Sunday, July 22, 2018

The Week In Tweets: Special Looney Clooney Edition!

Life is a highway.
Mondays are the potholes.
Fake News Wonders...
How far can a plane fly if BOTH its engines fail?
All the way to the ground.
Fake News Reports!
After recent escapes in various facilities holding the separated children of illegal aliens, the CBP is eliminating certain outdoor sporting activities, such as team pole vaulting.
Fake News Reports!
57-Year-Old George Clooney!
You're rich, George.
What are you doing riding a scooter?
Fake News Reports!
57-Year-Old George Clooney Crashes His Scooter!
The other driver involved was heard to mutter: "THAT'S for Ocean's Thirteen!"

Fake News Reports!
57-Year-Old George Clooney Crashes His Scooter!
I've seen the footage.
It's the best thing Clooney has done in years.
Fake News Reports!
23 People In A Tour Boat Bombarded By A Lava Bomb!
From Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano!
You know, I remember a time when people used to be smart enough to RUN AWAY from an erupting volcano.
Either the older I get the smarter I get, or the older I get the dumber YOU get.
American Chimpanzee

Friday, July 20, 2018

Dear John: Special "Ain't Got Much To Say" Edition!

Hard Core Advice
From Hard Core’s Hardest Core...
John Leslie!
Dear John,
     I'm worried about a close friend I have known for about ten years. She's well-educated, independent, and family-oriented. She has been online dating for quite a while and continually meets guys who have criminal backgrounds.
     She dated one of them on the down low for two years because she was embarrassed by how he behaved in public. The most recent man served a 16-year prison sentence for being involved in a murder.
     She tells me she doesn't see a future with any of them, but goes on multiple dates and defends them with, "He seems like a nice guy." In the next breath, she'll claim to want a meaningful relationship.
     I have voiced my concerns. I asked her what she'd say to me if the tables were turned, and her responses mimic the concern I show her. I suggested she try a different website or mode of meeting potential partners.
     I believe in second chances, up to a point, but now I'm genuinely worried for her safety.
     Is there anything else I can do to convince her to have safer boundaries?
Dear Scared,
Dear John,
     Is it normal for men to sulk or get angry when they don't get sex when they want it? I've been married to my husband for more than 30 years. I run several miles a day and, with all the work I do, I don't always feel like having sex. Lately, I have been under a lot of stress, so I haven't been in the mood.
     The other night, he did his usual sulking. Then, as he often does, he tossed about in bed, repeatedly and roughly, while I was trying to sleep. The whole bed shook. Another night, he stuck his elbow in my ribs. "Foreplay," he called it.
     Sometimes he'll grab my butt really hard while I'm trying to sleep--in the middle of the night, mind you. I end up having sex with him so he leaves me alone and I can sleep.
     I have tried sleeping in another bed in another room, but he comes to that room and repeatedly kicks the mattress. If I lock the door, he kicks it. And kicks it, and kicks it, and kicks it, until I open it and have sex with him. I only do it so I can have some peace.
     Do most men do this when they don't get sex?
 —Sulking Spouse
Dear Sulking,
Dear John,
     I'm wondering how to deal with friends who take advantage of my big-box store memberships. It seems as if they are avoiding the cost of membership, while reaping the benefits at my time and expense. They either ask if I mind picking up a particular item for them ("I'll pay you later."), or if I will take them to the store personally so they can slowly meander up and down every aisle and carefully look at each item that catches their eye. My friends are well off financially, so I don't know why they're inconveniencing me.
     Am I wrong to feel imposed upon?
 —Imposed Upon
Dear Imposed,
Confidential to Urgent:
American Chimpanzee

Saturday, July 14, 2018

John 11:35 Revisited

When Jesus was on the road to Canaan, He came upon a man who was weeping.
     "Why do you weep, my son?" Jesus asked him.
     "Because I am blind," the man told him, so Jesus touched him and he could see.
     Further down the road, Jesus came upon another man who was weeping.
     "And why do you weep, my son?" Jesus again asked.
     "Because, my Lord, I have leprosy," the man explained, so Jesus touched HIM and he was healed.
     Still further down the road, Jesus came upon a third man and he was weeping most bitterly of all.
     "Tell me, my son," Jesus said softly, "why do YOU weep?"
     "Because," the man answered, "Donald Trump's been elected president."
     And so Jesus sat by him and they BOTH wept together.
     Thus sayeth the Lord.
American Chimpanzee

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Conservatives #5

Airports... if the ACLU had their way.
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American Chimpanzee

Monday, July 9, 2018

Conservatives #4

Conservative speakers... if college students and faculty had their way.
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Sunday, July 8, 2018

The Week In Tweets: Special Fake News Edition!

Nuclear power plants are like, Communism, they're the best idea available... until people get involved.
I've got Friday off, but I don't want to waste it doing nothing.
That's why I bought a six-pack.
As an attorney, it's my duty to represent the dregs of humanity. Robbers. Rapists. Murderers. There's only one kind of criminal I won't defend...
The Broke.
This Just In!
Celebrities Such As America Ferrera. Lin-Manuel Miranda, & Alicia Keys March For Illegal Immigrants At A Saturday Rally In Washington!
"Just keep them out of OUR gated communities," they qualified.
This Just In!
The Possible Liberal Democrat Pro-Abortion & Pro-Illegal Immigrant Timmy Kinner Allegedly Slashes Kids & Refugees In A Rampage At A 3-Year-Old's Birthday Party To Possibly Protest President Trump's Separation Policy & Supreme Court Nominee, Fake News May Have Reported!
This Just In!
Possible Maxine Waters Supporter Timmy Kinner May Have Taken Her Anti-Trump Call To Arms Too Seriously When, At A 3-Year-Old's Birthday Party, He Allegedly Attacked Kids & Refugees Whom He Could Have Thought Were Trump Supporters, Fake News Speculates.
This Just In!
Knife-Wielding Timmy Kinner Terrorizes 3-Year-Old's Birthday Party In Boise, Idaho!
Fake News Desperately Tries To Tie It To A Pro-Illegal Immigrant "Families Belong Together" Rally That Happened Hours Before & Miles Away!
Fake News Reports!
Black Female Leaders Say Maxine Waters Treated Unfairly!
"And you can trust us because we're black and we're female."
Fake News Reports!
Woman Calls Police On African-American Representative Campaigning Door-To-Door!
Now, is she a racist like Fake News implies, or is she just that asshole neighbor everybody seems to have?
Fake News Reports!
Protester In Custody After Climbing Statue of Liberty!
"Yeah, I'm a dumbass," she admits.
Fake News Reports!
3.3 Million-Year-Old Fossil Shows That Prehistoric Toddlers CLIMBED TREES!
You know, just like kids do now.
Fake News Reports!
Former President Obama Says Every Man Should Ask Three Questions Before Choosing His Mate.
"And then shut up and agree with them for the rest of your sad life."
Fake News Reports!
Fishermen Accuse U.S. Border Patrol Of Straying Into Canadian Waters Chasing Migrants!
And you know fishermen...
"We never lie."
Fake News Reports!
Fishermen Accuse U.S. Border Patrol Of Straying Into Canadian Waters Chasing Migrants!
Now, what migrants are sneaking into the U.S. from Canada?
"Uh... gotta go," the fishermen exit, stage left.
Fake News Reports!
Cruise Ship Worker Rescued 22 Hours After Going Overboard!
Why, when the same thing happened to my ex, all they could say was: "There's nothing we can do."?
Fake News Reports!
Cruise Ship Worker Rescued 22 Hours After Going Overboard!
When the same thing happened to my ex and they didn't even try to save her, all I could say was:
"Thank you!"
Fake News Reports!
Texas health Officials Investigate 56 Cases Of People Sick From Parasites!
Investigation stalls when it's determined these parasites are actually local politicians.
Fake News Reports!
No Matter What A Business Owner Believes, Customers Should Not Be Denied Service Because They're Gay.
Unless they're gay AND conservative!
American Chimpanzee

Conservatives #3

The United States... if liberal Democrats had their way:

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Conservatives #2

Conservatives (the one on the ground)... if Maxine Waters had her way:
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American Chimpanzee

Friday, July 6, 2018

Conservatives #1

Conservatives... if the Red Hen Restaurant had its way:
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American Chimpanzee

Sunday, July 1, 2018

You Can't Help The Stupid

as featured in Desert Exposure Magazine
"I've got some bad news," my buddy Maloney told me.
     It had been awhile since I'd heard from him, so I picked up my phone and gave him a call.
     "How's it going?" he said, when he answered.
     I took his inquiry at face value and began to tell him about my neighbors next door, the ones with the yappy little dogs. They had the Orkin pest control guy over, but he must have dropped the ball because my neighbors were still there the next day.
     "You think you've got problems?" Maloney groused. "I've got some bad news, some really bad news."
     "What happened, Slip?" I asked, using his nickname. There's no conversational road Maloney travels on that he doesn't make a big ol' U-turn right back to himself.
     "We got a call Saturday night. Sofia was in the hospital."
     Sofia is his mother-in-law and she suffers from high blood pressure and diabetes. She had lived with them for a while before listening to her loser friends who convinced her she would be better off living on her own. Maloney was happy to see her leave. He always complained that she loved their dog more than she loved their children.
     That just might be true.
     When his dog was just a puppy and his daughter was a toddler, they took a picture of the two of them together. I've seen the picture, and his daughter looks adorable. When Gail, his wife, showed her mother the picture, she said, "Doesn't she look beautiful?"
     "Yes," her mother agreed. "The puppy looks beautiful."
     The last time I saw Sofia was on Easter, over at Maloney's house. She was chasing after their dog all around the backyard, carrying the mutt's water bowl. She insisted the dog was thirsty, and wanted it to drink, but the dog, always one paw ahead of her, had other ideas.
     Mainly, to get away from her.
     "Nothing more foolish than a man chasin' his hat," Gabriel Byrne, as the Irish gangster Tom Reagan, said in the classic Coen Brother's movie Miller's Crossing.
     Unless it's an old woman chasing after a dog who wants nothing to do with her.
     Still... she was sick.
     "Poor her," I sympathized.
     "Poor HER?" Maloney griped. "Poor ME!"
     At the end of a very long day, Maloney's wife got a call on her cell phone. It was from a friend of her mother's, the latest in a long line of bad decisions concerning men. He hadn't heard from Sofia in a while, and became concerned, so he went over to see if her wallet was okay.
     "Why couldn't he have waited a few days before checking on her?" Maloney lamented.
     "That's a horrible thing to say," I told him.
     "It's okay, my wife's not here. Actually," he continued, "her 'friend' suffers from high blood pressure, too, and Sofia gives him her blood pressure medication. He had probably run out, went over to get some more, and found her passed out on the floor. That was why she ended up in the hospital. Her blood pressure was through the roof."
     "He's on Medicare. Why doesn't he just get his own?"
     When my buddy and his wife got to the hospital, Gail immediately started crying. Her heart broke when she saw her poor mother laying there, frail and broken. Maloney took the opportunity to pull the doctor to the side.
     "Was it a stroke?" Maloney asked him.
     The reason he thought it might be a stroke was because Sofia's 'friend' had told them that the left side of her face fell, but "she always looks like that," Maloney assured me. He also noticed that she didn't look so bad in the ER, either. "Probably faking," was his prognosis.
     The doctor assured him it wasn't a stroke.
     Maloney hesitated.
     "Give it to me straight, doc," he finally said, bracing himself for some bad news, "is my mother-in-law going to have to move in with us?"
     Fortunately, the answer to that was also no. However, before they went home from the hospital, the doctor warned them, "She has to take her blood pressure medication, or the next time it will be a stroke."
     "You hear that, Sofia?" Maloney chastised her. "You have to take your medicine. No more giving it to your boyfriend."
     "He's not my boyfriend," she said, avoiding the point. "He's just my friend."
     Sofia was touched. She thought her son-in-law was concerned for her well-being, and he was, but only so far as it affected whether she would move in with him or not.
     When she was released, they took her to their home to recuperate, but Sofia only stayed with them for a few days, her daughter weathering her insults while caring for her. Maloney was impressed by how much food she was able to shovel into the sweet spot of her digestive system while she was there.
     "Her illness sure didn't affect her appetite," he told me.
     "What are we going to do if my mother gets sick?" his wife wanted to know. "I mean, really sick."
     Maloney didn't even have to think about it.
     "If she move in, I'm moving out," he told his wife, drawing a line in the sand.
     "I'll miss you," his wife said, stepping over that line, "or maybe not."
     Sadly, the story ended there.
     "I've got to go," Maloney told me, cutting the conversation short. "My wife's home."
     I smiled to myself.
     Later, as I was retelling his story to my lovely wife in our kitchen, my father, who was sitting in the great room watching TV, must have turned up the volume  on his hearing aid so he could eavesdrop, because he snorted in amused contempt.
     "You can't help the stupid," he chuckled.
But you CAN help yourself to more nonsense at,, and @JimDuchene.