Monday, May 30, 2016

Bet You Didn't Know This About Our Fighting Soldiers

In Barack Obama's keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention — the speech that catapulted him onto the national stage — the bright-eyed, loose-limbed senator from Illinois spoke of America's responsibility to its soldiers.
"We have a solemn obligation," Obama said, "not to fudge the numbers or shade the truth about why they're going, to care for their families while they're gone, to tend to the soldiers upon their return, and to never ever go to war without enough troops to win the war and secure the peace."
In that spirit, here are some of those numbers.
—2,499 U.S. soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan and Iraq so far under President Obama, according to the independent Iraq Coalition Casualty Count.
—Of those, 1,906 have been killed in and around Afghanistan, and 593 in Iraq.
—Under Obama, the United States has been at war for 2,687 days. That's longer than under George W. Bush — or any other U.S. president, for that matter.

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Guy Has Played More Golf Than I And I'm Retired

President Obama has had a chance to yell "FORE" at least 5,238 times as president after playing his 291st round of golf Saturday.

His latest outing, to the course at Fort Belvoir Golf Course in Northern Virginia, means he has played over 48 full, 24-hour days of golf, and probably more since he can average over four hours per round.

Visiting Nebraska And Minnesota

It seems like years since I wrote a story about Ten Mile Lake, slightly north of Hackensack, Minnesota(pop 208).  The actual time frame has been four. The last visit was when my neighbors pontoon boat slid off its moorings and was headed for the middle of the lake. I, either with great courage or magnificent stupidity snagged it slightly  the dock before damage could be done.

I opened the place up last night. It's more than boring to be "Up North" by myself. The Queen couldn't make it with me but she'll be here before the loons dispatch their chicks to, most likely, the clutches of a Bald Eagle.

I did, however, bring a dear friend. I've never written about him before. We met on a golf driving range six years ago. He's eleven years younger than I. Youngsters seem to gravitate to old guys. I don't know why but I'll take it.

His first name is Jeffery. He's six foot six inches in height. Did I mention he's very, very buff physically; a rock solid 237 lbs. and as he says, handsome, debonair and full of b.s.? And he's so funny he should have his own comedy show. Think Charles Barkley and that's my buddy, Jeff, except he would never be considered 'the Round Mound of Rebound'. To pique your interest he played basketball for Dick 'Awesome Baby' Vitale.

Jeff isn't much of a fisherman but he tries. He told me he was going to fish off my dock. I suggested he'd have more luck on The Great Salt Lake. What do I know? On his first cast be caught a bass and it was a keeper.

Prior to my trip up north a class reunion of the Class of '64 oldsters met outside Omaha. There were ten of us trying to act like twenty-five year olds. Most likely it was I who led the immature parade but who cares. The Queen wasn't around to witness my shenanigans and she's the only one who counts----except for God and maybe the Pope.

I live and die by the computer. On the second day in Nebraska my computer died, or so I thought. I plugged in the power cord and got nothing. For two days I cursed and screamed and yelled. Finally, one of my classmates plugged in the cord again and something didn't seem quite right. I always thought my power cord had two inserts and a prong. After 48 hours I came to the realization I was trying to power the computer with my CPAP cord.

One of the guys related a story about his days in Abu Dhabi. It seems those folks wanted to build and upscale, top of the rung golf course. national bird of the country is the falcon(maybe). Anyway, after completion of the multi-million dollar golf course someone(probably a goat herder) noticed the butt end of the bird was facing Mecca so the entire course had to be torn down and reconstructed.

This is probably why the price of our gas has shot up.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Good Lord, Please Make It Happen Tomorrow

If it happens I promise I'll never sin again.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Art? This Is Art?


Several visitors to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art this week were fooled into thinking a pair of glasses set on the floor by a 17-year-old prankster was a postmodern masterpiece.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

For B.B. King The Thrill Was More Than He Expected

When bluesman B.B. King died last year, he bequeathed to the world a body of work spanning six decades that brought joy and comfort to millions. The crooner of "The Thrill Is Gone" and "Sweet Sixteen" transformed American music, inspiring such rockers as Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson and Buddy Guy. King was 89 when he succumbed to congestive heart failure in his Las Vegas home and died peacefully in his sleep on May 14, 2015

The year since then has been decidedly less peaceful. While neither of King's two marriages resulted in children, he managed to leave behind a vast family: 15 kids from 15 different women.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Table Talk About Life And Religion

Her Majesty and I had a couple over for dinner a few weeks ago. They are hardcore Southern Baptists. Actually, a number of years ago they started, by themselves, what is now the largest congregational Baptist church in Dublin, Ohio. Sometimes, it's difficult being with them because they constantly quote the Bible verbatim. Personally, I have trouble quoting the Ten Commandments and I consider myself a very devout practicing Roman Catholic..

Mostly, when we have company for dinner I listen. This night I made a statement causing more conversation than I expected; much more.

I asked, "Would you rather be liked or loved? What the heck. I was only trying to start a conversation. The Queen jumped on the statement and has been peppering me with questions since.

I'm not about to let you know my feelings on the subject. Think about it, though.

Evidently, I opened the proverbial can of worms and now every time the Queen and I visit family and friends she brings it up.

 As I said, I was only trying to be a part of the conversation.