T   P   O
The Patient Ox (aka Hénock Gugsa)

G r e e t i n g s !

** 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, October 26, 2018

Schtroumpfs / Smurfs ~ by Hénock Gugsa

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 Schtroumpfs[1] / Smurfs[2]
Hénock Gugsa
"ME, I vote for ME !"

~ Schtroumpfs, the little blue cartoon people satirically decimate everything we hold politically sacrosanct !!!

> Schtroumpf X ===> "Will you vote for ME?"

> Schtroumpf Y ===> "No, YOU?!"

> Schtroumpf Z ===> "Me, I don't like the me's !"

[Editor's note: Mois (me's) incidentally means "months", and  that adds to the absurdity of the whole situation!]

[1] Source: https://www.franceinter.fr/emissions/l-edito-m/l-edito-m-24-octobre-2018#xtor=EPR-5-[Meilleur24102018]
[2] This is originally an American cartoon, and the characters are known as Smurfs ! This actual cartoon is in color and was titled: Smurfs Vote!

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Walking Boats ,,, not Walking Boots ?! ~ by TPO

Alexander Woznick

Walking Boats ,,, not Walking Boots ?!
 ~ by ~
[ Walking on water is still  a "miraculous" act ! ]
Alexander Woznick of Manchester personally introducing his invention, "'the foot-boats", which permit him to walk on water !
(Alexander Woznick, de Manchester, présentant « les bateaux à pied », son invention qui lui permet de marcher sur l'eau. © Getty / Keystone) *
* Source : - https://www.franceinter.fr/emissions/grand-bien-vous-fasse/grand-bien-vous-fasse-25-octobre-2018 
Happy bunny !

Monday, October 22, 2018

Memories ! ትዝታዎች ~ by Hénock Gugsa

Bust statue of Tafari Makonnen at TMS in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia!
Memories !  ትዝታዎች !!
~ by Hénock Gugsa ~

1953 (የኢትዮጵያ አቈጣጠር) 5ኛ ክፍል (5C) ... የክፍሉ አላፊ አስተማሪ አቶ ፋንታዬ * የተባለ እኛን እያንዳንዳችንን በስም እየጠራ "አንድ ዘፈን ዝፈን !" እያለ በግድ ያስዘፍነን ነበር ።
አንድ ቀን ፍዳዬ ሆነና እኔን ዝፈን ብሎ አዘዘ ፤ እኔም በ 11 ዓመት ዕድሜዬ አይን አፋር እና ትንሽም ኰልታፋ ስለነበርኩ ነገሩ ጭንቀትና መከራ ሆኖ ነበር የታየኝ ። በግዜው የምወደው ዘፈን የነበረው የጥላሁን "ኧረ ምን ይሻለኛል" የተባለው ነበር።

ግን እኔ ስዘፍነው እንደሚከተለው ሆኖ ብዙ የመሳቂያና የመቀለጃ ውጤት አተረፈ !!!

" ካንዴም ሁለቴም ሾሽቴም ... (everybody erupts in laughter)
ፍቅር ደርሾብኛል ... (another laughter)
ግን ዣሬ አዲሽ ሆኖ ... (more laughter)
ይቻወትብኛል ! " .... ( laughter and applause)
* አቶ ፋንታዬ በጣም ዘፈን የሚወድ ሰውዬ ነበር ፤ በመንገድ ብቻውን ሲሄድ እንኳን ድምፁን ዝቅ አድርጐ እየዘፈነ / እየዘመረ ወይም እያፏጨ እና እየተውረገረገ ነበር የሚሄደው ።


Fantaye also had  a cruel streak in his personality.  He used to creatively come up with different methods of physical punishment in the classroom if a student talked (disturbed), got an answer wrong to a question, or had not done his homework.  Fantaye administered the punishment himself in the classroom; he did not bother sending anybody to Gagnon's office.

That man was a sadist; but I have no bitterness, anger, or resentment toward him now. It has all been long forgiven now !
©ሄኖክ ጉግሣ (Hénock Gugsa)

Friday, October 19, 2018

"Queen Mary" ~ by Sir Peter Ustinov

Queen Mary ( 1867-1953  )

"Queen Mary"
 The Pomposity of Royalty
~ as told/performed by Sir Peter Ustinov, the great actor, humorist, and  
   raconteur - par - excellence !!!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

"...swarming the border." ~ by Hénock Gugsa

"...swarming the border." 
~ by ~
Hénock Gugsa
“You’re totally paranoid — no one is swarming the border.”
~ New Yorker, October 18, 2018
We hope everyone has noticed that that is not a maple tree leaf on the flag. 
Canada just legalized marijuana and this is just a satirical commentary about a (possible) huge flood of American illegal immigrants invading Canada !!!  

Kitty dozing off and getting awoken by a little bell around his neck !!!


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

My Dad's View ~ by Hénock Gugsa

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My Dad's View 
~ by ~
Hénock Gugsa 

My dear departed father had an unambiguous theory about people.
He told me that their personhood is predetermined by the manner they come out of their mothers' wombs.

•    The greedy people emerge with one hand out in a grasping manner,
•    ... the lazy people show their buttocks to the world first,
•    ... restless people slide their feet out first,
•    ... the talkers come out with their mouths open,
•    ... and last, but certainly not least, the thinkers present the top of their head (their scalp) slowly and they begin using their brains immediately!

There we have it all explained away the Ethiopian way!

© Hénock Gugsa

Cool cat doing the high-five !


Monday, October 15, 2018

The Cult Leader ~ by TPO

The Cult Leader 
~ by TPO ~

      He is now a full-fledged "cult leader".

     His followers are no different from the followers of Hitler or Charles Manson. It is especially disheartening and shattering when you discover people in that camp are personally known by you. And some of them were people you thought were more intelligent and sensible. The men are not unlike mind-bent zombies, and the women are like the "Stepford Wives" who parrot their husbands!

     When he orates, he is getting shriller and bolder and more dangerous-sounding by the day. 

     He gaslights all the time ...

     - he tells blatant lies
     - he denies he ever said something , even though you have proof he did
     - he uses what is near and dear to you as ammunition. eg. the flag, 
       patriotism, religion, etc.
     - he wears you down over time
     - his actions do not match his words
     - he throws in positive reinforcement to confuse you
     - he knows confusion weakens people
     - he projects
     - he tries to align people against you
     - he tells you or others that you are crazy or criminal ... and ...
     - he tells you that you and everyone else are liars !


Sunday, October 14, 2018

Focus - by Gray Pilgrim

Focus *
 by Gray Pilgrim
~~~~ // ~~~~
The only thing you really need ... 'Focus' ... All else will follow.
My dear mind, what do you seek
Stay still for a while and look inside
For the peace you seek
Is within your own reach.

You feel weighed down by the past
Disappointments, regrets and guilt
Why keep clinging to the unchangeable
Let go of it and feel feather light.

Cease the flow of thoughts
Concentrate at a point
Visualize a placid lake
Undisturbed by the flow of time.

Focus on this moment
That's all you need to do
Snap back into this very moment
That's all that you need to concentrate upon.

We can't go back and change anything
But we make a different future
If only we focus on giving
All that we have got into 'Now'.

Published: 3/2/2011
Cary Grant - "Charade"

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

"Mud and Muck" ! ? - by Hénock Gugsa

"Mud and Muck" ! ? 
- by Hénock Gugsa -
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Kristen Stewart pissed off!