Jolly Monday … IT’S AUGUST ALREADY!!!

dino-3Good Monday morn, friends!  Yes, it’s Monday again already, but even worse … do you realize it’s already AUGUST???  The year is 58% over and Hallowe’en 🎃 is just around the corner!  Where … just where did the first seven months of this year go???  The only upside to this is that autumn and cooler temperatures will soon be here.  Normally, I’m sad to see summer go, but this one hasn’t been particularly pleasurable between the pandemic, the heat, and the political angst, so I’m happy enough to say ‘goodbye’ to it.  But enough of that … it’s Monday, the start of a new week, so let’s try to find some humour, something to put a smile on our faces as we brave the new week, shall we?  Grab a snack and a cuppa, and let’s see what awaits us …


Oopsie!

If you live in Rhode Island and were expecting a tax refund check, you might be in for a surprise.  Some of the refund checks, mailed last week, bore the signature of Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney, instead of the usual Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner and State Controller Peter Keenan!  No, you cannot cash them if you receive one of these … I’d hang onto it, though … it might be worth something someday!

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According to Jade Borgeson, chief of staff for the Rhode Island Department of Revenue …

“As a result of a technical error in the Division of Taxation’s automated refund check printing system, approximately 176 checks with invalid signature lines were printed and mailed to taxpayers on Monday. The invalid signature lines were incorrectly sourced from the Division’s test print files. Corrected checks will be reissued to impacted taxpayers within one week.”


Just bein’ helpful …

Brett Longo of Mary Esther, Florida, had taken his trash container to the curb for pickup a few days ago.  A bit later, he got an activity alert from his home security camera telling him the camera had picked up movement.  When he checked the camera, this is what he saw …

dino-1On first glance, it appears one of the two black bears was being nice, bringing his trash container back up to the top of the drive, but then the bear tipped it over and … turns out it hadn’t been emptied by the binmen yet, ‘cause the bear spilled the trash all over the drive!  Longo was forgiving, though …

“He was just bringing it up to the house. He was polite enough to move it out of the driveway.”


Barred from da bar …

A pair of emus were once a staple in the pub in the Yaraka Hotel in Yaraka, Queensland, Australia, but today they are no longer welcome.  Turns out the emus, named Kevin and Carol, have been a bit naughty within the confines of the pub, stealing food from patrons and leaving little ‘gifts’ behind on the floor!

Yaraka-hotelGerry Gimblett, who owns the Yaraka Hotel with her husband Chris, said they were left with no other option after the birds’ recent “bad behaviour”.

“They’ve been stealing things from the guests, especially their food. They’d stick their heads in and pinch toast out of the toaster. But the main reason we’ve banned them is their droppings.”

emudino-4The emus had become a tourist attraction after several eggs were hatched at the end of 2018, and while at one point there were nine emus in town, most had wandered away, leaving only Kevin & Carol.

“We love them as part of the Yaraka community, but they’re not welcome inside anymore.”

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Now, I’m not sure how many customers the pub can have in a day, for the entire human population of Yaraka is only 18!


Okay, folks … it’s cartoon time!!!

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And two cute critter videos, because the first one is super-short, but ohhhhh so cute!

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I see those gorgeous smiles on your faces … be sure to remember to share them today and throughout the week, for times are tough and we all need someone to just smile at us every now and then!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly (Joyful is taking an interior decorating class … she became inspired after re-decorating Roger’s dark tower!)

Oh, and just for you, Hugh …

The Week’s Best Cartoons 8/1

As usual these days, the cartoonists have been kept on their toes. Our friend TokyoSand has been busy scouting out the best of the bunch for us. Thank you, TS, for our weekly dose of humour!

Political⚡Charge

ByNick Anderson

Did this seem like a long week to you? It sure did to me. Looking at all of the many topics editorial cartoonists covered this week, I think I better understand why. As always, I hope you enjoy this collection of my favorite cartoons from the week. If you have a favorite, do let me know by commenting!

Election 2020

ByJack Ohman, The Sacramento Bee

ByMike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

ByEd Hall

ByPat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune

ByAnn Telnaes, Washington Post

BySteve Breen, San Diego Union Tribune

ByPat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune

ByMike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Trump’s Goons

By Marian Kamensky

ByClay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

By Mark Fiore, KQED News

ByGraeme MacKay, Hamilton Spectator

By Walt Handelsman,The Advocate

ByClay Jones

ByMike Luckovich

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Jolly Monday — Jolly Is AWOL Again!!!

Good morning friends, and welcome to …monday-1Jolly has gone AWOL yet again, not surprisingly, so I’m on my own here today.  Be patient, for it’s Jolly who adds the zest to Jolly Monday and I only do the technical part as a rule, so I’m a bit rusty on the humour end of it.  I do, however, remember how to make bacon!  That is a big requisite here for a few of you!  So, with that thought, let’s grab a bit of a snack and see if I can manage to rustle up just a bit of humour for us to start this week out on the right foot, okay?


Oopsie!

Robert Berger, age 25 of Long Island, New York, was on bail, awaiting sentencing on a pair of vehicle-theft charges.  Berger came up with a perfect plan … roll over and play dead!  He decided to fake his own death certificate, and he might have gotten away with it … if only he could spell!death-certificate

“Upon inspection of the certificate by the NCDA, it was noted that font type and size changed in the document. Additionally, prosecutors observed that the word ‘Registry’ in the department name was misspelled as ‘Regsitry’ in the ‘ISSUED BY’ section,” the Nassau Country District Attorney’s office said.

Now, in addition to his previous legal woes, Berger faces the prospect of up to four years in prison on the felony charge of offering a false instrument for filing. He pleaded not guilty.  Just goes to show … it pays to check and double check your work!


Green Onions in your morning cereal?

Back in 2004, Kellogg’s launched a light-hearted marketing campaign for Chex, a five-grain cereal, asking South Koreans to vote on a new flavour.  The two choices were Chex Choco Empire – chocolate-flavoured Cheki and green onion-flavoured Chaka.

The PR stunt was meant to end in an easy victory for sweet Cheki. But the people of South Korea did not agree.  Votes for Chaka surged past those for Cheki, catching Kellogg’s unawares. Citing multiple votes by individuals, the company halted online voting, threw out duplicate votes and declared Cheki the winner.

Over the past 16 years, Chaka fans have referred to Kellogg’s as an ‘illegitimate tyrant’, and even started a hashtag, #PrayForChex.  Said a spokesperson for Kellogg’s …

“We never expected consumers would be interested in this product for over 16 years. Every time we launched new cereals or had promotional events, online communities would repeatedly ask for the flavour.”

And so, at long last, in June Kellogg’s announced a limited edition to be on the shelves soon!green-onion-cereal

When the company put out a call for taste testers, they received more than 14,200 applications.  One of the testers was Lee Soo-jeong, 24, who voted for Chaka as a child.  When asked her impression, she said …

“The green onion flavour is too mild.”

Now, some of you are probably making a face 🤢 about now, but personally I would try it!  Maybe not with milk and mini-marshmallows, but as a late-night snack, it holds appeal.


NOT politics as usual … but maybe it should be!

Pam Iovino is a state senator in the state of Pennsylvania … a democrat, by the way.  Recently, Ms. Iovino lost her wallet, much to her dismay.  Luckily, her wallet was found, and by probably the last person on earth she would expect … her republican challenger in the upcoming election, Devlin Robinson, a republican!  Robinson posted on Facebook …

“I was happy to return this item, a bit battered by passing traffic, to Pam Iovino. She was thrilled to have it back and I was delighted to help out a fellow veteran. Sometimes, it’s great to put the politics aside. Now, on with the campaign to become the next state senator for the 37th District.”

And Iovino thanked him in her own Facebook post …

“Lost my wallet. Ugh! Luckily my cell phone number was in it. Look who found my wallet. Thanks, Devlin!”

robinson-iovinoNow THAT’S how it should be, folks!  But what a coincidence, eh?


Are you ready for some ‘toons?

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And what would Jolly Monday be without a cute critter video?


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And that’s a wrap for this week.  I hope you all have a wonderful week, and please do remember to share those smiles as you work your way through the rest of the week.  Things are tough all around these days, and you’d be amazed at how much just a simple smile can help.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and the AWOL Jolly!

 

The Week’s Best Cartoons: Trump’s Goons

There are many things wrong in this nation this week, but none so WRONG as the invasion of Portland and now Seattle by Trump’s forces. This week’s round of cartoons by our friend TokyoSand covers it well. Thank you, TS!

Political⚡Charge

ByLalo Alcaraz

There was a lot of news this week, but none bigger than Trump sending in unidentified federal agents to kidnap and harass citizens exercising their constitutional right to protest. The Portland Black Lives Matter protests have been going on for 50+ days now.

The nation’s great editorial cartoonists captured the moment like no one else can. Here are the best cartoons I found this week.

Trump Responds to the Portland Protests

ByKevin Siers, Charlotte Observer

ByMarc Murphy, Louisville Courier-Journal

ByPhil Hands, Wisconsin State Journal

ByAnn Telnaes, Washington Post

ByMatt Davies, Newsday

ByScott Stantis, Chicago Tribune

ByPat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune

ByMatt Davies, Newsday

ByMatt Davies, Newsday

ByNick Anderson

ByBill Bramhall, New York Daily News

ByChristopher Weyant

ByPat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune

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Neither Snow Nor Rain Nor…

Louis-DeJoyLouis DeJoy is the new Postmaster General for the United States Postal Service.  His qualification for the job?  He bought the position by donating $360,000 to Donald Trump’s campaign fund, and another $70,000 to the Republican National Committee (RNC) just since January of this year.  In total, since 2016, he has donated over $2.5 million to Donald Trump and the RNC.  I have not been able to verify his net worth, but he lives in a $5.9 million mansion, if that tells you anything.  He is not a man who really needs that tax refund check or social security check to be delivered in a timely manner.

Oh, and an aside … DeJoy’s wife, Aldona Wos, has also been given a cushy job in the administration as U.S. Ambassador to Canada, with an annual salary of somewhere between $125,000 and $187,000.

Donald Trump has made clear his intent to privatize the post office since his inauguration. In 2018, Trump issued an executive order to create a task force to investigate the operations of USPS because it “was on an unsustainable financial path and must be restructured to prevent a taxpayer-funded bailout.” This “restructuring” involved a variety of measures including multiple increases in postal rates and the slashing of labor costs.

DeJoy moved into his position as Postmaster General in June, and since then has quietly been making changes that de-emphasize getting the mail out on time.  I have personally experienced several delays in receiving my mail, including one that caused me to be without crucial medication for a brief period.  I can only imagine what others have gone through.

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Steve Mnuchin

I’ve written before about some of the troubles the USPS has had, particularly since the coronavirus pandemic hit, causing a loss of revenue, mostly from first-class mail and advertising mail.  While it’s nice to get less junk mail, I don’t like knowing what that means for the much-relied-upon postal service. Over two months ago, Congress approved a bi-partisan bill authorizing a $10 million loan to the USPS, but Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has refused to release the money!

Enter Louis DeJoy, who should be standing by the USPS motto, who should be fighting Mnuchin and Trump tooth and nail to get the much-needed funding released by the Treasury Department, but instead he has cut all overtime for postal workers, and has said that if delivering some mail will cause them to be delayed on their routes, they must leave it behind and deliver it another day!usps-2There are two major concerns here.  First, that check or medication you were counting on to arrive today may not arrive until next week, leaving you in a lurch or worse.  Of equal concern, though, is that with just over three months until what is arguably the most important election of our lifetime, and many states offering mail-in voting in this time of pandemic, will we receive our ballots on time, and will they be received at the polling stations on time?  I have voted by mail for several years now, find it a great convenience, and have always had confidence that it was an efficient process.  This year?  I’m not so sure.usps-1My best guess is the issue of mail-in ballots is the main reason that Mnuchin, surely under Trump’s orders, is refusing to release the already-approved loan to the USPS.  In so doing, he is putting lives at risk, and putting our right to vote at considerable risk.  If the USPS has been ordered by its new Postmaster General to “leave mail lying on the floor” in some cases, then how can we possibly have confidence that our mail, our all-important votes, will be delivered?usps-3


Here’s one of the latest ads by The Lincoln Project, a group of republicans who have seen what Donald Trump is doing to this nation and are putting the good of nation ahead of party loyalty.

The Week’s Best Cartoons 7/18

And to end the day with a bit of humour, I bring you TokyoSand’s excellent selection of political cartoons from last week! Thank you, TS!!!

Political⚡Charge

ByJack Ohman, The Sacramento Bee

Every week, I enjoy searching for editorial cartoons responding to the news and sharing them with you on Saturdays. This week, there are some recurring themes plus some new ones.

Let me know which ones resonate the most with you in the comments!

Rest in Power, John Lewis

ByAndy Marlette, Pensacola News Journal

Back to School?

ByBill Bramhall, New York Daily News

ByMike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

ByAndy Marlette, Pensacola News Journal

By Walt Handelsman,The Advocate

COVID

ByMonte Wolverton

ByMatt Davies, Newsday

ByGraeme MacKay, Hamilton Spectator

ByBill Bramhall, New York Daily News

ByKevin Siers, Charlotte Observer

ByAnn Telnaes, Washington Post

ByPat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune

Goya

ByBill Bramhall, New York Daily News

ByLalo Alcaraz

ByRick McKee,

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Jolly Monday — ICE CREAM!!!

I was feeling too sleepy to get out of bed this morning, but then Jolly began jumping … yes jumping on my bed!  Just as I was about to throw something at him, he reminded me that today is a special Jolly Monday and that I must get up.  And so, I dragged my tired old body out of bed … though I think I may have left my brain asleep … and here we are.  What, you ask, makes this a special Jolly Monday?  Well … today we will be celebrating National Ice Cream Day!!!  The day was actually yesterday, but since the entire month of July is National Ice Cream Month, and we don’t do a Jolly Sunday post, we will celebrate belatedly, but with just as much fun!  So, there isn’t any bacon per se, guys, but there is bacon ice cream!!!  Grab a bowl or a cone, whichever you prefer, and come see what cool treats we have in store for you to start this week!

Do you prefer yours in a dish …

Or a cone?

And here’s enough bacon ice cream for Larry, David, rawgod, Larry, and Emily … play nice!

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Would you like a burger with that?

With lockdowns and stay-at-home orders throughout the spring, some have put their creative genius to work, it would seem.  The R&D guys at Heinz Foods have been hard at work developing new … flavours … of ice cream.  Yes, you heard me right!  The people who make ketchup have developed their sauces into ice cream flavours.  According to an article in the UK publication, The Mirror

As July is National Ice Cream Month and taking trips to your local ice cream parlour may look a little different, Heinz has launched a selection of DIY ice cream kits. Using a range of Heinz Sauces, you can now make your very own ‘Heinz Creamz’ at home and enjoy a soft serve in the comfort of your own home.

Heinz-ice-creamThe DIY Heinz Creamz kits are £15 each and available now. The kits include the accessories you need to make the no-churn saucy deliciousness, including the sauce of your choice, your chosen recipe, a limited edition keystone-engraved golden scoop and golden spoon plus branded Heinz Creamz reusable tub to serve with extra pizzazz.

Um … somehow … I’m not all that enthused, though I would try a bite of one, perhaps the BBQ Creamz?


Ice Cream graveyard …

Ben & Jerry’s has been the creator of some of the most unique (not to mention yummy) ice cream flavours through the years.  Every now and then, though, they miscalculate and produce one that isn’t all that beloved, so it is retired.  A few of these actually don’t sound bad to me …

  • Peanut Butter and Jelly – Proving that peanut butter and jelly is better suited for a sandwich, Ben & Jerry’s retired this flavour after selling it for just a year – from 1989 to 1990. Heck, it sounded good to me!
  • Wavy Gravy – A flavour made from caramel and cashew brazil nut ice cream, chocolate hazelnut fudge swirl and roasted almonds, Wavy Gravy was sold from 1993 to 2001. Years later, the flavour is still remembered on social media – as one person attempted to start a campaign to bring back the ice cream in 2011.
  • Late Night Snack – An ice cream flavour dedicated to Jimmy Fallon, Late Night Snack was a combination of vanilla ice cream, salted caramel swirls and fudge-covered potato chips and was available from 2010 to 2014.
  • Schweddy Balls – This uniquely-named ice cream was sold in 2011 as a holiday season limited edition flavour. The ice cream, which was made from vanilla ice cream with a hint of rum and completed with fudge-covered rum and malt balls, was inspired by SNL’s recurring character Pete Schweddy.
  • Vermonty Python – Vermonty Python was a coffee-liqueur flavoured ice cream made with chocolate cookie crumb swirl and fudge cows.

Actually, none of those sound half bad!  Perhaps they sound better than they tasted.

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Political Ice Cream???

Ben & Jerry’s is making a statement about the need for criminal justice reform with the launch of its newest flavour, “Justice ReMix’d”.

ben-jerrysThe company announced in September that it had created the cinnamon and chocolate ice cream, flavoured with gobs of cinnamon bun dough and spicy fudge brownies, to “spotlight structural racism in a broken criminal legal system”. According to the company, the limited-edition flavour is the latest in its commitment to “creating social change” since its inception more than 40 years ago.

“Our approach to creating social change is to raise up the work non-profits are doing on the ground. We bring every resource we have to support them—our business voice, our connection with fans, our Scoop Shop community and of course, ice cream. Somehow, it’s easier to talk about difficult issues over a scoop or two.”

While I’m not sure how much of a difference the ice cream will make, I admire and support any company who is trying to raise awareness for social justice issues.


I’ve got a few fun facts for National Ice Cream Day, too, courtesy of the National Day Calendar folks …

  • Thousands of years ago, people in the Persian Empire put snow in a bowl, poured concentrated grape-juice over it, and ate it as a treat. Even when the weather was hot, they would savor this sweet treat. Their trick? They placed snow in underground chambers known as yakchal where the temperatures kept the snow from melting. The Persians also hiked to the mountain tops by their summer capital to gather snowfall.
  • The Chinese, under the Tang Dynasty around 697 AD, took to freezing dairy with salt and ice. However, the results aren’t exactly the ice cream we enjoy today. Frozen treats and beverages later, culinary folks point to Naples, Italy as the birthplace of the first ice cream. They give credit to Antonio Latini. He was born in 1642 and created a milk-based sorbet.
  • In the United States, the Quaker colonists earn the nod for bringing their ice recipes over with them. They opened the first ice cream shops, including shops in New York and other cities during the colonial era.

Annnnnd … believe it or not, Jolly ‘n Joyful even found some ice cream cartoons!!!

'I'll be back tomorrow for the other twelve flavors.'

'Give me your hand... I ran out of cones.'

It was almost called 'Jerry  Bens' until the famous eat-off of '78,

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And we even found a Maxine ‘toon for Hugh …

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And while they were finding the toons, I found not one, but TWO videos of cute animals eating ice cream!


We hope you’ve enjoyed National Ice Cream Day here at Filosofa’s Word.  Remember to share your smiles … and your ice cream too!!!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly, and Joyful!

A Few WTF Moments Of Snark …

Okay, folks, I’ve held my snark for a while, but it’s brimming over now and it’s time for me to share a few bits of it before I begin to self-destruct, so I suggest you put on your hard hats and maybe a bit of cotton in your ears to muffle the sound …


Head-scratching moments in Georgia …

Governor Brian Kemp … remember him?  Here, let this picture from one of his campaign ads refresh your memory …

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Yeah, that’s the one … the grade A Asshole who thought it would look cool to be holding a gun pointed at his daughter’s boyfriend.  Well, you’re gonna love what he’s done now!

While many states are closing businesses again, and 28 states have imposed a mask mandate, Kemp refused to do so.  Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms imposed a city-wide mask mandate in light of a rising number of cases in and around Atlanta.  Then on Wednesday, Governor Kemp signed an executive order that prohibits cities and localities from imposing their own mask mandates, among other things.  But he didn’t stop there!  He is … wait for it … suing Mayor Bottoms!  Yep, you heard right … the governor of the state is suing the mayor of the state’s largest city and capital because she is trying to save lives!

Kemp’s rationale, if it can be called such, is …

“This lawsuit is on behalf of the Atlanta business owners and their hardworking employees who are struggling to survive during these difficult times. These men and women are doing their very best to put food on the table for their families while local elected officials shutter businesses and undermine economic growth.”

WTF???   It matters not if they have a job if they’re dead, for Pete’s Sake!!!

The mayor, for the record, did not shutter businesses, but merely said everyone who is in a public venue must wear a mask, or be subject to fines and a possible jail sentence.  She’s serious about maintaining the safety of the people in her city, whereas obviously the governor is not!  The requirement to wear a mask damn sure doesn’t stop these “hardworking employees” from going to work and earning a living – it only means they and their families might more safely do so!

As I related this story to daughter Chris, she asked a very good question:  When did safety become a political issue?  Answer that one, Mr. Kemp!


A governor of a different sort …

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, who has worked tirelessly to provide his state with much needed PPE and test kits, wrote an article for The Washington Post, titled Fighting Alone, where he details some of Trump’s failures during this coronavirus pandemic, how Trump let the states and the people of this nation down.  A few snippets …

“Eventually, it was clear that waiting around for the president to run the nation’s response was hopeless; if we delayed any longer, we’d be condemning more of our citizens to suffering and death. So every governor went their own way, which is how the United States ended up with such a patchwork response. 

So many nationwide actions could have been taken in those early days but weren’t. While other countries were racing ahead with well-coordinated testing regimes, the Trump administration bungled the effort.

Meanwhile, instead of listening to his own public health experts, the president was talking and tweeting like a man more concerned about boosting the stock market or his reelection plans.”

His piece is worth the read, if you are so inclined, and he is spot-on.  Needless to say, Trump took umbrage – not that he actually read it, but I’m sure somebody must have told him about it – and his mouthpiece, Kayleigh McEnany, took on Governor Hogan, accusing him of ‘revisionist history’.  Ho-hum, Kayleigh … you bore the socks off of me.  The governor’s article was far more interesting and honest.


And speaking of McEnany …

I wrote a few days ago about how Trump is demanding that schools open on time this fall and threatening to withhold federal funding from districts that fail to open on time.  Never mind that 70% of parents say they do not think it’s safe to send the kids back to school yet.

Two of the Fox News commentators, Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy, claim that the reason parents and school officials want to keep the schools closed or switch to online learning is … you guessed it … to hurt their buddy Donnie Trump!  Oh, but of course … we all live our lives only to hurt Donnie.  Grrrrrrrrrrrr.

Trump himself pushed that theory born of ignorance when he said last week …

“We have to get our schools open and stop this political nonsense. And it’s only political nonsense; it’s politics. They don’t want to open because they think it will help them on November 3rd.”

Have we really sunk so low in this ‘them’ vs ‘us’ mentality that the schools and our children are caught in the crossfire?  What a sorry state of affairs the people of this nation have created!

But Kayleigh McEnany took the prize for utter stupidity when she said in support of re-opening schools …

“The science should not stand in the way of this.”

WTF???  Is she really that bloody stupid?  That is like … like if NASA was getting ready to launch a manned spacecraft and scientists found a fatal flaw on the day before launch, saying, “Let’s not let the science stand in the way.”  Our government is populated by some of the stupidest, most self-serving people on the entire planet!

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The Week’s Best Cartoons 7/11

I’m currently working on a two, possibly three-part series that isn’t quite ready for market yet, so meanwhile, I thought you might enjoy last week’s political cartoons. As always, TokyoSand has found some of the very best ones for us! Thank you, TS!

Political⚡Charge

ByBill Bramhall, New York Daily News

Every week, I enjoy searching for editorial cartoons responding to the news and sharing them with you on Saturdays. This week, there are some recurring themes plus some new ones.

Do let me know which ones resonate the most with you in the comments!

Trump Orders Schools to Re-Open

ByMike Thompson, Detroit Free Press

ByMatt Davies, Newsday

ByClay Jones

ByRob Rogers

Supreme Court Decisions

ByAdam Zyglis, The Buffalo News

ByKevin Siers, Charlotte Observ

COVID

ByRick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle

ByBill Bramhall, New York Daily News

ByRick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle

ByNick Anderson

ByKevin Necessary

ByMatt Davies, Newsday

ByAndy Marlette, Pensacola News Journal

Election 2020

ByMike Thompson, Detroit Free Press

ByBill Bramhall, New York Daily News

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A Jolly & Joyful Monday!

Good Monday morning, friends!  Come in out of the cold heat!  So, how was your weekend?  In most parts of the U.S., it’s been putrid hot with little rain, and in most parts of the UK it’s been rainy and chilly.  If only we could blend the two, then we’d all have perfect weather!  Well, it’s the start of a new week, so let’s get this show on the road and start the week with some fun things, shall we?  But first, Joyful is back in the kitchen today, whipping up a few treats, so grab a snack and the beverage of your choice! (Sorry, guys … only one plate of bacon … you’ll have to share this week!  Larry … I’m watching you!  You too, David!)

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Every now and then, I like to take a look at the ‘Amazing Fact Generator’ on the Mental Floss website, so let’s start with a few fun facts:

  • The annual number of worldwide shark bites is 10 times less than the number of people bitten by other people in New York. Seriously???  I’ve lived in New York and never once been bitten by either a shark or another person!
  • Ironically, the only member of ZZ Top without a beard has the last name Beard.
  • The 1967 Outer Space Treaty forbids any nation from trying to own the Moon. I’m biting my tongue here …
  • Alexander Graham Bell, who invented the telephone in 1876, suggested answering calls with “ahoy.” A wanna-be pirate, perhaps?
  • The Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships are held in Finland. A recent winner said he prepared for the event by “mainly drinking.” Who knew?

See, now you’ve learned some new things!  Jolly Monday can be educational, as well as fun!


Define “emergency” please …

I’ve written before about people calling the emergency number (911 in the US, 999 in the UK) for things that … well, just weren’t real emergencies.  Here’s another one …

The West Yorkshire Police Contact Management Center said a call came in recently to the 999 emergency number to report their new appliance had been delivered to the wrong address!  Now what thinking person calls the police for this?  Why not call the store, or the delivery service?  And just what did they suppose the police could do?  I can picture it now … a bobby is putting the handcuffs on a man he just caught robbing a woman in a convenience store when the call comes through …

“Officer Holmes … do you read?  Drop everything and get to 11420 Sycamore Street … we have a missing freezer case!”

My favourite, though, was the one I wrote about back in April, of the  person, again in the UK, who called 999 to report her neighbor was snoring too loudly!


Now here’s a new one that I bet is a first! 

Wynn Hall, a farmer in Exeter, Nebraska, started the process of draining a pond on his property, which is used for pumping waters off his fields.  When he checked on it the following morning, he noticed a rather large object stuck in the mud.  He assumed it to be a some sort household appliance.

“I thought who would throw a refrigerator or a stove and put it in the pond, in fact, the deepest part of the pond in fact…why would that be down there? I took a picture and zoomed in on it and thought, ‘That looks like an ATM!'”

And indeed, it was.  The farmer said he doesn’t know how long the ATM was in his pond, since he didn’t drain it last year, but it didn’t appear to have been in the water for more than a few weeks. Hall contacted the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office, which sent a team to haul the ATM away. He said deputies told him an ATM had recently been stolen in the area.


Are you in the mood for some ‘toons?

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Now, I’ve got two animal videos for you today, ‘cause one is super-short, but this ticklish chicken is guaranteed to make you laugh!


And here are some of the most adorable polar bear cubs you’ll ever see!


Well, folks, I’ve really enjoyed spending time with you this morning, but sadly … my laundry awaits, as do your daily duties, so I leave you with one last thought … share those smiles, spread them around for others to enjoy.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa ‘n Jolly ‘n Joyful!

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