Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Enterprising Galilean Finds Niche Market

Galilea, ca. 30 AD -- Enterprising Galilean Moshe Joseph has been hanging out where Jesus and his followers preach and heal. 

After the famous entourage leaves, Moshe has been hanging out to sell coal tar products for those that did not have the nerve to be cured by miracles.

Asked about guarantees, Moshe explains: "If you are near death, go to Jesus. Otherwise, my coal tar remedies are more cost effective. You can take them home to your sick relatives. Or I can have them delivered. Money back one year guarantee. Some ailments need repeated application."

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Trump Right Hand Taking over

Whenever Trump addresses groups or appears on TV, his right hand does a lot of the body language.

The right hand has shown more libertarian tendencies. It it the hand that wields power and is on a plan to wreck Federal Government. It has signed executive orders. The right hand is also the one that has grabbed the genitalia of women Trump had just met.

Trump's left hand on the other hand is the one he uses to tousle the hair of his offspring and the one he used to caress Melania when they still slept in the same bed.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Trumpeter needs only three riffs!

With keyboards producing many sounds, a lot of studio sessions are played by keyboard players. But if a session needs a more acoustic sound, such as a stand up bass and a jazz drummer, Doc Carson, trumpeter for 50 years, may get a gig.

For the snappier modern hits or pop songs, only three riff are needed by Doc. These short bits just go for a few bars. For a longer solo, Doc usually works on a variant of the song melody.

The riffs are:
1. The ta-ta-dat-ta-da-ta-ta-taa riff from Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash
2. The only slightly different riff from Message to You Rudy by The Specials
3. A slightly trickier riff Doc adapted from a Paul McCartney bass line. it has a bigger range of notes than the other riffs.

Doc has played these riffs in hundreds of sessions and only once did someone reject one as the "Johnny Cash riff."

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Trump presidency producer urges switch to Survivor model

An unnamed producer of the TV extravaganza that is in fact masquerading as the Trump presidency has nodded approval to the next phase of the show. The Trump cabinet will move on to a Survivor type of format.

Cabinet members will be allowed to vote and there will be difficult tasks to perform. However, the cabinet shall never be entirely empty, as vacant seats will be filled from within the White House.

This change was brought about by a sort of boredom that is taking over the Trump "presidency" and the interest it holds to the general public. Trump base voters, like Duck Dynasty fans, are hanging on to his every word and drinking a lot of Bud Light. But the general public is no longer bringing in the advertising dollars and has drifted on to a sort of numbness on Trump and all things related to Washington DC.

Friday, October 6, 2017

"President" Trump acting like he has presidential powers

Washington -- Donald Trump, who signed a contract with a number of "news" websites and TV networks prior to the 2016 election has done a remarkable job acting as if he were the autocratic ruler of the free world. Things may get a little heated on the planet for a few months before the unqualified imposter is removed from office. Just this week he met with generals and gave sketchy news conferences where he hinted at some international action.

Trump handlers have been able to prevent a few of the worst disasters, but as the pretend president holds some actual powers, a missile or two were already launched to impress foreign leaders. According to the script, the hired reality show host was just supposed to have dinner with them. Touching and kissing the women leaders and wives of male leaders was supposed to help ratings. It rarely has worked out.

Mr Trump is better controlled on the golf course, where a handler is able to drive him around. A semi truck with a psychiatric clinic inside is standing by and the golf cart can be driven inside it any time that Trump needs treatment for his sociopathy and other unstable states.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Trump Situation

General Kelly has taken this challenge calmly and will work at it as long as it last. In his heart, he hopes to stay the three four years but not not with Trump. When that man walks into the Situation Room...

...General Kelly is prepared. First they deal with the tweets, the Trump Situation. After that, Puerto Rico, North Korea and maybe even Putin. Though Trump has often walked out when Putin comes under discussion. "Let me hear how that works out, but I will not sign anything today."

Monday, September 25, 2017

Bachelor Improves Vegetarian Paella

Jim Gordon, 29, of Worcester Massachusetts found a package of paella bought from Target maybe a year ago when there were some girls sharing his apartment.

"Yeah, I had to eat it finally. We had a picnic outside on the patio and I had grilled some brats and hot dogs. There were only hot dogs left. I put the whole thing in a frying pan and warmed it. After I defrosted the paella."

It looks a lot better than out of the box but he ate it before he remembered to take a picture of his accomplishment. Here is the frozen food in its paper bowl.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Casady-Kaukonen Health Plan

With the Graham-Cassidy healthcare plan failing, Hot Tuna bassist Jack Casady and partner Jorma Kaukonen have offered the GOP a libertarian plan for our healthcare. Why should the Federal Government limit our freedoms? "We know you have libertarians among you”, remarked Jack. “If you don't want this, we'll go to Sanders with it."

With many people suffering health care issues, the Casady plan will offer not "single payer" but single treatment: weed. Weed will be provided at low cost or free for all ailments.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Dad still listening to Herb Alpert and Finnish jazz

Our dad was listening to real old stuff, like even a couple years before him. That Herb Alpert stuff.

Then we had a Finnish exchange student from Pietarsaari for a year. He went home and for at least ten years Jaakko sent dad Finnish jazz. Stuff like this.

The thing is, he will play some easy listening stuff from Sirius satellite radio when he drives. But he never buys music. It's this stuff over and over. He gets better headphones and devices but never changes his music. Weird, huh?

Trump to spray Mexican mosquitoes with DDT

This conspiracy must stop! President Trump has found out that DDT was banned for no good reason. The insects have been multiplying for decades and now are bringing in the Zika virus. They must be stopped. With the EPA on its last legs, this should be an easy task.

The first thing we will do is pay the chemical giants for making the required metric tons of the material. No Chinese DDT will be used.

Then American pilots will spray along the the border and the wall. The wall itself will be harnessed to spray DDT on the Mexican side daily. Until then, planes will be used.

Golf courses around the country will be freed of mosquitoes after that.

Friday, September 8, 2017

It was going so well for the GOP, then hurricanes!

It was all going so well for the GOP. Nothing was getting passed. Passed bills mean spending. The Republicans do not mind failing, as long as no money is spent as a result. Now silly Trump goes on to pass hurricane relief and, by God, also breaking the debt ceiling! This is unacceptable!

From this point on, the GOP leaders will not pass any bill, whatever it deals with, unless it includes spending cuts or tax cuts.

There will be no exceptions to this rule!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

39 Million of 40 million seller album Rumours now at dumps around the world

With digital media taking over, hit albums of the 70s and 80s and 90s are now collecting at the dump. Some remain as CDs at homes, but as baby boomers die, they too will go to the dump.

Taking an example, investigators found very few copies of Rumours in Des Moines, Iowa, a test city that bought over 10 000 copies as LP and CD. In used vinyl stores, 3 copies were found. At a Saturday flea market and garage sale round up, ten CDs were located. As we said, nearly 90% of the 10 000 are the dump.

Many owners of CDs have given up the medium as they discover that Best Buy has maybe one CD player model that plugs in to the old "strereo". Clock radios with CD player remain more popular.

The CDs are simply collecting dust. Few customers ever try to play the CDs in their DVD player or home theater. Those are left for playing concert videos and 5.1 surround sound DVDs, which were never a major market.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Extremely Comprehensive Prog Collection Lacks Name

London -- 

The work of Trevor Carlyle, 42, an extensive 10 CD collection of progressive rock hits and obscurities has been ready for manufacture for two months. The problem, from marketing, legal and compiler standpoints, has been a name for the collection. "It is extremely comprehensive and well remastered and the liner notes are without parallel in the industry. But we just do not seem to capture the feel of the collection. It's both Hits and Nuggets," Trevor explains. He was able to get Rush live, doing La Villa Strangiato, and pretty much all the bands except Pink Floyd.

The company lawyers will just name it "Pillars of Prog", if no new name comes forth before September first.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Nebraska, The Last Stand Against the Transcanada Crude Tarsand Oil Pipeline

(This post is not satire. Read the ones before and after for entertainment)
This week hearings will be held with the state public service commission, 4 Republicans and one Demorcrat, and one judge deciding on the route of the pipeline. About 500 came to demonstrate on Sunday. It will be a miracle if the commission rules against it, as they always go with business. This time the pipe will be a burden on the state once the oil stops flowing, and even before as it leaks. The environmental permit Transcanada has is worthless, it has no guarantees and no setup for cleanup. This will probably not be considered by the judge who rules on a very narrow set of factors.

The event was organized by Jane Kleeb of Boldnebraska.org. The last word cuts off, so just go to the next video by Randy Thompson.

Many locals understand the problems the pipeline brings to the state overall and our clean water rights. The pipe goes through sand, through which the heavy oil will sink to the water table. The pipe is buried 4 foot deep, so small leaks will be unseen. Our rights as a state and its citizens should overrule the 90% of landowners willing to risk their future for a lot of money that will help out in the short run. We can give them tax breaks if they need it to farm.

Some sort of eminent domain process will take the land from the rest of the farmers. it is not clear why, as foreign corporations cannot normally use that.

People were marching around two blocks and returned to the capitol:

Even the small 60 plus year old woman gets her voice heard.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Starlings Join Welfare State

At a zoo in North America, several starlings have made their way into a zoo aviary.

There the starlings get free food with the ibises and other zoo birds. The aviary has a couple of nest holes, though the starling community only has three adults now. The rest are their offspring.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Republicans Move On: Cut Taxes for The Rich

Do you have health care? Then you are rich. But probably you need to make some 200 000 a year to really qualify for the tax cut benefits. The Republicans are happy to move on to taxes, because Trump is right: healthcare is too complicated. (Unless of course you go for single payer which gets rid of nearly all of the paperwork).

So on it is to the budget and tax cuts. Taxes are complicated. What with all those tax brackets and deductions. Let's make it simple. If you own stock, all that income is going to be free from now on. You can also own hotels and make just a little income on each after all those daily expense deductions. Besides, all hotels now have bed bugs on and off so that treatment costs a lot of money. It's complicated. Ask Trump.

Republicans are forced to move on to this. They can call it cutting back big government, but the money not collected and used to fund some wild life preserve or something (or that "research" that the liberals do in their colleges), it just goes back to the rich. If they don't do this, all kinds of Kid Rock types will run for office. This is all familiar stuff to Mitch, the penny pincher.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Colorado Roofer All for Freedoms

Roofer Keith Thomas moved to Colorado to get away from all the "East coast crazyness." Here he can own guns and never file any papers, smoke weed and he used to be able to not buy health insurance. "Never been to a doctor in my life."

He was proud to vote for Trump because he does not need regulation. "I never wear a hard hat, not even in a big construction site."  And now Trump was just about to give him no health insurance. He will instead be required to buy insurance through Healthcare.gov or pay the fine. He pays the fine.

So how does it feel after the vote?

"Bummed out, but i knew them Republicans were mostly wimps. I am not surprized. And Trump pissed off McCain earlier so I guess that was coming."

Keith has accident insurance for accidents on the job. He thinks all the "foreigners" working in the roofing jobs are making his job more dangerous.

"I had to go finish a job that this Muslim roofer started and failed to finish. Can you imagine that? A Muslim roofer. I'd sooner have expected a Jewish one."

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

No room for Kottke LPs at senior condo or nursing home

Leo Kottke fans are getting as old as Leo, 70 or something. As a result, thousands of Kottke LPs are ending up at vinyl record stores this year. Some stores have noticed the piles of LPs left right outside the door, as the owners refused to buy any more of them, for any price.

The fans are still playing the music, some with headphones and iPods, a few with CDs and a boom box. However, almost none of the seniors have a complete collection. One man, Ed (75) in a Minneapolis nursing home held on to the crumbly Minneapolis pressing of Leo's firs album. "My son will take this, I now it has some eBay value. I did not want to sell it for the lousy 2 dollars.

The same thing has been happening with Zappa albums, but young men that hang out at vinyl record stores always cart the piles of Zappa vinyl found at the curb home to their apartments. The LPs stay there until sold on line.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Last Trump voter finds out that the man REALLY is stupid

Mike Campbell is the  last mature (age 38) Trump voter (see previous post for the young men) who discovered suddenly, while listening to the boy scout speech, just how dumb Trump is.

"Well, you know I'm a libertarian, right? So this is the first time I voted for a Republican. I thought he might shake things up a bit. And I really did not want Hillary, so I kind of just wanted her out. And I am glad she is history. But to my fellow libertarians, I'm sorry. That was very hard for me. I truly did not think it was going to be this bad. I was hoping some tax cuts and not much more. I hope he does not accomplish much and start any wars."

Monday, July 24, 2017

Working class lads making work for "the government"

Three enthusiastic Trump voters, the blue collar family kind, voting for the first time in 2016, are reaching out and making use of "the government."

The three work this summer for a landscaping firm in Ohio.  It's what you do in the summer with a high school diploma.  At lunch they stopped at a local park with sandwiches from Jimmy John's and some drinks. The Government provided a portable toilet.

"The Government" is a guy named Al who mows the area and picks up larger trash. The trash drum is across the parking lot where the nature trail starts. That was too far, so this is where they left the slurpies cups.

Should Al pick up after you guys?

"Sure, it's his job. I bet he has a pension plan too!"

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Songwriter Can't Live Without Her

Aspiring songwriter Josh Travis from Austin, Texas has come up with a song. Usually he plays James Taylor and Paul Simon covers at a coffee house. Now he is excited. It's got real feel!

"It's about what life would be like if I had to live without Jan, who I refer to in the song as you."

His musician friend Mike was a little suspicious. He had to hear a verse.

"That's it? And it goes C and E minor and C and E minor forever? And some sixths and sevenths?"


"OK, it sound pretty good as far as the melody goes. But Josh, this 'Can't live if living is without you' stuff, you know it's not that novel. I think it was Harry Nilsson that sang it, or somebody way back."


"You should go the other way, like rip off some beatles song or something, these lyrics are pretty sappy and on top of that they are not new. You'll get sued."

"I never heard the Nilsson song."

"Doesn't matter, you will lose the copyright."

"So I should throw out the lyrics. What about Jan? She's heard it now."

"Throw out the lyrics."

Friday, July 21, 2017

It's always like this with Trump

A former Trump staffer claims the Trump presidency is exactly like the decades of business Trump has sort of headed as CEO.

"Of course the outcome might be different, but the steps so far follow the usual pattern. He smooth talks people, promises them stuff. Fires people left and right, leaves me to sort out the mess as he goes away golfing. At some point an army of lawyers is brought in. He fires some of them. They don't care, as they are usually paid. Sometimes they have to threaten  to sue him and then the remaining lawyers work it out."

"And then there are dinners. And parades. I can see he loves parades. He did not have those before."

"His pretending to like the common Joe blue collar, that is all fake."

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Ad Writer's first project: Toilet Paper

Fresh out of college, Stan McCormick, 32, landed a job at an ad agency. The first project he got was the dreaded toilet paper account. The client is a long time toilet paper maker. Ads have evolved from the old days of squeezing to strong and other properties. What am I going to do with this?

First he had to watch a dozen of the old commercials. The main decision is whether to use cartoon bears or people in the ad. That all depends on the grand concept he comes up with. The concepts involve getting "clean", "underwear" , "strong", not clogging up the sewer pipe.

The strong one is the easiest to copy and spin into a new theme. Have they used Rapunzel yet? You know, the guy climbs up to her window on a rope made of toilet paper. Seems a bit complicated.  And will it use animation? Animation can be tricky as they need outside help. Live action is just talking to a director and being on the set a few minutes each day and looking at finished takes.

He thought they could use the strong theme, with the wet paper and a banana on it. "Too sexual", said Jane, his boss. A lemon? "We never use lemons, makes the product a kind of lemon as well."

Stan was left in the company machine shop at the end of the day, looking for heavy things to place on the toilet paper. Why couldn't they just give him the paper towel account instead?

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Trump will make the Doctor pay for visits to him

Trump: I thought I would solve this problem once and for all. We've been having nothing but trouble with healthcare, and I then remembered my last exam. The doctor buys those disposable shorts guys have to wear in bulk. Then he charges me ten bucks for it. I'm going to make him pay.

Kari Report: How will you do that?

Trump: They got paid plenty during Obamacare. I'm signing an executive order as soon as I get back from Europe. The doctor will pay your bill each year up tot the first 500 bucks. Then if you are still friendly to him and impressed with his or her work, then he can charge a small fee for the rest of the care that year. I'm thinking maybe 80 bucks tops for a general practitioner.

Kari Report: Is that constitutional?

Trump: Who cares? I'm fed up with the Constitution. I can't get my Senate to work.

Kari Report: Those are Senate rules. They are not in the Constitution.

Trump: Get me someone. Pence! Who do we get to whip the Senate in shape? Can you do it?

Pence was not found at the press conference or left as soon as he heard the word "senate."

Saturday, July 1, 2017

He speaks how I feel

So said one woman in a video. Some 40% still stubbornly support Trump in polls. I just wonder how they feel about supporting him now. They may not personally lose anything, but Trump has created zero jobs.