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Who started/brought on Coronavirus?

Who started/brought on Coronavirus?

China did – the current meme of the right – China virus, Wuhan virus.

Europe did – Trump claims about hotspots here in America.

North Korea did – Jerry Falwell

The American army did – new meme from China

WHO did? World Health Organization? Haven’t seen that one yet. Soon?

Walmart plastic bags that won't separate. (Venting)

Walmart plastic bags that won't separate. (Venting)

Cashier lines were very busy/full. Not enough cashiers.

Tried self-service register but the plastic bags won't separate for old folks with bad hands.

Finally left the cart.

If they don't want to provide helpful service, let them put it away.

Getting old and cranky?

No. Gotten!

We have seen other companies that can get bags that are user friendly.

No witnesses at Senate trial - lies by omission

No witnesses at Senate trial - lies by omission


Telling the Truth
September 2, 2009 - 9:15 AM - 0 Comments
Marilyn vos Savant
By Marilyn vos Savant

Alano Gray (New York, New York) writes:

Marilyn: I’ve been working in a legal environment for ten years. Believe it or not, most attorneys cannot explain the difference between “the truth,” “the whole truth,” and “nothing but the truth.” You once wrote a brilliant definition of what differentiates them, but I’ve been unable to locate it in your archives. Can you repeat it?

Marilyn responds:

Here’s the original question and answer, abbreviated:

Ed Hausafus of Eagle Creek, Oregon, writes:

Marilyn: When swearing in witnesses, court clerks ask them to promise to tell “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.” What is the difference between the three? And if there is none, why don’t they just ask witnesses to promise to be truthful?

Marilyn responds:

There’s a difference. And the truths are all stated explicitly because some people try to weasel out of promises while still insisting that they’ve kept them. First, witnesses are asked to tell “the truth.” This means that they must not lie in response to a question.

Second, they’re asked to tell “the whole truth.” This means something else. For example, if a governor says that “in my state, we’ve moved 17,000 people from welfare to work” and omits adding the fact that in his state, 25,000 other people moved from work to welfare at the same time, he has told “the truth” but he hasn’t told “the whole truth.” That is, the net effect was that 8,000 more people were on welfare, not 17,000 fewer.

Third, witnesses are asked to tell “nothing but the truth.” This is yet another concept. For example, if a person tells the truth in response to a question and then adds a lie, he or she has told “the truth” but he hasn’t told “nothing but the truth.” And although none of this will stop truly dishonest people, at least it gives us good ammunition to charge them with perjury.

Trump's wall falls over. Stable genius. Not stable wall.

Trump's wall falls over.

Portion of new border wall falls in Mexicali


They couldn't even brace it while the concrete set.

What if enough Senate republicans can't make it to the trial vote?

What if enough Senate republicans can't make it to the trial vote?

Flat tire? Terrible head cold?

Could there be enough ratio of guilty to innocent to convict?

And no republicans would have to vote innocent.

Lindsey Graham's Bronze Star

Lindsey Graham's Bronze Star

For Lindsey Graham, years of light duty, promotions as a lawmaker in the Air Reserve


"Last year, the Army awarded Graham a Bronze Star for serving on the detention task force."
(2014 awarded)



a. The Bronze Star Medal is awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity in or with the military of the United States after 6 December 1941, distinguished himself or herself by heroic or meritorious achievement or service, not involving participation in aerial flight, while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.

b. Awards may be made for acts of heroism, performed under circumstances described above, which are of lesser degree than required for the award of the Silver Star.

c. Awards may be made to recognize single acts of merit or meritorious service. The required achievement or service while of lesser degree than that required for the award of the Legion of Merit must nevertheless have been meritorious and accomplished with distinction.

Australia / Bar Harbor fires 1947

Australia / Bar Harbor fires 1947



Mount Desert, Fires of 1947

"In less than three hours the wildfire traveled six miles, leaving behind a three-mile wide path of destruction."
My mother said she remembers the radio reporting the fire as it was happening.

People were on the edge of Bar Harbor being rescued by boats.

In the 60s, we would go down to the island and you could still see the dead, burned trees of the forest.



Australia’s bushfire crisis has claimed at least two more lives, authorities confirmed on Tuesday, as dozens of fires tore through several towns on the east coast and forced thousands of people to take shelter on beaches.

Grandma's Thanksgiving Invitation Dear Family:

Grandma's Thanksgiving Invitation

Dear Family:

I'm not dead yet. Thanksgiving is still important to me.
If being in my Last Will and Testament is important to you, then you
might consider being with me for my favorite holiday.

Dinner is at 2:00, NOT 2:15, NOT 2:05. Two (2:00)
Arrive late and you get what's left over.

Last year, that moron Marshall fried a turkey in one of those contraptions and practically burned the deck off the house. This year, the only peanut oil used to make the meal will be from the secret scoop of peanut butter I add to the carrot soup.

Jonathan, your last new wife was an idiot. You don't arrive at someone's house on Thanksgiving needing to use the oven and the stove. Honest to God I thought you might have learned after two wives - date them longer and save us all the agony of another divorce.

Now, the house rules are slightly different. This year because I have decided that 2/3 of you don't know how to take care of nice things, then paper plates and red Solo cups might be bad for the environment, but I'll be gone soon and that will be your problem to deal with.

1. The University of Texas no longer plays Texas A&M. The television
stays off during the meal.

2. The "no cans for kids" rule still exists. We are using 2 liter bottles because your children still open a third can before finishing the first two. Parents can fill child's cup when it is empty. All of the cups have names on them and I'll be paying close attention to refills.

3. Chloe, last year we were at Trudy's house and I looked the other way when your Jell-O salad showed up. This year, if Jell-O salad comes in the front door it will go right back out the back door with the garbage. Save yourself some time, honey. You've never been a good cook and you shouldn't bring something that wiggles more than you. Buy something from the bakery.

4. Grandmothers give grandchildren cookies and candy. That is a fact of life. Your children can eat healthy at your home. At my home, they can eat whatever they like as long as they finish it.

5. I cook with bacon and bacon grease. That's nothing new. Your being a vegetarian doesn't change the fact that stuffing without bacon is like egg salad without eggs. Even the green bean casserole has a little bacon grease in it. That's why it tastes so good. Not eating bacon is just not natural. And as far as being healthy, look at me. I’ve outlived almost everyone I know.

6. Salad at Thanksgiving is a waste of space.

7. I do not like cell phones. Leave them in the car.

8. I do not like video cameras. There will be 32 people here. I am sure you can capture lots of memories without the camera pointed at me.

9. Being a mother means you have to actually pay attention to the kids. I have nice things and I don't put them away just because company is coming over. Mary, watch your kids and I'll watch my things.

10. Speaking of being a mother; if you are babysitting a neighbor’s kid, it is not automatically family here.
Take them back home or put them in one. Or tell the neighbors to send enough money to pay for a restaurant meal.

11. Rhonda, a cat that requires a shot twice a day is a cat that has lived too many lives. I think staying home to care for the cat is your way of letting me know that I have lived too many lives too. I can live with that. Can you?

12. Words mean things! I say what I mean. Let me repeat: You don't need to bring anything means you don't need to bring anything. And if I did tell you to bring something, bring it in the quantity I said. Really, this doesn't have to be difficult.

13. Domino's and cards are better than anything that requires a battery or an on/off switch. That was true when you were kids and it's true now that you have kids.

14. Showing up for Thanksgiving guarantees presents at Christmas. Not showing up guarantees a card that may or may not be signed.

In memory of your Grandfather, the back fridge will be filled with beer.
Drink until it is gone. I prefer wine anyway. But one from each family
needs to be the designated driver. I really mean all of the above.

Love You, Grandma.


Lt. Col. Vindman was wounded by an IUD

Wounded in Iraq

unfortunate typos
GQ corrects story to say Lt. Col. Vindman was hit by IED, not an IUD
Paul Szoldra
November 22, 2019 at 01:09 PM


GQ Magazine has issued a correction to an Oct. 29 story about Army Lt. Col. Alexander
Vindman, assuring its readers that the soldier earned a Purple Heart for wounds he
received from an IED, not an IUD, which is something quite different.

Teamwork, set, fakeout, kill shot

Teamwork, set, fakeout, kill shot

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