Tom Joad

I’ll be all around in the dark – I’ll be everywhere. Wherever you can look – wherever there’s a fight, so hungry people can eat, I’ll be there. Wherever there’s a cop beatin’ up a guy, I’ll be there. I’ll be in the way guys yell when they’re mad. I’ll be in the way kids laugh when they’re hungry and they know supper’s ready, and when the people are eatin’ the stuff they raise and livin’ in the houses they build – I’ll be there, too.

The Light

You are the light of this world
Sometimes you might forget, like where you left your fencing tool,
and it’s the end of a long, snowy winter, and you’ve got a lot of work to do,
and you just can’t remember where you left your tool, and you really, really need it.
The best way to remember? Stop thinking about it.

Sometimes you might not feel it…
that’s harder, like when a cow is going through a difficult birth,
and needs the help of a farmer to reach deep inside her
and rearrange the limbs of the calf before she can deliver
that baby to the light,
and the farmer reaches inside, and it hurts from all the pressure,
and it’s sticky and ooey and gooey with blood and birth sac fluids,
but eventually that baby makes its way out with everybody pushing and pulling and praying.

You are the light of this world.
I am the light of this world.

Melissa Betrone

A fresh view of Veterans Day from my comrade in arms, Rocky Moss.

I want everyone who posts a “thank you, Veterans” message today to consider this: many of us enlisted because we had no other way to afford college. I wasn’t patriotic. I did it to get money for college. I still don’t believe in blind loyalty to a government. I do believe in protecting and serving my fellow human being, regardless of nationality. Patriotism can be dangerous. The majority of enlisted men and women come from the less advantaged communities in our country. Which isn’t much different from the armies of poor raised hundreds of years ago to defend monarchies. I guess my point is this: today, think about why we need armies, and try to think of things you can do, personally, to help our world move towards a way of cohabitation that no longer requires armies.  ❤️

My Review of Heavy Duty ATV Cover

Just about perfect

By Repented Hipster from SW Colorado on 10/13/2013

 

4out of 5

Pros: Quality materials, Straps And Tabs, Well Made

Cons: 3rd Strap Too Short

Was this a gift?: No

I am impressed by the workmanship and materials of this cover. The included straps and attachment tabs are great!

I have 08 Arctic Cat 700 TRV with windshield so the strap for front to back attachment is about a foot too short. Going to have to fabricate one myself.

(legalese)

Blue Sky

Alan Watts once commented that “It is not possible to see the sky just by painting your window blue”. It is a quote that has stuck with me ever since I read it many years ago.

And it occurs to me that the blue paint masquerading as the sky is every single philosophy out there. Every doctrine, every religion, every single explanation that tries to satisfy that deep longing we have to understand the Mystery.

The blue paint is belief. The blue paint is faith. The blue paint, as pretty as it may be, is not the sky itself. And no matter how convincing or even intoxicating that picture on the glass of the window in your room may be – it’s not the real thing.

To apply the blue paint is conditioning. To remove the blue paint is inquiry. To gaze out at the sky directly is enlightenment.

– Eric Allen Bell

14 Republican Heroes

14 Republicans voted for a clean CR. Too bad they’re so few.

Rep. Pat Meehan (R-PA)
Rep. Scott Rigell (R-VA)
Rep. Jon Runyan (R-NJ)
Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA)
Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA)
Rep. Peter King (R-NY)
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA)
Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA)
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA)
Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY)
Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN)
Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA)
Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ)
Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA)

Paraprosdokians

Winston Churchill loved them.

1.  Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.

2.  The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on my list.

3.  Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

4.  If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.

5. We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

6.  War does not determine who is right – only who is left.

7.  Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit.. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

8.  To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

9.  I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

10. In filling out an application, where it says, ‘In case of emergency, Notify:’ I put ‘DOCTOR’.

11. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.

12. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

13. I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not so sure..

14. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

15. You’re never too old to learn something stupid.

16. I’m supposed to respect my elders, but it’s getting harder and harder for me to find one now.

And my favorite: In God we trust.

Financial Joke

Once upon a time in a village, a man announced to the villagers that he would buy monkeys for $10. The villagers, seeing that there were many monkeys around, went out to the forest and started catching them.

The man bought thousands at $10 and as supply started to diminish, the villagers stopped their effort.

He further announced that he would now buy at $20. This renewed the efforts of the villagers and they started catching monkeys again.

Soon the supply diminished even further and people started going back to their farms. The offer rate increased to $25 and the supply of monkeys became so little that it was an effort to even see a monkey, let alone catch it!

The man now announced that he would buy monkeys at $50!

However, since he had to go to the city on some business, his assistant would now buy on behalf of him.

In the absence of the man, the assistant told the villagers, “Look at all these monkeys in the big cage that the man has collected. I will sell them to you at $35 and when the man returns from the city, you can sell it to him for $50.”

The villagers squeezed up with all their savings and bought all the monkeys.

Then they never saw the man nor his assistant, only monkeys everywhere!

Welcome to ‘Goldman Sachs’!