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You Supply Joe the Plumber’s Punchline….

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The nickname "Joe the plumber" has become a household word, not only in the USA, but also all over the world. Many people have identified with this hardworking man and consider themselves Joe the carpenter, Jo the beautician, etc. I heard an interview with Joe last week and learned that, not having asked for this attention, he is not especially enjoying it and is quite angry about the invasions of his privacy by some agencies. On the right is a Reuters picture of the encounter of Obama and Joe that has catapulted a reluctant Joe into the limelight. If you'd like to read more about Joe the plumber, there's an article about him on Wikipedia.

Today someone sent me a Joe the plumber joke with the punch line missing on purpose. I thought it would be the perfect blog post for today. I know that there are some highly developed senses of humor that frequent my blog, and I appeal to my readers to comment with what they think would be the perfect punch line for this joke about another encounter of Joe and Obama.


Barack Obama discovers a leak under his sink and calls Joe the plumber to come and fix it.

Joe drives to Obama's house, which is in a very nice neighborhood where it's clear that all the residents make more than $250,000 per year (or $200,000 per year or $150,000 per year, depending on who's speaking and when).

Joe arrives and takes his tools into the house. He's shown the room that contains the leaky pipe under the sink. Joe figures it's an easy job that will take less than ten minutes. Obama is standing near the door and asks Joe how much it will cost.

Joe immediately says, "$9,500."

"$9,500?" Obama replies stunned. "But you said it's an easy job!"

"Yeah, but what I do is charge a lot more to my clients who make more than $250,000 per year so I can fix the plumbing of everybody who makes less than that for free," responds Joe.

Obama tells Joe there's no way he's paying that much, so Joe leaves.

A week later the leak gets so bad that the Obamas have had to put a bucket under the sink, and it fills up every two hours, so they call Joe back. Joe goes back to the Obamas', looks at the leaky pipe, and says, "It'll cost you about $21,000."

Obama exclaims, "A few days ago you told me it would cost only $9,500!"

Joe explains, "Well, a lot of rich people are learning how to fix their own plumbing, so there are fewer of you paying for all the free plumbing we're doing for the people who make less than $250,000 - and I refuse to charge the lesser income people for plumbing work."

Obama tries to straighten out Joe. "But don't you get it? If all the rich people learn how to do their own plumbing and you won't charge the poor people, what will you do for money?"

Joe immediately replies, "_______."


I'm looking forward to what my readers will come up with as the perfect punchline! I'm going to hold off publishing the comments until a lot of them accumulate. It will be interesting to compare them, once published.

Along the same lines as the story above.... My wife Becka said she was reading a blog she does not usually visit the other day - from a link on a blog she frequents - and read the following account: The blogger said that she recently went to a restaurant for dinner. Just outside the restaurant was a homeless man wearing an Obama t-shirt. Her waiter was also wearing an Obama t-shirt. At the end of the meal she told her waiter that since he and the homeless man were both for Obama, she was going to give the $10 tip she was planning to give the waiter to the homeless man outside instead. The waiter was not a happy man - apparently desirous that the "spreading the wealth around" be someone else's money.


"God has no problem making the unlikely happen." - Dr. Drew Conley

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You can tell the quality of people by the way they treat the people they don't need.

Peeking Out…

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Just peeking out.... I normally post to my blog on Monday evenings and Thursday mornings, but I just noticed in my blog stats that yesterday's blog post was my 250th. Wow, one-fourth of the way to 1,000 posts! I thought that that was worth a special post. A friend whom I considered the patron saint of the blog when I began my blog reminded me the other day that I told her at first that I didn't think I would enjoy blogging and would have nothing to write about. It was one of those "never say never" moments. Thanks for your encouragement, Bet! :-D

Another thing I'd like to share is a link to Radio France Internationale. One of their bureau chiefs, Anne Toulouse, came to BJU recently as part of a study she was doing for a report about the evangelical vote. I was asked if I was willing to be interviewed since it could be done in French. Anne was very kind and did not have any kind of axe to grind. Her "reportage" seems to be quite fair - mainly just reporting what she learned from the many people she interviewed. What a concept - a journalist who simply reports and doesn't editorialize! I've read several good articles lately about the death of journalism. You can see them by clicking here and here. You can listen to report on RFI - le poids du vote évangélique - by clicking here.

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Back to general lurkdom....

Tough Questions

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Do you enjoy fielding tough questions? As a teacher I have been accused of posing unanswerable questions on my tests. But let me tell you, I've been asked some real doozies by my students as well. Our children asked us some hard questions as they grew up. In fact at one stage of life, our son Mark asked so many questions that we nicknamed him "Question Mark." In case you've not seen a recent interview of Biden on a TV station in Florida, you can see it either on YouTube or on the WFTV website. It's clear that Biden, who has not had to field many tough questions in recent days, did not enjoy the experience.

Today's iv is a list of tough questions you probably wouldn't want to have to answer.

Can you cry under water?

How important does a person have to be before he's considered assassinated instead of just murdered?

If money doesn't grow on trees, why do banks have branches?

Since sandwich bread is square, why is sandwich meat round?

Why do you have to "put your two cents in" but it's only a "penny for your thoughts"? What's that extra penny going to?

What did cured ham actually have?

Why is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?

If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?

Why do people pay to go to the top of tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?

Do people in Australia call the rest of the world "up over"?

Can a stupid person be a smart-alec?

Why is it called lipstick if you can still move your lips?

Are part-time bandleaders semi-conductors?

Can you buy an entire chess set in a pawn shop?

Did Noah keep his bees in archives?

If a person thinks marathons are superior to sprints, is it considered racism?

Do they have reserved parking for non-handicapped people at the Special Olympics?

Why are there 5 syllables in the word "monosyllabic"?

Do you overthrow a puppet government with toy guns?

Do pilots take crash courses?

How many weeks are there in a light year?

If blind people wear dark glasses, should deaf people wear earmuffs?

What do you call a male ladybug?

What do chickens think we taste like?

If peanut butter cookies are made from peanut butter, then what are Girl Scout cookies made out of?

How does a shelf salesman keep his store from looking empty?

How does AVON find so many women willing to take orders?

If "pro" is the opposite of "con," then what is the opposite of progress?

How do they get a deer to cross at that yellow road sign?

Do hungry crows have ravenous appetites?

If people aren't supposed to drink and drive, why do bars have parking lots?

What was the greatest thing before sliced bread?

How can there be self-help "groups"?

Why do the signs that say "Slow Children" have a picture of a running child?

Before they invented drawing boards, what did they go back to?

How do you get off a non-stop flight?

When a Smurf chokes, what color does it turn?

Could someone ever get addicted to counseling? If so, what treatment could you give them?

What do you do when you see an endangered animal that eats only endangered plants?

If a stealth bomber crashes in a forest, will it make a sound?

What if there were no hypothetical questions?

How come wrong numbers are never busy?

What would a chair look like if your knees bent the other way?

Daylight savings time - why are they saving it and where do they keep it?

If I save time, when do I get it back?


Speaking of which, don't forget to switch your clocks back to standard time this weekend if you're on Daylight savings time here in the USA.

I'm sure my readers have some tough questions of their own that they could add. Please post them in the comments.

For a ten day period I had a poll question in the sidebar - Who do you think will be the next president of the USA? The results were 37 think it will be Obama, 32 think it will be McCain, and 1 thinks it will be a third-party candidate.


"Money is America's god, and money cannot save us." - Dr. Drew Conley

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To vacillate or not to vacillate, that is the question ... or is it?

Can We Believe What We See?

How do you know whether to believe what you see? With today's technology it's possible to alter images so that the changes are almost imperceptible. In addition to that, some people have great fun posing to create certain illusions. And sometimes people and objects are aligned quite accidentally to produce amusing effects. I wish I could find and scan in a hilarious picture taken in our living room where one the people standing in front of our fireplace ended up with what looked like antlers when the pictures were developed.

Here are some pictures that have been accumulating in my files. Some are undoubtedly contrived, but I think that some are purely serendipitous.

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In this final week before the elections, be careful. Reality is often distorted, and not everything may be as it appears. It's truly hard to know what and whom to believe. I'm glad to know One who is always to be trusted and believed!

If you have a funny picture similar to those above, please send it my way. I'll do another post in the future with the best ones I receive.


"Many brave men have died for countries that don't exist any more." - Dr. Drew Conley

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"I believe in my cosmetics line. There are plenty of charities for the homeless. Isn't it time somebody helped the homely?" - singer Dolly Parton

Too Old to Trick or Treat?

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Do you ever think you're getting too old for some things or that you've overdone it? I'm starting to wonder if I have maybe overdone it by having two extremely full weekends in a row. Both weekends were totally enjoyable and I wouldn't have wanted to miss out on either the camping trip or the mini-reunion, but I'm definitely feeling the fatigue this week!

Just when I think I may be getting too old for such exploits, we have a chapel speaker this week - Dr. John Dreisbach - who went to do missionary work for several months last year on a little island in Lake Chad, Africa. This island has no running water, no electricity, etc. and Dr. Dreisbach was 86 at the time!

With these thoughts swirling through my mind, I'm passing something along that I think you'll find humorous, no matter what you think of Trick or Treating.

You know you are too old to Trick or Treat when...

10. you get winded from knocking on the door.

9. you have to have someone else chew the candy for you.

8. you prefer high fiber treats.

7. someone drops a candy bar in your bag, you lose your balance and fall over.

6. people say, "Great Boris Karloff mask," and you're not wearing a mask.

5. the door opens you yell, "Trick or..." and can't remember the rest.

4. by the end of the night, you have a bag full of restraining orders.

3. you have to carefully choose a costume that won't dislodge your hairpiece.

2. you're the only Power Ranger in the neighborhood with a walker.

And the number one reason you may be getting too old to go Trick or Treating...

1. you have to keep going by your house to use the restroom.


"No matter who is in the White House or whether our economy tanks, my personal responsibilities before God remain the same." - Dr. Drew Conley

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I let my mind wander, and it didn't come back.