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Morticia, Ann-Margaret and Me

Practical, reliable Taureans are great lovers of sensual pleasures, although you do tend to be rather stubborn, possessive and conservative. Firmly anchored in the material world, you have a fine grasp of what is needed in order to lead the good life. Of course, you are capable in emergencies, where you have an instinctive understanding of what to do, but under normal circumstances, no-one can force you into anything without due time for thought and consideration.

Who, me? Stubborn? Possessive? I guess so, 'cause today's my birthday. And, I'd have to agree with the following...

Taurus rules the throat, giving a powerful, often beautiful voice. The influence of Venus opens up a world of musical talent and appreciation, so Taureans are good singers and musicians, or at least, love music and can be a force on the business side of music.

Here are some others with whom I share my date of birth...April 28th
1758 - James Monroe, Westmoreland Va, (D-R) 5th pres (1817-25)












1878 - Lione…

Leaves

with apologies to Joyce Kilmer, author of "Trees"



Leaves
I think that I shall never see
The end of last fall’s frigging leaves

Leaves who tumbled once winter commenced
Against the sweet earth, hedge and fence

Leaves that look at me all day
Till I break my back raking them away

Leaves that in summer smirk
And say, “I’m not fallin’, jerk”

Upon autumn to branches cling
Who ultimately get raked in spring

Poems are made by fools, but a leaf Forever’s gonna give me grief

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Robbers of African-American Persuasion

For anyone who didn't see the episode of David Letterman's show where this story was told, read this: (And remember it's a true story...) On a recent weekend in Atlantic City, a woman won a bucketful of quarters at a slot machine.
She took a break from the slots for dinner with her husband in the hotel dining room. But first she wanted to stash the quarters in her room. 'I'll be right back and we'll go to eat' she told her husband and carried the coin-laden bucket to the elevator.
As she was about to walk into the elevator she noticed two men already aboard. Both were black.. One of them was very tall and had an intimidating figure. The woman froze. Her first thought was: 'These two are going to rob me.'
Her next thought was: 'Don't be a bigot, they look like perfectly nice gentlemen.' But racial stereotypes are powerful, and fear immobilized her.
Avoiding eye contact, she turned around stiffly and faced the elevator doors as they closed.
A s…

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Life Imitates Art

"It's your turn to be appreciated. Donate to MARGS museum." merci

Thank You!

Well, that was one hell of a week of self-indulgence! In case you missed it, here are the links to the retrospectives I shared this week, leading up to the 2nd anniversary (or as they say on the interwebs: blogoversary) of this blog, today...

Monday - Blogoversary Week
Tuesday - Blogoversary II - Bacon and Beer
Wednesday - Blogoversary III - Politics
Thursday - Blogoversary IV - Battle Of The Sexes
Friday - Blogoversary V - 60s

It was a lot of fun going back and re-discovering some of the gems I'd posted over the last 2 years in the areas of humour, including political humour, advertising and rock n roll music from the 60s - the three main areas nonamedufus concentrates on. Also in the last several weeks, I changed the layout and colour scheme of my blog, "dropped" my Entre Card widget, and brought nonamedufus on-line on Facebook. I hope you like the changes.

So to my loyal visiters, voyeurs, blog roll peeps and commenters - "Thanks" for dropping by these last 2 years…

Blogoversary V - The 60s

Last November I introduced a weekly feature to the blog called "60s Fridays" in which, heading into the weekend, I posted music videos from the peace and love decade. It's funny to look back on the music, the lyrics and the fashion (particularly the hair!)from this era and laugh today at what we took so seriously back then. I've posted the odd birthday and obit in rock n roll but mostly I've focussed on what once were my favourite songs by my favourite groups from, as George Harrison says, "all those years ago". Adding to the mirth in watching these videos is that most are in black and white and many are "staged". Yep, it seems lip-synching is a time-honoured tradition, long before Milli Vanilli. Here are a few highlights...















Tomorrow: Happy Blogoversary

C'mon, You Can Do Better Than "Wow"

"Wow".
That's what I said when that news story appeared about the prostitute biting Sham Wow spokesman Vince's tongue and him pounding on her face until she let him go. He was lucky it was his tongue, otherwise Vince might've been saying a lot more than "wow"! But I digress...

What the heck makes Sham Wow so damn popular? And the ad, according to the Sham Wow website, is popular, too, ranking as the #1 informercial of all time! Wow! But try to convince Bill O'Reilly of the claims Vince makes...




Let's look at what Sham Wow claims:
It is made in Germany
Easily removes cola, wine and pet stains
Doesn't drip, doesn't make a mess
Washes, dries, and polishes any surface
Won't scratch any surface
Machine washable and bleachable
Lasts ten years

Big deal. What's so catchy about that. There's nothin' there that would convince me to buy a product called a "sham". And no wonder poor old Bill was upset. Thesaurus.com equates sham with…

Blogoversary IV - The Battle Of The Sexes

A lot of the stuff I've shared with readers over the past two years had to do with the differences between men and women. What is it with the portrayal of men vs, women on the internet? Believe me, if there really was a battle of the sexes, the women would win hands down every time. Here's just a few of the men/women items I've posted since April 2007...







Tomorrow: The Best of 60s Fridays

Gliddy Glub Gloopy

Over at Humor Bloggers Dot Com we like to play a little game. The Queen of this game is Quirkyloon. She's forever posting lyrics - often obscure - leaving the rest of us to guess what song they come from. Well, this morning I think I stumped her when I posted:

Gliddy glub gloopy
Nibby nabby noopy
La la la lo lo
Sabba sibby sabba
Nooby abba nabba
Le le lo lo
Tooby ooby walla
Nooby abba naba
Early morning singing song

Well one of my colleagues thought I was having a heart attack and someone should call 911. And poor Quirky thought I was sendig her a Zombie lullaby.

Both wrong! It's from Good Morning Starshine from the soundtrack of Hair, a peace and love musical that opened off-Broadway in 1967 and made it to film in 1979 with John Savage, Treat Williams and Beverly D'Angelo.

So Quirky, darlin', this is for you...

Blogoversary III - Politics

It's been an interesting time to be a blogger over the last couple of years and follow politics both north and south of the border. So much has happened. And there was so much for editorial cartoonists and internet wiseacres to work with. Two of my favourite editorial cartoonists are Cam of the Ottawa Citizen and Aislin of the Montreal Gazette and both are represented here. There's just far too many pictures and cartoons to include them all, but I did manage to come up with a fairly decent overview of 3 key events.
In the States, the administration of George Bush and his motley crew came to an end...




And America went through primaries, conventions, presidential debates and an election - a process that seemed to last almost forever... In the end, change came to America but so had a recession...



In Canada, we didn't have nearly the same level of drama (or money) as American politics. But we had an election too that saw the same plodding, doddering minority government return…