Saturday, September 29, 2012

We are in trouble

I can think of no fiscal issue more important to this nation than reducing the national debt. The Republicans are not in the least concerned with reducing it if it means taking away the military's blank check or raising taxes on the wealthy. The Democrats are not in the least concerned with reducing it if it means giving up any of their expensive giveaway programs. And these are the only two choices we have?


We need to remember prayerfully that whomever we get as the President for the next four years, it will be much better than what we deserve.


If I wasn't already disgusted with politics before this election year, I certainly am now!

Friday, September 28, 2012


Any girl above the age of three knows how to flirt without seeming to be flirting. Men, on the other hand, are totally inept at this art. Thus the reason that so many men are trapped without realizing how it happened.

Buttram's voice

Pat Buttram was the sidekick on the Gene Autry radio show, and also Mr. Haney on Green Acres. He had a distinctive voice which, in his own words, "never quite made it through puberty." It has been described as sounding like "a handful of gravel thrown in a Mixmaster."

Speech of the unsuccessful politician

"And so, ladies and gentlemen, I can say to you that I have never stolen anything from the public in my life. All I ask is the chance."

Thursday, September 27, 2012

His full name?

Master Sergeant Hans Georg Schultz

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Percy Kilbride

According to Jack Benny, Percy Kilbride (Pa Kettle) was the same character offscreen and on: quiet and friendly but principled, refusing to be paid more or less than what he considered a fair salary.


It is disheartening how much time I spend working just to be able to buy the gasoline to get to work.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

USS Arkansas

You might not be aware that the battleship named for our state was involved in the shore bombardment at the invasions of Okinawa, Iwo Jima and the Normandy.


I have found a funny new radio show: Life with the Lyons.

Pat Williams - "Come Rain or Come Shine"

If you want to hear one of the absolute best examples of big band arranging, get a recording of "Come Rain or Come Shine" as sung by Diane Schuur. Top of the line, in my humble opinion.

Here is a LINK to that recording.

HERE is more about Diane Schuur.

Monday, September 24, 2012


Jack Benny was not all that funny of a comedian (Fred Allen was much funnier), but Jack carved out a hilarious personna for himself, and had a great supporting cast - especially Rochester.

For profit

When medicine ceased to be for healing and became almost completely or profit it changed the whole face of medicine. Now you have to question everything your doctor recommends.


I am as healthy as I can afford to be, and that is about all one can ask.


Has anyone actually known someone named Agamemnon?

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Negative voting

It is hard to generate much real enthusiasm from the electorate when the main reason they like you is because you are not someone else. Such support is shallow and fleeting.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Speaking of Gene Autry

The more I listen to his programs, the more I like them. They are no great shakes, but he had a very professional band behind him; he sang pleasantly, if not well; the songs were simple and enjoyable; and there was always a nice story and some comedy. Just good, wholesome entertainment.

An unusual election

What would you have guessed the chances were for a standing president to be re-elected with unemployment above 8% for his entire term? The other guy/party must be pretty incompetent to let him win.

Speaking of great voices

I could sit for a long time and just listen to Sheldon Leonard talk.

Fred Allen

I love listening to Fred Allen's voice. It was perfect for a comedian.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Decisions are very important things, because every one that we make has consequences.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Any toes left?

I certainly will not vote for Mr. Obama, but the Republican party seems to be seeking to set a new standard for ineptness in a candidate and a campaign. Does Mr. Romney have any toes left to shoot off?

Monday, September 17, 2012

Old radio shows as sleeping pills

I just joined an old radio show message board, and after my first post a couple of other people said that they, too, use old radio shows as a "sleeping pill" to go to sleep at night. It really is amazing how many evenings I drop immediately off to sleep without remembering any of the program.

Home efficiency

After 39-plus years of experience, I am unalterably convinced that the efficiency of any home plummets dramatically if the wife is "employed" by anyone other than her husband.

All those addresses!

The memories of the characters on the Philip Marlowe radio show were amazing! They could remember people's addresses almost without exception. How many people's street addresses can you remember?

Thursday, September 13, 2012

No way around it

If President Obama wins this election, the only conclusion we can draw is that the Republican Party is a bunch of utter incompetents. They will have given it away.


What is it that compels people to ride the bumpers of cars ahead of them?

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Here is a name for you

Tollemache Montagu Brydges Rodney


The chance of the US budget debt ever being repaid - any of it - is not very good. Neither major party really cares about it.

Washington's genealogy

One site has George Washington's genealogy all the way back to this one:

William de Washington

M, #321952, b. circa 1180, d. after 1220

William de Washington was born circa 1180. He was the son of Patrick fitz Dolfin and Derdere (?). He died after 1220

He was also known as William de Hertburn. He lived at Washington, County Durham, England.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Just think

If my wife and I are still watching the same old movies when we are 80 that we do now, we will be watching movies that are almost a hundred years old.

Quip from the Gene Autry show

You're so dumb, if brains were dynamite, you couldn't blow the wax out of your ears.

Strange spellings

I know a young woman whose given name is Shannan. Parents who use non-standard spellings of names submit their children to perpetually having their names misspelled. Nothing wrong with that, but it can be inconvenient at times - both for the children and for those trying to spell their names.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

"Sir Bob" ?

Hope always remembered his British origins, kept a picture of the Queen on display at his Californian home and secretly yearned for a knighthood, a wish that was fulfilled in May 1998 when he was given an honorary title at the British Embassy in Washington.

However, as an adopted American citizen from the age of four he was never able formally to call himself Sir Bob Hope.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Into the sunset

I found this on a website:

"When Rex Allen rode his horse Koko into the sunset at the end of a movie called THE PHANTOM STALLION in 1954, it marked the end of the singing cowboy Westerns."

That is a sad statement. Back when good guys were good guys, and you knew they would win in the end.

Monday, September 03, 2012

Breast milk is good for babies!

Isn't that an amazing discovery! Why do they waste space with such obvious statements as that?