Reintarnation (reprise)

Two amusing tales for the price of one. In other words, they’re free so their’s so reason to complain. If you enjoyed these enlightening and amusing stories by Russell, you can find in the upper right of the blog two book covers you can click on to get more. To help Russell even farther, just reblog this post as I did. 🙂 — Suzanne

What's So Funny?

“What in tarnation are you up to?” This question came up frequently when I was a child. For some reason, Mom felt the need to question my actions and scrutinize the purity of my motives. Ideas were sent hurtling across the vast expanse of my young mind at the speed of a sloth wading through molasses. So many in fact, that I had to plug my ears to keep them from spilling out onto my shoulders—especially when Mom used that dreaded word, “tarnation.” 

Flash forward fifty years.  ~  My wife revises Mom’s line of questioning to ask, “What in tarnation are you writing about now?” 

The repetition of this word brings me to the conclusion that there must be nation called Tar (located somewhere between my ears) responsible for the generation of brilliant ideas. Thoughts passing through this country more than once are subject to a process called reintarnation—a form…

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Another WTF Moment …

On the news, they were of two minds. One was that it was about time he visits the troops. The other was that he outright lied to those troops as he often does to others. The cost of the trip was not mentioned. What was mentioned was his using the trip to campaign which is against the rules.

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Now wait just a doggone minute here!  Donald Trump willfully, irresponsibly, and recklessly shuts down the government, affecting close to one million federal workers, emasculating the food stamp program, demands that the case against him for emoluments violations cannot proceed, as his lawyers are not allowed to work during the shutdown, but he can take Air Force One and make an unplanned trip to Iraq for no better reason than a photo op???

Would you all like to know that it costs between $180,000 and $200,000 per flight hour to operate Air Force One?  PER. FLIGHT. HOUR.  The trip to Iraq would have taken somewhere between 13- 15 hours.  Do the math.  No wait, I’ll even do it for you.  Round trip, the cost of Air Force One alone for this photo op on which Trump also took his ‘wife’, was between $4,680,000 and $6,000,000.  Let me repeat … it…

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Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Jim describes his family’s Christmas traditions Also, there’s a good book by him on offer.

Jim Webster


There are a lot of Christmas traditions about. Some are long lasting, some almost transient. A friend of mine used to be in the catering/retail trade and one year, calling in the wholesalers just before Christmas, discovered that the wholesalers already had Easter eggs. You can see their point; there is no real point in a wholesaler majoring of Christmas items on the 20th December.

So my friend bought some of the Easter eggs, and his nephews got them for Christmas as part of their Christmas present from their delightfully eccentric uncle. Easter eggs in their Christmas stocking became, for that small group of small boys, a venerable and much loved tradition which eventually faded away with the passing of the years.

But there are all sorts of Christmas traditions. Some are faith based, some are particular to a nation, a community, and the best ones, the ones that…

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Jolly Christmas Eve …

“Twas the Night Before Christmas” and some background on it. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year 2019 to all.

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‘Tis the day before Christmas and both Jolly and I have much to accomplish … and little good cheer to share.  We did, however, bake you cookies!  In lieu of my usual funny stories, and as a nod to Christmas Eve, I bring you a timeless classic …

Night Before Christmas‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;xmas-1The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap,xmas-2When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a…

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What Next???

It’s bad but are we surprised by this new placement.? Fear not we are being defended by businessmen. No, it’s not a joke, unfortunately.

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On Thursday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis tendered his letter of resignation to Donald Trump, finally having had enough of Trump ignoring his sage advise and making foolish decisions that endanger the United States as well as the rest of the world.  Mattis gave his final day in his position as February 28, 2019, in order to allow time for a replacement to be nominated and confirmed, as well as a transition period.James-MattisThe international outcry on hearing the news of Mattis’ resignation was loud and clear – basically amounting to fear that there is no longer a sane mind in the Trump administration and how can the U.S. remain a trusted ally.  There were many criticisms of Trump (well-deserved) from world leaders as well as from republicans in Congress.

Trump-angryTrump was apparently offended by the criticism and, as is his modus operandi, sought revenge by rejecting General Mattis’ offer…

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In the bleak midwinter

An interesting tale of farm life with electrical problems from a rain and wind storm. Also a book by Jim Webster on offer. It has a great review to accompany it.

Jim Webster


From memory it was 2005. It started when I had to take a dead bullock up to a veterinary investigation centre north of Penrith. At the time I was driving a Ford Granada I’d inherited from my late father. A nice car, not a lot of acceleration but it was lovely to drive and once it got up to speed it would cruise without any apparent effort.

I was towing a cattle trailer with the dead bullock in it, and we went up the M6. This is where I started having problems. There was a gale blowing out of the south west and it was pushing me north. Unfortunately there wasn’t a lot of weight in the trailer and if I went much over 50mph the damn thing started to fishtail! So I was driving uphill with my foot more on the brake than the accelerator.

Anyway I dumped the…

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Why And How President Ordered Withdrawal US Troops From Syria With Help From Russia, Turkey

The Trump withdrawal plans for U.S. troops from Syria.

Gronda Morin

It’s my hypothesis that the Russian President Vladimir Putin Trump had been leaning on the US republican President Donald Trump for months to withdraw US troops from Syria but the president was being constrained by all the foreign policy experts around him.

President Trump came up with a plan in early December 2018 to have his team set up a phone call between both the US and Turkish presidents. Around December 14, 2018, President Trump placed a call to Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan where he created the pretext to justify his orders to evacuate all US troops from Syria. This commitment was even a surprise to the Turkish leader, but a pleasant one.

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This move by President Trump is viewed by foreign policy experts, as a Christmas gift to US adversaries, Russia, Iran, ISIS and the US ne’re do well ally, Turkey. Iran couldn’t be more pleased…

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