- ivman's blague - http://blog.ivman.com -

How Good Is Your Memory?

The other evening when we had several couples over for dinner, we had a lot of laughs around the table all evening. We were all especially amused at one of the exchanges in particular. When I said that I didn't remember that our elderly guests had lived in a certain place in the past, the wife said to her husband, "Honey, do I remember that?" We were all very amused at her remark, and fortunately she laughed right along with the rest of us. I'm sure, though, that it can't be fun to struggle more and more with memory in the aging process. I have enough problems with memory already. 🙂

You long-time readers know that I usually steer away from most things political on my blog. But I'm going to start this post off with some heavier stuff than usual because there's something that's really bothering me. Please stick with me before skipping on to the lighter stuff at the end.

Next week we have our national elections, along with local and state issues as well. I have become increasingly disturbed at the dishonesty of the present administration. Many/most politicians are known to bend, spindle, and even mutilate the truth, but lately distortion has grown to epic proportions. And I'm going to mention an issue I'd like you to remember as you cast your votes. There are those who don't want us to remember certain facts, or even to know about them in the first place.

If the only news you get comes through the major media outlets, you probably do not even know that, for over a month, there has been a cover up by the Obama administration as they have knowingly and continually lied to the American people about what happened in the attack and deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya. The mainstream media (MSM) is complicit in the cover up, knowing that by reporting the real news, the guy for whom they're totally in the tank will be seen for what he really is. If you are unaware of some of the news from Benghazi, check out alternative news sources available online. A good place to start is this post on PowerLine blog [1]. The blog post quotes in totality an article published by Mark Steyn. Some of the language in his article is not for the faint of heart as Steyn quotes VP Joe Biden's incredible remarks to the father of one of the Navy Seals killed in the terrorist attack.

The media, long-known for its liberal bias, had no qualms about trying to derail the re-election of an incumbent president [2] at almost exactly this same point in the 2004 campaign, with the obvious intent of trying to make the Bush administration look bad. Yet the MSM do not report genuine, current matters of national security that could help voters decide if they want four more years of this. There has been all kinds of news that the MSM has chosen to withhold during the last four years — news that would have looped endlessly if a conservative were the president. I find such dereliction of duty pathetic.

Will Rogers said, "The short memories of American voters is what keeps our politicians in office." I hope as we go into the polling places next week that we will remember broken promises. I was able to find a news outlet that listed the broken promises Obama made in the 2008 election — http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/obameter/rulings/promise-broken [3] Obama doesn't want you to remember that he has a record that he must run from rather than on.

Now on to the lighter side of faulty memories....

Here's an exchange between a lawyer and a witness:

Q: This illness, does it really affect your memory?
A: Yes.
Q: And how does it affect your memory?
A: I forgot.
Q: You forgot! Can you give us an example of what you have forgotten?

divider

Some Q & A from an AARP Forum:

Q: What is the most common remark made by 50+ year olds when they enter antique stores?
A: Wow, I remember these.

Q: Is it common for 50+ year olds to have problems with short term memory storage?
A: Storing memory is not a problem, retrieving it is a problem.

Q: Where should 50+ year olds look for eye glasses?
A: On their foreheads.

Q: Why should 50+ year old people use valet parking?
A: Valets don't forget where they park your car.

divider

Three old men are at the doctor for a memory test. The doctor says to the first old man, "What is three times three?"

"274," is his reply.

The doctor says to the second man, "It's your turn. What is three times three?"

"Tuesday" replies the second man.

The doctor says to the third man, "Okay, your turn. What's three times three"?

"Nine" says the third man.

"That's great!" says the doctor. "How did you get that"?

"Simple," says the third man. "I subtracted 274 from Tuesday."

divider

An elderly husband and wife noticed that they were beginning to forget many little things around the house. They were afraid that this could be dangerous, as one of them may accidentally forget to turn off the stove and thus cause a fire. So, they decided to go see their physician to get some help. Their physician told them that many people their age find it useful to write themselves little notes as reminders. The elderly couple thought this sounded wonderful, and left the doctor's office very pleased with the advice.

When they got home, the wife said, "Dear, will you please go to the kitchen and get me a dish of ice cream? And why don't you write that down so you won't forget?"

"Nonsense," said the husband, "I can remember a dish of ice cream!"

"Well," said the wife, "I'd also like some strawberries on it. You better write that down, because I know you'll forget."

"Don't be silly," replied the husband. "A dish of ice cream and some strawberries. I can remember that!"

"OK, dear, but I'd like you to put some whipped cream on top. Now you'd really better write it down now. You'll forget," said the wife.

"Come now, my memory's not that bad," said the husband. "No problem — a dish of ice cream with strawberries and whipped cream."

With that, the husband shut the kitchen door behind him. The wife could hear him getting out pots and pans and making some noise inconsistent with his preparing a dish of ice cream, strawberries, and whipped cream. He emerged from the kitchen about 15 minutes later.

Walking over to his wife, he presented her with a plate of bacon and eggs. The wife took one look at the plate, glanced up at her husband and said, "Hey, you forgot the toast!"

divider

Please remember to do some fact checking before casting your votes next week. And if you have family or friends who don't know about the information that I gave you or that you discover as you do some digging, please pass it on so that others can make informed votes. You might want to explore the Drudge Report [4], a news aggregation site run by Matt Drudge, for other bits of news of which you've been deprived as the MSM joins the president in their mutual dereliction of duty.

I look forward to my readers' reactions and insights, as well as their favorite sources of real news.

quotation...

Today's quotation is from my Sunday School teacher. He was talking about surrendering our will to God's will, but I think the principle applies to the elections as well.

"People refuse to surrender when they believe that their current conditions are better than the conditions under the one to whom they would surrender." — Bill Moorehead

Rob

Here's to hoping we'll get to enjoy four better years than the four our nation just endured!