One sunny day in 2017 an old man approached the White House from across Pennsylvania Avenue, where he'd been sitting on a park bench. He spoke to the U.S. Marine standing guard and said, "I would like to go in and meet with President Obama."
The Marine looked at the man and said, "Sir, Mr. Obama is no longer president and no longer resides here."
The old man said, "Okay," and walked away.
The following day, the same man approached the White House and said to the same Marine, "I would like to go in and meet with President Obama."
The Marine again told the man, "Sir, Mr. Obama is no longer president and no longer resides here." The man thanked him and, again, just walked away.
The third day, the same man approached the White House and spoke to the very same U. S. Marine, saying "I would like to go in and meet with President Obama."
The Marine, understandably agitated at this point, looked at the man and said, "Sir, this is the third day in a row you have been here asking to speak to Mr. Obama. I've told you already that Mr. Obama is no longer the president and no longer resides here. Don't you understand?"
The old man looked at the Marine, smiled, and said, "Yes, of course I know that. I just love hearing it!"
After a moment's contemplation, the Marine snapped to attention, saluted, and said, "Hope to see you again tomorrow, sir!"
This weekend's bomb attacks in Europe have been attributed to an Italian group: the Informal Anarchic Federation.
This begs the question: why would informal anarchists form a federation?
On average, an American man will have sex two to three times a week, whereas.....
A Japanese man will have sex only three or four times a year.
This is upsetting news to most of my friends, as they had no idea they were Japanese.
EATING IN THE FIFTIES
Pasta had not been invented. It was macaroni or spaghetti.
Curry was a surname.
A takeaway was a mathematical problem.
A pizza was something to do with a leaning tower.
All chips were plain.
Rice was a milk pudding, and never, ever part of our dinner.
A Big Mac was what we wore when it was raining.
Brown bread was something only poor people ate.
Oil was for lubricating, fat was for cooking.
Tea was made in a teapot using tea leaves and never green.
Cubed sugar was regarded as posh.
Chicken didn't have fingers in those days.
Eating raw fish was called poverty, not sushi.
None of us had ever heard of yogurt.
Healthy food consisted of anything edible.
People who didn't peel potatoes were regarded as lazy.
Cooking outside was called camping.
Sugar enjoyed a good press in those days, and was regarded as being white gold.
Surprisingly muesli was readily available....it was called cattle feed.
Pineapples came in chunks in a tin; we had only ever seen a picture of a real one.
Water came out of the tap. If someone had suggested bottling it and charging more than gasoline for it they would have become a laughing stock.
The one thing that we never ever had on our table in the fifties... was elbows!
Note to self: When someone says, "Make yourself at home," it doesn't necessarily have to involve K-Y Jelly.
Issue of the Times;
Eisenhower Was Right: The Military-Industrial Complex Has Deformed American Christianity by Paul Rosenberg
However much people may debate the history and nature of Christianity, no serious student concludes that it’s a war-based religion. Jesus talked endlessly of things like “having life,” “bearing fruit,” “forgiving,” and even “turning the other cheek.” Never did he talk about joining the army and killing national enemies. Never did he seek political solutions to problems. Never did he seek foreign policy solutions. And never did he tell people that soldiers purchased freedom for them. Whether any of us like it or not, those things are simply not among Jesus’ teachings. About the best pro-war fact you can point to is that he didn’t tell soldiers to quit. But then again, neither did he tell slave owners to quit. Jesus very seldom, if ever, did a “thou shalt not.” He was interested in planting good seeds, not creating rules. I bring all of this up because I have watched the churches of America spin in a very “un-Jesus” direction over the past decade or two. Granted, there have always been un-Jesus things in Christian churches, but this movement has been quick, broad, and propelled by state influence. To me, that makes it worthy of comment.