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Archive for the month “December, 2013”

Christmas is Over


New Year’s Resolutions…

Well, it’s that time of the year… again. And we all start in with the “New Year’s Resolutions” that we all try very hard (for the first week) to adhere to.  Then we typically fall flat around mid March.  I for one, will do my best to keep mine this year.  My health hasn’t been that good and, although I try to live life to the fullest, I don’t really want to kack off anytime soon.  So, in the spirit of the new year, here’s my list. First off, I think I’m going to avoid ham for a few days.  This isn’t really a resolution, but seriously,  I think I’m suffering some “ham hangover.”  My wife bought a Honey Baked, spiral cut ham for our Christmas-get-together.  I wasn’t sure in the beginning, but now I’m sure.  I ate way too much ham on Christmas and now I’m suffering for it.  So, my first resolution will be to lose weight… and eat less ham.


I will…

  1. Start washing my hands after I use the restroom.
  2. Stop drinking orange juice after I just brushed my teeth.
  3. Stop chewing ice, (the reason for my missing teeth).
  4. Watch more movie remakes.
  5.  Check my work e-mail account at least a month.
  6. Keep it to myself that “I have trouble with authority” comment when I’m getting my annual evaluation.
  7. Spend less than $1825 for coffee at Starbucks this year.
  8. Claim my cat “Todd,” as dependents on my taxes to counterbalance expense of the “Affordable Care Act”
  9. Switch my username to “password” and my password to “username” to make each a lot harder for hackers to figure out
  10. Watch less T.V…. in standard definition
  11. Stop buying worthless junk on Ebay, …because QVC has better specials
  12. Help kids stay safe by not texting on my cell phone while eating McDonald’s and speeding through crosswalks in school zones with a frost covered windshield.
  13. Start a blog about how I would write more often if I had something important to write. Only make one blog entry and leave it published for years
  14. Only eat the white snow
  15. Start buying lottery tickets at a luckier store.
  16. Remember to brush teeth with bristly end of toothbrush. I will always “check for paper” when leaving the restroom. I will try to drive closer to the speed limit.
  17. I will keep an extra safe distance when driving behind police cars. I will no longer waste my time relieving the past and instead I will spend it worrying about the future.
  18. I will not bore my boss with the same excuse for not working. I will think of some different excuses.
  19. I will do less laundry and use more deodorant.
  20. I will avoid taking a bath whenever possible and conserve  water. 
  21. I will try to figure out why I *really* need nine e-mail addresses.
  22. I will stop sending e-mails to my wife.
  23. I will spend less than one hour a day on the Internet. This, of course, will be hard to estimate since I’m not a clock watcher.
  24. I will not tell the same story at every get together.
  25. I will learn what the hell “resolution” means.

 This a list of what I’d like to do.  But as you know, resolutions are terible hard to keep.



If I ever turn up missing, this is the carton I want my picture on.

This Country is Doomed

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VA Won’t Allow School Kid’s Christmas Cards To Go To Wounded Vets

H/T to    for this article

This is totally crazy.  I can’t believe that this once great country has sunk so low.

It cropped up in Texas but it apparently reflects the policy set by the Veteran’s Administration.

A school teacher thought it would be a good thing for her students to make Christmas cards for veterans in the VA hospital.  The vets would appreciate them and it would be a good lesson for the kids.  The plan was to hand deliver them.  The VA nixed the idea.

An official with the VA later clarified the policy, which is in the Veterans Health Administration handbook, by stating the following:

“In order to be respectful of our Veterans religious beliefs, all donated holiday cards are reviewed by a multi-disciplinary team of staff led by Chaplaincy services and determined if they are appropriate (non-religious) to freely distribute to patients.  After the review is complete, the holiday cards that reference religious and/or secular tones are then distributed by Chaplaincy Service on a one-on-one basis if the patient agrees to the religious reference in the holiday card donation.  The holiday cards that do not contain religious and/or secular tones are distributed freely to patients across the Health Care System.  We regret this process was not fully explained to this group and apologize for any misunderstanding.”

Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com

Why would the Veteran’s Administration do something as insidious as this?  There was a time when people, especially children, were encouraged to do things that would make people feel better.  That was especially so with our military heroes.  No longer.

This is outrageous.

Read more at MyFoxDFW

In related news the US Army has told it’s soldiers to not say, ‘Christmas’.

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