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The Patient Ox (aka Hénock Gugsa)

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** TPO **
A personal blog with diverse topicality and multiple interests!

On the menu ... politics, music, poetry, and other good stuff.
There is humor, but there is blunt seriousness here as well!

Parfois, on parle français ici aussi. Je suis un francophile .... Bienvenue à tous!

* Your comments and evaluations are appreciated ! *

Friday, January 29, 2016

Epitaphs, anyone? - by TPO

Epitaphs, anyone? 
- by TPO -

OFFICE  HUMOR ... Boss Suicide ===>

The detective asked the secretary, "Why did your boss jump out the window?"

She sobbed, "I don't know. He was such a kind man .... Over the past few weeks, he gave me a fur coat, a sports car, a diamond ring and today, a new condo! .... And then he asked what it would take to get to home base with me."

"And what did you say?"

"I replied, 'Oh, I don't know; the other guys in the office just buy me dinner!' "

Conan and owl

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Coleman and Pawlenty Sellout - by TPO

The Coleman and Pawlenty Sellout 
- by TPO -

What is irksome in politics?  In my view, it is the persistent political infiltration by outside forces to purposefully sway local electoral outcomes.  Here in Minnesota, we had a taste of it back in the Bush/Cheney years (2001-2008).  There were two rising (?!) stars named Tim Pawlenty and Norm Coleman. Tim was from the State legislature, and Norm was a former mayor of St. Paul.

Of the two, Tim Pawlenty was the least harmful, in my opinion.  He had shown progressive mettle and was in effect a moderate politician.  Norm Coleman, on the other hand,
was a mealy-mouthed opportunist who once used to be a democrat but had defected to the dark side.  In 2002, Norm Coleman was going to make another attempt for the governorship, and Tim Pawlenty had begun the preliminary steps of a campaign for the U.S. Senate seat (running against Paul Wellstone).

Then Dick Cheney stepped into the picture and rearranged the political plans of these young politicians.  He got Coleman to go for the Senate seat and told Pawlenty he should run for Governor instead.  All political munitions and what not were aimed at defeating Wellstone.  It was, I am sure, very fortuitous for Norm and the Republican White House that Wellstone died in a plane crash.  Norm won the Senate seat against a democratic party that was in disarray and undergoing persistent political doldrums.  As for Tim Pawlenty, on the other hand, his victory was uncomplicated, unblemished, and well-earned. 

To me, to this day, the nauseating thing about Coleman and Pawlenty  was that they were Dick Cheney's puppets.  They worked for him and not for Minnesota!

Sean Connery - James Bond - "Goldfinger"

Monday, January 25, 2016

A Yank in Ireland! - by Unknown


An American Tourist in Ireland ** ===> 
Well now, folks ... There is this American here a-touring all of Ayre-land, ya see.
When his tour bus arrives in Belfast, the yank decides to go for a stroll on his own with the aim of taking in the sites 'n the culture first hand.
After he has been walking for a while, someone rushes up behind him and sticks a gun in his back.
The person says to the tourist "What are you, Catholic or Protestant ?"
The American thinks to himself: "Great - if I say I'm Catholic, this guy is sure to be Protestant ... and if I say I'm Protestant, he is sure to be Catholic. Either way, I am dead."
Then he has an inspiration, and he says to the guy with the gun, "Actually I'm Jewish."
This, he thinks to himself, will surely keep him safe.
The mugger then replies, "Gee, I must be the luckiest Arab in Ireland!"
** Source: An unknown narrator, presumed to be an irreverent, hard-drinking, politically incorrect, and outspoken Irishman who has no use for foreigners (especially Americans and Arabs) !

Saturday, January 16, 2016

"I Met a Girl" - W M Morgan / S Hunt

Julie Christie - Far from the Madding Crowd (1967)

== **  I Met a Girl  ** ==
"I met a girl, 
she made me smile,
 she made me wait,
 she crossed the street,
 she crossed my heart,
 she fixed her dress,
 she bit her lip,
 she lit me up ...."
/////// ~~~~ ///////   
sung by:
 William Michael Morgan
(Lyrics by:  Sam Hunt)

Monday, January 4, 2016

The Good Farmer - by TPO

Double click inside picture to enlarge!
[The Good Farmer] *
- by TPO -

There was [once] a farmer who grew excellent quality corn. Every year, he won the award for the best-grown corn.

One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting .... The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors. “How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?” the reporter asked.

“Why sir,” said the farmer, “Didn’t you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbors grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors grow good corn.”

So [it] is with our lives... Those who want to live meaningfully and well must help enrich the lives of others, for the value of a life is measured by the lives it touches. And those who choose to be happy must help others find happiness, for the welfare of each is bound up with the welfare of all ....

-Call it power of collectivism...
-Call it a principle of success...
-Call it a law of life.
The fact is, none of us truly wins, until we all win!!


* Source: Aaron Avner (Facebook, September 24, 2015)

TPO's comment ...-
This debunks the irrational social and political conclusions of ...
1- all Darwinian
proponents who focus only on the destructive (negative) side of "evolution",
2- all followers of Ayn Rand,
3- all short-sighted, hypocritical, and greedy people - especially the non-altruistic politicians and the mega-wealthy.