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This and that from re Thai r ment, by 3Th. October 12, 2011

POOKIE FOR PRESIDENT:

Please see the blog: http://papajoestales.wordpress.com/

Reasons why I had to temporarily give up attempts to parody the far right and the Republican candidates:

“Much of what you see in the Catholic Church today doesn’t come from God’s Word, it comes from that cult-like, pagan religion. Now you say, ‘pastor how can you say such a thing? That is such an indictment of the Catholic Church. After all the Catholic Church talks about God and the Bible and Jesus and the Blood of Christ and Salvation.’

Isn’t that the genius of Satan? If you want to counterfeit a dollar bill, you don’t do it with purple paper and red ink, you’re not going to fool anybody with that. But if you want to counterfeit money, what you do is make it look closely related to the real thing as possible.

And that’s what Satan does with counterfeit religion. He uses, he steals, he appropriates all of the symbols of true biblical Christianity, and he changes it just enough in order to cause people to miss eternal life.”
Dr Robert Jeffries, minister and ardent supporter of Rick Perry and most other Republican candidates except Mitt Romney (and probably Newt because of his recent conversion to Catholicism) and leading light of the fear and hate caucus. Jeffries was prominent at the recent Values Voters Summit as well as Perry’s prayer shindig.

If I tried to put words like that into Pookie’s mouth or into the mouth of one of his imaginary supporters, it would and should be derided as not credible for a thinking human being to say, much less for anyone to believe or follow. Sort of makes you feel a little sorry for Mitt and Newt.

Then we have: Rick Santorum who, in response to a question regarding the difference between the civil rights movement and gay rights, said:

“You are black by the color of your skin. You are not homosexual, necessarily, by the color of your skin.”

Now I understand. I really do.

TODAY’S FACTOID:

Cost Cutting For Our Times: Officials in southeast Georgia are considering a money-saving program that would put inmates in fire stations. Officials say the inmates would respond to all emergencies — including residential fires — alongside traditional firefighters.

For some reason my liberal bias assumes that the officials referred to are Republican. Maybe not, since this appears to be one of those examples of politically generated foolishness that knows no party label. How about putting them into police stations while we’re at it? They could learn a lot there. Have we really come down to this?

TODAY’S NEWS FROM AMERICA:

Thailand: From the newspaper reports here in American it appears that the floods in Thailand have reached epic proportions and have begun to impact Bangkok directly.
(See Today’s Photograph below)

POOKIE’S ADVENTURES IN CALIFORNIA:

I went to Crissy Field with Nikki, Hayden and my granddaughter Amanda to view the Fleet Week Blue Angels show in the air over SF Bay. What appeared different about this from other Fleet Week extravaganzas that I have attended, was that the airline sponsors took it into their heads to garner some good public relations by flying their jumbo jets over the Bay at heights that appeared at times  only sightly higher than the tops of some of the masts of the larger sailboats. The ghostly appearance of these behemoths flying in and out of the fog so close to the ground was a bit frightening to me. In fact the Blue Angels themselves had the good sense to cancel their show because they felt the thick fog would make flying dangerous.

Before departing for the show over the Bay we visited with my mom at her retirement home on Lake Street called St. Anne’s. My mother who is 92 and relatively spry is experiencing the onset of the more serious memory problems that commonly afflict people at that advanced age. She could not understand why I did not visit her more often, despite the number of times I answered that question by telling her that I lived in Asia now. She did however suggest that I return from Asia and move into St. Ann’s. “This place is great,” she said. “They take care of everything.”

“What about Sex,” I inquired?

“They don’t care about that as long as you’re quiet and go to mass on Sunday,” she responded. “In fact, I wish I had a new boyfriend,” she added.

Nikki, marveled at her paintings, especially her newest, a large impressionistic landscape primarily in blue and greens, that hangs on the wall of the Home.

She began painting in her late 80’s and now her paintings sell for as much as $8000 in auctions held by the religious order that runs the facility.

JOEY’S MYSTERY NOVEL:

Delayed in order to reset the authors interest button.

PEPE’S POTPOURRI:

a. I didn’t know that:

Q. Why do X’s at the end of a letter signify kisses?
A: In the Middle Ages, when many people were unable to read or write, documents were often signed using an X. Kissing the X represented an oath to fulfill obligations specified in the document. The X and the kiss eventually became synonymous.

b. Human “Fingerprints” on Recent Climate Change:

c. From God’s Mouth to your Ears:

The Book of Mormon on:
Catholics: “I beheld this great and abominable church; and I saw the devil that he was the founder of it.”1 Nephi 13:6
Jews: “For I, Nephi, have not taught them many things concerning the manner of the Jews; for their works were works of darkness, and their doings were doings of abominations.”2 Nephi 25:10
People of Color:And he [God] had caused the cursing to come upon them … wherefore, as they were white, and exceedingly fair and delightsome, that they might not be enticing unto my people the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them.” 2 Nephi 5:21
Non Mormons: “…all those who belong to the kingdom of the devil (Non-Mormons) are they who need fear, and tremble, and quake; they are those who must be brought low in the dust; they are those who must be consumed as stubble; and this is according to the words of the prophet.”1 Nephi 22:24

d. The Oligarchs Strike Back:

“…Wall Street’s Masters of the Universe realize, deep down, how morally indefensible their position is. They’re not John Galt; they’re not even Steve Jobs. They’re people who got rich by peddling complex financial schemes that, far from delivering clear benefits to the American people, helped push us into a crisis whose aftereffects continue to blight the lives of tens of millions of their fellow citizens.

Yet they have paid no price. Their institutions were bailed out by taxpayers, with few strings attached. They continue to benefit from explicit and implicit federal guarantees — basically, they’re still in a game of heads they win, tails taxpayers lose. And they benefit from tax loopholes that in many cases have people with multimillion-dollar incomes paying lower rates than middle-class families.

This special treatment can’t bear close scrutiny — and therefore, as they see it, there must be no close scrutiny. Anyone who points out the obvious, no matter how calmly and moderately, must be demonized and driven from the stage. In fact, the more reasonable and moderate a critic sounds, the more urgently he or she must be demonized, hence the frantic sliming of Elizabeth Warren.”
Paul Krugman (sometimes also referred to as Obi Wan Kenobi, at other times “the Only Truly Noble Economist”).

NOTE: Did you know that the so-called Nobel Prize for Economics was not set up by Alfred Noble. It was a later addition to the awards set up and funded by the banking and financing community to provide the cover of intellectual respectability for their favored advisors (They chose economists because they realized a Nobel Prize for Lawyers would never fly).

e. Testosterone Chronicles (Historical manifestations):

“Each of [the foremen] had made it a practice to sleep with the Indian women who were in his workforce, whether they were married women or maidens. While the foreman remained in the hut or the cabin with the Indian woman, he sent the husband to dig gold out of the mines; and in the evening when the wretch returned, not only was he beaten or whipped because he had not brought up enough gold, but further, most often, he was bound hand and foot and flung under the bed like a dog, before the foreman lay down, directly over him, with his wife.”
A Dominican monk, on conditions in the mines in Santo Domingo following European conquest.

Interestingly, Naida West in her great trilogy about California in the 19th century, describes similar behavior toward Native American women by the miners during the gold rush with similar results; extermination of the native population and culture.

TODAY’S QUOTE:

“I’m like Casper the Friendly Ghost, man. I give it all away.”
A drunk on the MUNI bus #24 as we passed the corner of Andover and Cortland Streets in SF.

BONUS QUOTE:

“Always remember, a cat looks down on man, a dog looks up to man, but a pig will look man right in the eye and see his equaL”
~ Winston Churchill

TODAY’S CARTOON:

TODAY’S CHART:

Of course we all know the private insurance companies re-invest their profits for our benefit while medicare only squanders its money on…well, medical care.

TODAY’S PHOTOGRAPH:

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This and that from re Thai r ment, by 3Th. October 9 2011

TODAY’S FACTOID:

Spiritual Fitness:


The US Army spent $125 million its Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program and its controversial “Spiritual Fitness” test, a mandatory test that must be taken by all soldiers. The term “Spiritual Fitness” is not limited to this one test. The military began using this term to describe a variety of initiatives and events towards the end of 2006, and this ‘code phrase’ for promoting religion was heavily in use by all branches of the military by 2007.

In addition, approximately $800,000 has been spent to far on contracts awarded to Christian talent agencies and bands for the US Army’s “Commanding General’s Spiritual Fitness Concert Series.”

Didn’t the Constitution say something about the government not establishing a religion? Perhaps the Constitution’s prohibition does not apply to “spiritual fitness.”

TODAY’S NEWS FROM AMERICA:

Suburbia: A new report from “Strong Towns” a development think tank states that the first generation of Suburbia was built on and maintained by savings and investment, but the second was built and maintained by borrowing tons of money. We are now in the third generation we are out of savings and investment and easy money, now what do we do?

They also point out that in every case they have studied the useful life of an infrastructure investment paid for by borrowing from the private market was less the time it took to pay back the loans. What this means is that almost every community that invested in infrastructure by borrowing will likely face bankruptcy should growth slow or stop.

Finally the report found that in almost every case where a developer paid for or otherwise donated infrastructure improvements in its development in return for the community to assume responsibility for operation and maintenance of the improvements eventually required a tax increase to pay for the maintenance.

It used to be that in embarking on an infrastructure project the costs for operation and maintenance were budgeted for. One of the centerpieces of the Reagan Revolution was the abolishing of this practice so that his administration could appear to have cut spending in the budget. Not only did this practice push-off the burden on to to future generations (like ours today) but by masking the true long-term costs it encouraged the orgy or borrowing that marks current Conservative governmental policy world-wide. This was neither traditional liberal nor conservative orthodoxy, but a cynical ploy to obtain and hold power by pandering to the economic élite.

If in comes either to pandering to the rich or pandering to the average person, I know which side of the street I would prefer my elected politician to set up his crib.

POOKIE’S ADVENTURES IN CALIFORNIA:

I suspect my time here in the United States may be shorter than I planned. In addition to visiting friends and family and medical checkups and the like, my plans also had included minding and tutoring Hayden while his mother, SWAC, travels on another junket. I have recently learned that she has decided to park him with her newest male maid during her absence so that allocation of time for my visit appears be unnecessary.

On the other hand, although I will undoubtedly be sad at the passing of my relationship with someone I cared about, I can now concentrate on those friends and relations that have been so indulgent with me.

Having not had much opportunity to exercise these past few days, I walked the eight mile round trip to have dinner with my son Jason, his wife Hiromi and my lovable granddaughter Amanda. I plan to take Amanda with me on Sunday to view the entertainment of Fleet Week including the Blue Angels air show.

PAPA JOES TALES AND FABLES:

See: http://papajoesfables.wordpress.com/

JOEY’S MYSTERY NOVEL:

RED STAR

Chapter: Blackhawk Down (cont.)

“Gods providence moves all things,” intoned Reverend Michael.

“I’d also like thank you Harry for taking time out from your duties as a Guardians of the Disciples to join us today. Your work is essential to rooting our the cancer of liberals and progressives that is killing our nation. Their lethal ideological radiation is poisoning us and our children and must be stopped.”

He glanced from one to the other then looked down for a moment then raised his head and continued, “This demonic which hunt by the liberals in congress and the administration must not interfere with our plans to pave the way for the second coming. We must stop them and even resort to violence if necessary. I know that you understand that and know what needs to be done.”

“Yes we do,” said Harry. “I and the other Guardians have worked hard to prepare ourselves for the struggle.”

“I know you have,” Reverend Michael responded.

He then shook his head slowly and continued, God is displeased with America for its pride and arrogance, for killing 40 million unborn babies, for the universality of profanity and for other forms of immorality. We need to accept the truth that this nation will suffer in many ways for departing from the principles of righteousness. ‘The wages of sin is death,’ as it says in Romans 6, both for individuals and for entire cultures.”

He then slowly rose from his chair and said to them, “You both know what needs to be done. I will leave you to you planning.”

He stopped and smiled and said, “Congressman Reffo and Congressman Cantor are waiting for me at the first tee. Sadly one is member of the Catholic Church, ‘The Great Whore,’ ‘apostate church,’ and the other a Jew, one of those no longer spiritually alive whom God sent Hitler to hunt down in preparation for the second coming. But, they support much of our mission. Perhaps some-day God will see fit for them to see his light and leave their cult systems and join us.”

He then walked toward the door and when he reached it he turned and said with a serious expression on his face, “You know, of course, that golf is the devils own game.”

They all chuckled as he turned, opened the door, hesitated a moment and looking back over his shoulder said to the two men, “I also think it is time we rid ourselves of that abomination.” He then went out and closed the door.

PEPE’S POTPOURRI:

a. I didn’t know that (from Phillip):

Q: Why do ships and aircraft use ‘Mayday’ as their call for help?

A: This comes from the French word m’aidez, meaning ‘help me’ — and is pronounced, approximately, ‘Mayday.’

b. Yiddish for the beginner:

latke: potato pancake, especially during Hanukkah.
Litvak: a Lithuanian Jew.
lox: smoked salmon.
macher: big shot, important person. mamzer: bastard.
maven: expert; when used in a negative sense: a know-it-all. mazel: luck.
Mazal Tov: congratulations!
megillah: a tediously detailed discourse.
mensch: an upright man; a decent human being.
meshuga, also meshugge, meshugah, meshuggah: crazy.

c. From God’s Mouth to your ears:

“Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.”
Psalm 137:9

All too often, God shows that he can be a real asshole.

d. Human “Fingerprints” on Recent Climate Change:

e. Testosterone Chronicles:

The word “penis” is taken from the Latin word for “tail.” Some derive that from Indo-European *pesnis, and the Greek word πέος = “penis” from Indo-European *pesos. Prior to the adoption of the Latin word in English the penis was referred to as a “yard”. The Oxford English Dictionary cites an example of the word yard used in this sense from 1379, and notes that in his Physical Dictionary of 1684, Steven Blankaart defined the word penis as “the Yard, made up of two nervous Bodies, the Channel, Nut, Skin, and Fore-skin, etc.”

This item made me nervous. If it made anyone else nervous also, should we two be referred to as a Yard or a penis? Can two anxious women be called a penis? Am I misreading Blankaart or trying to be funny and failing? What does this have to do with testosterone? Testosterone is a hormone primarily found in men and generally revealed through his obsession with the size of his and other men’s Yards. Today I am suffering from an attack of testosterone poisoning.

f. Department of abasement, apology and correction:

It was pointed out to me that Steve Jobs natural parents were married when they gave him up for adoption. I apologize for the mis-information.

TODAY’S QUOTE:

“A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain.”
— Mark Twain

TODAY’S CARTOON:

(Thanks to Cordt for sharing this on Facebook)

TODAY’S CHARTS:

Where is the press’ so-called ‘liberal’ bias?

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This and that from re Thai r ment, by 3Th. 27 Joey 0001 (April 17. 2012)

TODAY FROM THAILAND:

A. POOKIE’S ADVENTURES IN THAILAND:

The Songkran holidays have ended. In other good news, the Good David’s medical tests have been negative. Cordt unfortunately (not for him) is returning to live in Chiang Mai. Hayden called to report to me that although he has been good, SWAC has not.

The water in the health club pool that I reported a week or so ago was delightful has become unpleasantly warm. Nevertheless, today for the first time I have been able to match the effort level I had obtained before I left for the US in January.

The business plan I have been working on with my sister Mary Anne has been put on hold while her company considers her ideas.

Bangkok has become unbearably hot in the afternoons (it is the “mad dog” days after all) so I spend them napping in my apartment, air conditioner on high.

I try to read the english language Thai newspapers every day so I could be up to date on things like politics, business and fashion in the country. I have been disappointed. It seems as though the entire country has decided to spend its afternoons like me, napping. Local politics seem to have gone into a lull ever since it appeared that Thaksin the Terrible, the deposed fugitive exiled ex-Prime Minister and brother to Princess Young and Lucky, the current Prime Minister, and Prodigious Prem, leader of the coup that ousted him, have come to some sort of agreement that Prodigious Prem would suffer no reprisals should Thaksin the Terrible be allowed to return to the country and assume some sort of power.

It seems as though Thailand like the rest of the world is just waiting to see how things turn out since no one seems to have any credible idea of what to do about anything.

B. NEWS STRAIGHT OR SLIGHTLY BENT:

1. Fantasy Maid Service of Lubbock Texas:
Melissa Borrett, 26, began Fantasy Maid Service of Lubbock as a way to make extra money. She charges customers $100 per hour to clean their homes, and at their request, she can do the dusting in lingerie or in the buff, according to ABC’s “Good Morning America.” The young entrepreneur started the service in February. Now, just a few months later, she has three other women working for her. The Lubbock Police Department has announced that they are keeping a close eye on Ms Borrett’s enterprise.

I bet the whole town would like to also.

2. Lawrence Deptola Of Utica New York Attempts To Rob Three Banks With A Toilet Plunger.
About a week ago, Utica Police responded to a report of an armed robbery at a Key Bank location. Deptola, plunger in hand, entered the branch and started screaming obscenities, demanding that bank employees put money in a bag. He threatened tellers with the suction-stick, police said.

3. Vampires in Politics:
In 2010, CBS reported that Jonathon “The Impaler” Sharkey ran a little-known campaign to become America’s first vampire president. As for presumed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, he’s firmly anti-vampire, according to Washington Monthly. President Obama, meanwhile, at least in one filmmaker’s view, is capable of becoming a vampire hunter.

4. St Stupid’s Day

In case you missed it, on April 1 San Francisco celebrated St. Stupid Day with the annual St Stupid’s Day Parade.

(Graphic unavailable at this time)

I apologize for the chauvinism, but I will take St. Stupid’s Day over Songkran any day.

PETRILLO’S COMMENTARY:

The Financial Industry continues to believe that gambling with your money and taking a substantial house cut is good for the economy. Many political leaders seem to have become sympathetic to the idea that war in Iran is good for the economy. In the US John Kyle and several other Senators have taken the position that lowering taxes on the wealthy and raising them on the less wealthy is good for the economy. There appears a consensus is building that encouraging global warming by increasing the use of hydrocarbons then later embarking on a “Manhattan Project” style crash program to remove them from the environment can be good for the economy. Limiting availability of health care, it has been argued, is good for the economy. More guns are obviously good for the economy.

With so many things that are good for the economy how come the economy is so bad?

MOPEY JOE’S MEMORIES: THE NAKED MOLE RAT CHRONICLES and JOEY’S MYSTERY NOVEL:

Still in hiding

PAPA JOES TALES AND FABLES:

See: http://papajoesfables.wordpress.com/

TODAY’S FACTOIDS:

1. Asia Rising:

2. Public opinion on environmental proposals:

3. What is really newsworthy:

Recently Reuters reported on a study that found 12 percent of men aged 16-24 wanted sex less often.

The world will end soon.

PEPE’S POTPOURRI:

1. What “Occupy” is all about and what it really wants:

Wait, it costs more to drive in Canada? Well, there you are; that just goes to show what socialized medicine does to a nation. In fact, all those high gas cost countries have socialized medicine. Perhaps they are healthier than we are, but we get to drive more. Then again what we save on gasoline we can spend on health care. It all works out.

2. Department of abasement, apology and correction:

A few posts ago I confused Songkran with Songkhla. Songkran is the water festival celebrated in Thailand in April. Songkhla is a city and province in southern Thailand noted for its beaches, large fresh water lake and occasional bombings. I could not keep my songs straight. I am sorry.

POOKIE FOR PRESIDENT:

Please see the blog: http://papajoestales.wordpress.com/

Pookie believes that separation of church and state does not mean a President of the US should completely ignore  the nations religious leaders opinions. He might wish to consider the following 10 policies suggested by leaders of the Catholic Church while still disagreeing with proposals to impose limitations on personal choice based upon sectarian religious doctrine.

1. War in Iraq. Pope John Paul II was against anyone going to war against Iraq.
2. Health Care. The Conference of Catholic Bishops requires that health care be provided to all Americans.
3. Death Penalty. The Catholic Church opposes the death penalty for criminals in almost all situations.
4. Minimum Wage. The US Conference of Bishops has urged that the federal minimum wage be increased, for the working poor.
5. Welfare. The bishops want welfare for all needy families, saying “We reiterate our call for a minimum national welfare benefit that will permit children and their parents to live in dignity.
6. Right to Work.The US bishops say that “the basic rights of workers must be respected–the right to productive work, to decent and fair wages, to the organization and joining of unions…”.
7. Near East. Catholic bishops demand the withdrawal of Israel from Palestinian territories occupied in 1967.
8. Immigration. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops ripped into Arizona’s law on treatment of immigrants, Cardinal Roger Mahony characterized Arizona’s S.B. 1070 as “the country’s most retrogressive, mean-spirited, and useless anti-immigrant law,” saying it is based on “totally flawed reasoning: that immigrants come to our country to rob, plunder, and consume public resources.”
9. Illegal Immigration. The Bishops have urged that illegal immigrants not be treated as criminals and that their contribution to this country be recognized.
10. War with Iran. The US Conference of Bishops has denounced, as has the Pope, the Bush idea of ‘preventive war’, and has come out against an attack on Iran in the absence of a real and present threat of an Iranian assault on the US.

TODAY’S QUOTE:

TODAY’S CHART:

Why is it that Republican politicians seem to always run against “big government,” but grow it the most when they are in power? It must be like Dick Chaney said of the size of the deficit; that it really does not matter when Republicans are in control.

TODAY’S CARTOON:

TODAY’S PHOTOGRAPH:

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