Saturday, November 19, 2016

I don’t know what to make of this. Inuit elders say that the earth’s axis has changed. 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

天氣好,帶兩個小狗出去走走。想回頭,皮狗Yumin向前走,不見了。我叫,他不回來。天要黑,而我不想去拉他回來。Ksasan在我身邊,我自言自語跟她說,「要不要去找妳哥哥回來?」沒想到,她立即起步,飛快向前跑,不見了,沒多久看到她帶著哥哥回來。你說這個狗聰明不聰明?The weather was nice so I took the dogs out for a walk. When it was time to turn back, Yumin kept going on ahead. He was soon out of sight around a bend and wouldn’t come back when I called. Beagle. Ksasan stood next to me obediently. Sort of talking to myself, I asked her, You want to go get your brother to come back? To my surprise, she raced forward and was soon out of sight. Before long, she came back, herding Yumin. Is that a smart dog or what?

Friday, November 11, 2016

We just got back from a three day excursion to the east coast.
I was in a temple, talking with a nun, when somebody strolled by and asked, Aren’t you Americans having an election? What’s going on there? Yeah. I checked the news on my cell phone. The results shocked me. I told the nun, Trump won. She asked, How could anybody vote for a person like Trump? I said, He says he can restore America to the way it was sixty years ago. She was so agitated that she stood up and walked a circle around the room (Buddhist nuns do not get discombobulated easily). How could anybody possibly restore anything to the way it was sixty years ago!? I had no answer for her.
Countries that support America are in despair, and even Australia, the USA’s staunch ally, is considering distancing itself from us. ISIS, Putin, Khomenei, and Xi Jinping are celebrating Trump’s victory. Wonder why. 

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Kiss American power goodbye. 

Monday, November 07, 2016

Tomorrow the American people will decide whether we need a President who is fully endorsed by not only the Kremlin but also the KKK. Hillary may have her faults, but the USA can survive them. Nobody seriously believes that Trump can Make America White Again, but he sure can send the country down the tubes. Keep your fingers crossed. Amitabha. 

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Much fuss is made about Hillary Clinton’s erased emails, but nobody mentions the twenty-two million emails Dick Cheney erased.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

This is good. LINK

Thursday, October 27, 2016

My mother’s Golden Rule was, When you’re in a hurry, slow down.
I am working on a rush job translation of a student application. I meant to write:
XX University appeals to me
and I almost sent that out at
XX University appalls me.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

This is worth reading.
“When children aren’t given the space to struggle through things on their own, they don’t learn to problem solve very well. They don’t learn to be confident in their own abilities, and it can affect their self-esteem. The other problem with never having to struggle is that you never experience failure and can develop an overwhelming fear of failure and of disappointing others. Both the low self-confidence and the fear of failure can lead to depression or anxiety.”

Sunday, October 23, 2016

He is not well-spoken or intelligent. He is not a very good businessman. He knows nothing about foreign policy. Anything he says, he will contradict in time. He is proud that he wiggled out of military service and dodged paying tax. He holds those who have sacrificed for the country in contempt, and probably secretly thinks they’re stupid to have done so. He has no respect for Democracy or the Constitution. He displays no principles or morals, no love or esteem for anyone. He betrays his wife, lusts after his own daughter, assaults women, and is exactly the same as every bully you ever knew in grade school, but he’s seventy years old. He blusters and threatens, but his deep seated cowardice is obvious. He is not even honest with himself, the only person on this planet he loves.
The funny thing is, even those who are voting for him recognize instantly who I’m talking about. Anybody can see that he is a vile scoundrel, so why would anybody vote for him?
Why do we do things? As often as not, we hide our real motives from ourselves and overlay them with rationalization upon justification. I suspect that Trump followers, aside from the outright white supremacists and lunatic fringe, are distressed deep down that for eight years the country has been led by a black man, and now it looks like a woman will be President. Deep down, they yearn for the “good old days” when the President was a white man: a male.
I believe that if Hillary Clinton were a white man named Clint Hilton, and had exactly the same past (well, aside from giving birth to a daughter), done exactly all the same things, said the same things, made the same deals, and so forth, the election would be a shoo-in, and the only question would be whether Trump would manage to carry any state. But a woman in the White House?
In any event, I will be happy when the election is over and we are done with all this trumpery.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Philippine President Duterte, in a burst of exuberance, announced that he is best buddies with the PRC and has broken up with the USA. Meanwhile, the adults continued their meal and paid him scant attention.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

To simplify things, I'd like any woman who met Trump and was NOT sexually assaulted to step forward.... no? nobody?

Monday, October 17, 2016

This is so prophetic, it’s spooky. For everybody’s sake, let’s hope it doesn’t come true:
“As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts’ desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” 
– H L Mencken (1880 – 1956)

Sunday, October 16, 2016

淡定True composure: English follows: 魏晉雅士,重儀態、務治心,泰山崩于前而色不變,麋鹿興于左而目不瞬。西元四七二年,劉宋明帝三十四歲病篤,太子才五歲,「慮晏駕之後,皇后臨朝,江安懿侯王景文以元舅之勢,必為宰相,門族強盛,或有異圖。己未,遣使寄藥賜景文死,手敕曰:「與卿周旋,欲全卿門戶,故有此處分。」敕至,景文正與客棋,叩函看已,復置局下,神色不變,方與客思行爭劫(案:行、埋伏;劫、制裁埋伏)。局竟,斂子(案:棋子)內奩畢,徐曰:「奉敕見賜以死。」方以敕示客。中直兵焦度趙智略憤怒,曰:「大丈夫安能坐受死!州中文武數百,足以一奮。」景文曰:「知卿至心;若見念者,為我百口計。」乃作墨啟答敕致謝,酌酒謂客曰,此酒不可相勸,飲藥而卒。
China knew little peace from the third through sixth centuries CE. The gentry placed great emphasis on keeping your calm; if there is a landslide right in front of you, you should be able to keep your expression calm, if an elk starts up just to your left, you shouldn’t even blink. In the year 472CE, the emperor Ming of the Liu Sung dynasty died at the age of 34. His heir was only five years old, so the emperor was worried that after he died, the queen would handle court matters for their son; her brother Wang Jingwen would certainly be appointed Prime Minister, and their family would become so powerful that they might take over the dynasty. So the emperor sent a jug of poisoned liquor to Wang Jingwen, with a handwritten letter saying, “I have dealt with you for a long time, and I want to protect your family, so I have to do this.” When the imperial command arrived, Jingwen was playing weichi (weiqi, go, a board game) with a guest. He reverently accepted the letter, read it, and stuck it under the board. His expression never changed. He concentrated on his game. When the game was over, he put the players in a box, and slowly said, “The imperial order I just got commanded me to die.” He showed his guest the letter. Another guest, a general with troops, was angry and said, “How can you just die like that! We have troops, we can put up a good fight!” Jingwen said, “I appreciate your sincerity, but if you really care, please give a thought to the survival of my family.” He wrote a letter to thank the emperor, poured out the liquor and told his guests, “I’m not going to invite you to share this with me.” He drank the poisoned liquor and died. 

Saturday, October 15, 2016

最近看到捷運廣告,十月十五日有商人要舉辦「台北撒野生活節」,從早上十一點到晚上九點在指定的場所內可以「體驗撒野生活」。這樣規矩、約束還不夠,商家還規定dress code,你撒野時可以穿甚麼衣服、甚麼顏色,都有規定。

Friday, October 14, 2016

Yaravi, or Harawi, is music from the Andes. Hope you like it, I do. 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize? What have those Swedes been smoking?

I suppose I ought to explain my disdain for a popular idol. It goes back to LA in the 60s. Who had time to listen to Bob Dylan? We listened to Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, the Mothers, the Fish, Simon & Garfunkel, Jefferson Airplane, endless acid rock and buckets of soul. Even the Mommas and Poppas, in a pinch. Dylan resonated with (white) football players and cheerleaders who wanted to show how hip they were by listening to Dylan and the Dave Clark Five. Their parents liked Dylan, too, because he was a palatable way to show that you were in the groove with young people. My Black Power friends thought Dylan was a condescending phony, and the Chicanos listened to their own stuff, really, really heavy on the bass. (Every time you thought it was another earthquake, it’d be a lowrider coming.) Dylan? He may have been a commercial success, but I’d take Ace of Cups any day, thanks. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

今天阿超有團體,我也跟去,想在附近找地方坐下喝咖啡看書。真奇怪,附近所有預計的餐廳與咖啡廳都公休,連附近的博物館也休館。幸好,有空教室,我就準備好好看書。還沒坐好,走進來幾個阿美族語班的學生,幸好我會那麼幾句阿美語,很快就熟了。但是我發現他們竟然以為只有泛泰雅有虜布(口簧),卻不知阿美有datok,所以我就教他們彈(當然隨身攜帶虜布!)順便糾正男生的馬步。等他們上課時間到了,上課去了,但時常回來再要我讓他們彈虜布、練馬步。好個「找個咖啡店看書」!哈哈哈 Chao had a group, so I tagged along, thinking I would find a coffee shop where I could read until she finished. As luck would have it, all the coffee shops and restaurants Google told us were in the area were closed for the day, and even the nearby museum was shut! Probably due to the lousy weather. Fortunately, they found me an empty classroom, so I pulled up a chair and sat down to read… and in streamed the kids waiting for their Amis lesson (aborigine children are given token lessons in their tribal languages). Fortunately, I was able to come up with some Amis, and soon we were all getting along just great. I discovered that they thought the lubu (jew’s harp) was exclusive to the Tayal tribes, and didn’t know the Amis play the datok, almost the same. Of course I always carry a couple lubus, so I taught them how to play. They were tickled pink. Soon they went to their lesson and I got out my book, but from time to time a couple would drop in the classroom to see if I would let them play the lubu some more. So you think you’re going to have a quiet afternoon reading, hmm? 

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Has there been a woman in your life you love or respect? It may be your mother, your sister, an aunt, your wife, maybe a teacher who inspired you, maybe a nurse who helped you during bad health.
It is no secret that powerful men have trouble keeping their pants on. Washington, Franklin, Harding, JFK, Kissinger, Governor Mark Sanford, and many other powerful men have had their share of adventures with women, but for the most part, they maintained a modicum of decency and discretion. As far as we know, Thomas Jefferson never bragged about raping Sally Hemings. If Monica Lewinsky hadn’t blabbed, the world would never had heard from Clinton about his exploits with her, and no matter what, he has never been divorced, unlike say, Newt Gingrich. Even Senator David Vitter, co-sponsor of the proposed Marriage Protection Amendment, did not brag that he liked prostitutes to dress him in adult diapers.
Think about the women in the first paragraph. How would you feel if someone felt entitled to grope her simply because he considers himself a celebrity?
If Trump were a policy genius, his attitude towards women would still be reprehensible, and his continued keen interest in his daughter’s sexuality would be repulsive. On top of all his other failings, Trump is a man who has only slogans and shouting for domestic problems, makes very little attempt to conceal his racism and contempt for others who have not inherited fortunes from their fathers, and has no concept whatsoever of foreign policy. There is a foul reek to this man that no amount of Tic Tacs can ever cover.
Again, think of the women in the first paragraph. Only a man who is willing for Trump to grope them at every chance can in any good conscience vote for him. 

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Allegations surface that a presidential candidate raped a 13 year old, and you think, It's plausible. How have we come to this?

Friday, October 07, 2016

Meet the greatest female Baroque painter you’ve never heard of, Artemisia Gentileschi.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

這幾天後門外掛的黃色塑膠袋,有隻小青蛙棲在上面。A little frog has been hanging around on a plastic bag outside the back door.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

You simply cannot make something like this up. On his Instagram account, Ramzan Kardyrov, the Head of the Chechen Republic, has posted a photo celebrating his party’s overwhelming victory in the recent elections. The overwhelming victory is not surprising, when you consider the long list of accusations of torture and murder leveled against Kardyrov. What struck me as somewhat bizarre, to say the least, is that in the photo accompanying this delighted announcement, he is dressed in medieval armor.
Of course, much of his thinking is medieval, endorsing honor killings and polygamy, and one of his aides said he “acts like a medieval tyrant.” But he knows his place. He assiduously licks Putin’s boots: “Putin is gorgeous,” he proclaims. That puts him fair square in company with another of Putin’s great admirers, our own home grown Donald Trump.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

I was wondering why nobody produces camouflage umbrellas. A quick look online showed that there are a lot available. I guess that shows how good they are, because you never see them.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Stop and frisk is the sort of plan that would appeal only to a cowardly bully who has low intelligence and even less commiseration for others. 
Don't defend this reprehensible proposal unless you are willing to be frisked regularly.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Thursday, September 29, 2016

I wrote this in 2007 and never posted it.
In Soldiering Ahead (Wilson Quarterly, Summer 2007), Holly Yeager said, “A set of behaviors exhibited by officers best able to achieve operational excellence and motivate good soldiers to stay in the army. At the top of the list: keeps cool under pressure; clearly explains missions, standards, and priorities; sees the big picture; provides context and perspective. The ability to make ‘tough, sound decisions’ on time was also among the most prized skills. Despite the growing value of collaboration, military leaders know better than most that, ultimately, hard choices need to be made – sometimes with lives hanging in balance – and only one person can be in charge.”

I suppose I am out of step with the times. When necessary, I explain to my students that, no matter how intoxicating slogans and ideals of democracy may be, there are two places democracy does not belong: in the military and in the classroom. An entire class of students may write, “I listen a news and am exciting,” but it’s still wrong.

A teacher is not usually placed in such dramatic situations as a military officer, but I would say that a good teacher has the qualities Yeager describes. Teachers need a thorough grasp of their subject, but there is no need to the foibles of fashion and fad. Fashions fade, fads wither, but a good teacher teaches for a lifetime. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Today is Confucius's Birthday and Teachers' Day. It used to be a national holiday, but a decade ago, President Chen decided education wasn't important enough to merit a holiday and canceled it.
This year the Tsai administration decided to partially reinstate Teachers' Day as a holiday, with no day off for teachers. Clever. For some reason, teachers were not pleased.
The typhoon decided things. Today is a holiday for everyone to clean up after the typhoon. It's a good day to reflect what needs cleaning up inside, too.

Monday, September 26, 2016

正要右轉進巷子,後面追撞;司機坦稱工作很累、恍神,一撞緊急踩剎車,結果踩到油門。我們被推上騎樓柱子。我們平安沒事。一個小姐剛好要從柱子前面過,幸好看到我們衝來,閃開、跌倒了;腳、腰有點皮肉傷,救護車送醫院,還好沒事。我一直想,如果她那時低頭滑手機,根本不會看到我們的車,後果不堪設想。願大家平安,千萬不要疲勞駕駛、走路千萬不要低頭!阿彌陀佛。We were about to turn right into an alley when we got hit from behind. The driver told us honestly that he was sleepy and not paying attention. When he hit us, he panicked and slammed on the brakes; unfortunately, he stepped on the gas by accident and drove our car into a column on the sidewalk. A lady was just walking in front of the column. She saw us coming and dodged and fell. Fortunately, she got away with only some scrapes on her waist and feet. I shudder to think what would have happened if she had been immersed in her cellphone and not seen us coming.
May we all be safe, don’t drive when you’re too tired, and keep your eyes open on the street, whether you’re walking or driving! Amitabha. 

Sunday, September 25, 2016


Friday, September 23, 2016

今晚聽了一場極豐富的演講/講故事,Sasunud講述創造的理念、到帛琉傳陶藝的經歷。We went to a very rich talk this evening. Sasunud Mavaliu (Paiwan) told about his artistic endeavors and his experience transmitting the art of pottery to Palau.

Knife by Sasunud 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Is addiction a learning disorder?上癮是學習障礙?
When starving, when in love, and when parenting, being able to persist despite negative consequences—the essence of addictive behavior—is not a bug, but a feature,” Szalavitz writes. Perhaps addicts are wired for extra love, obsession, and creativity in ways that can be productively channeled, Szalavitz suggests, such as in the arts, or in advocating for more progressive drug policies…. The learning they’ve done in overcoming addiction is visible and may make them smarter and stronger in the long run…. With addiction, the vast majority of people do recover,” Szalavitz says. “And that’s a really important thing for people to realize.”  


Wednesday, September 14, 2016


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Let this beautiful song remind you that we are a nation of immigrants.
The songwriter Peter Jones’ great-grandfather John Hunt left Ireland during a famine, at the age of 13. These letters were written to him by his father, from 1858 to 1893. Around 1980, Jones found the letters in a box in his family’s attic, and they inspired this song.
Kilkelly Ireland 1860, my dear and loving son John,
You good friend the schoolmaster Pat McNamara,
So kind to write these words down.
And your brothers have all gone to find work in England,
The house is so lonely and sad,
The crop of potatoes is sorely effected,
The third to a half of them bad.
And your sister Bridget and Patrick O'Donald
Are going to be married in June.
Mother says not to work on the railroad,
Be sure to come on home soon.
Kilkelly Ireland 1870, my dear and loving son John,
Hello to your missus and to your four children,
And may they grow healthy and strong.
And Michael has got in a wee bit of trouble,
I suppose that he never will learn.
Because of the dampness, there's no turf to speak of,
And so we have nothing to burn,
And Bridget she's happy you named a child for her,
Although she has six of her own.
You say you've found work but you don't say what kind,
When will you come on home?
Kilkelly Ireland 1880, Dear Michael and John my sons,
I'm sorry to give you the very sad news,
That your dear old mother has gone
And we buried her down at the church in Kilkelly.
Your brothers and Bridget were there.
You don't have to worry, she died very peaceful,
Remember her in your prayers.
And it's good to hear that Michael's returning,
With money he'll surely buy land,
The crops have all failed and people are selling
For any price that they can.
Kilkelly Ireland 1890 my dear and loving son John,
I suppose that I must be close on eighty,
It's thirty years since you've gone.
Because of all the money you sent me,
I'm still living out on my own.
Michael has built himself a fine house,
And Bridget’s daughters are grown.
And thank you for sending the family picture,
Such lovely young women and men.
They say that you might even come for a visit,
What a joy to see you again!
Kilkelly Ireland 1892, my dear brother John,
I'm sorry I didn't write sooner to tell you,
The dear old father has gone.
He was living with Bridget, she says he was cheerful
And healthy right up to the end.
I wish you had seen him play with the grandchildren
Of Pat McNamara, your friend.
And we buried him down alongside of mother
Down at Kilkelly churchyard.
He was a strong and a feisty old man
Considering his life was so hard.
And it's funny the way he kept asking about you,
He called for you at the end.
Why don't you think about coming to visit?
We'd all love to see you again.


Monday, September 12, 2016

Donald Trump defends his vulgarity as just locker room talk. Maybe that’s how he thinks teenagers talk in the locker room, but he is seventy. A presidential candidate should not advocate sexual aggression.
I guess it depends on what kind of people you associate with, but that is hardly how normal people talk in locker rooms.
Click HERE for an inside view of such talk. 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

到臺北原住民當代藝術館看Eval Malinjinnan(布農)的個展。說實話,在臉書上看過照片,我到展場面對面看作品,感覺很不同。作品的生命、茁壯、氣度、細節,需要看原畫才比較有感覺。只有十七張畫,但是極為豐富。在濟南路、金山路口,很值得去看!展到十月一日。
If you have a chance, be sure to visit the exhibit by Eval Malinjinnan (Bunung) at the Taipei Indigenous Contemporary Art gallery LINK. The paintings are outstanding, bridging traditional ideas and modern concepts. Take heart, there is more to art in Taiwan than that stupid Yellow Duckling!

Saturday, September 10, 2016


製陶是帛琉失傳近百年的一項文化技藝與知識。根據1909年德國民族誌學者Elisabeth Krämer之記載,帛琉婦女會用當地的陶土製作多種功能的陶器,如甕、鍋子、盤子及油燈等。有些製陶技術僅限某些家族或氏族擁有,也有村子以製陶聞名,成品則透過交易流通。但後來隨著新器物的引進,帛琉人已不再製陶,且連最基本的採集及處理陶土的知識都已完全失傳。
2010年,總統出訪帛琉時,對於同是南島的友邦,送上了排灣族的陶壺與琉璃珠,在傳統製陶工藝已經失傳的帛琉引起了震撼。原民會文化園區管理局隨後與帛琉國家博物館簽訂文化交流協議,推動兩地原住民族之學術、文化與觀光交流。屏東縣牡丹村的排灣族陶藝師華恆明先生(族名Sasunud Mavaliu)便於2011年獲選為文化交流大使,於該年四到十月間至帛琉開設陶藝培訓工作坊,協助帛琉復振傳統陶藝。
在這期間,華恆明先生共培訓了七十餘名帛琉學員,其中十餘名足以擔任陶藝種子教師。學員們結業時,帛琉社區暨文化部及帛琉國家博物館特地自十月起舉辦為期一年之「陶藝成果展」,展示學員們作品的同時,也紀念帛琉陶藝復振的成就。華先生因協助帛琉復振失傳近百年的製陶技術並振興相關產業,被帛琉學員們敬稱為Sensei SunudSunud老師)。其後,這些學員持續投入陶藝創作,成品也於2012年及2016年代表帛琉參加了四年一度太平洋地區的文化盛會-太平洋藝術節。時至今日,陶藝已成為帛琉國家藝術的一環。
Somewhere over the rainbow 帛琉紀行」專題演講
地點:The Lightened 咖啡廳(台北市溫州街7453號)


地點:The Lightened 咖啡廳(台北市溫州街7453號)

Friday, September 09, 2016

The Gunfighter, a short film. This is fun.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

帝嚳又是誰?大戴禮記、五帝德:宰我曰:「請問帝嚳。」孔子曰:「 取地之財而節用之,撫教萬民而利誨之,歷日月而迎送之,明鬼神而敬事之。」禮記、祭法:「帝嚳能序星辰以著眾。」簡而言之,帝嚳在天文有很多發現、貢獻、建樹。

Thursday, September 01, 2016

“When children aren’t given the space to struggle through things on their own, they don’t learn to problem solve very well. They don’t learn to be confident in their own abilities, and it can affect their self-esteem. The other problem with never having to struggle is that you never experience failure and can develop an overwhelming fear of failure and of disappointing others. Both the low self-confidence and the fear of failure can lead to depression or anxiety.”

Monday, August 29, 2016

A door isn’t a door if you don’t close it properly.
Why not?
Because then it’s a jar. 

Saturday, August 27, 2016


Thursday, August 25, 2016


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Is it true that D J Trump has donated millions to NAMBLA, an organization promoting pedophilia and pederasty? Could be, could not be, we have no way of knowing until he releases his tax returns. What's taking so long?

Monday, August 15, 2016

 the more advanced the athlete, the less of a role practice plays….  within an Olympic team tiny differences in performance are unlikely to be the result of training: these athletes train together, with the same coach, day in and day out. Those milliseconds come from somewhere else. "
I never tell my students “practice makes perfect.” Nobody’s perfect, nobody speaks their own language perfectly, and if you think you have to be perfect, you can never open your mouth. I used to tell my students, “practice makes progress,” but I’ve learned better now. If practice made progress, this lady I know would be an opera goddess, but no matter how much she sings, she always sounds like a mental patient receiving dental care without anesthesia.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Google translation
Night yuan this year, with the lights still.
Why is the time in your place?

Monday, August 08, 2016

By the fishpond at CKS Memorial, a toddler crying wildly.
Mother: That’s food for the fish, it’s not for you.
Father: You’re not a fish, why would you eat fish food? Never mind, have some candy, don’t eat fish food. 

Tuesday, August 02, 2016


Friday, July 29, 2016


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Pretty interesting: names that are going extinct.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Here’s a story I collected from the Web, written by someone named Gunny.
The coach had put together the perfect team for the Chicago Bears. The only thing that was missing was a good quarterback. He had scouted all the colleges and even the Canadian and European Leagues, but he couldn't find a ringer who could ensure a Super Bowl win. 
Then one night while watching CNN he saw a war-zone scene in Afghanistan. In one corner of the background, he spotted a young Afghan Muslim soldier with a truly incredible arm. He threw a hand-grenade straight into a 15th story window 100 yards away. KABOOM! 
He threw another hand-grenade 75 yards away, right into a chimney. KA-BLOOEY! 
Then he threw another at a passing car going 90 mph. BULLS-EYE! 
"I've got to get this guy!" Coach said to himself. "He has the perfect arm!" 
So, he brings him to the States and teaches him the great game of football. And the Bears go on to win the Super Bowl. 
The young Afghan is hailed as the great hero of football, and when the coach asks him what he wants, all the young man wants is to call his mother. 
"Mom," he says into the phone, "I just won the Super Bowl!" 
"I don't want to talk to you," the old Muslim woman says. "You are not my son!" 
"I don't think you understand, Mother," the young man pleads. "I've won the greatest sporting event in the world. I'm here among thousands of my adoring fans." 
"No! Let me tell you!" his mother retorts. "At this very moment, there are gunshots all around us. The neighborhood is a pile of rubble. Your two brothers were beaten within an inch of their lives last week, and I have to keep your sister in the house so she doesn't get raped!" The old lady pauses, and then tearfully says, 

"I will never forgive you for making us move to Chicago !! 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Q: How do you get a Serb to set a world record doing push-ups?
A: Tell him, Do ten slowly and then stop.


Friday, July 22, 2016

This is so prophetic, it’s spooky. For everybody’s sake, let’s hope it doesn’t come true:
“As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts’ desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” 
– H L Mencken (1880 – 1956)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

It never fails. Give a homeless person some money, and he’ll head straight to the nearest liquor store. Watch what happens when the donor follows.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Saturday, July 16, 2016

The only sport played on the moon is golf. On February 6, 1971, Alan Shepard hit a golf ball. 
If we keep building golf courses on earth, eventually our planet will look like the moon.

Thursday, July 14, 2016


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Tuesday night was a big step in a new direction for me. Instead of teaching English, I hope to teach Confucianism in community colleges. Last night I held a demonstration class. It went very well.

Saturday, July 09, 2016


Thursday, July 07, 2016



Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Any article with this riveting title is surely worth reading:
certainly a great step forward from Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires.

Monday, July 04, 2016

In 1956, Samuel J. Seymour told of witnessing the assassination of President Lincoln. He was the last living witness. He incorrectly gave his age as 95, and died two months after the show was filmed. He may have been helped on his way by the host’s gift. 

Saturday, July 02, 2016


Friday, July 01, 2016

I found this piece I copied from the web: Strange Cosmos: in 2013. I’d just like to add one person, the Republican candidate for President now in 2016.
BARACK OBAMA: Let me be perfectly clear, if the chickens like their eggs they can keep their eggs. No chicken will be required to cross the road to surrender her eggs. Period. 
JOHN McCAIN: My friends, the chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road. 
SARAH PALIN: The chicken crossed the road because, gosh-darn it, he's a maverick! 
HILLARY CLINTON: What difference at this point does it make why the chicken crossed the road?
DONALD BUSH: We’re going to build, it’s unbelievable, you know I know how to build, so we’re going to build this wall, and it’ll be the greatest wall you’ve ever seen, because I know how to build walls, believe me, and we’re going to make sure no more of these chickens cross the road, because you don’t know, you just don’t know, they may be rapists, they may be terrorists, these chickens, why hasn’t Hillary vetted them? Why hasn’t Obama vetted them? Because they want the terrorists to win, and we’re going to, now listen, we’re going to make America white again, and it’s just too bad, now, ISIS, they boil chickens in cages, we’re going to win so much, and I think that chicken is a hen, let me get some tic tacs, you know how if you’re famous you can just grope any chick, we’re going to, it’s clear now, I’m really very rich, so that’s why, when they want, I’m very intelligent, so I, oh, it IS a hen, where are my tic tacs?
GEORGE W. BUSH: We don't really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road or not. The chicken is either with us or against us. There is no middle ground here. 
DICK CHENEY: Where's my gun? 
COLIN POWELL: Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image of the chicken crossing the road. 
BILL CLINTON: I did not cross the road with that chicken. 
AL GORE: I invented the chicken. 
JOHN KERRY: Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken's intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain against it. 
AL SHARPTON: Why are all the chickens white? 
DR. PHIL: The problem we have here is that this chicken won't realize that he must first deal with the problem on this side of the road before it goes after the problem on the other side of the road. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he is acting by not taking on his current problems before adding any new problems. 
OPRAH: Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross the road so badly. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I'm going to give this chicken a NEW CAR so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens. 
ANDERSON COOPER: We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road. 
NANCY GRACE: That chicken crossed the road because he's guilty! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks. 
PAT BUCHANAN: To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American. 
MARTHA STEWART: No one called me to warn me which way the chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmer's Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information. 
DR SEUSS: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I've not been told. 
ERNEST HEMINGWAY: To die in the rain, alone.
GRANDPA: In my day we didn't ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough for us. 
BARBARA WALTERS: Isn't that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart warming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish its lifelong dream of crossing the road. 
ARISTOTLE: It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.
ALBERT EINSTEIN: Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move beneath the chicken? 
COLONEL SANDERS: Did I miss one? 
JOHN LENNON: Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads together ---- in peace. 
BILL GATES: I have just released eChicken2013, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents and balance your checkbook. Internet Explorer is an integral part of eChicken2013. This new platform is much more stable and will never reboot.