The Serious And The Not So Serious

















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102 Responses to “The Serious And The Not So Serious”

  1. July 26, 2014 at 10:17 pm

  2. 2 yardarm756
    July 26, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    A Couple in their nineties are both having problems remembering things. During a check-up, the doctor tells them that they’re physically okay, but they might want to start writing things down to help them remember.
    Later that night, while watching TV, the old man gets up from his chair. ‘Want anything while I’m in the kitchen?’ he asks.

    ‘Will you get me a bowl of ice cream? ‘ she asks.

    ‘Don’t you think you should write it down so you can remember it?’ she asks.

    ‘No, I can remember it.’

    ‘Well, I’d like some strawberries on top, too. Maybe you should write it down, so as not to forget it?’

    He says, ‘I can remember that. You want a bowl of ice cream with strawberries.’

    ‘I’d also like whipped cream. I’m certain you’ll forget that, write it down?’ she asks.

    Irritated, he says, ‘I don’t need to write it down, I can remember it! Ice cream with strawberries and whipped cream – I got it, for goodness sake!’

    Then he toddles into the kitchen. After about 20 minutes, the old man returns from the kitchen and hands his wife a plate of bacon and eggs. She stares at the plate for a moment.

    ‘Where’s my toast?’

  3. July 26, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Evening all. Not so far behind after all!

  4. July 26, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    NW, Really appreciate that you have featured as many tweets as you have concerning Israel’s unconstrained terrorism in Gaza. Thank you.

  5. July 26, 2014 at 10:32 pm

  6. 14 amk for obama
    July 26, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Great to see so many young israelis protesting the nut n yahoo’s war mongering & genocide. Hope they all turn out to vote out this thug.

  7. July 26, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    “This “other Russia is more European and cultured.” Ukraine was in fashion in Russia in the 17th century, and “now there could be a repetition of that.” The very possibility is something the Kremlin fears and will try to block, especially as the process of transforming Ukraine will not be quick or easy.

    But Ukraine is making real progress, and five years from now, Ukrainians will be able to say when looking back, “’We built a new Ukraine,’” Zubov says. When Russians look back at that point if the country’s current course doesn’t change, then they will have to admit that they have “built nothing” at all.”

  8. July 26, 2014 at 10:36 pm

  9. July 26, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    These tweets are epically fantastic Nerdy, thank you soooo much, Legend.

  10. 20 hopefruit2
    July 26, 2014 at 10:39 pm


  11. July 26, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    In the “not so serious” category: LL’s menu:

    Homemade meatloaf, with ground beef and ground pork
    Steamed carrots, smothered in a sauce of evoo, honey, and stone ground mustard

    And I’ve been having gimlets since, oh, 6 hours ago.

  12. 29 amk for obama
    July 26, 2014 at 10:44 pm

  13. July 26, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    The #MIC ONLY cares about $$$$. So, perhaps the way out of this hell that has been created by humanity, just imagine if all Governments paid the #MIC exactly the same amount, annually, to NOT manufacture any weapons and paid them a bonus if they created a recycling program for all the weapons that currently exist. The ecological benefits alone would be astonishing. The moral benefits would transform our species.

    • 34 jackiegrumbacher
      July 26, 2014 at 11:01 pm

      This is a brilliant idea, Bob. The benefits would be countless and we would be money ahead.

    • 36 Judith Fardig
      July 26, 2014 at 11:53 pm

      Great suggestion, Bobfr!

    • July 27, 2014 at 2:36 am

      Let’s focus on the avaricious #MIC and evaluate the upside to them of the US and other Governments paying them precisely the same amount of $$$ to NOT produce any form of weapon.

      Firstly, they’ve retained their obscenely high-margin cash flow.

      Secondly, they can divert their innovation, design, manufacturing, marketing, logistics delivery and servicing processes to multiple other products. For instance, developing and selling highly efficient, solar-powered desalination systems. Anyone doubt that drinkable water isn’t a cash cow is brain dead. I can spend hours detailing all the upside to the global #MIC, if they are subsidized not to produce more weapons and are incentivized to do produce a wide range of highly valuable, profitable products.

      Simple, totally self-serving example: All these uber-wealthy #MICSTERS (#NEOCONSTERS) live in fortresses and employee personal security forces to protect them. That’s a lot of operational overhead that could simply be more profit if, instead of being in the business of efficiently enabling slaughter they were manufacturing stuff that preserved our ecosystem (which they need just as much as some homeless person) and meant that they weren’t living in constant fear of someone popping them.

      Happy to expand in all the dimensions of value add, for everyone, my recommendation to President Obama enables, if he or anyone is interested. No point in wasting bandwidth and people’s time, otherwise.

      good night TOD



      Yes WE MUST

  14. 39 Nerdy Wonka
    July 26, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    • 40 amk for obama
      July 26, 2014 at 10:49 pm

      I have always wanted to know what the #uppers tag means.

      • 41 Nerdy Wonka
        July 26, 2014 at 10:50 pm

        #Uppers is the hashtag for Steve Kornacki’s show called ‘Up With Steve Kornacki.’

        • 42 amk for obama
          July 26, 2014 at 10:51 pm

          A ha. Thx ut. But why are many tweets addressed to him?

          • 43 Nerdy Wonka
            July 26, 2014 at 11:02 pm

            To Steve Kornacki? Because that’s how people communicate with the show. They can use the #Uppers hashtag, or the show’s twitter handle @UpWithSteve, or Steve’s personal twitter handle @SteveKornacki. The show monitors the hashtag most of the time I believe, and uses it to take note of and address complaints or mistakes or facts they might have overlooked during a segment.

            • 44 amk for obama
              July 26, 2014 at 11:07 pm

              so, does he address these issues then? And why him? why not rachel maddow? Is he very popular? Except during the christie’s bridgegate saga (which seems to have fizzled out), I haven’t heard much of him.

              • 45 Nerdy Wonka
                July 26, 2014 at 11:14 pm

                If viewers wanted to address issues about the Rachel Maddow show, they would use the #Maddow hashtag or tweet her and her show directly.

                When Kornacki receives a multitude of complaints about how he’s covering an issue on his own show (Up With Steve Kornacki) or not introducing relevant facts that can enhance the conversation, he has sometimes acknowledged those complaints and asked the questions that viewers demanded he ask of his guests.

    • 47 anniebella
      July 26, 2014 at 11:32 pm

      What a disgusting cowardly boy, he’s not a man. If he were he would stand up to those racists Tea Party members, instead they drag him around like a orange drunk puppy dog. Forgive me puppies for comparing you to John Boehner.

  15. 48 Jeff
    July 26, 2014 at 10:47 pm


    criticizing Israel is not the mark of being an anti-Semite. It pisses me off when people use this as a cover for Israel’s war crimes.

  16. July 26, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Ethel is really something!

  17. 60 amk for obama
    July 26, 2014 at 11:03 pm

  18. 71 arapaho415
    July 26, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    From Tuesday:

    Today’s reassuring news from North Dakota:

    • 72 sherijr
      July 27, 2014 at 8:33 am

      This is where I moved from… and before I got sick, I worked for Homeland Security in this small town doing the accounts.. one of my jobs was to track what was stored beneath/underground of this town— by oil companies… because part of our responsibilities was first responders to any possible fire/ explosion. What is buried/ stored under/ around Williston ND is frightening… and with the ongoing oil boom.. it is even more concerning. One thing I noticed there is the long history of cancer- in a town of (what used to be until the ‘boom’) 12,000 people… I kid you not, that I never met anyone in that town that didn’t have at least one member of their family with some form of cancer.

  19. July 26, 2014 at 11:22 pm

  20. 78 jacquelineoboomer
    July 26, 2014 at 11:33 pm

  21. 79 arapaho415
    July 26, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    99ts, are you here?

    Article says that 230 armed Australians are on their way to Ukraine to retrieve Australians aboard #MH17 and that the Labor Party leader supports this action.

    Very dangerous for those Aussies. The separatists take orders from Putin and don’t seem like the reasonable sort at all.

    • July 26, 2014 at 11:43 pm

      Which is odd, as Australia is a firm US ally.

      • 81 99ts
        July 27, 2014 at 6:04 am

        And probably untrue – as per my link below and reply to arapaho. PM Abbott initially blamed Putin for the crash – he has since calmed down and now says all he wants to do at the minute is bring our people home. Like too many politicians he talks first and thinks later.

        “Our whole and sole purpose is to claim our dead and bring them home as quickly as we can and that is what this next phase of operation bring them home is all about.”

        There will be a total of 49 police on site, 11 of whom will be Australian, although that number is expected to increase over the coming days.

        Mr Abbott has acknowledged it is a “risky” move but says his advice is that it is safer for the police not to be armed.

        “Frankly, we need to be prepared to take some risks in order to do the right thing by our dead and by their grieving families,” he said.

        “But we want to minimise risk, we want to mitigate against risk, and the overwhelming advice … is that the best way to do that is through that unarmed, police-led humanitarian mission.”


        Reading around it seems the PM initially wanted some to be armed – seems someone in the government told him this was somewhat insane.

        We have had a most delightful, political news free weekend, which continues tomorrow (Monday). I am usually better off not knowing what PM Abbott is doing – saves the sanity.

    • 82 99ts
      July 27, 2014 at 5:51 am

      According to what I read – the word is “unarmed”

      Prime Minister Tony Abbott says unarmed federal police officers will go to the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash site tonight as part of an international mission to recover remains.

      Mr Abbott says the AFP officers will be part of a Dutch-led humanitarian mission to recover remains, seek to remove wreckage and help investigators.

      There will be a total of 49 police on site, 11 of whom will be Australian, although that number is expected to increase over the coming days.


      I would trust our ABC reporting more than the LATimes on this story – but who knows with the media!

  22. 83 amk for obama
    July 26, 2014 at 11:38 pm

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  24. July 26, 2014 at 11:45 pm

  25. 86 jacquelineoboomer
    July 27, 2014 at 12:02 am

    LL – You saw?

  26. 90 jacquelineoboomer
    July 27, 2014 at 12:05 am

  27. 91 jacquelineoboomer
    July 27, 2014 at 12:24 am

    Dumb and dumber. And I mean the voters who put them in Congress. There really are no words.

  28. 92 HZ
    July 27, 2014 at 12:33 am

    Good Nite/ Morning TOD family. And this is one good reason why we all must get our rest and refresh, restore our energy because we have a great job to get done in Nov., 2014.

    And we will get it done, I do believe.

    Thanks Nerdy W. Love you for everything.

    Thanks my Chips, and give my grandson a huge hug from granny.

    Amk, take good care of Jenny and the little ones. They are so cute. HZ

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  31. 97 susanne
    July 27, 2014 at 2:15 am

    aloha obamadans
    just saw this piece by krugman, worth a quick read. his conclusion:

    ‘ Competence has a well-known liberal bias. ‘


  32. July 27, 2014 at 2:18 am

  33. July 27, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Gooood Morning TOD…..

    It is being reported that Israeli has resumed its bombing of Gaza…reportedly because they were being shelled by the Palestinians…however after Israel misled the world about the kidnapping and murder of the 3 Israeli teens…whose to say that they are telling the truth about this…Israel’s goal is to get rid of their so-called Palestine problem by annihilating the Palestinians

    • 100 jackiegrumbacher
      July 27, 2014 at 8:08 am

      Morning, Pf. That means another ugly day of blood shed. Will it ever end?

      • July 27, 2014 at 9:13 am

        GM Jackie…

        I do not know…but one of the things that has been reinforced is how you have to be very careful who you trust in the media…esp with so many conflicting reports and out and out lies that have been told….amazing…. but we should already be aware of this…based on the coverage that out President receives…

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