted good food for decades. CIA personnel are known for adopting the food culture of their overseas assignments, often quite the culinary adventurers.

When you have the stress of getting shot at everyday out in the world without the benefit of any security detail - even on the job as a secretary or IT support as most are just analysts not full-fledged James Bond type spies/assassins, a person and their soft target families have to take their mind off it - cooking well is one convenient stress reliever. It often can help build good relationships with the locals which in turn eases the tensions of having an American in their community.

Julia taught us about food with grace, humor and educated herself as she educated us on television. Standing at 6' 3" she could have easily been intimidating yet chose to be jovial, ever the patient teacher well into her 90's.


* In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport. - Julia Child

* The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook. - Julia Child

* Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all. - Harriet Van Horne

* The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found. - Calvin Trillin

* When men reach their sixties and retire, they go to pieces. Women go right on cooking. - Gail Sheehy

* I don't even butter my bread. I consider that cooking. - Katherine Cebrian

* There is such a buildup of crud in my oven there is only room to bake a single cupcake. - Phyllis Diller

* The two biggest sellers in any bookstore are the cookbooks and the diet books. The cookbooks tell you how to prepare the food, and the diet books tell you how not to eat any of it. - Andy Rooney

* It's so beautifully arranged on the plate - you know someone's fingers have been all over it. - Julia Child on nouvelle cuisine

* When compelled to cook, I produce a meal that would make a sword swallower gag. - Russell Baker

* Life is too short to stuff a mushroom. - Storm Jameson

*** Whoo Hoo! Kitchen fire on purpose so it tastes good! ***

* I prefer my oysters fried; That way I know my oysters died. - Roy G. Blount, Jr.

* God sends meat and the devil sends cooks. - Thomas Deloney (1543-1600)

* There is no sincerer love than the love of food. - George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

* The most dangerous food is wedding cake. - American proverb

* Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese. - G. K. Chesterson (1874-1936)

* Recipe For Chili: Put a pot of chili on the stove to simmer. Let it simmer. Meanwhile, broil a good steak. Eat the steak. Let the chili simmer. Ignore it. - Allan Shivers, former governor of Texas

* I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead - not sick, not wounded - dead. - Woody Allen

* Blow in its ear. - Johnny Carson on the best way to thaw out a frozen turkey

* Eating an artichoke is like getting to know someone really well. - Willi Hastings

* Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and fat. - Alex Levine

* In Mexico we have a word for sushi: bait. - Jose Simon

* Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. - Mark Twain (1835-1910)

*** Cooking in Stockholm ***

* The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you're hungry again. -George Miller

* My idea of heaven is a great big baked potato and someone to share it with. - Oprah Winfrey

* Where there's smoke, there's toast. - Anonymous

* My wife and I tried to breakfast together, but we had to stop or our marriage would have been wrecked. - Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

* Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Somebody forgot the corkscrew and for several days we had to live on nothing but food and water. -W. C. Fields (1880-1946)

* The highlight of my childhood was making my brother laugh so hard that food came out of his nose. - Garrison Keillor

* I don't eat snails. I prefer fast food. - Strange de Jim

* Hunger is the best sauce in the world. - Cervantes

* Strange to see how a good dinner and feasting reconciles everybody. - Samuel Pepys

*** ... and then I decided to cook... ***

* Kissing don't last: cookery do. - George Meredith

* Fish, to taste right, must swim three times -- in water, in butter and in wine. - Polish Proverb

* Hunger finds no fault with the cooking. - Proverb

* A good meal makes a man feel more charitable toward the world than any sermon. - Arthur Pendenys

* Fervet olla, vivit amicitia: While the pot boils, friendship endures. (Meaning the man who gives good dinners has plenty of friends). - Latin Proverb

* The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of mankind than the discovery of a star. - Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

* A hungry stomach seldoms scorns plain food. - Horace

* Even were a cook to cook a fly, he would keep the breast for himself. - Polish Proverb

* What is food to one man may be fierce poison to others. - Lucretius

* He was a bold man who first swallowed an oyster. - James I
Cheese--milk's leap towards immortality. - Clifton Fadiman

*** Chewy Korean noodles, wish they gave us the recipe... ***

* All you see, I owe to spaghetti. - Sophia Loren, actress

* Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know. - John Keats

* There is no such thing as a little garlic. - Anonymous

* There is no such thing as a pretty good omelette. - French Proverb

* A smiling face is half the meal. - Latvian Proverb

* Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all. - Harriet Van Horne

* When one has tasted watermelon he knows what the angels eat. - Mark Twain

* Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving. - Rosalind Russell

* Cooking Rule... If at first you don't succeed, order pizza. - Anonymous

* Dessert is probably the most important stage of the meal, since it will be the last thing your guests remember before they pass out all over the table. - The Anarchist Cookbook

* Hungry men think the cook lazy. - Anonymous

* Without rice, even the cleverest housewife cannot cook. - Chinese Proverb

* You don't sew with a fork, so I see no reason to eat with knitting needles. - Miss Piggy, on eating Chinese Food

* No man is lonely while eating spaghetti; it requires so much attention. – Robert Morley

* Mothers, food, love, and career: the four major guilt groups. - Cathy Guisewite

* The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not. - Mark Twain

* Vanity is the food of fools. - Anonymous

* Give a man a fish and he has food for a day; teach him how to fish and you can get rid of him of the entire weekend. - Zenna Schaffer

*** Deep concentration in Stockholm ***

* I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead. Not sick--not wounded--dead. - Woody Allen

* My wife dresses to kill. She cooks the same way. - Henry Youngman

* What's the difference between a boyfriend and a husband? About 30 pounds. - Cindy Garner

* There are three possible parts to a date, of which at least two must be offered: entertainment, food, and affection. It is customary to begin a series of dates with a great deal of entertainment, a moderate amount of food, and the merest suggestion of affection. As the amount of affection increases, the entertainment can be reduced proportionately. When the affection IS the entertainment, we no longer call it dating. Under no circumstances can the food be omitted. - Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly

* When women are depressed, they eat or go shopping. Man invade another country. It's a whole different way of thinking. - Elayne Boolser

* Food is an important part of a balanced diet. - Anonymous

* What garlic is to food, insanity is to art. - Anonymous

* A food is not necessarily essential just because your child hates it. - Katharine Whitehorn

* Eat drink and be merry, for tomorrow they may make it illegal. - Anonymous

* I went to the bank and asked to borrow a cup of money. They said, “What for?” I said, “I'm going to buy some sugar.” - Steven Wright

* Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them. - Samuel Butler

* Never eat more than you can lift. - Miss Piggy of The Muppets fame

* One cannot refuse to eat just because there is a chance of being choked. - Chinese Proverb

* Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it. - Lao Tzu

*** Long day at the hotel for this lampshade chef... ***

* If a pot is cooking, the friendship will stay warm. - Arab Proverb

* What my mother believed about cooking is that if you worked hard and prospered, someone else would do it for you. - Nora Ephron, screenwriter and director

* I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate. - Julia Child

* Hey baby, do you like fine cooking? Cause you know what? I got Swanson's Dinner in the freezer with your name on it. - Jimmy Fallon quotes (American Actor, b.1974)

* The average American’s simplest and commonest form of breakfast consists of coffee and beefsteak. - Mark Twain

* Noncooks think it's silly to invest two hours' work in two minutes' enjoyment; but if cooking is evanescent, so is the ballet. - Julia Child

* My cooking is so bad my kids thought Thanksgiving was to commemorate Pearl Harbor. - Phyllis Diller (American comedienne and actress, born 1917)

* Only a fool argues with a skunk, a mule or a cook. – American cowboy saying

* He looked about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food. - Raymond Chandler

Have a great work week and keep grinning!


Photo Credits

Long day at the hotel for this chef…
Lampshade chef photo by Tracy Hunter @ flickr

Flaming food photo by liber @ flickr

Chicken, mozzarella cheese and balsamic vinegar photo by basykes @ flickr

Korean noodles Photo by avlxyz @ flickr

Intense concentration Photo by K.I.T. @ flickr

Cooking for two Photo by K.I.T. @ flickr

Chef Xinh with Julia Child at book signing photo by kuow949 @ flickr

Video: Know a Good Spa? This Elephant Sure Does!

From Denny: This elephant knows a good deal when she sees one! Check out her favorite spa.

29 September 2009

Video: Children Who Are Spanked Have Lower IQs

From Denny: This is an interesting study to back up other studies about the brain and development. From other posts I've done on the brain and children - and what is not mentioned here - is that when experiencing stress the brain is bathed in stress chemicals. Those stress chemicals inhibit the brain from learning. Abused children experience long term stress, long term batheing the brain in stress chemicals and so do not easily experience success in the world as adults.

3 Videos: Free Health Clinics Serving Middle Class America Now, Republicans Party of No Answers

From Denny: This is a disturbing report. As foolish Republican strategists, conservative media and everyday citizen political hacks continue to fight the President on health care reform because their incomes are paid for by the insurance industry, middle class people with jobs have to resort to free health clinics for basic needs.

Free clinics were once the last resort of the poorest of the poor in America. Today, people call their local fire department and 911 calls for free help as much as overwhelming the emergency rooms of hospitals. Now the new trend is free clinics. Has America become a third world nation? We are a nation in distress and Big Business and the Repubican Party doesn't give a damn.

Americans are dropping their health insurance premiums in droves. No one can afford the $15,000 a year premiums just to own basic coverage. That doesn't even address catastrophic coverage if they were to experience a cancer diagnosis.

Nor does the health insurance industry any longer guarantee, even if rated up to higher premiums, that a person can get coverage because of pre-existing conditions, some as easy to treat as Type 2 Diabetes.

Doctors and nurses are already overworked across America from a stressed out medical system. Yet, here they are, a number of hardy loving souls, volunteering their "free" time to help offer health care to folks who can no longer afford health care premiums. Those $100,000 a year jobs are now only paying $30,000. With a 70% cut in pay across America (because of Big Business still continuing to outsource our jobs as no one has stopped the so-called "work visa" program), no one can any longer afford what they used to pay, yet the insurance industry keeps rocking along gouging the American consumer.

28 September 2009

Roundup of Sunday Funnies - United Nations, Cartoons

From Denny: Awww, come on, we all knew the comics and cartoonists just couldn't leave it alone when it came to United Nations humor! And we are so glad they couldn't keep their hands off or their mouths shut... :)

The Daily Show

Jon Stewart:
All the world's bigwigs converged on Gotham (New York City) by jumbo jet, helicopter, motorcade and, of course, jumbo chopper-cade. All to make it to their important meeting about climate change.

The Jay Leno Show

Jay Leno:
Moammar Gadhafi-duck, this moron, was at the U.N. today. He talked forever. He talked on Israel and the swine flu and the JFK assassination. Where was Kanye West to grab the microphone away?

Late Show

David Letterman:
Look at how tight security is down at the harbor. See there, they got a ... [Screen shows Statue of Liberty wearing Secret Service-style sunglasses]

The Tonight Show

Conan O'Brien:
As usual, he was all over the place. Take a look at this. [Video of Gadhafi speaking, with translation captioned as, "We need to work toward peace by understanding each other. For example, this Chinese restaurant menu says free eggroll with order, but when my food arrived ... there was no eggroll."]

From Denny:  You know a Democrat is in the White House when it seeps into the cartoon culture.  Love it, Ziggy!

And since we are talking about political "fat cats" this is fun:

And, to remember, darn, we are starting yet another work week:

To catch up over at Dennys Global Politics (I was busy this weekend putting up collections of news clips on various stories):

7 Videos: Former President Bill Clinton on Meet The Press

5 Videos: G20 Conference Highlights, World Sanctions Against Iran, Obamas Vision, Diplomatic Security Story, How Irans People Will Fare Under New Sanctions 

3 Videos: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Interviewed About Iran Nukes

Video: Giving Abused Afghan Women Hope

2 Videos: Terrorist Zazi Close to Finishing That Bomb

Video: Irans Speech Rejected by United Nations Delegates, No Thanks!

Video: Iran Protestors Outside United Nations

27 September 2009

Music Video: Thats What Love is About, Band from Utah

From Denny: Friend Mystic Dave - all the way across the country out in Utah - filmed a favorite band singing a really mellow song to end your day on a good note - That's What Love is About. For more of his music and video choices, go here.

Video: Tiger a Scaredy Cat!

From Denny: OK, it was fun to climb up here, so how do I get down? Suggestions, anyone? says this young tiger at a British zoo.

Awww Video: Go, Baby, Go! Baby Dancing with Beyonce

From Denny: This baby is too cute! He's just dancing away in sync with Beyonce. As a musician you know your music is good when little kids love it. It's the best compliment! He keeps trying to perform the dance moves but his muscles aren't quite developed yet to do what he wants. At the rate this kid is teaching himself he will probably be an excellent dancer by the time he is only five years old. This video will get you grinning! He reminds us to keep the joy in our lives.

26 September 2009

This Weeks Editorial Cartoons 26 September 2009

From Denny: Well, this has been an eventful week! Looks like I will have to carry over the cartoon posting for tomorrow too as there are so many! Right now cartoonists are still taking stabs at the racists in this country, health care reform, Big Business and Big Banks, the Afghanistan War and the lack of civil discourse when it comes to solving America's problems.

The public needs the President to keep arm twisting any health care reform opposition. Just this week on Twitter there is a guy who claims to be a Marine and put up a story about how he doesn't want state run health care, advising everyone to reject it. So, I tweeted him with "...uh, your health care is provided by the state - why not for the rest of us?" Hmmmm... no reply. Gee, I wonder why. One suspicion is that it's a health care lobbyist or Republican war room account: "Do ya think?"

Enjoy these talented thought-provoking cartoonists:

In this last cartoon the President is depicted in his never-ending Decency Offensive that mean-spirited people find abusive. Talk about screwed up priorities. I thought I'd never see the day when kindness and decency would be so vociferously rejected as an evil. It really does make a person wonder just how much dementia is happening in America as none of this excessive bad attitude over trivial things makes any other sense than to call it mental illness or shriveling brains due to aging...

25 September 2009

Libations Friday! 25 September 2009

From Denny: Lately, the news coverage has been about so much misfortune for humanity worldwide. Mother Nature - and we - are out of balance. So goes humanity, so goes the natural world...

There are raging floods, raging fires, loss of jobs and fortunes, divorces, so much negativity. These are the times and the cycle of life tests. Some folks have never been tested so harshly and are worrying how long they can figuratively tread water. That's when it's a good idea to get back to basics and do a refocus upon inner spirituality no matter what the religion of choice.

When blogging about the 50 inches of rain that fell on Atlanta, a place I had lived for many years, I was reminded of shock, sorrow and sadness visited upon so many. When you first get tested like this it is difficult to adjust. Adapt you must as that is the only way to balance, through the gauntlet of change.

While thinking about all the excessive rain and flooding, I was also reminded of the Native American thoughts about rain. They divide rain into Mother Rains and Father Rains. The Mother Rains are soft and nurturing, helping growth and beginning a life anew. The Father Rains are destructive, destroying all that was built because it was shown to be upon a false foundation or it was time to tear it down to build something better.

We all love the nurturing easy soft rains but are in fear of the harsh loud severe storms. The Native Americans lived in Nature, observed Nature and learned from Nature. Today we are too removed from Nature and have forgotten so many of our ancestors' wisdom about balance and harmony. This poem is to bring back our ancient memories we all own so we can live fuller happier lives.


Rain Blessings

Life encircles, waits and teaches
Gently offering Mother Rain
Nurturing, healing and growing

Life surrounds, exploits and disciplines
Harshly demanding Father Rain
Judging, crashing and destroying

The Rain of Sorrows weighs heavy
Loading our hearts’ pockets like stones
May the Sun of Love slip safely into your heart

Drying up brimming waters of gloomy sorrows
Transforming sorrow stones to nothing dust
Blown away easily in one quick strong breath

The Rain of Troubles appear unexpectedly
Cramming our minds with screaming worry rats
May the Sun of Wisdom sit down on your doorstep

Lighting your inner lantern onto a new inspiring path
Dissolving lack of harmony with one powerful thought

The Rain of Worries and Fears hover overhead stagnant
Soaking our valley of desires like a rushing flash flood

May the Sun of Understanding speak words of calm
Welcoming the rational return of wordless balance
Banishing like a wizard what lingers as unimportant

When the Rains come welcome them all in your Life
Mother Rain as nurturing, Father Rain as destroying
Purpose, understanding, growth through trial they bring

From the Rain of Sorrows we leave behind the past
From the Rain of Troubles we leave behind resentment
From the Rain of Worries and Fears we leave behind mistrust

Heal your disappointments and come back into harmony

Nurture your happiness and create your inner peace

Grow your courage to reach out beyond yourself to Love

Denny Lyon
Copyright 24 September 2009
All Rights Reserved


Photo Credits

Sunset photo by anirbanbiswas_c8 @ flickr

Lightning Photo by phatman @ flickr

Red rain photo by tourist_on_earth @ flickr

Storm clouds Photo by muha… @ flickr

Hand in water Photo by h.koppdelaney @ flickr

Into the sun path photo by James Jordan @ flickr

Clouds photo by luc.viatour @ flickr

Go with the flow Photo by muha… @ flickr

New day Photo by h.koppdelaney @ flickr

Reflection Photo by muha… @ flickr

Heart bridge Photo by h.koppdelaney @ flickr

Inner peace photo by Jeff Kubina @ flickr

Peacemaker Photo by muha... @ flickr

24 September 2009

Video: Happy 60th Birthday to Bruce Springstein, The Boss!

From Denny: Yesterday was his birthday and it sure looks like this old rocker will keep rockin' on! He shows no signs of slowing down. He performed for three hours straight just this week. Many more returns to The Boss! :)

Video: 95 Year Old Barmaid Stilling Pulling Pints

From Denny: Dolly Saville must be like a living history book for the locals in Britain. What a delight she is!

23 September 2009

Cheeky Quote Day! 23 September 2009

Photo from instantshift.com - tax dollars at work - or Denny mining Twitter for funny quotes...

From Denny: Since I’m a lemons to lemonade kind of person I thought it was only fitting to put up cheeky quotes I’ve found on Twitter. After all, what got me into this mess of starting over again on Twitter with a new account (DennyLyon7) was putting a badge of support onto my Twitter avatar. It looks like slices of lemon and is meant to support kids with cancer.

Well, it messed up my account (warriorlight) to the point I couldn’t login to tweet, yet could get in to harvest my followers. Go figure. Twitter really ought to tell you these things instead of leaving you out in the cold.

Anyway, jumped through hoops for three months just trying to get Twitter Support’s attention to no avail, so started up a new account. There went the Twitter ranking from 11,000 down down down… Well, at least out of 4.5 million I got to start out at 478,000. After some hard work to reestablish myself I’m at least up to 150,000 in less than a week. Still, a far cry from where I was.

What’s interesting is how much manual work you have to do click by tedious click. What’s more interesting is what you glean from the experience, learning about Twitter in general and the global attitude on the web. I spent a lot of time blocking sex trade folks, SEO and marketing scammers, real estate agents, ghost accounts with photos to look like somebody's home and with thousands of followers but no message stream, robot accounts without followers or photos or message streams, self-absorbed arrogant writers, phony Christians trying to make a buck at our expense and medical scammers.

Note to newbies on Twitter: Don't waste your time following any of the above listed categories because the scam is they drop you within 7 days to one month, leaving you as one of their followers but you lose followers. Then you have to go through the tedious task of weeding out those manipulators of the system. I used to be accepting of everyone and skip over the judgmental attitude but, unfortunately, there are those who just have to take advantage, forcing you to deal with them.

There is a lot of perversion and greed loose in the world right now, whew! You have to wade through a lot of muck to get to the wonderful people. What also happens is that if you don’t filter out the negatives you get slammed with thousands more and the good people stay away.

As I found myself coming up for air 10 hours later yesterday the better people started showing up on the followers list. And on that list were some quote gems. On the list of the SEO and marketing scammers were some hilarious quotes too, though I doubt they actually meant them to be funny. I harvested some of those cute quotes anyway. Punctuation was precarious too. Like anyone would trust them with their hard-earned money for making good decisions when they can’t spell or put a coherent sentence together. Enjoy!

Photo from instantshift.com - I just love these Photoshop illusions! - and using Twitter quotes to paint the blogosphere is kind of surreal...

Funny Twitter Quotes

It is never too late to be what you might have been! ~ George Eliot

Positive anything is better than negative nothing. ~ Elbert Hubbard
(Do ya think this might have been meant as a math or physics quote…?)

If you mess up, 'fess up. ~ Anonymous

Mother is far too clever to understand anything she does not like. ~ Arnold Bennett

Everyone has a photographic memory, but not everyone has film. ~ Anonymous

Dare to be naive. ~ Buckminster Fuller

Make no mistake about why these babies are here - they are here to replace us. – Jerry Seinfeld

You were born an original. Don't die a copy. ~ John Mason

Thought is action in rehearsal. ~ igmund Freud (what they meant was Sigmund Freud)

Never invest in a business you cannot understand. - Warren Buffett

No bees, no honey; no work, no money. ~ Proverb

Only when the last river poisoned and the last fish caught will we realize we cannot eat money. ~ Cree Indian Proverb

If UR unhappy w/ anything, get rid of it. U'll find U're free, Ur tru creativity an self comes out. ~ T. Turner
(I guess those 140 Twitter characters was stifling.)

Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday. ~ Anonymous

There are two ways to pass a hurdle: leaping over or plowing through... There needs to be a monster truck option. - Jeph Jacques

People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily. - Zig Ziglar

Don't confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other. - Erma Bombeck

I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house. - Zsa Zsa Gabor

The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said. ~ Peter F. Drucker
(Do you get this image of someone not listening but acting like they are?)

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. ~ Dalai Lama
(I just love this man’s sense of humor.)

Whatever you are, be a good one. ~ Abraham Lincoln

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser. ~ John W. Gardner

There's a fine line between clever and stupid. ~ David St. Hubbins

I looked up my family tree and found out I was the sap. ~ Rodney Dangerfield

Act your wage! ~ Dave Ramsay

You cannot tailor-make the situations in life but you can tailor-make the attitudes to fit those situations. - Zig Ziglar (From my main man Zig - nothing could be truer!)

Now that you've had a few chuckles mid-week, keep laughing the rest of your work week!

22 September 2009

3 Funny Quotes About Human Nature

Photo by snuzzy @ flickr

From Denny: While I was setting up a new account on Twitter now called DennyLyon7 (the old one - warriorlight - got messed up from putting a badge of support on my avatar.

Note to self: Never put a badge of support on your avatar ever again. Write this 1,000 times on the blackboard or digital equivalent thereof. It was a lemonade badge to support kids with cancer. No good deed goes unpunished. :)

So, while I was laughing at myself (and groaning about all the tedious tech work for the past week this has required) I thought I'd fish around for some funny quotes about human nature so you could laugh with me! Even the dog is laughing...


* Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, a sense of humor to console him for what he is. - Oscar Wilde

* All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it. - H. L. Mencken

And my absolute favorite:

* Never be afraid to laugh at yourself, after all, you could be missing out on the joke of the century. - Dame Edna Everage

Video: Making A Difference - Ablevision TV Crew Are Societys Challenged

From Denny: This is such a cool idea! They are teaching the challenged among us in Boston how to produce their own TV shows and then air the results. Everyone wants to feel useful and productive in society. Finally, some smart people have figured out how to make this medium more accessible on the production end to those who might be challenged in some manner. Just watch the face of the lady living with bipolar depression; her face just lights up at how much she has grown creating this programming. Bravo! Kudos go to Boston!

The program is called Ablevision on Boston cable and is aired in several states once a month. They are helping various challenged folks, even the mentally challenged, to discover and nurture their talents. And to think I had to pay my university four years to learn broadcast journalism. My first love was always public television long before there was any real funding available for good programming, so to see programs like this finally develop is close to my heart! This is the kind of thing journalism should be about: providing a service in the community that benefits all.

21 September 2009

Obamas Media Blitz News Over at Dennys Global Politics

UPDATE: If you want to see the news videos about the President's media blitz to explain and sell health care reform, I've parked that large post over at Dennys Global Politics. For the link, (6 Videos: President Obamas Media Blitz to Sell Health Care Reform) go here.

For 3 Videos: Helping Vets Get Work and Jobless Stats, How to Stay Positive in This Economy, go here.

This Weeks Roundup of Sunday Funnies - The Real Heckler Behind 'You Lie!'

UPDATE: If you want to see the news videos about the President's media blitz to explain and sell health care reform, I've parked that large post over at Dennys Global Politics. For the link, (6 Videos: President Obamas Media Blitz to Sell Health Care Reform) go here.

From Denny: Actually, my Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu is supporting the public option for health care. Blue Dogs are a Catch-22 for the Democratic Party.

The Blue Dogs are the only thing that have breathed life into the Democratic Party in the South and other parts of the country during the Bush years of domination. They have managed to keep a fingernail-scratching-slipping-almost-hold on seats for the Democrats.

The tide is beginning to turn in the South as more and more middle class people have finally figured out they were lied to and cheated by the Republicans they voted into power. Right now, many are not quite willing to become Democrats but have been changing their voting status to Independent like one third of the nation. If the Democrats ever get their act together they will win back the South.

This is a controversial cartoon...

The Late Late Show

Craig Ferguson:
Did you see President Obama's health care speech to Congress last night? I watched every single minute and even took notes. You're thinking, Craig, you lie!

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon:
President Obama said that he will not sign a health care plan that adds one dime to the federal deficit. And then he interrupted himself and said, "You lie."

The Tonight Show

Conan O'Brien:
Republican Congressman Joe Wilson's apologized for calling President Obama a liar. Obama accepted Wilson's apology and then invited him to appear before a death panel.

Jimmy Kimmel Live

President Obama
(clip from joint session): The reforms I'm proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally.

Man in audience: You lie! Oh, sorry, Mr. President, I was talking about my favorite month -- it's not August, it's not September. It is July!

Late Show

Dave Letterman:
Paula Abdul, of course, was the judge that Ellen [DeGeneres] is replacing, but don't worry about Paula Abdul. You know what she is going to do, I just heard this today: She's running for governor of Alaska.

Here's a roundup we missed: U.S. Kept Copy of Keys to Iraq

The Daily Show

Jon Stewart:
The United States gave the Iraqis the key back to their own cities. Don't worry, we made a copy.

The Late Late Show

Craig Ferguson:
The show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" is returning to prime time. But due to the recession, it's being renamed "Who Wants Five Bucks and a Taco?"

Late Show

David Letterman:
Here is good news for Bernie Madoff: Only 149 years, 50 weeks to go. (Probably music to the ears of all his victims...)

Video: Fun Campy Video Version of Song 'Do You Love Me' From Dirty Dancing Movie

From Denny: This is pretty funny, a campy little video with an easy rock song to enjoy. I was looking at Patrick Swayze dance videos, none of which could be embedded, but ran across this video using one of the Dirty Dancing songs "Do You Love Me?! (Now that I can Dance)" crossed with a music video visual. It's a bit odd and enjoyable. You go, girl, Xena warrior! :)

20 September 2009

Video: Making a Difference, Unknown Donors Can Help Those in Need

From Denny: These folks came up with a great idea of how to help a friend or neighbor without the embarrassment of knowing it was you - GivingAnon.com.

"From the desperation of an empty bank account came the inspiration Lionel Thompson needed to help others who were stuck in a similar situation."

Awww Video: Making a Difference - Shelter Dogs Learn New Tricks

From Denny: Definitely qualifies as an Awwww video! :) Great work these people are doing to convince the public to rescue the 4 million dogs euthanized every year and turn them into great pets.

"An animal trainer in Chicago runs a theatre performance group that demonstrates how shelter dogs loved and trained by their owners make splendid pets."

19 September 2009

This Weeks Editorial Cartoons 19 September 2009

From Denny: Oops! China "got tariffed" on their tires by the USA to try and protect at least a few of our remaining manufacturers not driven out of business in America.

Then it's on to The Bad Behavior Club from bad sportsmanship to mean-spirited awards ceremony hissing to political screaming at a dignified event.

Of course, we are all affected by and frustrated with big banks refusing to lend us the money our bailout provided them to the credit card companies feeing us to death for no reason.

Then there's the usual suspects concerning health care reform

*** Make sure you check out Dennys Global Politics for the latest political stories about Iran and more this week, go here.
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