Shoppin for the holidays
It is late in the day, you are loaded down with bags of recent purchases, in tow are three little dinkers, it is cold and the wind has a bite to it. They are cold and they are cranky. And to make matters worse, you cannot for the life of you figure out where it was exactly that you have parked the family car.
You walk a ways, stop, lean down and admonish everyone to just “shush, so Mommie can find the car” and then slowly the right arm goes up, at the end of the arm in her hand, the keys to the automobile and the remote control. She pushes it several times and changes the angle and direction, again she clicks it and nothing.
Then she says, “Okay we will have to walk some more.” Life in America. Christmas time at the mall.
Actually I did that once. Well, I had a similar experience you might say. It was at the State Fair, we walked out into this vast lot and down the row, at the end of the row I stopped in front of what was a vacant spot. The wife looked at me and said, “Where is the car? Where did you park the car?” and I pointed to the vacant spot and said, “right there.”
She then in a very understanding manner blurted out ……. “Don’t screw around I am cold.” But that is where I parked it, and then later on, someone came by and stole it. I sure hope Mommie finds the car this day, I know exactly how she feels.
You Want Fries With That?
Americans now weigh on average, six pounds more than they did some seven years ago. Nearly 60% of American’s say they would like to lose weight, while 34% want to maintain their weight, 6% were busy eating and would not talk with their mouth full. Here are some other numbers for you. 59% of all Americans say they favor a labor union compared with 31% who hold an unfavorable opinion of unions.
Good News For Our Border Buddies.
The dollar in recent weeks has made a small comeback, and has actually risen against the Mexican Peso spurring a new flood of Mexican immigration. The favorable exchange rate enables Mexicans in the U.S., to send even more money home.
Just one very apparent snag, all of the jobs for immigrants in the U.S. have dried up with this dog economy that Bush has left us with. A year ago $1,000 bought about 10,000 peso’s. Today the same sum buys 13,400 peso’s. But it is the same old sad story … those who need it most, don’t have it.
Winona Ryder maybe in a little hot water, it seems some $125,000 worth of jewelry she had on loan, has disappeared. She claims that she left it with the desk clerk in the hotel after the party and that they had them for “safe keeping.” The actress, who was convicted of shoplifting in 2001 swears that she doesn’t know what happened to them, and the hotel has no video tape evidence of her ever turning the items over to the desk clerk. Hmmm?
T’is the season to be generous
Fort Myers Florida. For the third year in a row, a gold coin worth about $1,000 has shown up in a Salvation Army kettle in Lee County. The Liberty Eagle coin was left with a message on its case: “In Memory of Mimi.” Salvation Army Maj. Art Penhale said the money will help 3,200 families.
I didn’t see nuthin’
Washington DC. An independent review of the city tax office said manager Harriette Walters was able to embezzle more than $48 million largely because of a “culture of apathy and silence” in the office. The conclusion is part of a report by law firm WilmerHale, hired by the City Council.
Now let us pause to stop and reflect, shall we?
- Security in our society is everywhere.
- There are camera’s at the mall, cameras in the convenience stores, at the stop lights.
- There are cameras at the bank, guards at the bank, and cameras at the ATM Machines
- We are for the most part … Constantly watched …
- Yet this gal walks off with $48 million and some banker toad in New York fleeces investors out of over $50 Billion.
Things have surely gotten better in this country. When they dug the Erie Canal, they paid $1 and a quart of whiskey per day … Now people are walking off with an ocean of money and no one sees them do it.
Do The Math
My friend Bill in Florida, he will love this one. Now here is something interesting. 31% of Americans say that the recession has forced them to cut back on necessities such as food and medicine. While 38% say they have cut their heating and electric bills. And additional 67% say they plan to spend less on Christmas and Hanukkah gifts this year, this according to a CNN/Opinion Research.
Did you catch it?
That is 136% and this shows you why you can never believe statistic’s for their face value and of course, watch CNN for anything other than simple entertainment or time wasting.
Pull Up Yo’ Droppy Drawers … It’s about time.
Beaufort South Carolina. The Jasper County Council passed an ordinance prohibiting sagging pants in public – defined as more than 3 inches below the hips and exposing skin or underwear. The vote was 2-1, with two council members absent. The ordinance carries fines between $25 and $500. It also bars parents from allowing minors’ pants to sag. Dissenting Councilwoman Gladys Jones said sagging pants indicate a negative self-image, but the government should not dictate to parents.
So much for another Thursday gang, tomorrow we will talk about Mr. Bush and his farewell tour, “glad you are here, this is my version of 9-11 and how I did not start a pointless war, dismantle your Constitution or superciliously delete your rights, and would you please put your shoes back on, it is really stinking up the hall.“
Now even Condolesa is confessing “that in reality, nothing really bad ever happened, and it has been one big happy mistake.” Seems that if you lie down with a dog, you do get up smelling like one. Bush is leaving office with what might be a possible all time unfavorable record for a departing president.
Something like 18% of all American’s now say that they will definitely not miss him.
One thing for sure, the response “you are” is no longer acceptable as a response for the question “What’s Happening?” Now you can pack up and head for Texas, where you can sit in your new million dollar home furiously pressing the “refresh button” on your computer, trying to find someone to give you a speaking engagement to “replenish the old coffers” as you put it.
“The cartoon courtesy of Center for American Progress” (online)