Encounters of The Fake Kind


My first encounter with what is now called "Fake News" occurred many years ago when I was working for the Associated Press in Texas, and we published a story about a bogus Boris Badenov.

For those of you too young to remember, Boris Badenov was the nemesis and foil on the hit cartoon Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, which ran on ABC and NBC from 1959 to 1965 (and remains in syndication today).

Boris Badenov was a spy for the fictional nation of Pottsylvania who took orders from that nation's fearless leader, Mr. Big.

Session Expiration?


Did DOJ's top law enforcement officer break the law by lying to Congress under oath? Some fear there may appear to be a shell game being played on Capitol Hill.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions met with Russian officials a couple of times, and some may say
does Trump continue to act presidential by refusing to fire his top law enforcement officer who lied under oath?

In a statement, AG Sessions says he "never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign." http://cbsn.ws/2lXiqna

NYC Weather Warning


The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for New York City until 6:00P Thursday. The advisory is for sustained winds up to 25 mph and gusts of 45 to 50 mph.

During periods of high winds, residents should use caution when walking or driving high profile vehicles. Winds at these speeds can cause flying debris, turn unsecured objects into projectiles, and cause power outages.

To prepare, charge cell phone batteries, gather supplies and turn refrigerators and freezers to a colder setting. Always stay clear of downed power lines.

Teleprompter Trump


After forty days in office, a new and brighter Donald Trump has emerged who is now relying on teleprompters which he once scorned.

Some say last night's speech was presidential but lacked specifics. Others warn that 40 days could be followed by forty dark nights.

Trump is the real teleprompter president: http://usat.ly/2mCvcWB

CNN drooled all over Trump’s speech. https://newrepublic.com/minutes/141039/cnn-drooled-trumps-speech

Trump, The Teleprompter, And A House Divided:

Elementary ACADEMY Dear Watson


The Academy Awards were probably the least favorite in history not only because of what happened at the end, but their television ratings were dismal. http://www.vulture.com/2017/02/2017-oscars-ratings-pretty-bad-but-no-dis...

Paranoid President?


A long-standing pattern of pervasive distrust and suspiciousness of others. The person with a paranoia will believe others motives are suspect.

The president is now blaming Obama. Why won't he take full responsibility, people?
Trump says Obama is behind protests against him http://usat.ly/2mz10vk via @usatoday

Meanwhile, a Republican president is asking questions. George W. Bush on Trump and Russia: 'We all need answers' https://www.yahoo.com/news/george-w-bush-trump-russia-answers-135504167-...

Empathy Education


Always Listen, Open Up, Offer Affection, Focus Outward, Withhold Judgement, Offer Help.

Become Interested, Volunteer and Help, Challenge Prejudices, Use Imagination, and Respect.

Do not get discouraged, showing empathy takes repetition to make it a habit.

Avoid "why" questions because this comes across as accusatory.

Others can see through insincerity and your relationship could end.

How to Close the Empathy Gap | For Parents | US News http://health.usnews.com/wellness/for-parents/articles/2017-02-22/how-to...

RIP: Bill Paxton


The weekend announcement of Bill Paxton's sudden death as a result of heart surgery complications has left many in shock. He was not only a versatile actor but a director who worked on many films.

As a youngster, Paxton wanted to see the president and did hours before John F. Kennedy was shot and killed. Paxton was born: May 17, 1955, and Died: February 25, 2017.

From Aliens to Twister, we remember Bill Paxton through his most memorable roles: http://usm.ag/2mk8uWt



I've made predictions in the past and have also been wrong many times before, but that has never stopped me. So I will say my peace and although I thought La La Land would win for best picture, I was wrong. I also truly enjoyed Missing numbers, the real stories of black women, Moonlight, and Fences, but my money was on La La Land. But again, I was mistaken and this is probably the reason why I have little money to speak of.

Once again, I was wrong, and Moonlight won after a huge screwup. And tonight's finale mess proved my point because the wrong winner was announced.

If you can't stand the heat...


If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Don't persist with a task if the pressure of it is too much for you. The implication being that, if you can't cope, you should leave the work to someone who can.

From one plain speaker to another... We're Wild About Harry now more than ever before.

This is widely reported as being coined by US President Harry S. Truman. That's almost correct, but in fact, Truman was known to have used it at least as early as 1942 - before becoming president. Here's a citation from an Idaho newspaper The Soda Springs Sun, from July that year:

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