Final Jeopardy: The Last Joke (for the weak!)

A lady is having a bad day at the tables in Vegas. Down to her last $100, completely exasperated, she cries, “What rotten luck! What in the world should I do now?”

A man next to her, trying to calm her down a bit, suggests, “I don’t know… Why don’t you play your age?”

He walks away. Moments later, he is intrigued to hear a great commotion at the roulette table. Well, he thinks, maybe she won!

Rushing back to the table and pushing his way through the crowd, he is stunned to see the lady lying limp on the floor, with the table operator kneeling over her.

He asks, “What happened? Is she all right?”

The operator replies, “I don’t know, buddy…. She put all her money on 27. When 36 came up, she fainted!”

Wisconsin Politics: A Love Story Filled With Rage

POLITICS, n. A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.

–Ambrose Bierce


In today’s Columbus Dispatch, the following appears:

In 2007, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., led a delegation — including then-Rep. David Hobson, R-Springfield — to Damascus to meet with Syrian President Bashar Assad at a time when the Bush administration was trying to isolate Assad.

That prompted Republican John Boehner of West Chester, then the Republican majority leader and now House speaker, to charge in an editorial meeting with  Dispatch editors that Pelosi is “going for one reason, and that is to embarrass the president.”

“She is the speaker of the House,” Boehner said. “She’s giving (the Syrian) government more credit than they deserve. They sponsor terrorism. They have not been at all helpful. I wish she wasn’t there.”

It’s obvious that political parties are ever changing their ideals to what suits them for the moment, but at least Democrats know that their errors in 2007 and in earlier years were not as egregious as the recent two attempts to embarrass President Obama. The side-stepping and ignoring of the President for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to get to speak to the U.S. Senate was a terrible act. But the letter to Iran, I believe, is an act of political treachery matched only by Ronald Reagan’s craven negotiations with Iran behind the back of then-sitting President Jimmy Carter. One of the functions of the executive branch is to negotiate treaties. The Legislature gets to approve them later.

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Our own Senator Ron Johnson is one of the signers of the infamous letter. That action on Johnson’s part should come as no surprise. Ron Johnson is the Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Senate. Whatever Justice Scalia says and does is dittoed by Clarence Thomas. Whatever conservative leadership does and says in the Senate dittohead Ron Johnson says and does. Johnson does not believe in global warming, evolution or the right of the President to negotiate with other countries.

Johnson as a follower of wrong headed political strategies is guilty of betraying the land he loves and the people he represents.

I am ashamed to call him my senator.

Go here for more on the dittohead thinking of Senator Ron Johnson.

UPDATE 3/15/2015:

Johnson, at his most craven, backs away from traitorous letter. Does he regret the letter because it was an act of treachery, or does he regret it because the letter caused so much blow-back?

Portraits by Harry Confusio

Today we start a new series: Portraits by Harry Confusio Evans. HC, as he signs himself, is a  retired general of the Salvation Army. He is 92 years old, and as a conscientious objector during World War II, he suffered through scorn and derision. Working in an ambulance unit of the 11th Armored Division (under General George Patton), he discovered his cause: to fight poverty and mental illness. He joined the Salvation Army in 1946 and remained active in it until 1996, when he had a stroke that limited the use of his right arm. In therapy to strengthen his left arm, he took up drawing. Initially, he drew rustic scenes and flowers. After hundreds of hours drawing and doing other rehab exercises, someone prevailed upon him to take up life drawing. He was smitten. Harry began portraits about 6 years ago, and after hundreds of sketches of models and of photos of famous people, Harry says, “I’m beginning to get the knack,”

Now, at 92, Harry has begun a series of historical portraits of architects of bridges. McGuireHimself is now committed to presented Harry’s sketches.

The first work that we present is HC’s portrait of James Buchanan Eads, the architect of the first permanent structure to cross the Mississippi River, in St. Louis:The Eads Bridge.

We’ll have more about HC, but for now his portrait of Eads will be sufficient.



A Clerihew for James B. Eads

James Buchanan Eads

performed many strenuous deeds.

Though he never invented the fridge,

he did engineer THE bridge!

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Tuesdays are for Soup

A Hearty Vegetarian Vegetable Soup!

I have made this soup four weeks in a row, altering very little from soup to soup. The flavor that the soup generates is quite surprising. It is best served with a crusty peasant bread, green onions and the cheeses of choice. This last time I served it, I decided to present it in a wide-mouthed mug because few of my guests ever let the last broth remain in their bowls. The mug handle makes the final scoop of the spoon easier.


1 15-0z can Bush Chili Beans with Mild Sauce

2 15-oz cans dice petite tomatoes

2 tbs olive oil

2 medium red onions

4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

5 stalks celery, thinly sliced

5 carrots diced or julienned

1 cup finely diced cabbage

1 cup frozen or canned wax beans (or any green beans on hand)

2 cups mushrooms, coarsely chopped

1 small can corn, vacuum packed

1 cup diced rutabagas 2 medium red potatoes with skin, diced

16 0z vegetable stock


Pour one can diced tomatoes and one can chili beans into blender; blend until a smooth sauce is produced. Set aside.

Add olive oil to a large pan, over low flame.

Add onions, garlic, and celery. Sweat them for 5 minutes. Stir frequently.

Add cabbage, carrots, beans corn and mushrooms. Stir frequently.

Add second can of diced tomatoes.

Add vegetable stock.

Bring to a boil; add tomato-bean sauce gently. Lower to simmer.

Add rutabagas and potaotes. Cook slowly until potatoes and rutabagas are tender.

Let stand five minutes.

Optional herb: stir in 1 tsp ground rosemary five minutes before removing pot from flame.