Category Archives: Funnies

German Ambivalence

Blaming Paul Krugman for doing something he hasn’t done! Handelsblatt refers to trade or dealing. Wirtschaft is an interesting word because, while the original Greek for economy means household management, the “Wirt” is more a host of an establishment along the road–i.e. the management has already moved out of the house.

Remember “Wirtschaftswunder”? Talk about self-congratulatory enterprise. Germans are very proud of their enterprise, even as they go off on vacation for a month. But, in a sense, they’re right because when they vacation they rely on being hosted and expect to pay.

A Funny Conversation

Yesterday, at the physical therapy facility, I had a funny/telling conversation.

Picture a heavy-set elderly man eating settled on an exercise bike with movable handle bars so all extremities get warmed up. The attendant wonders how he got in wearing that bright yellow LSU shirt in Bulldog country. The fellow responded: “I snuck in by climbing through the bathroom window” a clear signal he likes to chat.

So, as we were both peddling, I observed that “Malaysia had recently banned the color yellow.”

Not sure he got the first word because, after a few beats, he responded with “they’re banning entirely too many things recently.” And then, after a few more beats, he added, “did you hear that Barack Obama has changed the name of Mt. McKinley?” I said, “yes, back to what it used to be. Heritage and all that.”

And he said, “Denali.”

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So Many Bright Shiny Objects!

Frank Luntz is among them.

In an interview with POLITICO, Luntz said Trump — and Democratic presidential insurgent Bernie Sanders — are “delivering a big ‘f—- you’ to the elites in America.
“And that resonates on both sides,” Luntz said. “But ‘f—- you’ doesn’t solve anything. ‘F—- you’ doesn’t make life any better. ‘F—- you’ makes you feel good, but it doesn’t get you where you need to go. ‘F—- you’ doesn’t make America strong. ‘F—- you’ doesn’t solve anything.”
Trump responded by accusing Luntz of harboring a long-held vendetta because Trump refused to do business with Luntz’s polling firm.

What’s interesting is that their assessments of each other seem to be right on the mark. Where they do wrong is in mis-understanding themselves. Still think the “clown car” is the wrong vehicle. Merry-go-round is more like it.

Trump, the Power-luster

Does the Donald want to be POTUS ’cause he’s got a potency problem? One has reason to wonder when he accuses Senator Sanders of being weak.
Some people have questioned why Trump has declared himself bankrupt four times. Aside from bankruptcy having become a standard corporate strategy for discarding mistakes at someone else’s expense, there’s more certainty in engineering failure, especially if one arranges it oneself. Sort of like the clown’s pratfall, don’t you know? Or the “cannonball” — someone who’s afraid to dive in head-first making a big splash.

No, Mr. President, I am not a masochist.

Barack Obama wants us to watch the Republican Merry-go-Round. No way. Even if I had a TV, I wouldn’t give up my beauty sleep to watch a bunch of stupids blather for an hour. Or, however long the Republicans have bought themselves a bit of limelight on Thursday night.
I just wish I could find the right Merry-go-Round to populate with the 17 candidates waiting to be trounced.

Island Briefs

These tidbits from the morning paper perfectly capture the ethos of the islands.

A man was arrested for breaking into a bar in the 1800 block of Norwich Street and a liquor store on U.S. 17 in the same night. Police caught the burglary suspect after he tripped a security alarm at the liquor store and noticed that he was also the person caught on video breaking into the bar earlier that night.


A man was shot in the hand while fending off an armed robber who approached him as he walked on O Street. The robbers gun went off and struck the victims hand when the victim reached for the weapon. The robber then ran off.

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