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Socialism is a scare word they [Republicans] have hurled at every advance the people have made in the last 20 years. Socialism is what they called public power. Socialism is what they called social security. Socialism is what they called farm price supports. Socialism is what they called bank deposit insurance. Socialism is what they called the growth of free and independent labor organizations. Socialism is their name for almost anything that helps all the people.

Harry Truman, 1952

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Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite, and furthermore, always carry a small snake.

W. C. Fields

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Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Everything else is public relations.

George Orwell

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Always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.

Elie Wiesel

Truman

Wiesel

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This Just In

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The website Change.org is hosting a petition calling for the City of Columbus to be renamed Flavortown in honor of celebrity chef Guy Fieri.

The petition was launched after the city announced plans to remove a statue of Christopher Columbus outside city hall, as well as to change the city seal, flag, and other symbols to remove references to the explorer who subjugated and killed countless indigenous people.

The petition says renaming the city Flavortown would honor both Fieri, who was born there, and “Central Ohio’s proud heritage as a culinary crossroads.” It also says the name Flavortown “would be superior to its current nomenclature.”

GRANDVIEW, WEST VIRGINIA — A West Virginia woman whose husband told police she fell to her death from an overlook at New River Gorge was found hiding at home in a closet. She and her husband were arrested on charges of conspiracy and giving false information to the police.

Earlier this year, the woman pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges regarding a “pill mill” operation and faced up to 10 years in prison. Police said the couple faked her death to avoid sentencing.

After several days, of searching the area below the Grandview Overlook, police obtained a search warrant and subsequently found the woman.

In June, she was sentenced on the fraud charges to 3-1/2 years in federal prison. In August, she and her husband were indicted for conspiracy to obstruct justice and are awaiting trial.

LOUISA, VIRGINIA — Police have arrested one of two men accused of stealing beer from a convenience store while wearing hollowed-out watermelons on their heads to hide their identities.

The 20-year-old man faces charges of misdemeanor larceny of alcohol and misdemeanor possession of alcohol by an underage person. Police say they expect to arrest the second suspect soon.

A customer at the convenience store said she thought the disguises were “innovative, but ridiculous.” She said the work of preparing the watermelons and the mess of wearing them was “kind of crazy,” when ordinary bandanas would have sufficed.

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The Questions…

1. What is the technical difference between poultry and fowl?

2. The medical condition sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia, better known as brain freeze or an ice-cream headache, is caused by eating or drinking something cold too quickly. Physically, what happens to cause it?

3. In the 1960 film Psycho, what did director Alfred Hitchcock use to simulate blood in the famous shower scene?

4. What is the most profitable commodity sold in supermarkets?

5. What is a diastema?

The Answers…

1. The word poultry describes domesticated fowl.

2. Behind your nose are nerves that are highly sensitive to pain, probably designed to protect your brain. Scientists think brain freeze is a case of those nerves objecting to the cold.

3. Hershey’s chocolate syrup diluted with water.

4. Dog food.

5. A gap between the upper front teeth.

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Tune o’ the Day

Cowboy Junkies is a band from Toronto whose debut album came out in 1986. They are still touring today with the original members: Vocalist Margo Timmins, her two brothers, and a family friend.

The Junkies are categorized in various ways — country rock, alternative country, alternative rock, folk rock. Whatever they are, I’m a big fan. They’ve released 21 albums/CDs, and I have 13 of them.

For a love song, “A Common Disaster” is seriously bleak and gritty. But a love song it is. The singer is asking someone to forget about all that “happily-ever-after” stuff and embark on a relationship, even if, odds are, it will end badly. The Junkies excel at this kind of tune.

A Common Disaster

By Cowboy Junkies, 1996
Written by Michael Timmins

A candle burning for everything I’ve ever wanted.
A tattoo burned for everything I’ve ever wanted and lost.
I had a long list of names that I kept in my back pocket,
But I’ve cut it down to one, and your name’s at the top.

Won’t you share a common disaster?
Share with me a common disaster.
A common disaster.

I found myself a friend,
But he’s crooked as a stick in water.
So now I’m writing fairy tales
To catch the spirit of revenge.
He’s got a plan to steal my little sister,
But I’m not too concerned
‘Cause I will get him in the end.

Won’t you share a common disaster?
Share with me a common disaster.
A common disaster.

Going to find me someone to share a common disaster.
Run away with me from a life so cramped and dull.
Not worry too much about the happily-ever-after.
Just keep the Caddy moving ‘til we’re well beyond that hill.

Won’t you share a common disaster?
Share with me a common disaster.
A common disaster.

The Junkies today.

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If youth knew; if age could.

Sigmund Freud

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I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizens Councilor or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to order than to justice; who prefers a negative peace, which is the absence of tension, to a positive peace, which is the presence of justice.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Originality is the art of concealing your source.

Franklin P. Jones

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The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.

Dorothy Parker

Freud S-2

Freud

Parker D-4

Parker

 

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RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA — The North Carolina Supreme Court has ruled that flipping off a law enforcement officer is not sufficient grounds for the officer to make a traffic stop or file criminal charges.

The decision overturned a lower court ruling regarding the 2017 incident of a Stanly County man who drove past a state trooper helping a stranded motorist and gave the officer the finger. The trooper pursued and stopped the man and cited him for disorderly conduct.

Lawyers for the state claimed the trooper was justified, but the Supreme Court said the evidence was “insufficient to conclude defendant’s conduct was likely to cause a breach of the peace.”

The North Carolina chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union filed a brief in the case which stated that raising the middle finger is “protected speech.” An ACLU attorney called the incident “a textbook example of how public officials criminalize dissent and criticism.”

Middle finger

PALM COAST, FLORIDA — When sheriff’s deputies arrived at a house believed to contain drugs and drug paraphernalia, they found a welcome mat that read “Come back with a warrant.”

So we did,” said Sheriff Rick Staly.

Deputies obtained a warrant from the court and returned to the house. Inside, they confiscated a large amount of the opioid fentanyl, a supply of syringes, and other drug-related items.

Staly said three adults and one child were inside the house. Charges are expected to be filed against the adults. The Florida Department of Children and Families was contacted regarding disposition of the child.

Warrant

LUND, SWEDEN — the City of Lund spread more than a ton of chicken manure in a local park to discourage people from gathering there to celebrate an upcoming festival.

The manure was spread in Lundagård Park just before the festival of Walpurgis Night, a European festival in which revelers celebrate the end of winter with bonfires and dancing. Officials said the city acted because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gustav Lundblad, chairman of Lund’s environmental committee, said spreading the manure served two purposes: it fertilized the park, and it kept people from celebrating there.

Lundblad said he regretted that an unpleasant odor drifted to other parts of the city, but he was pleased that the manure served its purpose.

Chicken manure

 

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The Questions…

1. Which two planets in our solar system have no moons?

2. What is the capital of Greenland?

3. Who is the all-time best-selling author of fiction?

4. Which state has the smallest population?

5. What is a wobbegong?

The Answers…

1. Mercury and Venus.

2. The capital is Nuuk, pronounced nuke. It is the world’s northern-most capital. It has 18,000 residents, which is about one-third of Greenland’s total population.

3. Agatha Christie. Over two billion of her mystery novels have been sold worldwide.

4. Wyoming. It is the 10th largest in area, with a population of only about 578,000. 31 U.S. cities are bigger than that.

5. A wobbegong, aka “carpet shark,” is a type of bottom-dwelling shark found in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. They are well-camouflaged ambush predators.

The word wobbegong means “shaggy beard” in the language of the aboriginal people of Australia. The mouth of a wobbegong is fringed with small sensory lobes that are, in fact, sort of beard-looking.

Mercury, Venus

Wobbegong

 

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Eye in the Sky” is a pleasing soft rock tune from the 1982 album of the same name by the Alan Parsons Project. The song rose to number three on the U.S. charts, the group’s all-time best effort.

The lyrics are considerably less cheerful than the melody. They tell of the end of a relationship when a man discovers that his girlfriend is not who he thought she was. He feels victorious and empowered, but also angry and disappointed.

Parsons said co-writer Eric Woolfson came up with the title after spending time in Las Vegas.

“He had a certain fascination with the hidden cameras that were there watching the tables, taping the games and what have you,” said Parsons. “It was more than just the hidden cameras. It was also kind of 1984 syndrome. It covers the fact we can never be left to our own devices; we will always be watched.”

Eye in the Sky

Eye in the Sky

By the Alan Parsons Project, 1982
Written by Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson

Don’t think sorry’s easily said.
Don’t try turning tables instead.
You’ve taken lots of chances before,
But I ain’t gonna give any more —
Don’t ask me.
That’s how it goes,
‘Cause part of me knows what you’re thinkin’.

Don’t say words you’re gonna regret.
Don’t let the fire rush to your head.
I’ve heard the accusation before,
And I ain’t gonna take any more —
Believe me.
The sun in your eyes
Made some of the lies worth believing.

I am the eye in the sky,
Looking at you.
I can read your mind.
I am the maker of rules,
Dealing with fools.
I can cheat you blind.
And I don’t need to see any more
To know that
I can read your mind.
I can read your mind.
I can read your mind.
I can read your mind.

Don’t leave false illusions behind.
Don’t cry, ‘cause I ain’t changing my mind.
So find another fool like before,
Cause I ain’t gonna live anymore
believing some of the lies
while all of the signs are deceiving.

I am the eye in the sky,
Looking at you.
I can read your mind.
I am the maker of rules,
Dealing with fools.
I can cheat you blind.
And I don’t need to see any more
To know that
I can read your mind.
I can read your mind.
I can read your mind.
I can read your mind.

I am the eye in the sky,
Looking at you.
I can read your mind.
I am the maker of rules,
Dealing with fools.
I can cheat you blind.
And I don’t need to see any more
To know that
I can read your mind.
I can read your mind.
I can read your mind.
I can read your mind.

 

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I teach

Unfriend

Honk

Buckle up

 

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