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WikiLeaks and Picasso

In Uncategorized on November 30, 2010 at 5:56 AM

NOVEMBER 30, 2010

The WikiLeaks information has caused a firestorm within our government. All official responses have been to condemn WikiLeakjs, completely ignoring the fact this information exists, ignoring the fact we do the things the leak exposes and not mentioning that someone in our government is the real traitor in this situation. I particularly like the following quote:

U.S. officials have angrily condemned the release by WikiLeaks of hundreds of confidential diplomatic messages, with the White House calling the whistle-blowing site’s online disclosure of leaked government cables “reckless and dangerous” actions that “put at risk our diplomats, intelligence professionals and people around the world who come to the United States for assistance in promoting democracy and open government.”

Republican Rep. Peter King, the ranking GOP member on the House Homeland Security Committee, urged the State Department to designate WikiLeaks a “foreign terrorist organization,” saying in a statement that it “posed a clear and present danger to the national security of the United States.” And Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, dismissed WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange’s claim to be acting in the public interest, calling the release a “reckless action which jeopardizes lives.

Wikileaks is putting at risk “our diplomats, intelligence professionals and people around the world who come to the United States for assistance in promoting democracy and open government.” NOW HOW ARE WE PROMOTING OPEN GOVERNMENT WHEN WE HAVE MILLIONS OF CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS? That does not appear to be “open government” to me.


Gadaffi or Gaddafi, it is spelled many different ways, has a 38 year old voluptuous blonde nurse who must travel with him, presumptively for medical reasons. Hard to complain about that what gaddafi does since the United States killed his wife during an air raid under Reagan Administration.

In the middle seventies, my family owned a resort in Marinette, WI for less than two days as part of a real estate transaction. The resort was on Green Bay, on the border with the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Yesterday afternoon, around 3:00 p.m., an armed student took 23 other students and a teacher hostage at the local high school, which has an annual enrollment of 800 students. in the town of around 12,000 people. Police were called and with the help of the teacher being held hostage and perhaps with the hostage takers parents’ help, the student was talked out of the situation and everyone was released unharmed, except the hostage taker who was taken into custody. No shots were fired. Nice ending.

A new book claims Christopher Columbus was from Genoa or Italy but was the son of an exiled Polish King, who lied about who he was to prevent the facts from being an impediment to his goals. This seems like the type of claim a historian can make and never be proved wrong. Of course, he cannot conclusively prove he is correct, either. Personally, I don’t care but somebody does.

271 paintings, sketches and other works of art by Pablo Picasso were recently discovered in the garage of a home occupied by a 71 year old man. French police arrested the 71-year-old when they discovered the cache of sketches and paintings worth £50m at his Riviera home.

Mr Le Guennec claims that he was given the collection by the artist when he worked for him doing odd-jobs over the years. The children of Picasso think the art was stolen by Mr. Le Guennec. Part of the reason art becomes valuable is because it is limited in number. This will surely adversely affect value of the Picasso art known to exist. Adding 171 unknown pieces to the collection can only dilute the pool of artwork, thereby reducing its value. If I had a large Picasso collection and the money, I would buy the newly discovered art and destroy it, thereby maintaining the value of the remaining art.

My father told me once that if you ever had one of two things that exist in the world, buy the other one and publicly destroy it. The value of the newly created one-of-a-kind you now own would be worth more than the two combined. I have never been in a position to test this theory but I would like to be.

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Oregon may have gotten it.

In Uncategorized on November 29, 2010 at 5:53 AM

NOVEMBER 29, 2010

It is Monday morning. Today, we kind of get back to normal. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. I sure did, seeing a bunch of relatives and friends and breaking bread with them while watching the plethora of football games on the TV. Next holiday up for celebration is Christmas, although Hannakah and Kwanzaa are in there somewhere. I do not celebrate either so I don’t follow them. I usually read about them when the celebration time is upon us but that is the extent of my involvement.

The week is starting on a sad note. Leslie Neilsen has died. He apparently went to sleep for one last time and never woke-up. Now he was a funny guy. Wrapping up the Hollywood portion of our show, Cameron Diaz, she is an actress, and Alex Rodriguez, he is a baseball player are dating, again. I did not know they ever dated a first time but then I rarely get a vote in these sort of things.

From yesterday, to clear up confusion, muhammud was a prophet of the Muslim faith, Allah is their god. They can both go to hell as far as I am concerned. Neither seems to be omnipotent or they would end the carnage their religion and their followers cause.

WikiLeaks is about to release more United States secrets we can’t keep secret. The government’s response is to threaten WikiLeaks with all kinds of criminal action and civil sanctions. One problem is, WikiLeaks is not an American company and does not have American offices. WikiLeaks is from Solna, Sweden or Iceland. No one is entirely sure.  If the governments of these two nations won’t shut WikiLeaks down and we are that concerned about it, end all commercial and diplomatic relations with these countries or shut WikiLeaks down ourselves, if we are capable of doing that. We probably are not or we would have done it already.

They are not breaking any American laws. As has become obvious in the last twenty years, we do not control the world anymore. Our wishes are routinely ignored by countries that would not exist if it weren’t for the sacrifices of the Unite States in WWI and WWII and after.

Doesn’t this appear to be a case of shooting the messenger? Why don’t we find the traitor in our government leaking the material to WikiLeaks and punish that person. The leaker is the bad guy not the person that repeats the non-secret. Better yet, why don’t we buy WikiLeaks and have them work for us? They are obviously better at finding leaks than we are.

Why do we have hundreds of thousands of pages of classified material anyway? That seems like a waste, especially since we can’t keep the classified material secret. Declassify the material making WikiLeaks a non issue. Most of the material being released can be discovered by a twelve year old with a computer and a little training. The last time this happened, several months ago, it was going to be the end of the world as we knew it. That didn’t seem to happen. The solution; hire competent people and WikiLeaks seem to be the best alternative.

The mosque attended by the teenage terrorist wannabee in Oregon was set ablaze Sunday in what authorities feel is a backlash from a citizen or citizens seeking revenge on Muslims for the attempted attack on a Christian ceremony Friday night. Now there is some crack police work. I hope the entire Muslim world hears about the events in Portland. Americans are more than tired of this Muslim revolt and I think the rest of the world is sick of it also. Payback can be hard to swallow but it is coming. Even if a Muslim organization has access to a nuclear device, they do not have a delivery system available to them. Strapping a nuke to some suicide bomber nut will not accomplish much except to rid the world of some excess Muslims.

With that thought, I will say good –bye for now. I think I made enough people mad for one day.

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Foreigners stay home

In Uncategorized on November 28, 2010 at 6:32 AM

NOVEMBER 28, 2010

Did I just hear NIU score again? No…No…it was Wisconsin beating up on Northwestern some more. The difference between NIU and Wisconsin running up the score was Wisconsin is looking to get into a BCS Bowl game, NIU is not. Additionally, Wisconsin was at home, playing in front of their fans, not embarrassing Northwestern at home.

A teenager from Somalia tried to explode a bomb in Portland, Oregon at a traditional tree lighting ceremony. The event is an annual event in downtown Portland was well attended, especially by families with small children. 19-year-old Mohamed Osman Mohamud was arrested by Federal authorities as he dialed a cell phone number that he thought would detonate the bomb, killing or injuring scores of people of all ages.

The mass murderer wannabe had been seeking help in carrying out his plan for months. He came to the attention of the Federal Agents in June and they had been tracking him ever since. The bomb he attempted to detonate was a van full of explosives that was actually a fake planted by the Federal Agents. As he was arrested, this criminal moron yelled “Allahu Akbar!” — Arabic for “God is Great!” Boy was he wrong.

The Federal authorities said Mohamud worked alone and was not part of a terrorist organization. How long are we going to be told this same story? These guys don’t work alone. What happens when one of these terrorists outsmarts the authorities and actually implements his or her plan with the help of the Federal Agents.

During interviews, the terrorist said he knew many children would die or be injured and that was his plan. Timothy McVeigh called them “collateral damage” I hope this slug goes the way of McVeigh and is executed. Please do the execution in my name if the faint at heart do not want the government killing in their name. Kill them all in my name, no problem.

Yesterday I suggested our borders be closed to everyone not born in this country. Had that been the law earlier, this guy, Mohamud, would have never been in this country and this near tragedy would never have been in the news.

Something has to be done, now. Think of the hatred and holiday memories hundreds of children would be living with had this near-human been successful. This will not be the last such story we hear about this Christmas Season. If one is successful, I hope the terrorist takes the god muhammad with him, straight to hell.

Eastland Mall, east of Detroit, was the scene of a violent gun battle between rival gangs Saturday afternoon the day after Black Friday shoppers tried to save money, enjoy the holidays and get away from the sickening reality of urban gangs. A thirty year-old clothing store worker was shot as was an eighteen year-old gang member. Good luck to the clothing store worker.

The mall has over 100 stores and restaurants. It was closed while police investigated the earlier insanity. Although I clearly do not condone this type of behavior, our society has bred these criminals. We did not breed the foreigners who kill for the sake of killing. The urban gangs are usually trying to protect their turf. It is not a valid or intelligent excuse for the rampant bloodshed, it is usually the gangs killing each other. If they could figure out how to do that and not harm any innocent bystanders, go ahead, kill yourselves. The foreign terrorists, usually Muslim, merely want to kill out of jealousy or hatred. Neither type of criminal deserves to live but if forced to take one over the other, see you later terrorist.

Tomorrow, things get back to normal for a few weeks. Now, of course, the Christmas parties begin, people are out of the office more often and people who shop once a year are in the stores cluttering up the place.

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Go NIU, Willie Nelson and go farther foreigners

In Uncategorized on November 27, 2010 at 7:18 AM

NOVENBER 27, 2010

Glenn, a good friend and trusted reader sent me an article on about tough punishment handed out to dishonest or lying politicians in Great Britain. In this particular case, the lying politician was booted out of parliament for lying about his opponent being sympathetic to Muslims. He cannot run for office for three years. If they did that here, we would get better politicians and fewer Muslim sympathizers or any unpopular cause backers if what was being said about them was and  had  to be true. Of course, some activist judge would pull the teeth from the law the first time it went against their position.

Congratulations to Coach Jerry Kill and the NIU Huskies football team. They went to Ypsilanti, MI and dominated Eastern Michigan 71 to 3 in gaining their tenth win of the season with at least one more game left. The ten wins is even more impressive when you figure in that NIU had only five home games. NIU now plays in the MAC Championship game this Friday, Dec. 3, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. in Detroit, MI. The game will be played at Ford Field, the home of the Detroit Lions of the NFL. The game will be broadcast on ESPN 2.

I hope Friday’s game does not haunt NIU in the future. The Huskies scored ten touchdowns, had 646 yards from scrimmage and 686 kickoff return yards. The NIU team had five touchdown runs of over 60 yards. I know it is hard to tell the second and third string players to not try hard. They don’t play that often and want to excel when they do play but Eastern Michigan will not forget this humiliating defeat. You don’t get beat by 68 points too often and rarer still at home, before 5,147 fans. Eastern will get the opportunity to return the favor in DeKalb some year. Don’t be surprised when they throw for a touchdown with a 40 point lead and 7 seconds left in the game. Coach Kill lived up to his name yesterday. I hope it does not change to Coach Target in the  near future.

For the second time in a month, we discovered a tunnel from Tijuana, Mexico to San Diego, CA used to smuggle drugs. This tunnel was lighted, had several rooms, started in the kitchen of a  home in Tijuana and ran 2,200 feet, 7 football fields, to two warehouses in an industrial area in San Diego. The tunnel was equipped with a railcar system, making transportation of the contraband more efficient and easier. Over 20 tons of pot was also discovered in the tunnel.

How long did we know about this tunnel. This type of construction would take over a year if it were built according to the laws in America. This is not something two guys named Juan and a shovel build. It would be a noisy and dusty job to complete with plenty of debris that needed to be disposed of. This is the second tunnel we have closed in less than a month. How many more are there? Who is looking the other way? Instead of closing the next one we find, fill it with gas and blow it up. We will find the source and get rid of some bad guys along the way. Our country cannot seem to control this, Mexico does not want to control this so let’s exterminate it. My way is bound to get some body’s attention.

I bet this tunnel story got Willie Nelson’s attention. The move to designate his tour bus a pot legal zone failed again. 77 year old Willie Nelson was arrested for possession of pot again after his bus was stopped at a checkpoint in Sierra, Texas. Willie Nelson is a recreational user of pot. I do not think what he does should be a crime but it is. Until the law changes, Willie must be punished.

Willie Nelson has lead an interesting life. He often lives while ignoring some laws most of us follow. He has, however, never been violent, other than bar brawls, and has always paid the price of his crimes. He appears to hear a drum beat many of us do not hear.

I remember reading an interview of Willie years ago, before he lost one of his fortunes, when he owned a golf course around his ranch. He was asked the par of a certain hole. He responded by saying that all depends, some days it is a three but after last night, today it is an eight. I bet Willie’s blue eyes are not crying in the rain. He is just ready to get on the road again to see all his heroes, the cowboys.

Escondido, CA, police found so many explosives and enough chemicals to build more explosives that they had to suspend looking in the house to develop a game-plan to clean the place up. That cannot help property values in an already depressed real estate market. The owner, a foreign born naturalized citizen is being held on 5 million dollars bond. pentaerythritol tetranitrate, known as PETN is one of the many chemicals found in the house. It is the same chemical the suicide underwear bombers use. It is the chemical airport scanners are designed to detect.

This disgruntled foreigner is a prime example he United States of America must post a NO VACANCY sign on the Statue of Liberty until we figure this mess out. No exceptions, no hardship cases, no in progress cases, no students, NO ENTRY.

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Too much football?

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2010 at 5:14 AM

NOVEMBER 26, 2010

When will be the first time today you or someone your around says ,”Man, it seems like Sunday.” You will also hear some type of variation of this on Saturday and the real Sunday. The nice long weekend makes the confusion worthwhile,

The Detroit Lions stayed with the Patriots for a little over a half. Then reality reared its ugly head. The Saints vs. Cowboy’s game got exciting after the first quarter. The Saints managed to pull a win from the loosening grip of a tiring Cowboy’s team. The third game, which was added to the Thanksgiving menu several years ago out of greed, was a blowout, not worth watching and I’ll bet it wasn’t watched by many west of Indianapolis. The NFL is getting closer and closer to killing the goose laying the golden egg. Last night’s game surely was a Thanksgiving goose dead on arrival. Wait until the league expands to 18 games plus playoffs; may be as early as next season. We will all have to watch an inferior product, diluted by injuries and over expansion with teams holding back their better players until the second season. The only winner will be College Football, not the fans of professional football.

A fifteen year-old girl in England was arrested for setting an English version of the Koran on fire and posting the event on Facebook. The charge was some type of hate crime, inciting religious hatred. The law has been on the books since 2006 but no one has ever been convicted of violating the law.  When the religious zealots from the Muslim faith bomb a subway, hotel, plane, mosque, hotel, restaurant, nightclub, office building, car, bus or whatever target they pick with regularity, do you think they concern themselves with the possibility a Koran might be burned along with the dead humans? Could the English government be prosecuted for bombing runs it makes in Iraq or Afghanistan knowing full well Korans will be burned in the bombings? A similar legal tactic was threatened against the Florida Pastor who was going to burn the Korans in September. A local fire chief said he would arrest the pastor for starting a bonfire without a permit. Why do the law-abiding citizens of the world and especially those in this country have to adjust their behavior to tolerate a religion that should not be allowed to exist in its most extreme form? We should applaud this fifteen year-old, not arrest her. It is time to teach the Muslims tolerance not the Christians.

TomDeLay, have a good time in prison, if you ever go to one. He faces a potential life sentence for his political crimes in Texas. I am a strong proponent for the concept  politicians who commit crimes as part of their political existence should be dealt with harshly. This guy has been free for five years, he has been a game show contestant on Dancing With The Stars, must have been a slow year for Stars, and he has never seen the inside of a jail cell. A sentencing hearing is set to begin on Dec. 20, 2010. The Judge has a great deal of leeway on the sentencing options. One option available is probation. If I were a betting man, and I am, I would bet on probation. Boy, that’s teaching the politicians a lesson and how to get on a game show.

Notable births on this date:

1607 John Harvard England, clergyman/scholar, major benefactor to Harvard University (library & half his estate)

1912 Eric Sevareid Velva ND, newscaster (CBS Weekend News)

1922 Charles M Schulz cartoonist (Peanuts)
1924 George Segal NY, sculptor lifelike mixed-media figures (Bus Driver)

1933 Robert Goulet Lawrence MA, singer/actor (Camelot, Naked Gun 2«)

1938 Rich Little Ottawa Canada, impressionist/actor (Love on a Rooftop)
1938 Tina Turner [Anna Mae Bullock], Brownsville TX, singer (Proud Mary)

1945 John McVie rocker (Fleetwood Mac-Rumours, Tusk)

1981 Jamie Fiske liver transplant recipient

Notable deaths on this date:

1883 Sojourner Truth abolitionist, women’s rights advocate, dies
1939 James Naismith Basketball inventor, dies
1970 B O Davis Sr 1st black general, dies at 93 in Chicago
1973 Albert DiSalvo Boston strangler, stabbed

1986 Scatman Crothers actor (Louie-Chico & the Man), dies at 76

Notable events on this date:

1716 1st lion exhibited in America (Boston)

1789 1st national thanksgiving

1865 Alice in Wonderland published

1896 A.A. Stagg of U Chicago creates the football huddle

1940 Nazis force 500,000 Warsaw Jews to live in walled ghetto

1949 India adopts a constitution as a British Commonwealth Republic
1950 China enters Korean conflict, sends troops across Yalu River.  Aren’t we still dealing with this mess?
1962 1st recording session under the name “Beatles”

1973 Nixon’s personal sec, Rose Mary Woods, tells a federal court she accidentally caused part of 18-minute gap in a key Watergate tape. Can’t you go to hell for lying, just like stealing?

1975 Fed jury found Lynette Fromme guilty of attempted assassination

1982 Howard Cossell calls his last fight after being disgusted by the Larry Holmes-Tex Cobb mismatch
1983 Heathrow Airport, robbed of 6,800 gold bars worth $38.7 million

1991 Condoms are handed out to thousands of NY High School students
BOY that really worked. Should have just handed out a porn movie with instructions.

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Gobble! Gobble! Be safe.

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2010 at 5:34 AM



NOVEMBER 25, 2010


I am a lucky man. I have many things to be thankful for. I sincerely hope everyone has something to be thankful for and I think we all do. As you gather with family and friends today or any time this holiday season, be sure to say a prayer of thanks for what you have, even if it isn’t much. We all have it better than someone else, somewhere. Please do not forget to say a prayer for the men and women in our military, especially the men and women In Harm’s Way.

Today I pray to God and say thank You for:

My life and

My wife

My godfather and

My daughter

My sons and

Cinnamon buns, tons and tons

Our dog Burdette and

Tom and Burt’s Corvette

My one and only sister and

This is becoming a tongue twister

My brothers and

My friends and all Godmothers

The great outdoors and wildlife

My younger days and my wild life

Joanne and Heather and

The wonderful weather

This great country and

I pray no one goes hungry

The food on my table and

The fact I am able

The ability to eat and

Today’s great treat

My Aunts and Uncles and

Gold belt buckles

My health and that of my friends and

A good time that never ends

The lottery for you winners and

Confession for us sinners

The Breeder’s Cup and

A cold Seven Up

Harold and Elaine and

Let’s not forget Mark Twain

Rich land and clean water and

The cute, playful river otter

The pheasant, ring neck and

The halls we will deck

Art and music and

We all know how to use it

A singing Frank Sinatra and

He was great with an orchestra

Funnyman Bob Hope and

Fresh smelling bar soap

The cool Dean Martin and

Fresh eggs by the carton

The Beatles and Stones

Sewing needles and their great tones

Both my nieces and nephew and

Their favorite Sunday morning pew

My sons Lucas and Ross and

Bruce Springsteen, ‘the Boss’

My beautiful daughter Hannah and

Of course, she’s the top banana

My wife Mary K. and

The song My Way

Mike and Alberta and

We hardly knew ya

Patty and Tom Stash and

A delightful and exciting anniversary bash

Andrew and Heather and

It don’t get no better

Mike, a City Manager by job and

In Iowa, they have a lot of corn on the cob

Terry and his girl Mary and

Everybody’s favorite, cranberry

Burt and Lynda and

The Flintstones, Fred and Wilma

Jan K and John P in Florida and

Happy Hanukkah

Lucas and Joanne and

Dodger, he the man

Ross and Heather and

Isn’t it nice being together?

Thanx to my friends, Curt, Kevin, Mark, Goose and Mike and

The rest of you, you know who I like

Thank you Barb and Joe and

A day off with a blanket of snow

Shawna and Jenna and

Your children and the TV antenna

Your husbands, they’re the lucky ones and

The joy you all have given me with all your puns

Dark Chocolate candy and

My favorite nephew Andy

A John Wayne movie and

Simon and Garfunkel’s “Feelin Groovy”

All my friends like Rachel and Glenn and

Throughout my life both now and then

Tom and Ryan and

A mailman and lineman

Aunts, uncles, in-laws and cousins and

Many of us have dozens

Thank you Veterans and the U. S. Military and

The use of which should not be arbitrary

Animals and cars and

Yes, even bars

The sky that is a perfect blue and

To my family and friends, I love you

America and my home and

This Thanksgiving poem

The Salvation Army singers and

Of course, the many bell ringers

The winter snow, followed by the plows and a pause and

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

I know this for sure since I saw him fly out of sight and

I heard him exclaim Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night

Groundhog Day and

Not much more to say

Thank God for your son and

Sorry boys, he’s a better one

Thank God for Christmas and Happy Thanksgiving and

Have a wonderful New Year

I hope it is fitting and

Before I forget, oh yes

I am sure he will but, May God Bless.

Bruce A. Brennan

DeKalb, IL

Copyright 2010

Have a great Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Why don’t we stuff North Korea this year and let the turkeys live?

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 5:59 AM

NOVEMBER 24, 2010


The World does not stop because America is celebrating its bounty. It should but it doesn’t. North Korea has once again decided to play America and the World like a drum. We did not listen to Patton in the 40s or MacArthur in the 50s. We are still allowing a useless country with no significant value to the World to dictate to us. I do not necessarily think America has to play God all the time but somebody better. We have ignored this rebellious little nation for so long, it has developed a strategy to blunt the wishes, goals and desires of this country to such an extent the strategy has gained worldwide acceptance. It has been followed with success by Gaddafi, Hussein, Ortega, Castro and Chavez, to name a few.

Enough is enough. We have the military in South Korea. North Korea is not a threat to America just an expense. If they nave nuclear capabilities, not many think they do yet, China and Japan will prevent their use. Some men are born great, some become great and others have greatness thrust upon them. The leaders of North Korea fall into none of these categories. North Korea is a small, near island nation with few natural resources. This wet spot in the world is dictated over by penguin-looking people with little regard for their citizens or the World. We shouldn’t care either.

A quick, surgical strike at the power bases, the dikes and the ports will relegate North Korea to a footnote in history within three years with little additional expense over what we now spend in that part of the World to be a patsy. More than 55 years after the Korean War ended without a peace treaty and we are still placating these savages. Who is the fool in this story?

Now, on to what late November is all about in The United States of America.


I am thankful for many things. I love many people, places and things. Here are a few of those people, places and things I love and am thankful for.


Tomorrow is the beginning of the most wonderful time of the year. It is a time to be thankful, generous, friendly, gluttonous, happy and proud. Football, College and the Pros, kicks into high gear. College Basketball really gets going with all the Holiday Tournaments, High School Basketball Tournaments are being played and the High School Football playoff finals will be played this weekend. Hunting seasons are running or soon will be. The weather is falling from autumn to winter. The leaves of bright colors and hues are fertilizing the ground leaving the trees naked in the cold.

Christmas music should start now, not weeks ago like it has, slowly creeping into our daily sounds. Christmas sales and Black Friday are upon us. Christmas parties bring friends and co-workers together, creating next year’s rumors and dalliances and good-natured jokes, as well as faded memories. Family gatherings bringing into your presence relatives and friends you don’t see enough and those you see too often.

The hassle of Christmas shopping we all complain about but love to do. The realization some prices do come down, if only for a few days for the annual Christmas sales. Political correctness has lost out and left, allowing us to have a Merry Christmas and Christmas sales rather than happy holidays and winter sales.

Big Hollywood movie blockbusters, White Christmas, the song and movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, Lemon Drop Kid, A Christmas Carol and Christmas song albums by Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, Mariah Carey, Neil Diamond, Harry Connick, Jr., Perry Como, Sammy Davis, Jr., The Country Choir and Bing Crosby.

Food, exchanging gifts, food, cookies, fudge, beautifully shaped cookies, divinity, Christmas trees and the fun in decorating them. Christmas Turkey, Christmas Ham, Christmas Goose mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, pies, cranberries, shrimp, homemade rye bread, any homemade bread, anything homemade except fruitcake.

Getting together with your mom and sister to make Christmas treats, and abiding by the rule you will only eat the burnt and broken ones. Intentionally burning or breaking a few baked goodies so you don’t break your agreement to only eat the burnt or broken ones.

Snow when you have nothing to do or anywhere to go. Sledding, skiing and snowboarding. Bundling up the kids, the first thirty times any way. Going to the closet, once you figure out which closet is the right one and picking out the right scarf and gloves to wear. Seeing if last year’s winter coat still fits, half hoping it doesn’t so you have to buy a new one.

Making out a Christmas list for the relatives, hoping they would just give you cash. Lying to your friends and relatives by telling them “Same size as last year”, figuring you’ll lose a few pounds to make it fit. Smiling broadly when a favorite relative shows up. Saying the prayer before the meal and not having to say how much you miss someone. Thanking God for every one’s good health.

Sneaking a piece of turkey before it is served while the designated carver carves. The delicious smells filling the house. Kickoff. Halftime. Game two. A turkey sandwich on plain white bread with Miracle Whip and lettuce; not cut in two. Pie. Cake. More cookies. The ability to take a nap whenever you want to, just because you can. It is nice to have the Friday after Thanksgiving off from work with no real plans. More football. Not being at the airport to deal with people that do not want to search you any more than you want to be searched.

It is great and a gift to be an American at one of the most American times of the year.

Have a wonderful Christmas season. Wait until you read tomorrow’s muse.

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Sarah, stuffing and Queen

In Uncategorized on November 23, 2010 at 6:28 AM

NOVEMBER 23, 2010


Below is the recipe I mentioned a day or two ago. Try it, you’ll like it.


(sausage optional)

1 stick (1 ½ cup) unsalted butter

2 ribs celery, chopped

1 small onion, chopped

1 loaf (1 ½ lbs.) thickly cut stale white sandwich bread, cubed

1 ½ teaspoons each: minced fresh sage, poultry seasoning

1 can (14 ½ ounces) chicken broth, warmed, may use turkey broth

1 teaspoon salt

Freshly ground pepper

Optional 1 lb. pork sausage, cooked and drained


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat butter in small skillet over medium heat; add celery and onion. Cook until vegetables are tender; about 10 minutes.
  2. Put bread cubes in large mixing bowl; add sage and poultry seasoning. Add vegetable mixture. Mix carefully to keep bread cubes from breaking. Add chicken (turkey) broth, ¼ cup at a time, until stuffing is moist but not wet. Optional, add sausage to mixture, stirring lightly but evenly. Season with salt and pepper. Put stuffing in 13-by-9 inch greased baking pan; cook until golden brown, about 22 minutes, times vary by oven.


Enjoy with all the other traditional Thanksgiving favorites.

One of my brothers, who is a recognized Lincoln Scholar, contacted me about the portion of yesterday’s blog talking about Lincoln/Kennedy coincidences. He claims Lincoln never had a secretary named Kennedy. He also disputes the part about Booth being captured in a warehouse. He says Booth was captured and killed in a tobacco barn. He is correct about that except in April, the barn would be used to store older crops, therefore, it is a barn and a warehouse. He provided the following information about a source for the facts surrounding Booth’s capture;

A good read of the search for Booth is:  Swanson, James;  MANHUNT, THE 12-DAY CHASE FOR LINCOLN’S KILLER;   It is history that reads like fiction.

He also pointed out that Marilyn Monroe died over a year before Kennedy was assassinated. The final item I mentioned was in jest but not necessarily false, the dates have been changed to protect the innocent.

I see where Sarah, plain and short has another book coming out today. I wonder who her ghost is? She seems too busy to write the books she is allegedly writing.

Notable births on this date:

1804 Franklin Pierce 14th President (1853-1857)
1837 Javan der Waals Holland, physicist (Cont of Liquid & Gaseous States)
1859 Billy the Kid [William H Bonney], criminal

1887 Boris Karloff [William H Pratt], Dulwich England, actor (Frankenstein)
1888 Harpo Marx [Adolph] NYC, actor/comedian (Marx brothers)

1915 John Dehner Staten Is NY, actor (Big Hawaii, Bare Essence) He appeared in many Maverick episodes

1945 Steve Landesberg Bronx NY, comedian/actor (Barney Miller)
1951 Bernd Landvoigt German DR, coxless pairs (Olympics-gold-1976)
1951 David Rappaport London England, 3’11” actor (Wizard, Time Bandits)


Notable deaths on this date:

1914 Elbrige Gerry VP (of Gerrymander fame), dies at 70
1962 Gloria Gordon actress (My Friend Irma), dies at 81
1972 Marie Wilson actress (My Friend Irma), dies at 56

1990 Bo Diaz catcher, crushed to death by a satellite dish, at 37

1991 Freddie Mercury lead singer of Queen, dies of aids at 46

Notable events on this date:

1765 People of Frederick County MD refuse to pay England’s Stamp tax

1852 Just past midnight, a sharp jolt causes Lake Merced to drop 30′ (9m)
1863 Battle of Chattanooga begins
1863 Patent granted for a process of making color photographs
1868 Louis Ducos du Hauron patents trichrome color photo process

1936 1st issue of Life, picture magazine created by Henry R Luce

1963 Horatio Alger Society founded
1963 JFK’s body, lay in repose in East Room of White House
1964 Beatles release “I Feel Fine” & “She’s a Woman”

1975 Bob Thomas of Chicago Bears kicks 55-yard field goal

1991 Evander Hollyfield retains HW boxing title, KOs Bert Cooper in 7

Today is; NATIONAL CASHEW DAY, some days you feel like a nut, some days you don’t.

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JFK and Abe, we hardly knew you!

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 6:58 AM

NOVEMBER 22, 2010


Good morning and happy Thanksgiving week. I will be sharing a recipe for stuffing tomorrow. It is rather easy to make, can be manipulated to taste and is simply wonderful. I have been making it for over ten years. It is a family favorite in the Brennan clan.


Brett Favre, the retirement home called; they would like their football back, your presence is an option.

The war in Afghanistan, one of the wars Obama promised he would end within one year of becoming President, has now been extended until at least 2014. That will never happen. I do not see the benefit in a military strategy that tells the enemy when we are leaving, although I doubt they believe our government any more than we do. Now the Taliban says they will enter into peace talks but only after all foreign troops leave the country. The Taliban has no upside in ending this war. Once we are gone, the Taliban will be a punch line of a cocktail party joke within a year. The Taliban will be the subject of a “Where are they now” TV program in two years.

Congratulations to the Northern Illinois University Huskies’ football team. They crushed Ball State on Saturday, clinching the MAC West in the process. Now, let’s win the Title game and go bowling.

47 years ago today John F. Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas. The morning JFK arrived in Dallas, Richard M. Nixon flew out of Dallas after a business trip.

Abraham Lincoln and John Kennedy have some very coincidental oddities about them. One would even say bizarre, or dare the Grassy Knoll Institute say Conspiracy? Pretty bizarre facts especially the last one.Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.

Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.

Lincoln was elected President in 1860.

Kennedy was elected President in 1960.

Both Lincoln and Kennedy each contain seven letters.

Both were particularly concerned with civil rights.

Both wives lost children while living in the White House.

Both were shot on a Friday.

Both were shot in the head.

Lincoln’s secretary was named Kennedy.

Kennedy’s secretary was named Lincoln.

Both were assassinated by Southerners.

Both were succeeded by Southerners.

Both successors were named Johnson.

Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808.

Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.

John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, was born in 1839.

Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939.

Both were known by their three names.

Both names are comprised of 15 letters.

Booth ran from a theater and was caught in a warehouse.

Oswald ran from a warehouse and was caught in a theater.

Both were shot to death before their trials.


A week before Lincoln was shot he was in Monroe, Maryland.

A week before Kennedy was shot he was in Marilyn Monroe.


How about them Pilgrims? They helped start this whole train running down the tracks. They broke corn with the local inhabitants and the rest is history.

The first Thanksgiving can be traced to the autumn of 1621. It commemorates a harvest feast prepared and attended by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians, indigenous to the New England area, specifically Pilgrim Plantation in Massachusetts. Some scholars believe a similar celebration occurred in Canada in 1578 and the Spanish explorers celebrated a Thanksgiving like holiday in Florida in 1565. Canada celebrates Thanksgiving in Oct. A similar holiday is also celebrated in the Netherlands and in Grenada.

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Notre Dame, Pope Benedict XVI and the condom

In Uncategorized on November 21, 2010 at 6:46 AM

NOVEMBER 21, 2010

The game at Wrigley started out as a blowout and a high-scoring game. It was not a blowout at the end but the game was high scoring. Congratulations to the Fighting Illini.

Notre Dame played Army for the fiftieth time Saturday night. They played at Yankee Stadium; a baseball park built with the knowledge football would be played there. The final score was Notre Dame 27 Army 3. The game was never really close. It never appeared the Fighting Irish were going to lose. Notre Dame is now Bowl eligible, meaning they have enough wins to be invited to a post-season Bowl game. It is unlikely it would be a bowl game of much import, probably before the New Year, but a bowl game none the less. Being Notre Dame, they have a huge National following, which makes them an attractive invite to most bowls. They will help the attendance and TV ratings. Since Notre Dame is an independent, they do not have to share their bowl earnings with a league or any other teams. Notre Dame could decline a bowl bid, they have in the past, but that was when Notre Dame had much more luster on their golden helmets. Now, with college sports being what it is, money is money. My bet is they will go to a bowl game between Christmas and New Years.

A Park Ranger in Moab, Utah was shot three times yesterday after pulling a car over doing his job. Utah State Park’s Ranger Brody Young was shot in Dead Horse State Park on Poison Spider Mesa Trail, a popular spot in the park for hikers and sightseers. Ranger Young is in critical but stable condition in a nearby hospital, nearby by Utah standards. Authorities have not been able to interview Young. They are not sure what started the gunfire that resulted in Ranger Young being shot in the arm, leg and stomach. Investigators have found several items belonging to the suspected shooter, including his car, rifle and backpack. With winter setting in, the suspect will not be able to camp in the wilderness for any length of time unless this was a planned event and the shooter had a fully stocked camp already built in a rugged area.

 Pope Benedict XVI has said the use of condoms is acceptable in certain circumstances and can be used by Catholics, such as a prostitute attempting to avoid HIV infection. Many Religious experts view this change in Catholic doctrine as monumental that will eventually lead to acceptance of other birth control methods, i.e. ‘the pill’.

Tallahassee, Florida has a triple murder to investigate and solve. Saturday, a young single, stay-at-home mother, her twin 6 year old girls and three year old son were found murdered in a North Florida home, a few miles from Florida State University. The police had not had been called to the home prior to the call around 10:15 a.m. Saturday. The investigation continues as does the search for suspects.

Notable births on this date:

1495 John Bale England, bishop/anti-catholic playwright (Kynge Johan)
1694 Voltaire [Francois-Marie Arouet], France, thinker
1785 William Beaumont surgeon (studied digestion)
1787 Sir Samuel Cunard founder (1st regular Atlantic steamship line)
1817 Richard B Garnett Brig Gen, killed during Pickett’s charge
1854 Benedict XV 258th Roman Catholic pope (1914-22)

1916 Sid Luckman NFL QB (Chicago Bears)

1920 Stan Musial outfielder (St Louis Cardinal, 7 times NL bat champ) Stan the Man

1945 Goldie Hawn Takoma Park MD, actress (Laugh-in, Private Benjamin)

Notable deaths on this date:

1817 Richard B Garnett killed during Pickett’s Charge, Brig Gen. Born and died on November 21.
1899 Garret Augustus Hobart 24th VP, died

1958 Mel Ott NY Giant baseball star (1926-1947), dies at 49
1959 Max Baer US, heavyweight boxing champ (1934), dies at 49
1973 Allan Sherman singer, dies at 48 (Goodbye Muddah, Goodbye Faddah)-Camp Granada

Notable events on this date:

235 St Anterus begins his reign as Catholic Pope
496 St Gelasius I ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1654 Richard Johnson, a free black, granted 550 acres in Virginia
1783 Pilstre de Rozier & Marquis d’Arlandes make 1st free balloon flight
1787 Andrew Jackson admitted to the bar. He must have been a drinker.
1789 North Carolina ratifies constitution, becomes 12th US state.

1895 Start of Sherlock Holmes “Adventure of Bruce Partington Plans” (BG)

1959 Jack Benny (violin) & Richard Nixon (piano) play their famed duet

1968 Supremes & Temptations release “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me”

1968 Yoko Ono suffers a miscarriage
1980 Dallas’ “Who Shot JR?” episode (Kristen) gets a 53.3 rating
1980 Fire at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas kills 84 1968 Yoko Ono suffers a miscarriage

1980 Gene Michaels replaces Dick Howser as Yankee’s 25th manager
1980 John & Yoko pose nude for photographer Allan Tannenbaum
1981 Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical,” single goes #1 & stays for 10 weeks
1990 Michael Milken is sentenced to 10 years for security law violations
1990 Signing of Declaration of “End of Cold war” in Paris

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