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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. 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 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 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....
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More Signs from Readers

Since several readers have sent me signs recently, I'll post some of my favorites today. Most of them need no comment from me, but your comments are, of course, most welcome. 🙂

Here are several that help us to be more considerate drivers...
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Are You What You Eat?

Some years back, there was an ad on TV for Nutri-Grain bars. The gist of the ad, without coming out and saying it in so many words, was — you eat it, you wear it! Or rather you are what you eat. The makers of the ad superimposed over various parts of people's anatomies some recognizable food items in a creative manner to illustrate their idea. One such person was a man with a donut around his waist trying and failing to get through a turnstile because of his donut. Another was a woman walking along with cinnamon rolls on her posterior. You can view the ad on YouTube. I've done a screen shot of the one segment I'm talking about for you to see below:

What does that have to do with today's blog post? Well, my German students have begun learning German irregular verbs. In German the third person one eats (man isst) sounds just like one is (man ist). Only when written are the verb forms distinguishable. I told my students to try to imagine the horror of learning that the person they were talking to is saying man isst, was man ist = you eat what you are, instead of the other way around. No German would say that, of course, since that would be advancing cannabilism. But in writing, spelling can be a life and death matter!

Back in 1998 when I was sending my "instant vacations" by e-mail, (see about page) I did an iv on cannibals. Of course, cannibalism is a deplorable practice, and there's nothing funny about what cannibals do. So the humor in these jokes lies in the puns and the other plays on words, rather than the topic itself. Please don't "chew me out" or "bite my head off" for posting these cannibal jokes. Just groan, delete, or cheerfully share them — how ever it is that you react. 🙂

Here goes....

A traveler met up with a cannibal who was practicing spear throwing at targets. The traveler noticed that the cannibal was very accurate no matter if he threw with his left or right hand. At seeing this the traveler thought out loud, "Boy, I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous like that." The cannibal turned quickly and said, "I'll take it!"
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Election Time Ironies

With elections coming in less than four weeks from now, I thought I'd share a few things my readers have sent me that highlight several election time ironies. (Are any of the rest of you, like me, more than ready for the end of this year's campaigning?!)

Two readers in Ohio have sent me campaign posters for a man who is running for sheriff in their county. Here's one of the signs that shows the irony of this candidate's name:

Here's another campaign poster for the same candidate.
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What’s UP?

Recently Becka and I rented and watched the Disney Pixar movie UP and enjoyed it immensely. Whoever wrote the script really understood little boys. Then this past week I received an e-mail from a long-time friend about the word up and thought it would make a good blog post. After tidying up and reworking the e-mail, I'm posting it to up the educational value of my blog.

I'm fairly certain that the only two-letter word in English that could be a noun [n], verb [v], adjective [adj], adverb [adv], preposition [prep], and also an abbreviation is up. And no other two-letter English word has more meanings. You will have to be up on your grammar to recognize what part of speech up is each time it is used. To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of up, look up the word up in the dictionary. In a small dictionary, it takes up almost 1/4 of the page and can add up to about thirty definitions.

Don't mess up as you use this word. Using it correctly is up to you.
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