Jolly Funday Monday!

Well, folks, it’s back again … Monday.  It seems like we just had Friday a couple of days ago … where do the weekends go???  Did you all do something fun and exciting over the weekend?  Me?  Oh, well, I … er … watched the grass grow.  No, actually in addition to writing this blog, answering comments, etc., I worked on taxes!  Now that’s a real treat, isn’t it?  I do hope your weekend was more exciting than that!  But now it’s a new week, and just 11 more days ’til Spring!!!  So, let’s kick off the week with some humour, shall we?  Grab a snack … I don’t know what Joyful has cooked up, but she’s been in the kitchen for hours … and then we’ll find something to start the week with a smile.


It’s probably my mood, but all the funny news stories I came across seemed … unfunny to me.  Either they were a bit on the macabre side or just plain not funny.  So, instead of any humorous news this Jolly Monday, we have extra ‘toons, memes, funny signs, cute animal pics, and of course a cute critter video!  So, let’s start with the ‘toons …

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Just two cute animal pics to make you go “Awwwwwwww …”

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A few funny signs …

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I found this interesting.  When I look at it, I see a grey shoe with aqua laces.  I showed it to the girls last night, and while granddaughter Natasha also saw what I did, Chris saw a pink shoe with white laces!  I don’t understand it, but it is further proof that not all of us see colours the same, as our friend rawgod pointed out last week!  What colours do you see?

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And a few funny memes …

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Last but not least, if it’s Jolly Monday, there must be a cute animal video around somewhere, right?  This one is just a little longer than usual, at 12 minutes, but oh so worth the watch!  Thank you, Jerry M for sending me this one!


Well, that’s all we’ve got for this Monday, folks.  We hope you found something to put a smile on your face and start your week off right!  Keep safe, wear your masks when in public, and have a great week!  Oh, and remember to share those smiles I see on your faces … we all need those!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly, and Joyful!

Jolly Monday — It’s MARCH!!!!

Good Monday morning, friends!  It’s MARCH!!!  No, Joe … not that kind of march … the month of March.  And you know what that means … SPRING is just around the corner … sunny skies, warm weather, walks in the park, turn off the heat and open the windows!  Just 18 days, 432 hours ‘til SPRING!  (Need I say that I’m tired of cold and snow and clouds, or could you tell from my voice?)  So, how was your weekend?  Mine?  Same ol’, same ol’ … literally.  Laundry, writing, the furthest I strayed was to the back patio to give the squirrels some peanuts.  Whoopee, eh?  Anyway, it’s a new week and so let’s start it on a jolly note with some snacks, some humour and some smiles, shall we?


Desperate times call for drastic measures?

A man in Sussex in the UK was wanted by police … I’m not sure on what charge.  Finally one day last week, he turned himself in, because according to police …

“Peace and quiet! Wanted male handed himself in to the team yesterday afternoon after informing us he would rather go back to prison than have to spend more time with the people he was living with!”

I know that being confined in close quarters even with the people you love most, you will step on each other’s toes from time to time, get on one another’s nerves, but still … I’d rather be in my own home with my family than in a prison cell!  Perhaps he has a bunch of noisy children …


I don’t want to be his patient!

A plastic surgeon in California, Dr. Scott Green, was scheduled for a video court appearance regarding a traffic violation.  He logged on to the court at the appropriate time … from inside the operating room, where he and another surgeon were operating on a patient!

Beeps of medical machinery could be heard during the Zoom call, and the patient’s procedure was taking place just out of view.  A courtroom clerk asked Dr Green: “Are you available for trial? It kind of looks like you’re in an operating room.”  The doctor confirmed that he was in the middle of surgery, but urged the court to proceed.  Dr Green appeared to continue working with his head down while he waited for Thursday’s trial to begin.

When the judge arrived (they always have to be last, in order to make a grand entrance), he decided it was best to set a new date for the hearing, saying …

“We want to keep people healthy, we want to keep them alive. That’s important.”

Ya think, your Honour?  The Medical Board of California says it is looking into the incident, and expects surgeons to follow the standard of care when treating their patients.


And now for some cartoons ‘n memes!

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A few funny signs … some will have you scratching your head and wondering … why???

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You know if it’s Jolly Monday, there must be a cute critter video lurking somewhere …


I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead and that we see a few sunny, relatively warm days this week!  Please be sure to share your smiles with those you meet this week … nothing brightens the day quite like a warm, friendly smile.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly and Joyful!

The Week’s Best Cartoons 2/27

This week the cartoonists certainly had plenty of material to work with, from Ted Cruz’ trip to Cancún, to the bigotry of Marjorie Greene to states’ renewed attempts at voter suppression to CPAC and more.  They didn’t let us down, and as she does every week, our friend TokyoSand managed to find the best of the lot!  Thanks, TS … you’re the best!

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A Little Bit Of Snark In Da Snippets

I still haven’t run out of things to be snarky about and it isn’t looking like I will anytime soon!  I am greatly relieved to have a real president, one whose tweets are few and are always positive, never whiny or ranty.  I am happy to wake in the morning knowing that we haven’t likely started a war somewhere.  And I’m pleased with Joe Biden’s performance as president these past 30+ days.  However, the racists still exist and many of the loudest ones languish in Congress, so yes, I still have my snarky cap on!


Oust DeJoy!

louis-dejoyThe United States Postal Service (USPS) is in the news again this week as Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is testifying before Congress about the dire failures of the postal service to meet the nation’s needs.  The mail … at least important mail … has been so slow that the Pony Express could have delivered it faster (funny how the junk mail and advertisements always get through, though), but then DeJoy was hired for one reason only:  to slow the mail to a snail’s pace prior to last November’s election in order to interfere with our mail-in ballots arriving in a timely manner.  He succeeded in slowing the mail, but we managed to get our ballots in on time despite his efforts to lose or delay them.

Democrats in Congress have called for his resignation, his ouster, and I fully agree.  He did not come to the job with any relevant experience, and he did not come with the intention of helping us, only of harming us.  But DeJoy says he has a plan that he will unveil soon, to restore the USPS.  Details of his plan thus far are sketchy, but what we do know is that he plans to slow the mail (what, it isn’t already slow enough???), while charging us more (what, $80 to mail a bloomin’ package isn’t already too high???) to mail letters and packages.  This, in and of itself, is unacceptable, but add to it the fact that with higher postal rates, the Consumer Price Index will leap skyward as companies are forced to pay more for the shipping of materials and finished products, and will naturally pass their increased cost on to We the Consumers.

It’s a lose/lose situation for We the People, and the only winner would be Mr. DeJoy himself who would get to keep his job … not that he needs it, with a net worth of $110 million.  Unfortunately, as I have written before, President Biden does not have the ability to directly fire Mr. DeJoy, but he can fill the vacant seats on the Board of Governors that does have the ability to fire DeJoy.  The USPS needs a strong leader who understands the workings of the organization and whose goal would be to restructure it for maximum efficiency while restoring customer service.  DeJoy ain’t that person!


Stephen Miller rears his ugly head … again

I’m told that I shouldn’t consider republicans to be racists, but I go by the old adage if it walks like a duck, and it quacks like a duck, it probably is a duck.  That said, I do know a few republicans who aren’t racist, so I stop short of saying “all”.  I’ve long said that the biggest appeal of the former guy to republicans was the fact that he created in their minds a supreme danger of all immigrants and promised that ‘he alone’ could and would fix the problem.  As a result, thousands of children were taken from their parents, put in cages, denied basic healthcare and hygiene, and often were abused in a variety of ways by those in charge of their welfare.  As a result, those seeking asylum from life-threatening situations were denied entry into the country.  As a result, billions of taxpayer dollars were wasted constructing a few miles of a hideous ‘wall’ at the southern border that would serve no purpose.

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President Biden is attempting to repair the U.S. immigration policy, but the GOP is not onboard with his vision.  Thus, they have hired America’s chief racist, Stephen Miller, along with two other supreme racists, Tom Homan and Mark Morgan, to advise the conservative House members as they organize their opposition to Biden’s planned changes as laid out in his recently unveiled blueprint for comprehensive immigration reform legislation.  Miller, you may remember, was largely the architect for the hateful separation policy that brought so much grief to so many, especially children.

The meeting between Miller, Homan, Morgan, and House Republicans was organized by the 147-member Republican Study Committee, a group of traditionalist conservative lawmakers that also has met recently with other officials from the former administration, including former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Fox News host Tucker Carlson.  WTF does Tucker Carlson have to do with any of this, other than he is a racist to the very core?

The recently unveiled Biden bill would provide a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants, and incorporates many provisions supported by Republicans in the past as well as by business groups today.  The chief argument by republicans seems to be that it leaves out funding to complete the ridiculous ‘wall’ at the southern border … a wall which has been proven unworkable and uber-costly by numerous experts.  The U.S. is currently in debt to the tune of some $27.9 trillion, and people around the nation are starving, are in danger of losing their homes, so we damn sure don’t need to spend billions of dollars on a white elephant that benefits nobody!

Republicans who would consult and listen to Stephen Miller cannot deny their racism, for Miller is the very definition of the term white supremacist.  But, it seems they are determined to attempt to block anything and everything that President Biden tries to do, simply because … because he isn’t a republican.  Not much other reason, when you peel away the layers of excuses.

liz-cheneyInterestingly, Representative Liz Cheney, one of ten republicans in the House who voted to impeach the former guy and who has taken considerable flack from the Republican Party as a result, gave a speech yesterday at the Reagan Institute in Washington, where she said …

“It’s very important, especially for us as Republicans, to make clear that we aren’t the party of white supremacy. You certainly saw anti-Semitism, you saw the symbols of Holocaust denial, for example, at the Capitol that day. You saw a Confederate flag being carried through the Rotunda. And I think we as Republicans in particular have a duty and an obligation to stand against that, to stand against insurrection.”

I would hope that most people in the Republican Party would listen to Ms. Cheney rather than Mr. Miller and Tucker Carlson, but … sigh … I know the reality is not what I would wish.  The GOP is greatly diminished, and it’s due to the racism and people like the former guy and Stephen Miller, among others.

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Jolly Monday With Bacon 🥓

Good Monday morning, my friends!  Come in, take a load off!  Only 27 more days until the official start of SPRING!  I can’t wait … I don’t think I’ve been warm for two months now!  So, how was your weekend?  Do anything special?  No, we didn’t either.  Stayed home, cooked, wrote, did laundry … same ol’ same ol’.  Well … actually, we did get fish ‘n chips from Red Robin on Saturday, so that was a nice treat.

Well, since it’s Monday, the start of yet another week, let’s see what we can find to help us start the week with a smile, shall we?  But first, grab a snack and a nice hot drink!  Oh, and Larry … just one plate of bacon, okay?  I’m afraid one of these days Emily is gonna deck you for hogging all the bacon!  And rawgod … we remembered your tea this week … sorry ‘bout last week!


Just beer, please

I was raised in a household with a Jewish father and a Catholic mother, so religious holidays were always a strange thing in our house, often leading to a knock-down, drag-out fight between my parents.  Lent, however, was always observed and I was told to choose something to give up.  I always tried to give up something like spinach, cabbage, or anything green and referred to as a ‘vegetable’.  So then, when that failed, my mother would tell me she had decided I would give up candy, which wasn’t so bad, for I was diabetic and rarely got candy anyway!

I’ve heard of people giving up some strange things for the 40 days of Lent, but I think Del Hall of Cincinnati, Ohio, takes the prize.  He has given up … mostly every consumable with the exception of beer, water, black coffee and herbal tea!  Seems to me that might not be a very healthy thing.  I can see it for a few days, maybe even a week, but 40 days?  Says Hall …

food-beer“I only have three to five beers a day. It’s not like I’m drinking constantly. If you eat your standard diet, it gets boring. You don’t eat the same thing every day. So, I am definitely not going to drink the same thing every day.”

After 3 days of his Lent diet, he says he’s already lost 5.8 pounds.  Okey-dokey then … I wish him the best.


An expensive gift

A man in Dubai wanted to get his girlfriend a nice gift.  His neighbor on a nearby farm raises expensive camels, so the man thought to steal one, but … turns out stealing a full-grown camel isn’t as easy as you might think, so at the last minute, the man made off with a newborn camel instead of an adult one.

The farmer reported the theft of the baby camel, but no clues had been uncovered.  More than likely the man would have gotten away with it had he just kept his mouth shut, but instead, he called the police and told them that a stray camel had wandered onto his farm, which is about 3 km, or just under two miles from the farm from which he had stolen the camel.

Just as the man wasn’t a very good thief, he also wasn’t a very good liar, and it took police only a few minutes to debunk the man’s story and extract a confession from the man.  Police arrested both the man and his girlfriend … not sure what she did to deserve arrest … and the camel has been returned to its rightful owner.  Let this be a lesson … um … don’t try to steal a camel?  Or, if you do, don’t rat yourself out?


Okay, obviously I’m struggling for humour here, so lets find some fun ‘toons ‘n such to make us chuckle …

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Oh, I almost forgot … for the bacon-lovers in the bunch – Florida Larry, Texas Larry, David, Emily, rawgod, and the rest … I thought you guys might enjoy these ‘bacon-themed’ memes …

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Just a few cute pics this week …

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And what would Jolly Monday be without a cute animal video?  A lot of people don’t like bats, but I do … if you look into their little faces, they are as cute as any critter you’ve ever seen … well, except maybe a quokka … quokkas still win the cuteness prize.  Anyway … take a look at this one and tell me this little guy didn’t win your heart …


And Hugh … if you made it to Jolly Monday today, this one’s for you …

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I hope you all have a decent week ahead, and please remember to share your lovely smiles … your smiles warm my heart, so I know they would warm other people’s hearts, too.  Keep warm, well, and safe my friends.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly, and Joyful.

Snarky Snippets For A Snowy Day

I woke feeling a need for a bit of snarking this morning, and wouldn’t you know that I found plenty to be snarky about!


Family matters?

Yesterday I mentioned the republicans – 10 representatives and 7 senators –  who had the courage and conscience to stand up against Donald Trump, to vote to impeach and in the case of the senators, to convict on the impeachment charges.  The Republican Party, as I told you, is planning to censure them, a largely symbolic move, but one that will have repercussions the next time they come up for re-election.  None that I’m aware of, however, have faced the level of censure that Illinois Representative Adam Kinzinger is facing:  his own family is disowning him!

He received a letter penned by his cousin, Karen Otto, and signed by six other family members, that starts out …

“Oh my, what a disappointment you are to us …”

It goes on to say that he has “joined the devil’s army”, referring to democrats.  But the part that made me laugh was when she said that “Donald Trump is not perfect, but … it is not up to us to judge”, and yet that is precisely what she is doing to her cousin!  Can we say ‘hypocrisy’?

Adam Kinzinger is a republican with republican ideologies … that did not change when he voted to impeach Donald Trump.  He merely saw what Trump had done, knew it wasn’t the right thing for anyone, let alone the president, to do, and decided that there should be consequences for Trump’s actions.  That’s it.  He did not go against his religion, as his cousin’s letter implied, nor did he set aside his republican views.  He found his conscience and said that there must be accountability.

I have a great deal of empathy for Mr. Kinzinger, for with a family like that, who needs enemies?  Read the entire letter here.  Ms. Otto ends by saying …

“Donald Trump has done more for the American people in four years than you, the Rino’s, and democrats have done in years!!”

This woman needs help!


Fox goes to the UK

Ol’ Rupert Murdoch, whose Fox News is struggling financially and is the subject of a $2.7 billion lawsuit, is taking his show on the road, it seems … or rather, across the pond to the United Kingdom!  I hope he takes his nasty crew with him … Hannity, Ingraham, Pirro, Carlson and the rest.

According to an article in the New York Times

Rupert Murdoch and a competing group of investors are seizing this moment to create two upstart news services that will challenge the BBC and other broadcasters by borrowing heavily from Mr. Murdoch’s Fox playbook.

While Britain has long had a freewheeling, unabashedly partisan newspaper industry, critics say the last thing it needs after Brexit is a Fox-like news channel — one that could sow further divisions and open the door to the kinds of conspiracy theories nurtured by President Donald J. Trump, and amplified by Fox.

The service, which is to begin a low-key rollout in April, will promote Mr. Murdoch’s stable of British media properties, from The Sun, a mass-market tabloid, and The Times, an upmarket broadsheet, to Talk Radio, which offers Rush Limbaugh-style commentary. All skew to the right.

News UK TV will also skip breaking news coverage and feature shows with politically opinionated voices. But it is punching up the lighter side in its publicity. The first announced show, “News to Me,” will be hosted by Gordon Smart, a Scottish-born rock music aficionado who worked for The Sun.

Fox ‘News’ has played a large role in exacerbating the divisiveness in this country, and now Murdoch hopes to do the same in the UK.  I hope … I truly hope that his venture fails from the start.  Our friends in the UK have enough troubles without adding the Fox idiots whose only goal is to create hate.


Just a little ruckus

Senator Ron Johnson, a republican from Wisconsin, has been on my idiot radar for some time for a variety of idiotic things he’s said and done, but his recent comments about the January 6th attack on Congress and the Capitol take the cake …

“This didn’t seem like an armed insurrection to me. When you hear the word ‘armed,’ don’t you think of firearms? … To call that an armed insurrection, it was the most pitiful armed insurrection anyone could possibly imagine.”

Well, Mr. Johnson … perhaps while you were cowering in a closet, you didn’t notice the guns and other weapons.  Five people died, including a police officer, and two more officers have taken their own lives since then. Other police officers were so traumatized that they have reportedly contemplated self-harm, with one turning in her gun. Guns, bombs and stun guns were seized from members of the mob, while other rioters used wrenches, clubs and flagpoles as weapons. An officer has said that police “had been seizing guns all day.”

Gun-toting mobs chanting, “Hang Mike Pence” seems to me enough to label it an ‘armed insurrection’.  But, Johnson was one of the 43 republicans who voted to acquit Trump on the charge of inciting an insurrection, so I suppose Ronnie had to somehow justify his actions.  I suppose that, unlike Adam Kinzinger, Ron Johnson’s family is proud of him.  I’m not … I call him a coward and a bastard.

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Jolly Monday — Is It Spring Yet???

Good Monday morn, dear friends!  Be careful of the ice on your in … Jolly salted the sidewalk, but it’s so cold I’m not sure how much good it did.  Brrrrrrrrrrrrrr … come in, warm yourselves by the (imaginary) fire!  So, how was your weekend?  Did any of you do anything special for Valentine’s Day?  It isn’t a holiday that I celebrate in general, but a special someone sent me and the girls chocolates from ‘cross the pond, and that brought a big smile to my face.

Joyful has been concocting something in the kitchen, but she won’t even let me in to see what it is, or to offer my expertise, so we’ll just have to mosey over to the table and see what delicacy she has prepared for us!  Then, we’ll proceed to find something to start this week out on a positive note and with a smile on our faces!

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Jollys girlfriend Joyful  Can’t forget the bacon lovers, now can we?


Lucky dog!

Lulu is an 8-year-old border collie who, until recently, lived with her human, Bill Dorris.  Sadly, Bill died late last year, and now Lulu lives with Martha Burton, who sometimes took care of Lulu when Bill was out of town traveling on business.

When Mr. Dorris’ will was read a few weeks ago … imagine Lulu’s surprise to find that Bill left her $5 million!!!  In it, he stipulated that Lulu is to reimburse Ms. Burton for ‘reasonable monthly expenses’.  Wow … the dog’s a multi-millionaire!  I suspect Lulu’s reasonable monthly expenses are likely to come to several thousand dollars per month, eh?


A Valentine’s Day … gift?  💔

This from the Associated Press

A North Carolina sheriff’s office is giving people a chance on Valentine’s Day weekend to show their former lovers they’re still wanted by turning them in if they have outstanding warrants.

The Nash County Sheriff’s Office is offering what it calls a “Valentine’s Day Weekend Special,” which it described as “a special too sweet to pass up.”

The “offer” posted on its Facebook page includes what the sheriff’s office described as a set of limited-edition platinum bracelets, free transportation with a chauffeur and a one-night minimum stay in “our luxurious (five-star) accommodations.” It tops the offer with a special Valentine’s dinner.


And on that note, it’s time for some ‘toons!

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In the mood for a few funny signs?

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And last but not least, if it’s Jolly Monday, it must be time for a cute animal video, yes?  I just know you’re gonna fall in love with this baby fox!


Well, my friends, it’s that time once again … time for us all to be useful in one way or another.  I’ve really enjoyed our time together today, and I hope you have too.  Have a great week, and please share those smiles … tough times with the pandemic and the political situations in so many countries … just a smile sometimes makes it all seem bearable.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly and Joyful!

Da ‘Toons Tell Da Story

Because we could all use a bit of comic relief right about now, I am re-blogging TokyoSand’s cartoon post for the week.  As always, she has sought and found the most relevant and overall best political cartoons from the past week, obviously most about the impeachment trial.  Thanks, TS!!!


The Week’s Best Cartoons: Impeachment Trial #2

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The Week’s Best Cartoons: The GQP

As you might guess, the hot topic on the cartoonists pads last week was none other than Marjorie Taylor Greene.  Frankly, I’m so sick of that woman … I can’t wait until a day goes by without having to hear her name or see her ugly mug.  But I digress.  The impeachment trial that will start tomorrow was also a hot topic, as is the state of the Republican Party, which many are now calling the Party of Q, for QAnon.

Every week, our friend TokyoSand scours the ‘net for the best, most relevant political cartoons, and this week’s collection contains some gems.  Thank you, TS, for all your hard work and for giving us a few chuckles!

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