This will be the last "Friday's Musings for the next three weeks as your embedded reporter is going to be leaving for Europe tomorrow.   But, in the next issue, a new section from my friend Jeni who lives and works in the "Big Apple" aptly entitled "Almost Live from NY"

Pushing back the frontiers of ignorance........
Spent Wednesday afternoon on a tour of the White House in DC due to a friend who works for one of the Senators.  You can almost feel the history in the air!  The Christmas decorations and the interiors of the building are beautiful but the pamphlet, signed by GW and Laura mentioned only the "holiday season" - not one word of Christmas. 
If any of you are planning to go to DC anytime and want to visit the White House, contact your Senator's office and ask for a pass.  You must do this in advance.  One word - due to the fine folks in the "peaceful religion" you cannot take a camera, purse or anything else along.  One cell phone and a picture ID is all!

Marvelous Mary's Mutterings.......................
In disturbing medical news, a new study of 1,000 Americans finds that obesity in the United States has gotten so bad that there actually were, upon closer scrutiny, only 600 Americans involved in the study
Envy is the art of counting the other fellow's blessings instead of your own.  
Atheism is a non-prophet organization
How do they get deer to cross at those signs along the highway?
If you're not confused you're not paying attention."  
Growing old is inevitable, growing up is optional.

Sarah's Super Selections..........................
January is Book Blitz Month
First week of January is Celebration of Life Week
January 1 is...Get A Life Day
January 1 is...First Foot Day  
January 2 is...Run Up the Flagpole and See if Anybody Salutes It Day  
January 2 is...Happy Mew Year for Cats Day
January 4 is...Dimpled Chad Day
January 4 is...Humiliation Day  
January 4 is...Trivia Day
January 8 is...National Joy Germ Day
January 8 is...Man Watcher's Day  
January 9 is...Play God Day  
January 10 is...Peculiar People Day  
January 11 is...National Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friend Day  
January 12 is...Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day  
January 13 is...National Clean Off Your Desk Day
January 14 is...National Dress Up Your Pet Day  
January 15 is...Just Do It! - Make a Connection Day
January 16 is...Hot and Spicy Food International Day  
January 16 is...National Nothing Day
January 16 is...Religious Freedom Day
January 17 is...Judgment Day    [Ooops!]
January 18 is...Eagle Days
January 19 is...Penguin Awareness Day
January 20 is...National Buttercrunch Day 
January 20 is...National Hugging Day
January 21 is...Rid The World of Fad Diets and Gimmicks Day
January 21 is...Squirrel Appreciation Day
January 22 is...National Answer Your Cat's Question Day
January 22 is...National Blonde Brownie Day  
January 22 is...Celebration of Life Day
January 22 is...National Compliment Day
January 23 is...Snowplow Mailbox Hockey Day
January 23 is...Women's Healthy Weight Day
January 23 is...Measure Your Feet Day  
January 24 is... Eskimo Pie Patent Day
Thoughts Of An Idle Mind...............................
All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.
Why does a slight tax increase cost you two hundred dollars and a substantial tax cut saves you thirty cents?
In the 60's, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal.
Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?

Actual Published Books...................
Mated With A Clown; 1884  
Our Lady of the Potatoes; 1995  
The Joy of the Upright Man; 1619  
My Invisible Friend Explains the Bible; 1971  
Follow Your Broken Nose; 1950  

That's it for the next three weeks.  I'm leaving Absurdia, where less than 25% of the students graduate from high school and most of those who do cannot read their diploma, the capital city of The People's Democratic Republic of Absurdistan in the incompetent hands of the very people that put us in this condition.

And, On The Other Hand................
If you are going to walk on thin ice, you might as well dance

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