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Thursday, March 31, 2022

Habitat 67

Photo credit: © Benjamin News Company, Montreal

Since Man first moved out of his caves, he has tested many forms of shelter: crude huts of mud, tents with skin covers, squared logs and blocks of stone.

Around a group of such dwellings - always near water - a village would grow, then perhaps a town, with winding paths leading to the focal point of well or water's edge.

Today, Habitat 67 in Cité du Havre reveals to the fullest the extent to which man has used his ingenuity in combining shelter with all the attributes of modern life, in an urban world in which living space is at a premium. It unites the advantages of apartments, by housing many families in a small area. It answers the suburban dream of gardens. And it places every home within walking distance of stores on sheltered streets.

To the visitor approaching Habitat 67 from almost any direction, the first impression is one of a series of terraces, rising one on the other, in set-back steps, to a height of twelve stories. The most distinctive features of Habitat 67 are the manner in which terraces and homes are combined for economy of construction, and the system of roads and pedestrian streets which serve each home on the various levels.

The actual housing area contains 158 housing units in 20 types, ranging from a 1-bedroom 600 ft. square unit to a 4-bedroom house of 1,700 sq. ft. The houses were put together by the use of 354 modular construction units, each 17'6" by 38'6" by 10' high, precast of concrete. After casting, the modular units were taken to a finishing area, where kitchens, bathrooms, window frames, insulation, fixtures, etc. were installed. The unit - weighing 70-90 tons - was then lifted into place by crane.

*Photo credit: © Benjamin News Company, Montreal

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The Pecker


Woody WoodpeckerTwo tall trees, a birch and a beech, are growing in the woods.

A small tree begins to grow between them.

The beech says to the birch, "Is that a son of a beech or a son of a birch?"

The birch says he cannot tell. Just then a woodpecker lands in the sapling.

The birch says, "Woodpecker, you are a tree expert. Can you tell if that is a son of a beech or a son of a birch?"

The woodpecker takes a taste of the small tree.

He replies, "It is neither a son of a beech nor a son of a birch. That, my friends, is the best piece of ash I have ever put my pecker in."

How Well Do You Know Disney?


How many puppies of their own do Pongo and Perdita have?

Click here for the answer.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

R.I.P. Paul Herman (1946 - 2022)

Paul Herman

Paul Herman, the character actor best known for his role as club owner Peter “Beansie” Gaeta in “The Sopranos,” died Tuesday. His “Sopranos” co-star Michael Imperioli confirmed the news in an Instagram. He was 76. A cause of death has not been announced.


Match Stick Titanic

It took a year and more than four million matches, but Mark Colling has nearly finished his nineteen foot model of the Titanic. It could win him a place in the Guinness Book of Records.

Talking about his achievement Mark Colling said, "I am four million, three hundred thousand matches in at the moment. With the iceberg, the boat and the sea it will be twenty-four foot long, six foot wide and six foot high." 

Mark estimates he’ll use over thirty-six litres of glue and have to fork out four thousand pounds in costs to complete the project.

You're Invited!

 You are invited!

This is a PowerPoint presentation. Click above

Black Testicles

A male patient is lying in bed in the hospital, wearing an oxygen mask over his mouth and nose, still heavily sedated from a difficult, four-hour surgical procedure. A young student nurse appears to give him a partial sponge bath.

"Nurse," he mumbles from behind the mask, "Are my testicles black?"

Embarrassed, the young nurse replies, "I don't know sir, I'm only here to wash your upper body and feet."

He struggles to ask again, "Nurse, are my testicles black?"

Concerned that he may elevate his vitals from worry about his testicles, she overcomes her embarrassment and sheepishly pulls back the covers. She raises his gown, holds his penis in one hand and his testicles in the other, lifting and moving them around.

Then, she takes a close look and says, "There's nothing wrong with them, sir."

The man pulls off his oxygen mask, smiles at her and says very slowly, "Thank you very much. That was wonderful, but, listen very, very closely......

"A r e - m y - t e s t - r e s u l t s - b a c k?"

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Doggy Dictionary

Dog wagging tail

LEASH: A strap which attaches to your collar, enabling you to lead your person where you want him/her to go.

DOG BED: any soft, clean surface, such as the white bedspread in the guest room or the newly upholstered couch in the living room.

DROOL: Is what you do when your persons have food and you don't. To do this properly you must sit as close as you can and look sad and let the drool fall to the floor, or better yet, on their laps.

SNIFF: A social custom to use when you greet other dogs. Place your nose as close as you can to the other dog's rear end and inhale deeply, repeat several times, or until your person makes you stop.

GARBAGE CAN: A container which your neighbors put out once a week to test your ingenuity. You must stand on your hind legs and try to push the lid off with your nose. If you do it right you are rewarded with margarine wrappers to shred, beef bones to consume and moldy crusts of bread.

BICYCLES: Two-wheeled exercise machines, invented for dogs to control body fat. To get maximum aerobic benefit, you must hide behind a bush and dash out, bark loudly and run alongside for a few yards; the person then swerves and falls into the bushes, and you prance away.

DEAFNESS: This is a malady which affects dogs when their person want them in and they want to stay out. Symptoms include staring blankly at the person, then running in the opposite direction, or lying down.

THUNDER: This is a signal that the world is coming to an end. Humans remain amazingly calm during thunderstorms, so it is necessary to warn them of the danger by trembling uncontrollably, panting, rolling your eyes wildly, and following at their heels.

WASTEBASKET: This is a dog toy filled with paper, envelopes, and old candy wrapper. When you get bored, turn over the basket and strew the papers all over the house until your person comes home

SOFAS: Are to dogs like napkins are to people. After eating it is polite to run up and down the front of the sofa and wipe your whiskers clean.

BATH: This is a process by which the humans drench the floor, walls and themselves. You can help by shaking vigorously and frequently.

LEAN: Every good dogs's response to the command "sit !", especially if your person is dressed for an evening out. Incredibly effective before black-tie events.

BUMP: The best way to get your human's attention when they are drinking a fresh cup of coffee or tea.

GOOSE BUMP: A maneuver to use as a last resort when the Regular Bump doesn't get the attention you require.....especially effective when combined with The Sniff. See above.

LOVE: Is a feeling of intense affection, given freely and without restriction. The best way you can show your love is to wag your tail. If you're lucky, as I am your human will love you in return.

By Madam Shiht zhu, Professor of Doglish, Dog University

Just Be Different

If this is the outhouse...you'd better be awake, if you have to go in the middle of the night....
If this is the outhouse...you'd better be awake, if you have to go in the middle of the night....

Cliff Notes


Cliff Clavin
"Everyone is the Swiss Army owns a Swiss Army Knife. That's why no one messes with Switzerland."

"It's a little known fact that cows were domesticated in Mesopotamia and were also used in China as guard animals for the forbidden city."

"It's a little known fact that smartest animal is a pig. Scientists say if pigs had thumbs and a language, they could be trained to do simple manual labor. They give you 20-30 years of loyal service and then at their retirement dinner you can eat them."

"I wonder if you know that the harp is a predecessor of the modern day guitar. Early minstrels were much larger people. In fact, they had hands the size of small dogs."

"If memory serves, the umbilical chord is 90% postassium."

"It's a little known fact that the tan became popular in what is known as the Bronze Age."

"If you were to go back in history and take every president, you'll find that the numerical value of each letter in their name was equally divisible into the year in which they were elected. By my calculations, our next president has to be named Yellnick McWawa."

"There's no rule against postal workers not dating women. It just works out that way."

"They did a study between postal workers and chimpanzees. They proved chimps were 32% slower. Of course, they were better with public relations."

Monday, March 28, 2022

Bill's Car Wash

Bird Theif

Bill owns a company that manufactures and installs car wash systems. Bill's company installed a car wash system in Frederick, Md. 

The problem started when the new owner complained to Bill that he was losing significant amounts of money from his coin machines each week. He went as far as to accuse Bill's employees of having a key to the boxes and ripping him off. 

Bird thiefBill just couldn't believe that his people would do that, so they setup a camera to catch the thief in action. Well, they did catch him on film! 

That's a bird sitting on the change slot of the machine. The bird had to go down into the machine, and back up inside to get to the money! Bird theifThat's three quarters he has in his beak! 

Another amazing thing is that it was not just one bird -- there were several working together. Once they identified the thieves, they found over $4000 in quarters on the roof of the car wash and more under a nearby tree. And you thought you heard of everything by now!!! Bird theifAnd to think the phrase "bird brain" is associated with being dumb. Not these birds!

I Believe

I believe- that we don't have to change friends if we understand that friends change.

I believe- that no matter how good a friend is, they're going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.

I believe- that true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.

I believe- that you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life.

I believe- that it's taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.

I believe- that you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.

I believe- that you can keep going long after you can't.

I believe- that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.

I believe- that either you control your attitude or it controls you.

I believe- that regardless of how hot and steamy a relationship is at first, the passion fades and there had better be something else to take its place.

I believe- that heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.

I believe- that money is a lousy way of keeping score.

I believe- that my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time.

I believe- that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you're down will be the ones to help you get back up.

I believe- that sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.

I believe- that just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have.

I believe- that maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had and what you've learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you've celebrated.

I believe- that it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.

I believe- that no matter how bad your heart is broken the world do! esn't stop for your grief.

I believe- that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.

I believe- that just because two people argue, it doesn't mean they don't love each other. And just because they don't argue, it doesn't mean they do.

I believe- that you shouldn't be so eager to find out a secret. It could change your life forever.

I believe- that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.

I believe- that your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don't even know you.

I believe- that even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help.

I believe- that credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.

I believe- that the people you care about most in life are taken from you too soon.

I believe- that when we look for the good in others, we discover the best in ourselves.

4 Catholic Mothers

 Four catholic mothers sit together over a cup of coffee and try to impress each other with the importance of their sons.

Says the first one:

"My son is a Priest. When he enters a room, people say "Father" to him."

Says the second:

"Nice. But my son is a bishop. Whenever he enters a room, people say "Your Excellency"".

The third mother, proudly:

"I don´t want to brag, but my son is a Cardinal. When he enters the room, people say "Your Eminence"".

The fourth quietly sips her coffee. The others look to her, questioningly. Finally she says:

"My son is a wonderful 6 feet 2 inches tall, musculous stripper. Whenever he enters a room all people gasp for air and say "Oh, my God!""

Sunday, March 27, 2022

In the jungle... the mighty jungle....

Jungle email

Two travelling angels

Two angels

Two travelling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family.

The family was rude and refused to let the angels stay in the mansion's guest room.

Instead the angels were given a small space in the cold basement.

As they made their bed on the hard floor, the older angel saw a hole in the wall and repaired it.

When the younger angel asked why, the older angel replied, "Things aren't always what they seem."

The next night the pair came to rest at the house of a very poor, but very hospitable farmer and his wife.

After sharing what little food they had the couple let the angels sleep in their bed where they could have a good night's rest.

When the sun came up the next morning the angels found the farmer and his wife in tears.

Their only cow, whose milk had been their sole income, lay dead in the field.

The younger angel was infuriated and asked the older angel how could you have let this happen?

The first man had everything, yet you helped him, she accused. The second family had little but was willing to share everything, and you let the cow die.

"Things aren't always what they seem," the older angel replied.

"When we stayed in the basement of the mansion, I noticed there was gold stored in that hole in the wall.

Since the owner was so obsessed with greed and unwilling to share his good fortune, I sealed the wall so he wouldn't find it."
"Then last night as we slept in the farmers bed, the angel of death came for his wife. I gave him the cow instead.

Things aren't always what they seem."

Sometimes that is exactly what happens when things don't turn out the way they should. If you have faith, you just need to trust that every outcome is always to your advantage. You just might not know it until some time later..

Screenshot from newest Ubuntu 22.04 - Jammy Jellyfish

I am such a geek. Good thing I have a personality! Here is a screenshot of the next release of Ubuntu. It is being released in April. It's code name is "Jammy Jellyfish". I think it looks beautiful as far as operating systems go. What do you think? The Wizard has been using Ubuntu Linux for over 10 years. Yes, haven't used Windows (except for work) since then!

Ubuntu Jammy Jellyfish (Ubuntu 22.04)

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Irish Prostitute

An Irish daughter had not been home for over 5 years.

Upon her return, her father cussed her. "Where have ye been all this time? Why did ye not write to us, not even a line? Why didn't ye call? Can ye not understand what ye put yer old mum thru?" 

The girl, crying,  replied, "Sniff, sniff....dad....I became a prostitute...." 

Ye what!!? Out of here, ye shameless harlot! Sinner! You're a  disgrace to this family."

OK, dad-- as ye wish. I just came back to give mum this luxurious fur coat, title deed to a ten bedroom mansion plus a £5,000 savings certificate. For me little brother, this gold Rolex and for ye daddy, the sparkling new Mercedes limited edition convertible that's parked outside plus a membership to the country club....(takes a breath)....and an invitation for ye all to spend New Years Eve on board my new yacht in the Riviera and ... ." 

Now what was it ye said ye had become?" says Dad. 

Girl, crying again, "Sniff, sniff....a prostitute dad! Sniff, sniff." 

Oh! Be Jesus! Ye scared me half to death, girl! I thought ye said a Protestant!! Come here and give yer old man a hug!"

Earth Hour 60 tonight at 830PM


Earth Hour 60 Tonight at 830PM

Wing Chun Nuns

Wing Chun

Description: Wing Chun is arguably the most famous single style within the Shaolin system. It was made known to the west by Bruce Lee and James Lee in the late 1960s in what was the single most influential introduction of Chinese Kung Fu outside China (one might equate Bruce Lee's bringing of kung fu to American television in 1964 with the arrival of the Beatles in America two years earlier). Despite Lee's rapid evolution of a personal style away from traditional Wing Chun, his association with that style was a major factor in its continued success over the years. More recently, the style has received new publicity following the death of long time grandmaster Yip Man as at least three of his senior disciples have waged an acrimonious conflict over who would inherit the supreme mantle for the style.Wing Chun

History: About two hundred years ago, there lived in China a beautiful young woman whose name was Yim Wing Chun. Her name suited her admirably, since it meant "Beautiful Springtime." She was the daughter of a food merchant, who sold beancurd from a marketstand. She was betrothed to the man she loved, Leong Bok Chao. Her father, however, could not resist boasting of her beauty and gentle character. 

One day, news of this beautiful maiden came to the ears of an infamous warlord of the Yunan province. He journeyed to her town, and upon seeing her, was immediately struck with a consuming desire to possess her, and, as often the way with rogues, decided to get his way by force. He ordered Wing Chun's father to his camp and told him that unless the maiden was given to him in marriage, he would kill them both. The father, his heart full of fear and confusion, and horrified at the warlord's cruel tactics, left the warlord's encampment to return home to tell his lovely daughter of her fate. There seemed to be no alternative, since the rogue was well known for his brutal atrocities and powerful gang of bandits. Calling young Wing Chun to him, the father told her of the warlord's ultimatum. 

"Your name will be honored in our family and you will be esteemed as a revered ancestor", he said, struggling for words to make the idea more palatable. "Who knows, you may be able to soften the warlord's heart and maintain yourself with pride as his wife, if not with the love I know you have for Leong Bok Chao. Wing ChunNg Mui was a Shaolin nun, who had lived for many years in the great southern temple of Fukien. Some years earlier, this refuge of the contemplative life had been destroyed during a rebellion against the Manchu dynasty. Ng Mui was one of the few that had escaped the holocaust. She was an adept of the Shaolin fighting arts of dragon and crane. These arts had been developed to allow the priests and nuns to protect themselves from wild animals and wilder men, who would seek to destroy the peaceful way of the Shaolin order. When Ng Mui heard of the dilemma that Wing Chun found herself in, the nun sat quietly in meditation, thinking of a way which, in accord with Shaolin principles, would cause the least pain and hurt to all. 

Wing Chun Martial Approach: There are two concepts that are essential to Wing Chun: centerline and simplicity. The centerline is guarded meticulously with hands on center and elbows down and in. Movement is small and extremely efficient, utilizing subtle shifts of the body to deflect, evade and counterstrike all in one motion. At its most advanced level, contact with the opponent is maintained at all times to constantly check arms and legs, trap, and utilize the opponent’s movement to guide and even to increase power. Once the first blow is struck, the Wing Chun practitioner will march an opponent back with a constant barrage of swift, low kicks to disrupt the stance, and a flurry of cycle punches that serve as both offense and defense, batting everything off center and continuing in for the strike. Because of its simplicity, Wing Chun can be used effectively by beginning practitioners; also because of its simplicity, at its most advanced, Wing Chun is a devastatingly efficient style.

Earth Hour 60+

Today at 8:30 PM, Join the World for Earth Hour 60+ 2022! Click below to see how to participate!

Earth Hour 60+ 2022

Earth Hour 60+

Twisting Faith

When I came to Albany in 1978 as a student, one of the first actions I was involved in was convincing the University at Albany, then called the State University of New York at Albany, to include sexual orientation in its non-discrimination policy.

There was some discussion, some deliberation and eventually the administration did the right thing-they moved to protect lesbian and gay students on campus.

Soon many college campuses followed suit. In the 21st century, non-discrimination policies that protect LGBT students are commonplace, part of the warp and weft of what I’ve always thought academic freedom was all about-creating a community where all voices were valued, even those I don’t necessarily agree with.

But something sinister and perverse has happened recently. Campus-based conservative groups are attacking these policies saying their rights to free speech and to their religious practices are being infringed. Somehow a positive action-protection and acceptance-is twisted and becomes grounds for a negative reaction.

At Georgia Tech two students-one Christian, one Jewish, both conservative-have sued the school saying its non-discrimination policy violates their freedom of speech because they are effectively barred from speaking out against homosexuality and other issues on campus.

Georgia Tech thinks the suit is without merit. The school’s spokesperson, Amelia Gambino, told the Atlanta Constitution recently that Georgia Tech takes the civil rights of all it’s student seriously and that student organizations are encouraged to “express themselves as long as they do not encourage violence or intolerance of others.” That seems fair enough.

But not for the Alliance Defense Fund, the legal ministry that has brought the Georgia Tech suit on behalf of the two students. In the suit, the Fund also accuses the school of unconstitutionally allowing on campus a group called Safe Space which trains college staff and students on LGBT issues. The ADF said the group pushes a viewpoint advocating that students and employees overcome their religious objections to homosexuality.

Here is an example of ADF twisting the truth. Safe Space is actually a Georgia Tech program. The program’s main objectives, found on its website at www.safespace.gatech.edu, are the following: to provide a supportive environment for LGBT members of the campus community, to facilitate their "coming out" process, to foster a social climate in which others do not feel the need to express anti-gay attitudes in order to "fit in," to dispel negative stereotypes and present factually accurate information about LGBT people, and to publicize other support resources or structures that are available on or off campus.

Participation in Safe Space trainings is purely voluntary-no one is coerced, forced or tied to a chair and made to listen. No one’s right to free speech or religious freedom is being threatened. All that Safe Space is trying to do is make Georgia Tech inclusive and welcoming for LGBT students, faculty and staff.

And that’s really the crux of the matter. For ADF and other Radical Christian Right groups and adherents creating a welcoming atmosphere for LGBT people makes them feel unwelcome. Permitting LGBT-positive messages on campus makes it increasingly uncomfortable for them to give public voice to vitriol, ergo, their free speech is being stifled. Why, even letting LGBT people exist appears to be a threat to their religious freedom.

If you visit the ADF website (alliancedefensefund.org) you’ll see what I mean. They’re very proud of their first published book and the title says it all. "The Homosexual Agenda: Exposing the Principal Threat to Religious Freedom Today."

I just don’t get it.

How is it that our desire to live our lives openly and freely, have our families around us, practice our religious beliefs, and basically define our own version of the American dream be a threat to anyone’s religious freedom? How is it that our right to free speech violates theirs? How is it that they’ve so totally confused democracy with demagoguery?

And how is it that in their fervor to save the world from LGBT people, the Christian Right has turned their backs on one of their religion’s basic teachings-to love their neighbor as themselves.

Libby Post*By Libbey Post 365Gay.com Libby Post is President of Communication Services, an Albany, New York-based full-service marketing firm serving the not-for-profit, health care, tourism and small business sectors. She has just launched a new firm, www.outmarketing.biz, which provides marketing services to companies that want to reach the gay and lesbian market. Post is also President Emeritus of the Capital District Gay and Lesbian Community Council and Founding Chair of the Empire State Pride Agenda. She has received numerous honors including being named one of the 100 Women of Excellence by the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce and was cited by New York State Governor Mario Cuomo for her work on behalf of New York’s statewide lesbian and gay community.

Friday, March 25, 2022

R.I.P. Taylor Hawkins (1972 - 2022)

Taylor Hawkins

The drummer with US rock group Foo Fighters, Taylor Hawkins, has died aged 50, the band have announced.

The band said they were "devastated by the tragic and untimely loss" in a statement on social media. No cause of death has been given.

Hawkins played with Foo Fighters for more than two decades, joining shortly after they finished making their 1997 album The Colour and the Shape.

Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary


Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Please recite this on May 25th, 2022

From The Emerald City - Crisis in Ukraine


From The Emerald City

My Dear 'OZ'ians,

I have heard that Russia has stated that the first phase of the Special Military Operation (Putin's War) have been mostly completed and now they can shift their focus to free the Donbas region and "come to their rescue".

Shelling/missile strikes will likely continue in the rest of Ukraine. "Bad Putin! Bad Putin!"

I think it's more like they've lost the war in the west of Ukraine and are shifting their focus on something more attainable - just to protect Russian, and mostly Putin's ego. After all losing a war that you start with heavy losses in terms of casualties, something between 7,000 and 40,000  soldiers, killed or wounded, plus the immense loss of military equipment, is certainly no feather in Vladimir Putin's cap.  Its a humiliating defeat for Russia and they are shifting focus and saving face that phase one of the military objective has been mostly completed, when its quite obvious it has not!

Stay strong Ukraine! 

Слава Україні!


The Wizard 

Note: This post is the opinion of The Wizard of 'OZ' and no-one else and reflects as best I can tell from the available information out there.

"The Meanest Mother"

I had the meanest mother in the whole world. While other kids ate candy for breakfast, I had to have cereal, eggs or toast. When others had cokes and candy for lunch, I had to eat a sandwich. As you can guess, my supper was different than the other kids' also.

But at least, I wasn't alone in my sufferings. My sister and two brothers had the same mean mother as I did.

My mother insisted upon knowing where we were at all times. You'd think we were on a chain gang. She had to know who our friends were and where we were going. She insisted if we said we'd be gone an hour, that we be gone one hour or less--not one hour and one minute. I am nearly ashamed to admit it, but she actually struck us. Not once, but each time we had a mind of our own and did as we pleased. That poor belt was used more on our seats than it was to hold up Daddy's pants.

Can you imagine someone actualy hitting a child just because he disobeyed? Now you can begin to see how mean she really was.

We had to wear clean clothes and take a bath. The other kids always wore their clothes for days. We reached the height of insults because she made our clothes herself, just to save money. Why, oh why, did we have to have a mother who made us feel different from our friends?

The worst is yet to come. We had to be in bed by nine each night and up at eight the next morning. We couldn't sleep till noon like our friends. So while they slept-my mother actually had the nerve to break the child-labor law. She made us work. We had to wash dishes, make beds, learn to cook and all sorts of cruel things. I believe she laid awake at night thinking up mean things to do to us.

She always insisted upon us telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, even if it killed us- and it nearly did.

By the time we were teen-agers, she was much wiser, and our life became even more unbearable. None of this tooting the horn of a car for us to come running. She embarrassed us to no end by making our dates and friends come to the door to get us. If I spent the night with a girlfriend, can you imagine she checked on me to see if I were really there.

I never had the chance to elope to Mexico. That is if I'd had a boyfriend to elope with. I forgot to mention, while my friends were dating at the mature age of 12 and 13, my old fashioned mother refused to let me date until the age of 15 and 16. Fifteen, that is, if you dated only to go to a school function. And that was maybe twice a year.

Through the years, things didn't improve a bit. We could not lie in bed, "sick" like our friends did, and miss school. If our friends had a toe ache, a hang nail or serious ailment, they could stay home from school. Our marks in school had to be up to par. Our friends' report cards had beautiful colors on them, black for passing, red for failing.

My mother being as different as she was, would settle for nothing less than ugly black marks.

As the years rolled by, first one and then the other of us was put to shame. We were graduated from high school. With our mother behind us, talking, hitting and demanding respect, none of us was allowed the pleasure of being a drop-out.

My mother was a complete failure as a mother. Out of four children, a couple of us attained some higher education. None of us have ever been arrested, divorced or beaten his mate. Each of my brothers served his time in the service of this country.

And whom do we have to blame for the terrible way we turned out? You're right, our mean mother. Look at the things we missed. We never got to march in a protest parade, nor to take part in a riot, burn draft cards, and a million and one other things that our friends did.

She forced us to grow up into God-fearing, educated, honest adults. Using this as a background, I am trying to raise my three children. I stand a little taller and I am filled with pride when my children call me mean.

Because, you see, I thank God, He gave me the meanest mother in the whole world.

Just Be Different!

Last time that I was in the dog house, it surely didn't look like this!
Last time that I was in the dog house, it surely didn't look like this!

Famous People Quotes


"What do I know about sex? I'm a married man."
--Tom Clancy

"I believe that sex is one of the most beautiful, natural, wholesome things that money can buy."
--Steve Martin

"You know "that look" women get when they want sex? Me neither."
--Drew Carey

"Sex without love is a meaningless experience, but as meaningless experiences go, it's pretty damned good."
--Woody Allen

"Having sex is like playing bridge. If you don't have a good partner, you'd better have a good hand."

"If it weren't for pickpockets I'd have no sex life at all."
--Rodney Dangerfield

"Bisexuality immediately doubles your chances for a date on Saturday night."
--Woody Allen

"I can remember when the air was clean and sex was dirty."
--George Burns

"It isn't premarital sex if you have no intention of getting married."
--Matt Barry

"Leaving sex to the feminists is like letting your dog vacation at the taxidermist."
--Camille Paglia

"Sex at age 90 is like trying to shoot pool with a rope."
--George Burns (90?)

"Sex is one of the nine reasons for reincarnation. The other eight are unimportant."
--Henry Miller

"There are a number of mechanical devices which increase sexual arousal, particularly in women. Chief among these is the Mercedes-Benz 500SL convertible."
--P. J. O'Rourke

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
--Dr. Seuss."

Thursday, March 24, 2022

80's Flashback - Twilight Zone - The Movie

What makes this so interesting is the number of stars now famous were just starting out in the 80's...

Twilight Zone - The Movie

ROD SERLING'S phenomenally successful television series, ''The Twilight Zone,'' which had a five-year network run beginning in 1959 and which seems to have been in reruns ever since, has now passed through its own twilight zone and become a flabby, mini-minded behemoth called ''Twilight Zone - the Movie.''

The film is composed of a prologue, written for the movie, plus four separate stories, each of them either based directly on a script from the television series or suggested by one. A lot of money and several lives might have been saved if the producers had just re-released the original programs.

Of the four stories, the last, directed by George Miller, is tops, meaning that it's pretty good. This tale, based on ''Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,'' is about a tense airplane passenger who, during a night flight in a thunderstorm, looks out his window and becomes convinced that some sort of creature is dismantling the outboard engine.

Mr. Miller, the Australian director who demonstrated his talent for spectacular action with ''The Road Warrior,'' does what he can with this limited material, and John Lithgow is both legitimate and comic as the hysterical passenger.

The film's third segment, based on a tale called ''It's a Good Life,'' contains a number of wildly eerie possibilities that are never satisfactorily developed. Kathleen Quinlan plays an innocent young woman who finds herself drawn into a macabre household whose inhabitants behave like Tom, Jerry, Bugs Bunny and other cartoon characters that are forever playing on the screens of the house's dozens of television sets. The master of the house is a sweetlooking, arbitrarily vicious little boy, Anthony, played by Jeremy Licht.

Joe Dante, the director, never finds a style for the piece, which should somehow combine the comic, the scary and the satirical. Trivia experts might note that Billy Mumy, who played Anthony in the original teleplay, has a small role as an adult in this film version.

Except for the central performance by Scatman Crothers, the film's second segment, based on the episode called ''Kick the Can,'' is inept in every way. Of all unlikely people, Steven Spielberg directed this rather ugly, sentimental comedy set in an old-people's home.

John Landis, currently represented by the stylish ''Trading Places,'' is responsible for the film's first segment, a muddled antibigotry lesson about a fellow who hates blacks, Jews and Orientals. Through a series of ''Twilight Zone'' twists of fate, the fellow finds himself being persecuted as a Jew in Nazi-occupied France, lynched as a black by Ku Klux Klansmen in the South and shot at as a Vietnamese by American soldiers in Vietnam.

It was while making this segment that Vic Morrow, who gives a good performance as the bigot, and two Vietnamese children were killed in a production accident.

Mr. Landis also directed the film's prologue, which features Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks. It's funny and extremely short.

''Twilight Zone - the Movie,'' which has been rated PG (''parental guidance suggested''), contains some unrefined language.

Beyond Twilight
TWILIGHT ZONE - THE MOVIE, created by Rod Serling; music by Jerry Goldsmith; produced by Steven Spielberg and John Landis; released by Warner Bros. At RKO Twin, Broadway and 45th Street; Sutton, Third Avenue and 57th Street; 34th Street Showplace, near Second Avenue; New York Twin, Second Avenue and 66th Street and other theaters. Running time: 102 minutes. This film is rated PG.

Written and directed by John Landis; director of photography, Stevan Larner; film editor, Malcolm Campbell.
Passenger . . . . . Dan Aykroyd
Driver . . . . . Albert Brooks
Bill . . . . . Vic Morrow
Larry . . . . . Doug McGrath
Ray . . . . . Charles Hallahan
Bar Patron . . . . . Steven Williams
French Mother . . . . . Annette Claudier
Vietnamese . . . . . Joseph Hieu, Albert Leong
Charming G.I. . . . . . Stephen Bishop

Directed by Steven Spielberg; screenplay by George Clayton Johnson, Richard Matheson and Josh Rogan; story by Mr. Johnson; director of photography, Allen Daviau; film editor, Michael Kahn.
Mr. Bloom . . . . . Scatman Crothers
Mr. Conroy . . . . . Bill Quinn
Mr. Weinstein . . . . . Martin Garner
Mrs. Weinstein . . . . . Selma Diamond
Mrs. Dempsey . . . . . Helen Shaw
Mr. Agee . . . . . Murray Matheson
Mr. Mute . . . . . Peter Brocco
Miss Cox . . . . . Priscilla Pointer

Directed by Joe Dante; screenplay by Richard Matheson, based on a story by Jerome Bixby; director of photography, John Hora; film editor, Tina Hirsch.
Helen Foley . . . . . Kathleen Quinlan
Anthony . . . . . Jeremy Licht
Uncle Walt . . . . . Kevin McCarthy
Mother . . . . . Patricia Barry
Father . . . . . William Schallert
Ethel . . . . . Nancy Cartwright

Directed by George Miller; screenplay by Richard Matheson, based on a story by Richard Matheson; director of photography, Allen Daviau; film editor, Howard Smith.
Valentine . . . . . John Lithgow
Sr. Stewardess . . . . . Abbe Lane
Jr. Stewardess . . . . . Donna Dixon
Co-Pilot . . . . . John Dennis Johnston
Creature . . . . . Larry Cedar
Sky Marshal . . . . . Charles Knapp
Little Girl . . . . . Christina Nigra
Mother . . . . . Lonna Schwab

Putin's War of Choice - Over 1/2 of all Ukrainian children have been displaced - UNICEF


From Ukraine - Over 1/2 of all Ukrainian children have been displaced
Putin's war of choice has displaced half of Ukraine's children - UNICEF

The Human Toll of The Russia-Ukraine War


Click here to view Al Jazeera's presentation

Al Jazeera has put together an interactive feature documenting the humanitarian cost of Russia’s offensive.

Click here or on the image above to take a look.

The Unstoppable Virus


The Unstoppable Virus

I thought you would want to know about this e-mail virus. Even the most advanced programs from Norton or McAfee cannot take care of this one. It appears to affect those who were born prior to 1965. 


1. Causes you to send the same e-mail twice. Done that!  

2. Causes you to send a blank e-mail! That too! 

3. Causes you to send e-mail to the wrong person. Yep!  

4. Causes you to send it back to the person who sent it to you. Who me? 

5. Causes you to forget to attach the attachment. Well darn!  

6. Causes you to hit "SEND" before you've finished. Oh no - not again! 

7. Causes you to hit "DELETE" instead of "SEND." and I just hate that!  

8. Causes you to hit "SEND" when you should "DELETE." Oh No!  


Remember this next time you pee in someone's bushes.

A little old lady is walking down the street, dragging two plastic garbage bags with her, one in each hand. There's a hole in one of the bags, and every once in a while a $20 bill is flying out of it onto the pavement.

Noticing this, a policeman stops her...."Ma'am, there are $20 bills  falling out of that bag..." "Damn!" says the little old lady....."I'd better go back and see if I can still find some.  Thanks for the warning!"

"Well, now, not so fast," says the cop.  "How did you get all that money?"  Did you steal it?"

"Oh, no", says the little old lady.  "You see, my back yard backs up to the parking lot of the football stadium. Each time  there's a game, a lot of  fans come and pee in the bushes, right into my flower beds! So, I go and stand behind the bushes with a big hedge clipper, and each time someone sticks his little thingie through the bushes, I say: $20 or off it comes!"

"Hey, not a bad idea!" laughs the cop.  "OK, good luck!  By the way, what's in the other bag?"

"Well", says the little old lady, "not all of them pay"

Sometimes the world is a bush to some... Watch yer pecker!

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

From The Emerald City - Crisis in Ukraine

From The Emerald City

My Dear 'OZ'ians,

It seems that Russia is staging a "false-flag" and accusing Ukraine of producing chemical and nuclear weapons. A "false-flag" is when an aggressor stages non real situations, and then uses those made up situations to do the same thing it has just falsified. 

Russia has accused Ukraine as having bio/chemical weapons facilities in Ukraine. They may use that as a way to start using bio/chemical weapons against Ukraine.

Let me be clear. Ukraine (and by extension, the US), does not have any chemical weapons facilities in Ukraine. Russia is just accusing them about that.

I feel pains for the Ukrainian people, that they may be on the receiving end of the use of chemical weapons, or indeed targeted nuclear strike, designed to twist Putin's illegal war to their advantage. 

The use of chemical weapons in Ukraine (and elsewhere) is a violation of international law and would change the position of NATO, with regard to non interference directly in or over Ukraine.

Let us please, hope it doesn't come to that. 

Stay strong Ukraine! 

Слава Україні!


The Wizard 

Note: This post is the opinion of The Wizard of 'OZ' and no-one else and reflects as best I can tell from the available information out there.

R.I.P. Madeline Albright (1937 - 2022)

Madeline Albright

Madeleine Albright, a child refugee from Nazi- and then Soviet-dominated Eastern Europe who rose to become the first female U.S. secretary of state and a mentor to many current and former American statesmen and women, died Wednesday of cancer, her family said. She was 84.

She pushed for the alliance to intervene in the Balkans to stop genocide and ethnic cleansing, sought to reduce the spread of nuclear weapons, and championed human rights and democracy across the globe. The news of her death comes as NATO leaders, including US President Joe Biden, prepare to meet Thursday in Brussels for a summit on Russia's invasion in Ukraine. 

Marvellous Maxine!


I can post it cuz....

 Two Gay Men and a Baby

GaysaurusTwo gay men decide to have a baby. They mix their sperm, then have a surrogate mother artificially inseminated. When the baby is born, they rush to the hospital. Two dozen babies are in the ward, 23 of which are crying and screaming. One, over in the corner, is smiling serenely. A nurse comes by, and to the gays' delight, she points out the happy child as theirs.

"Isn't it wonderful?" Brad exclaims. "All these unhappy children, and ours is so happy." The nurse says, "He's happy now. But just wait until we take the pacifier out of his butt."


Some Interesting Facts

 Did you know ..........

Stars It is impossible to lick your elbow.

Stars A crocodile can't stick it's tongue out.

Stars A shrimp's heart is in their head.

Stars People say "Bless you" when you sneeze because when you sneeze, your heartstops for a mili-second.

Stars In a study of 200,000 ostriches over a period of 80 years, no one reported a single case where an ostrich buried its head in the sand (or attempted to do so - apart from Bones).

Stars It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.

Stars A pregnant goldfish is called a twit

Stars Between 1937 and 1945 Heinz produced a version of Alphabetti Spaghetti especially for the German market that consisted solely of little pastaswastikas.

Stars In average, a human being will have sex more than 3,000 times and spend two weeks kissing in their lifetime.

Stars More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call.

Stars Rats and horses can't vomit.

Stars The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.

Stars If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die. if you keep your eyes open by force, they can pop out.

Stars Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over million descendants.

Stars Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.

Stars If the government has no knowledge of aliens, then why does Title 14, Section 1211 of the Code of Federal Regulations, implemented on July 16, 1969, make it illegal for U.S. citizens to have any contact with extraterrestrials or their vehicles?

Stars In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.

Stars The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.

Stars Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.

Stars A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.

Stars 23% of all photocopier faults worldwide are caused by people sitting on them and photocopying their buttocks.

Stars In the course of an average lifetime you will, while sleeping, eat 70 assorted insects and 10 spiders.

Stars Most lipstick contains fish scales.

Stars Cat's urine glows under a black-light.

Stars Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.

Stars Over 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow.