I Tried Not To Be Snarky …

Tonight, I am angry.  Surprised, aren’t you?  I’m angry most nights, and in fact I wake up angry most mornings, if I’ve managed to sleep at all.  It’s inevitable … when your country is run by bloody fools who appear intent on destroying not only the nation, but most of the people in it, you’re gonna be angry, unless you’re among the ‘chosen few’ who are a) white, b) wealthy or else not too bright, and c) a bigot.  I’ve been trying to scale back a bit on my snarkiness, but … sorry, folks, I just can’t help myself ,,, it’s bubbling over.bubbling-cauldron

How to cut the military budget

I’ve long decried our giant military budget as unnecessary and an unconscionable waste of money when people are homeless and children are going to bed hungry at night.  Ours is by far the largest military budget in the world …

military budget

We spend nearly three times more than the next country on the chart, China, despite the fact that we have less than one-fourth as many people!


It is foolish, and it is done largely to boost the already wealthy arms industry.  We do not need all the hardware, all the bombs, guns, tanks, and other crap we buy each year.  We do not need to be continuing the nuclear arms race, but rather finding safe ways to dispose of what we already have!  In fact, the biggest single threat to our nation is sleeping in the White House as I write this!  So much money … wasted … an ego trip for a July 4th or Memorial Day parade … while children starve.

But wait … Defense Secretary Mark Esper thinks he has found a way to cut back on the military budget!  Listen to this one … you’re gonna love it!  Esper has a proposal to cut $2.2 billion from our bloated military budget by cutting … military healthcare!  Senior defense officials say this move would imperil the health care of millions of military personnel and their families as the nation is in the midst of a pandemic that is spiralling out of control, largely due to Trump’s mismanagement and bungling.

What a brilliant idea … NOT!  Nope not brilliant, but fairly typical of the Trump entourage … it’s what we’ve come to expect.  Cut benefits and services that benefit the average Joe and expand profit margins for the already-wealthy.  Great job of falling in line, Esper … pathetic job of serving our troops and their families.

A most improper use of the White House … OUR White House!

robert-trumpDonald Trump’s brother, Robert Trump, died on Saturday, and Trump is supposedly considering holding his funeral at our White House!  NO, just effing NOOOOO!  That is not Trump’s personal property to do with as he wishes!  He cannot do this and if he does, he should be carted off to prison as soon as the funeral is done!

In addition to the fact that this cannot possibly be legal, is not kosher, and will cost We the People taxpayer dollars, there is the fact that Robert Trump was not a nice man, to put it mildly.  But then, why would we have expected otherwise … his last name was, after all, Trump, and his sire was the same Fred Trump who created the monster who sits in the Oval Office.  Robert may not have been quite as nasty as the one we know best, but make no mistake, he was a greedy, nasty man who would screw over his own family for a dollar.

And Donnie cared so much about his ‘baby brother’ that while Robert lay dying in the hospital, Trump phoned the hospital from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, to see how he was doing.  No, he couldn’t even be bothered to give up his Saturday morning golf game to visit his brother one last time!

Robert Trump was not even part of the Trump administration, had no official role in our government and was NOTHING to any of us.  Let the Trumps have his funeral elsewhere … at a funeral home or Mar-a-Lago … I don’t really care, but the White House belongs to the people and We the People do not want it used to hold a funeral for yet another grade-A jerk!

A medical sycophant, Dr. Atlas shrugged …

Trump finally found himself a doctor who would toe the party line … er, the Trump line … one who would say just what Trump wants him to say, unlike Dr. Anthony Fauci, a highly reputable doctor who told us what we needed to hear, not what Trump wanted him to tell us.

scott-atlasTrump’s latest medical “expert” is Dr. Scott Atlas, and he warns against “coronavirus overreaction and hysteria”, says the nation should reopen all the schools, restart normal sporting events, and has downplayed the need for students to wear face coverings or practice social distancing if schools do reopen.  “It is proven children have no significant risk,” says Atlas.  NO, SIR, it is NOT proven and in fact … how would you explain the children who have died or spent time in hospitals???  And … “overreaction and hysteria”???  More than a thousand people are dying every day of the coronavirus and this jackass has the unmitigated gall to say we are overreacting???  He would play with the lives of our children in order to appease the Oaf in the Oval???

He argues against more testing and recently he told Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, that science does not definitively support government mandates on wearing masks.  ‘Scuse me, Trump and Atlas, but I’ll take Dr. Fauci’s word for what we need to do, not yours!

A bit about Dr. Atlas …

  • His specialty is neuroradiology, not infectious diseases
  • He has never worked within the CDC nor in any official capacity as a medical advisor within the government, and has only served as medical advisor to the campaigns of Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney
  • He has argued for the elimination of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) aka Obamacare.
  • He is a frequent guest on Fox News

Do you see anything there that makes you inclined to believe Atlas over Dr. Fauci, or even Dr. Birx?  I sure as hell don’t.  First Trump promotes a drug that not only does not cure the coronavirus, but can cause life-threatening heart problems.  Then he suggests we drink bleach.  Then he says we should all go out and socialize more, send our children back to school, and not wear masks.  And now, he’s given us a quack and tells us to believe the quack over the real experts.  I think not.  Would somebody please muzzle this fool???



Jolly Joyful Monday!

Good Monday morning and welcome to Jolly Monday!  I trust you all had a good weekend?  I did a bit of traveling over the weekend!  I went to Switzerland, then to Lakeway, Texas, northwest of Austin!  I saw beautiful snow-capped mountains and happy little villages in Switzerland, and lots of deer in Lakeway!  And the best part?  It didn’t cost me a penny!  Gary took me on the Swiss tour,   and John Howell took me around Lakeway to see the many deer out and about this weekend!     Thanks guys!  I enjoyed it!

Joyful has been hard at work in the kitchen this morning, so let’s see what she has whipped up for us, then we’ll find some fun things to start the week out with a smile, yes?

Check out the mystery section …

Libraries are treasure troves … I could spend all day in a library and never get bored, for you just never know what you will find.  Even so, I can only imagine the surprise when employees at the Walla Walla Public Library in Washington came across a disintegrated paper bag containing five unopened cans of Hamm’s beer and an opened pack of Godzilla Heads gum behind a shelf in the mystery section!

beer-gumThe library is currently closed due to the pandemic, so employees were doing a bit of cleaning and renovating when they came across the stash.  Library officials said their research determined Godzilla Heads gum dates from the 1980s and the Hamm’s beer cans don’t include health warnings that were required from 1988 on, leading staff to believe the snack stash is more than 30 years old.

The City of Walla Walla said the “artifacts” were transferred “to another city facility.”

“The abandoned relics now reside in the Sudbury Landfill.”

Old, used, stinky & damaged …

Once again, I have proof positive that some people have a lot more money than good sense!  WHO in their right mind would pay $615,000 for a pair of worn, stinky tennis shoes???

Yes, you heard right!  The shoes belonged to Michael Jordan and were worn during a 1985 exhibition game.  So, not only are they used and stinky, but they are 35 years old!!!  Out of style!  I can buy a brand-new pair of tennis shoes … good ones … for about $50!jordan-shoesAuction house Christie’s said the Nike Air Jordan 1 High sneakers, worn by the basketball legend during an exhibition game in Trieste, Italy, were autographed by Jordan and described by the auctioneer as “a one-of-a-kind Michael Jordan artifact.”

The shoes were billed as especially unique due to a shard of glass embedded in the sole of the left shoe as a result of Jordan shattering a glass backboard with a forceful slam dunk.  So now they are not only worn, stinky, and old, but also damaged by a shard of glass!  Sheesh, people … I can think of MUCH better ways to spend $615,000!!!  Why is it that the stupidest people are the ones with the most money???

I happened across just a few funny signs last week that I thought you might enjoy …


Bicycle Bob – an inspiration!

Bob Mettauer has earned himself quite a reputation in his hometown of Santa Maria, California.  You see, Bob is 95 … soon to be 96 years old and last Tuesday he hit quite a milestone!  He pedalled his 100,000th mile since he took up cycling in the 1990s after his retirement.  Think about that one, folks … 100,000 miles!  That is equivalent of crossing the U.S. from coast-to-coast 33 times! Bicycle-BobHis neighbors have dubbed him “Bicycle Bob”, and on Tuesday they threw a little celebration for him.  Bicycle Bob’s friend Meg Porter describes his bike riding routine …

“He rides 9 miles a day, rain or shine. The only time he stopped is when he had a shoulder injury for a little bit but every day he rides 9 miles. What an inspiration he is.”

Triathlete Damien Porter says he hopes to accomplish half of what Bob has done.

“I’ve ridden my bike my whole life I do triathlons and all this and I’ve never met anybody who’s done 100,000 miles so he’s the first person I’ve ever met he’s ridden 100,000 miles. I think he’s awesome. He’s twice my age so I got something to live up to.”

bicycle-bob-2And what does Bob think about all the attention?

“I am astonished at the fact that all these people have come.  The reason I’m doing that is I can do the things that I do because I do what I do. And I’m going to keep going.  On September 18 I’ll be 96 years old, and I’m going to keep on going.”

Thumbs up to this man … he makes me feel like a decapitated turtle!

Are you ready for some cartoons?  I sent Jolly ‘n Joyful over to Phil’s Phun to scavenge a few ‘toons for us …


And we can’t close Jolly Monday without a fun critter video, now can we?

Well, folks, it’s that time again … I hope you are leaving with a smile on your face and that you’ll keep that smile and share it with others all week long!  Much love and many hugs from Filosofa, Jolly & Joyful!

The Week’s Best Cartoons 8/15

Once again, our friend TokyoSand has found the best of the week’s political cartoons, and since I am without humour today, I shall share hers with you! Thank you, TS!


By Daryl Cagle

This week, the two biggest news stories were the Trump administration’s tampering with the Post Office, and Joe Biden picking Kamala Harris to be his running mate. Here’s how the editorial cartoonists covered those stories, and more.

Trump Throttles the Post Office

ByMike Peters, Mother Goose and Grimm

ByAnn Telnaes, Washington Post

ByKevin Necessary

ByClay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

ByMatt Davies, Newsday

ByClay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

ByNick Anderson

BySteve Breen, San Diego Union Tribune

By Zelley, for the Lincoln Project

Biden Picks Harris

ByDave Granlund

ByMike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

ByMatt Davies, Newsday

ByMike Thompson, Detroit Free Press

By Walt Handelsman,The Advocate

BySteve Breen, San Diego Union Tribune

ByAdam Zyglis, The Buffalo News

ByMike Luckovich,

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Bouncing Snark

Today, I have a bouncing mind that is filled with snarky thoughts – never a good combination!

The right choice …

Of course, the big news yesterday was Joe Biden’s announcement that he had chosen Senator Kamala Harris for his running mate.  No surprise, for all along I’ve thought she would be the one, and in truth, she makes the most sense for him.  A) she’s a woman; B) she’s a black woman; C) she is highly qualified; D) she is young enough to be a perfectly viable option in the quite possible event that something would happen to Biden, who will be 78 years of age by the time he takes office next January.  While I loved the idea of a Biden/Warren ticket, I realized that Elizabeth Warren was too white, too socialist, and too old to be a viable option in a year when overthrowing the current regime has to be the #1 goal.

Let’s be clear on one thing:  Trump & Co would have denigrated and slung mud no matter who Biden chose.  They will find Kamala’s Achilles heel (and yes, she has a few) and they will play that record ad nauseam.  But they would have done the same with Stacey Abrams, Tammy Duckworth, Val Demings or Elizabeth Warren.  They already had their little black books filled with whatever they could dig up on any and all of the candidates Biden was considering.  Bottom line, though, is it doesn’t matter.  Yes, you heard me right.  It does not matter.  All it does is it speaks to Trump’s own failings and shortcomings.  If the only way you can look good is to make others look bad, then you’re in trouble before you even get to the starting gate.

In 2016, Trump’s only selling points were “Build the wall and make Mexico pay for it”, and “Lock her up”.  This year, he doesn’t even have those … he quite literally has no selling point other than the economy, which is currently in the tank. So, he will use mud-slinging, lies, and a loud, obnoxious voice with lots of facial contortions and wild hand movements to make his points, whatever those points are.

I urge you, folks, to keep your eye on the ball, to remember that “actions speak louder than words”, and to look back at what he has actually done in his first term … nothing positive, lots of destruction, hundreds of thousands of unnecessary deaths.  Whatever he and his little loyal lapdogs say about Biden or Harris … it’s laughable.  It’s grasping at straws.  It’s desperation.  Ignore it.  The republicans, or at least Trump’s base, will lap it up like a cat does cream, but they have proven their ignorance, have proven they will not listen to facts or reason, so … don’t waste your time on them.  Concentrate, instead, on convincing everyone to get out and VOTE!!!  Concentrate instead on talking to the people who aren’t wearing rose-coloured glasses and drinking Kool-Aid.  Don’t allow yourself to be dragged into a mudfest by those too ignorant to understand the true significance of this year’s election, to see the parallels between another 4 years of Trump and 1933 Germany.

What are they thinking???

Just yesterday morning, I wrote about a number of QAnon members running for congressional seats, and as I recall (it was, after all, a full day ago!) I predicted that none was likely to win their primary.  Well guess what?  Yep, my predictive skills have once again failed to hit their mark, for the one I highlighted yesterday, Marjorie Taylor Greene, won the Georgia primary runoff!  What the Sam Hell is wrong with people in Georgia???  First, they elect a gun-toting ding-dong, Brian Kemp, for governor, and now a conspiracy theorist, gun-toting member of QAnon to run for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives!

Greene has spouted numerous conspiracy theories, is a racist, an Islamophobe and anti-Semitic … just what we need in a lawmaking capacity, eh? Even Republican lawmakers Steve Scalise and Kevin McCarthy have publicly condemned her candidacy!  In November, she will face Democratic challenger Kevin Van Ausdal.  To date, Ausdal trails Greene by a margin of 38% to Greene’s 62%.  Let us hope that the good people of Georgia wake up and realize that Ms. Greene is not … I repeat NOT … congressional material!!!

Trump, naturally, congratulated Ms. Greene profusely …

“Congratulations to future Republican Star Marjorie Taylor Greene on a big Congressional primary win in Georgia against a very tough and smart opponent. Marjorie is strong on everything and never gives up — a real WINNER!”

More like a real NUTCASE, but then, he likes conspiracy theories and theorists, remember?

And speaking of Georgia …

Cherokee County School District re-opened their schools on August 3rd, against the advice of experts, and by the end of the week, ten of the schools in the district had sent letters home to parents warning that children had tested positive for the coronavirus and that their own children had been exposed.  As of today, some 925 students in that district are under quarantine, and this is only the beginning.

I predict a wave of lawsuits when children start dying, when parents and grandparents contract the disease via their children and start dying.  This rush to open the schools, to play Russian roulette with the lives of children, was ill-advised … in fact was downright stupid … and there will be a price to be paid: human lives.  But I’m sure Trump will shrug his shoulders and say, “It is what it is”.


Jolly Monday — Bring On The Smiles!

kitty-mondayOkay, folks, time to say ‘goodbye’ to the weekend and ‘hello’ to the new week.  Sigh.  Yeah, me too.  But it’s all in the perception.  If we expect it to be a downer of a week, then it will be, but if we greet it with a smile and say, “Give it your best shot!”, then we at least stand a chance of making it ‘til Tuesday before we don the gloves!  So, welcome to a great Monday that’s gonna usher in a great week!  (Was I convincing?)

So, how was your weekend? Here, the temps were finally bearable, so it was a nice weekend, if not a particularly exciting one.  We did have a grill-out with our friends on Saturday evening … the first one all summer … and we enjoyed that very much.  Well, let’s get this show on the road … grab a snack (yes, Larry, I remembered the bacon this week) and let’s find something to smile about!


PalmerstonMeet Palmerston, the British Foreign Office’s famous feline “Chief Mouser.”  But not for long!  You see, Palmerston has given notice of his pending retirement, saying he wishes to, “spend more time relaxing away from the limelight.”  Understandably, for it’s a tough job, made even tougher by frequent disagreements with Larry, the cat charged with catching mice for the prime minister at 10 Downing Street.  His letter …


The Foreign Office praised Palmerston for his service, saying …

“We’ll all miss him paw-fully, but wish him a purr-fect retirement.”

My late ex-husband got a job once simply by wearing them down.  At the time, jobs were scarce in the small rural community where we lived, and he was out of work.  He picked a company he really wanted to work for, went there and was told there were no openings, but they took his application for future reference.  He went there nearly every day for two weeks, “just to check and see”, hung around for a few hours each day (much to my relief, for at least he wasn’t ‘hanging around’ the house!) and at the end of two weeks, the foreman hired him, saying he would probably see less of him if he hired him than he was seeing of him then!

A stray dog in Brazil seemed to have the same idea!  One day in May, this stray showed up at a Hyundai dealership where the staff noticed the dog hanging around but figured that by the next day he would have moved on, seeking food or a home.  But day after day, the pup returned to the dealership.tucson-1On a particularly rainy night, the manager of the dealership, Emerson Mariano, felt so sorry for him that he decided to invite him inside, offering him food and water.  Well, Mariano bonded with the dog that night, and he wasn’t about to turn him back out, so he convinced the Board of Directors to adopt the dog, and they named him Tucson Prime. In time, the dog proved to be such a useful asset in the way he greeted and interacted with customers, that they gave him a job!tucson-2Tucson is definitely a goodwill ambassador, for many customers have returned to the store even after purchasing a car, just to pay Tucson a visit and bring him little gifts and treats!tucson-3Now, if that one didn’t bring a smile to your face, I’m afraid we’ll just have to paint one on!


There is a guy named Patrick who runs a blog called Patrick’s World, and as its slogan proudly proclaims, it’s a blog dedicated to purely wasting time.  I would definitely say that Patrick has too much time on his hands … however I give him five stars for imagination and creativity!

Patrick took out some traditional German sausages, hooked them up to some wires that were connected to some sound equipment, and made a fully functional piano. Yes, you read that correctly.  A piano.piano-1He calls his invention the Bockwurstklavier, or Bockwurst Piano, after the Bockwurst, a traditional German sausage made from ground veal and pork.  The piano consists of 10 sausage keys, each of which is hooked up to a wire that leads to a circuit board and other sound processing equipment. Whenever Patrick touches a sausage whilst also touching the piece of equipment in the background, the “machine” produces piano sounds.piano-2The keys work either by touching them individually or collectively, so it is possible to play full chords and, hence, a number of tunes. As long as there is contact with another bit of electrical equipment, touching the sausage keys produces sound.

Check out the video …

Okay, time for some cartoons!toon-1toon-2toon-3toon-4toon-5toon-6toon-7toon-8toon-9toon-10toon-11toon-12toon-13

And obviously I’m not going to send you on your way without a cute critter video!

I see some beautiful smiles lighting up your faces … not sure if it’s the spiked coffee or Tucson that did the trick!  At any rate, go forth and share those lovely smiles, my friends, for we all need as many as we can get to keep our spirits up.  I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!  Much love ‘n many hugs from Filosofa, Jolly and Joyful!

Fresh Off The Snarky Press …

Okay, friends, I am having a case of snark overload tonight so hold on to your hats.

He can’t do that … except he did it anyway

“Our Constitution doesn’t authorize the president to act as king whenever Congress doesn’t legislate.” – U.S. Representative Justin Amash

When Congress was unable to resolve their trillion-dollar differences over a pandemic relief bill before the weekend break, Donald Trump decided to take matters into his own hands, bypass Congress, and dictate law via executive order and “presidential” memorandums.  For the record, he does not have the constitutional right to do this.  Period.  And what he has done will no doubt be challenged in the courts first thing Monday morning.  However, lest you think he was attempting to do something good for the people of this nation, think again.  Let’s look at just one of the four elements of his dictums.

He would cut payroll taxes through the end of the year.  And he proclaimed that if he is re-elected, he will make the payroll tax cut permanent.  This move fails … fails miserably … to help any but the wealthy.  Payroll taxes are paid by the employee and matched by the employer.  HOW, then, does this help the unemployed???  Hint:  it cannot and does not.  Now, if you’re the average worker, this might actually save you $5-$6 per week, but it will save your employer hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of a year. But more importantly … understand what those payroll taxes fund … they fund Social Security and Medicare!  So, you save a few bucks a week, and when you retire in a few years, perhaps you’ll get enough in Social Security to buy a loaf of bread and a bag of dried beans each month!

Trump has long wanted to cut Social Security and Medicare but was stymied in his efforts.  So, he obviously sees the deadlock in Congress as his opening to do the dirty deed and make it appear that he is helping people in this time of crisis.  For the record, when Trump demanded this payroll tax cut be included in the relief bill, both democrats and republicans rejected the notion.  Finally, something both parties could agree on!

The real tragedy here is that so many have failed to educate themselves or to listen to the experts, to pay attention to the facts, that they are likely to fall hook, line, and sinker for Trump’s spin on this.  Once again, his ‘policies’, if they can be called such, will hurt the average person, help only the wealthy, and yet his base will praise him for helping them.

None of the dictums he signed are likely to fly, however his base will give him kudos for trying, and his wealthy donors will cheer in hopes of seeing their own fortunes grow even more.  That was all he really wanted anyway … something to bring his sagging poll numbers up.  If he cared one whit about the people of this country, he would not have run for president in the first place.

Friday night massacre …

“America is in a dead sprint to authoritarianism. The man is pulling out all the stops to prevent the citizens of this country from holding a legitimate election in which he might face removal from office.” – Walter Shaub, former head of the Office of Government Ethics

I recently wrote about Louis DeJoy, Trump’s recent appointee to the position of Postmaster General, who has begun the destruction from within of the United States Postal Service.  On Friday night, DeJoy took another step, firing or ‘reassigning’ some 23 postal executives and a number of other staffers within the USPS in what has been dubbed a ‘Friday night massacre’.

Earlier on Friday, more than 80 members of Congress sent a letter to DeJoy expressing “deep concerns” about operational changes he has made for mail carriers that have delayed deliveries and lowered standards.  And now, he has effectively expelled the very people who had experience within the USPS, centralizing power around himself … a man with zero experience within the postal service and whose only qualification for the position was the major donations he has contributed to both Donald Trump and the GOP.  The letter reads, in part …

“It is vital that the US Postal Service not reduce mail delivery times, which could harm rural communities, seniors, small businesses, and millions of Americans who rely on the mail for critical letters and packages. Eliminating overtime and directing postal workers to leave mail on the floor of postal facilities will erode confidence in the Postal Service and drive customers away, resulting in even worse financial conditions in the future.”

The United States postal service has never been more critical than it is today, for a number of reasons.  In this time of a major pandemic where more than a thousand people are dying every single day, many of us rely on the USPS for timely delivery of life-saving medications.  Twice in the past month I have experienced serious delays in receiving such medications.  And of equal importance, due to the pandemic, a large portion of the people in this nation plan to rely on voting by mail in November’s election, which means we must be able to trust the USPS to do its job in an efficient and timely manner.  The way things are right now, it wouldn’t surprise me if Mr. DeJoy announced on October 25th that the USPS would be taking a ten-day break, shutting down completely until after the election.  “Not possible,” you say?  Really?  Think about that one for a bit … how many things were unthinkable 4 years ago that have since come to pass?

I have still more, but I will save it for this afternoon’s post.  Until then …


The Week’s Best Cartoons 8/8

It’s been a busy news week, and as usual it’s kept the cartoonists busy! Luckily for us, our friend TokyoSand has also been busy picking out the best of the best. Just the thing for a Saturday afternoon! Thank you, TS!


ByMike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Long before I read op-eds, I was reading editorial cartoons. Truth be told, I liked them so much I found the opportunity — TWICE — at college to write a paper about editorial cartoons.

This week we had a lot of news, so I’ve got more sections than normal. Here’s how some of the best cartoonists in the country covered the biggest stories. I hope you enjoy their work as much as I do.

Election 2020

BySteve Breen, San Diego Union Tribune

ByLalo Alcaraz

ByNick Anderson

ByMatt Davies, Newsday

ByAndy Marlette, Pensacola News Journal

ByMike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

ByKevin Siers, Charlotte Observer

ByBill Bramhall, New York Daily News

ByKevin Kal Kallaugher,Kaltoons (Referring to the Hong Kong election)

GOP Senate & the Next Stimulus Bill

ByMike Luckovich

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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 …


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!


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.”


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!!!



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


jollyI 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!


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?


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?



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


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!