Jolly 19th Monday Of The Year!

Yep, folks, it’s that time of the week again – the beginning.  Take heart in the fact that today is the 19th Monday of this year, 2021.  Just 33 Mondays left in the year!  C’mon, friends, don those smiles, those happy faces … you can do this!  {yawn}  So, how was your weekend?  In some countries, such as here in the U.S., yesterday was Mother’s Day.  Daughter Chris went all out this year with a beautiful flower for the back patio, a steering wheel cover, an adorable wolf with cub (stuffed, of course), and an assortment of other things.  Miss Goose cooked supper for us both, and all in all it was a nice, relaxing day, although filled with rain and thunderstorms.  But now, it’s back to the grind for us all, so let’s see what Joyful has cooked up for our Monday morning treats, then see what we can find to put smiles on our faces to start the week out right.

Now, I like my wine, okay?  But I lean toward cheap wine … cream sherry at $10 per bottle or something along those lines.  The auction house Christie’s in London (England, not Kentucky) announced a couple of weeks ago that they will be auctioning off a bottle of wine called Pétrus 2000.  This particular bottle of wine has been around the block … actually, around the world … in fact, it spent more than a year in orbit aboard the International Space Station.  WHY???  Heck if I know!

According to the Associated Press (AP) …

“The Pétrus 2000 is one of 12 bottles sent into space in November 2019 by researchers exploring the potential for extraterrestrial agriculture. It returned 14 months later subtly altered, according to wine experts who sampled it at a tasting in France.

Tim Tiptree, international director of Christie’s wine and spirits department, said the space-aged wine was “matured in a unique environment” of near zero-gravity aboard the space station.”

Apparently, the wine sells for around $10,000 per bottle even when it hasn’t been flying around in space for more than a year, and now, Christie’s is expecting to get … wait for it … $1 million for this bottle of … fermented grape juice!

Anybody … ANYBODY … who would pay even the initial price tag of $10,000 for a single bottle of wine needs to have their head examined, and whomever takes home this ‘prize’ from Christie’s should be convicted of ‘felony stupidity’!  I couldn’t even drink it for that price … I would be ill every time I looked at it!  I’ll stick with my $10 cream sherry, thank you!

And after that, I think we need some ’toons, don’t you?

A few funny signs …

And, of course we must have a cute animal video, for if nothing else has made you smile yet this morning, this is guaranteed to do the trick!

And for Hugh, just in case he is able to drop in …

I hope you all have a lovely week ahead, and remember to share those gorgeous smiles I see you wearing now!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly and Joyful!

The Week’s Best Cartoons 5/8

Yesterday, our friend TokyoSand published her weekly roundup of political cartoons and there is just to much material right now that I don’t know how she can even decide which ones to choose!  She does always manage, though, to pick the best of the lot, and this week is no exception.  Most of them, you’ll notice, feature the Republican Party as the brunt of the joke … a position they have worked hard to earn!  Thank you, TS, for your hard work on these ‘toon posts!

Source: The Week’s Best Cartoons 5/8

Tainted Love Ballots

The recount of votes from the 2020 election being done in Arizona is a joke, albeit not a very funny one. It is a sham, an illegitimate attempt to further undermine our voices, our votes. It is being done by conspiracy theorists and at least one person who participated in the January 6th attack on our Congress in order to install an authoritarian regime. What the hell has this nation become? Clay Jones has done a good editorial + cartoon on the subject … far better than I could have done!



“Some very interesting things are happening in Arizona.” That’s the most honest thing Donald Trump has said in a long time.

Saying his goodbyes at Mar-a-Lago to whoever might actually give a flying shit before he leaves his summer compound for his New Jersey compound (the illegal immigrants he’s hired are probably pretty psyched to watch him waddle out of there), Donald Trump spoke as if a biased, partisan, and fraudulent recount conducted by Qanon fucks and MAGA terrorists would somehow reinsert him into the White House.

President Joe Biden won Arizona. Democrat Mark Kelly also won the United States Senate seat in Arizona, joining his party colleague, Kyrsten Sinema. Republicans won a fight to recount ballots in Maricopa County despite it being six months after the election. Republicans can not overturn the results in Arizona and even if they did, it wouldn’t overturn the results of the national election…

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The Week’s Best Cartoons 5/1

For our viewing pleasure this afternoon, our friend TokyoSand has waded through the internet in search of the best, most relevant editorial cartoons from last week.  Topics include President Biden’s speech last Wednesday night, Rudy Giuliani’s legal woes, Republican lies, the vaccine, and more.  Thank you, TS!

See All The ‘Toons!

Jolly Monday … Once Again … Already

I couldn’t believe it when Jolly woke me this morning and told me it is Monday!  What … again already???  Sheesh … I think one Monday per month would be enough, don’t you?  Please forgive me if I’m not all here this morning … I had a wild weekend, y’know!  Writing, reading, playing Animal Crossing with the girls (it’s a video game, not anything to do with funky genetics), doing laundry, feeding the squirrels and the birdies, etc.  So how was your weekend?  Do anything exciting?  Well, Joyful has been in the kitchen for a while now, so let’s go see what treats she has concocted for us, then we’ll find some things to start this week out right!

Boy Wonder

Mike Wimmer of Salisbury, North Carolina, is 12 years old, and at the end of this month he will hold both a high school diploma and an Associates Degree from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.  Wimmer has a 4.0 GPA at the college and a 5.45 GPA in high school, earning him the role of his class valedictorian.

Wimmer was always a bit ahead of the other kids his age in school, for he was a sophomore in high school when other kids are only finishing up primary school.  And then came the pandemic.  Mike apparently got a bit bored and decided to kick things up a notch, so he took “a few” extra classes, enrolled in the community college, and completed his final two years of high school plus 2 years of college, all in one year.  He will graduate from the college on May 21st, and from Concord Academy High School on May 28th.

Despite being several years younger than his classmates, Wimmer said he gets along well with them — and was even nominated to Homecoming Court last year.  Wimmer, who has an interest in robotics, told CNN that he’s “the math and science guy.” He’s always had an affinity for technology — he got his first iPad when he was 18 months old.

He learned almost all of his programming and robotic knowledge through trial and error and online videos, according to his website, Next Era Innovations.  He also created his own startup, called Reflect Social, which “combines popular social media platforms with Internet of Things (IoT) devices, providing a new dynamic social experience,” according to its website.

But lest you think he is just a math & science nerd, he has a conscience, too, for he says …

“My entrepreneurial goal is to build technology that enables people to live better lives.”

Okay, well, I wish him the best in his future … I suddenly don’t feel so smart anymore since it took me until my 30s to earn my college degrees!

Could I interest you in a few cute pictures to bring smiles to your faces?

And … the moment I know you all like best about Jolly Monday … ‘TOONS!

Phil over at Phil’s Phun where I get most of my ‘toons, was on a coffee thing this week …


And of course I’d never be forgiven if I didn’t have a cute, funny animal video … today we got raccoons!

For Hugh, just a bit of Maxine to hopefully bring a smile to his face …

I hope you all found something to start your week with a smile, and I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead!  Share those smiles, ‘k?  I see too many people out there wearing frowns or scowls and I bet you can make them smile by sharing just one or two of your own.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly, and Joyful!

Racist Country

I don’t know about you guys, but I was NOT impressed with Senator Tim Scott’s speech on Wednesday night. He claims this is not a racist nation, but I see the evidence that it IS every day. Clay Jones of Claytoonz fame has done a sadly apt ‘toon and commentary on the subject … Thank you, Clay!



Republican Senator Tim Scott was chosen to deliver his party’s response to President Joe Biden’s address to Congress. In his speech, Scott said, “Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country. It’s backwards to fight discrimination with different types of discrimination. And it’s wrong to try to use our painful past to dishonestly shut down debates in the present.”

Republicans, who struggle with race, rallied around this message in hopes that we can finally stop talking about race so they’ll be left alone to create racist legislation.

If America is not a racist country, at the very least, the Republican Party is a racist party. Proof of this is they chose their one black senator to deliver the message that they’re not racist. It’s not like they said, “Hmmmm….which one of our many black members should we choose to deliver this address?” And to be a successful black Republican…

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The Week’s Best Cartoons: Chauvin Found Guilty

I just realized that I hadn’t yet shared TokyoSand’s cartoon post from Saturday!  Well, better late than never, yes?  Last week’s political cartoons were, understandably, largely focused on the guilty x3 verdict in the Derek Chauvin case, but there was more, too, like Earth Day …

See All The ‘Toons!

Jolly Monday … A Few Laughs To Start Your Week!

Good Monday morn, my friends.  I hope you all had a fun weekend and are ready to put your nose back against that proverbial corporate grindstone.  Except those of us who are retired, of course … we will happily read, write, sleep, cook, go for walks … but we’ll be thinking of you the entire time!  Anyway, it is Monday morning, and Joyful has returned from decorating Roger’s tower, so there will be no more kitchen disasters like last Monday!  I’m not sure what Joyful has cooked up for us this morning, so let’s go see, grab a snack, then find some fun things to start our week out with a smile.

It all started a year ago when pandemic boredom set in and Josh Swain, a 22-year-old college student from Tucson, Arizona, messaged others who shared his name on social media and challenged them to a duel.  No no … no guns, swords, knives or even slingshots … just pool noodles!

Swain sent the following Facebook message to a group of people with his name in 2020:

“We fight, whoever wins gets to keep the name, everyone else has to change their name, you have a year to prepare, good luck.”

It took nearly a year to organize, but this weekend, hundreds showed up at Air Park in Lincoln, Nebraska, for the ‘duel’.  The festivities started with a “grueling and righteous battle of Rock, Paper, Scissors” between the Josh Swain from Arizona and another Josh Swain from Omaha. KLKN-TV reports that the Arizona student won that competition, allowing him to claim the title of the true Josh Swain.

The pool-noodle competition that followed was open to anyone with the first name of Josh.

But, in addition to the activities and the good fun that was had by all, there was another positive effect.  People donated nearly 300 pounds of food for the Food Bank of Lincoln and raised more than $8,000 for the Children’s Hospital and Medical Center Foundation in Omaha.

And the winner of the noodle duel is … {drumroll}4 year old Josh Vinson who was coronated with a Burger King crown!  The newly crowned Josh was unable to keep the crown on his head, as it dropped to his shoulders, but he proudly wore his championship belt!

I found a few signs … well, actually Phil did and I’m borrowing them … that I thought you’d get a kick out of …

And the moment you’ve all been waiting for … ‘TOONS!!!!

How about a few funny memes before we go?

And last, but not least, this week’s funny animal video!  These baby animals are just now figuring things out … some days I know just how they feel!!!

And now, sadly, it’s time for you to go to work and for me to go to bed … er … um … clean the kitchen, do laundry, feed the critters, and more!  Oops … can’t leave without a bit of Maxine’s wisdom, now can we?

I hope you all have a wonderful week … please remember to share the smiles you’re wearing right this minute, for some people didn’t get to come here for Jolly Monday and they might not have a smile.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly, and Joyful!

Just Two Snippets This Morning …

I just have two tidbits of snark tonight … well, in truth I have a bunch more than two, but two is all I feel up to imparting tonight, for I am tired.

The 51st state? 

Yesterday, the House passed a bill to make Washington D.C. the 51st state of the union, but that bill is almost certain to fail in the Senate.  Not one single House Republican voted for statehood, and that is likely to be the case in the Senate, where the filibuster will demand 60 votes to pass.

At present 714,153 people live in Washington D.C.  With only 61 square miles of land, DC has the highest population density in the U.S.  Yet, the people who live in DC have no political representation, and the Republicans in Congress would like to keep it that way.  Why?  Primarily because DC has a majority Black population, and it is the goal of the Republican Party to keep as many Blacks as possible from voting, since they typically vote for Democrats.  If you don’t believe me, just look at the 250+ voter suppression bills in process in 43 states at present — all aimed at keeping people of colour and the poor from having a voice.  Republicans may give you a dozen excuses for their obfuscation, but when you cut through the bull, it boils down to the fact that if the people of DC had the ability to elect two senators, they would most likely elect Democratic senators and the Republicans don’t want that.  Simple.

Of course, Republican lawmakers have come up with a multitude of excuses, such as Representative Glenn Grothman, who claims the district does not qualify for statehood because it does not have manufacturing, agriculture or natural resources.  Or another who said it couldn’t qualify for statehood because it doesn’t have a landfill.  But, at the end of the day, it doesn’t qualify because it has a Black majority.  Apparently those excuse-seeking members of Congress have never actually read the U.S. Constitution.

Imagine those residents of the district … they live, they work, they pay taxes, they serve in the military … with no representation in Congress.  I think the people of the district have been remarkably patient … and they deserve better than they’re getting.

One less racist cop

William Kelly was a Lieutenant in the Norfolk, Virginia, police department until he was fired earlier this week.  The reason for his firing?  He contributed to the legal defense fund of that teenage punk, Kyle Rittenhouse, who killed two people last year in Kenosha, Wisconsin, during a Black Lives Matter protest.

But, Kelly not only contributed financially, he also left a message for Rittenhouse on the GiveSendGo crowdfunding site, saying …

“God bless. Thank you for your courage. Keep your head up. You’ve done nothing wrong. Every rank and file police officer supports you. Don’t be discouraged by actions of the political class of law enforcement leadership.”

Did nothing wrong?????  WTF???  The boy, at the time 17 years of age, wasn’t even old enough to own a gun … in fact didn’t own a gun, but he borrowed an AR-15 from a friend and ended up killing two and seriously injuring another!  And a high-ranking police officer is applauding his actions???  Tell me again that we don’t need police reform in this country!

Chip Filer, Norfolk’s city manager, issued a statement …

“His egregious comments erode the trust between the Norfolk Police Department and those they are sworn to serve. The City of Norfolk has a standard of behavior for all employees, and we will hold staff accountable.”

And from the city’s police chief, Larry D. Boone …

“A police department cannot do its job when the public loses trust with those whose duty is to serve and protect them. We do not want perceptions of any individual officer to undermine the relations between the Norfolk Police Department and the community.”

So, there’s one less racist officer on the streets of Norfolk, Virginia tonight, but how many more in cities across this nation?

From The Mind Of Filosofa

Today I have so many thoughts on a variety of topics rattling around in my old head that I thought I’d share some of them with you.

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m still reeling from all the shootings last week and over the weekend.  So many things have gone wrong in this country over the past 4+ years, some I fear will never be reparable, such as the gun culture, but not only that.  I was watching a clip a few days ago of Congressman Jim Jordan literally browbeating Dr. Anthony Fauci, accusing him of “robbing Americans of their civil liberties”, yelling at him, interrupting him, gesticulating wildly, and demanding an exact date when people could stop wearing masks, stop social distancing, etc.  My thoughts were that this is not the way a professional lawmaker behaves!  Finally, Representative Maxine Waters told Jordan to “shut your mouth”, which I found very appropriate under the circumstances, but now the most unqualified member of Congress, Marjorie Greene, has made a motion to have Ms. Waters expelled from Congress for what she said to Jordan.  This, my friends, is just one example of the lack of intelligence and professionalism in certain of today’s members of Congress.

Then, I saw a question posed by a friend on Twitter:  Why do people who refuse the vaccine because they believe their god will protect them, think they must own a gun?  Think about that one for a few minutes.

This country has many problems today, perhaps more than at any other time in its history, and the gun culture is in the top five.  Worse yet, as long as a vast majority of congressional republicans are in the pockets of the gun lobby, ie NRA, this isn’t going to change.  They will obfuscate even policies that 80% of the people in this country support, in order to keep their donors happy.  This is not what we elect and pay these people for, and we are being cheated on a daily basis.  I have readers from all over the world, and those who are outside the U.S. are appalled by our gun culture.  Remember when the former guy called certain countries “shithole countries”?  Well, that’s how the U.S. is coming to be viewed around the globe.

There are those who would say that immigration and the economy are our biggest challenges today, but in my book, we have far greater problems.

Also in my top five is racism … and other forms of bigotry such as those who are intolerant of the LGBT community, those who believe men are superior to women, those who would demand that everyone follow their religion and that laws reflect their own beliefs and biases.  The blatant racism we see in police departments across the country is intolerable!  What’s worse is that it’s always been like this … we just didn’t see it.  The internet has placed such things under a large microscope, and we are just now awakening to the horrors that Black people have been living with … forever.

Then there’s our response … or lack thereof … to climate change in recent years.  Sure, there are many of us here who do our best to respect the environment, planting bee-friendly flowers, turning our thermostats down, driving less and driving fuel-efficient vehicles, but there are those who selfishly refuse to be inconvenienced.  Just yesterday I read an article by a woman who said we should support the fossil fuel industry, should not have re-joined the Paris Climate Accords, and basically argued that climate change is a hoax.  It seems to me that half the people in this country believe that way, are unwilling to make lifestyle changes in order to preserve this planet for their own grandchildren.

The majority of Republicans still believe the Big Lie, that the former guy won the 2020 election, despite all evidence to the contrary.  As long as that many people are that ignorant, they will continue voting for people like Marjorie Greene, Mitch McConnell, Jim Jordan and others who are intent on destroying what few democratic principles are left in this nation today.  And the votes of the few will outnumber the votes of the majority if the states are allowed to continue creating legislation that disenfranchises Blacks, Hispanics, the poor, the elderly, and the young.  If they have their way, our government will be elected only by white people of privilege.  The rest of us will become second-class citizens without a voice.

It is obvious to me that this nation is on a downhill path and the only hope for the future is for people to become educated about reality, to stop believing the myths and conspiracy theories that fill the airwaves 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on such places as Fox ‘News’, Twitter and Facebook.  Unless people wake up and learn to separate fact from fantasy, I don’t even want to think about what the U.S. will be twenty years from now.  Fortunately, I won’t be here to see it, but my daughter and granddaughter will, and millions of other people will have to live with the ‘legacy’ we are leaving them.