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There’s a reason Stan has herring on his breath

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We continue this week with more of the mixture from the scraps of paper in my pockets.

The year is barely three weeks old and many of us have already broken most of our New Year resolutions. Did you? Which one?

We finally got around to seeing “The Book of Mormon.” I have a bit of advice to those of you that intend to see the show. Get a copy of the CD and listen to it several times before you buy the tickets. I did, and I am certain that I understood and enjoyed “Book” a lot more than my friends who didn’t. It really is a super-sensational spectacle.

Carol and I visited India a few months ago, and besides riding elephants and seeing the Taj Mahal, we learned a few things. Many farmers in India are spraying their crops with Coca-Cola. It is cheaper and they say it works just as well.

The Taj, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is the most magnificent man-made structure on the planet. It was built as a memorial to the Shah’s favorite wife who died during childbirth. This marvelous structure was so expensive, that it actually broke the nation financially. For overspending, his son, heir to his throne, had him arrested and placed under house detention in a nearby fort where he spent the rest of his life gazing at the monument.

Last week, I mentioned the three big lies told to us by Presidents of the United States

When Clinton said “I did NOT have sex…” he hurt his wife and his party by shooting himself in the leg. Nixon embarrassed himself, his family and his party when he lied “I am not a crook.” Other than that, there really was no great harm to us Americans.

Now, Obama and his lies have proven costly to many Americans. I don’t like his “distribution of wealth.” I worked damn hard to get where I am.

Who really cares about the name of the football team in Washington? The owners don’t care as long as they receive their television money and the fans fill the stands. The players don’t care as long as they receive their paychecks. Even the Native Americans who were interviewed on television don’t really care. The people who say the name is insulting don’t even watch the sport.

As of right now, the New Year has been very lucrative for me and it is because of an accurate scientific fact. Many years ago, Carol’s mother told us that if we want to have a prosperous year, it is imperative that we eat herring on New Year’s Eve. No, I’m not kidding.

Google it.

So on Dec. 31, I opened a jar of pickled herring and we ate it half way down. The heartburn was well worth it.

My friend Wayne is not doing as well as me.

“Did you remember to eat herring?” I asked.

“No, I didn’t.” I am saying “Seeeee?”

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Ed Stein from Brighton Beach says:
Of course - the Watergate break in, lying to Congress, use of the IRS, the FBI and the CIA to make life difficult for his many "enemies" was (for Nixon and the nation) no more than a minor "embarrassment" for Nixon, his family and his party when he lied.

The only reason the damage was not even worse was that Congress (esp. Sen. Sam Irwin) intervened. Minor damage.


Nixon was a Republican -- therefore (to you) it was minor.

Hey Stan - remember the wage and price controls under Nixon ? Can you or your readers imagine how much you, the GOP and the Tea Party would be howling at the moon and slavering at the mouth if Obama or any Democratic president were to institute WAGE AND PRICE CONTROLS ??!!?

But ... Nixon only "embarrassed himself, his family and his party..." and "... there really was no great harm to us Americans.."

A bit 2 faced, no?

And how about Iran-Contra ? Remember that?
I guess you don't cause it was another Republican president who broke the law big time and lied to Congress (big time).

Just another run around the democratic process and the Constitution. But .. what the heck, right? It was Reagan. Another GOPer. Therefore it was OK.
Or not worth remembering. Political Alzheimer’s (as it were).

A bit 2 faced, no? (Ah .... I already said that didn't I ?)
Jan. 20, 2014, 5:03 am
Tinman from Sheepshead Bay says:
Boy, Mr. G, you really have your head up, I mean buried in the sand.
Who really cares about the name of the football team in Washington? How do you think people you and others would react if the New York team was called the Kikes, Spics, Chinks or ——s?
You just don't get it! It's more than political correctness. Redskins is insulting to the history Native Americans who were treated by this country almost as badly as the Germans treated the Jews.
Put down your herring and wake up!
Jan. 20, 2014, 2:25 pm
Ed Stein from Brighton Beach says:
I agree 100% with Tinman.
Plus - since it does "not matter" to Stan et al, and since Stan "[doesn't] really care.." ... why the heck not?

It doesn't matter to you Stan, so why whine?

It doesn't matter to you and it does matter to the people the team is supposedly named after so why the objection?

"Let it be" ...

I wonder how Stan knows that Native Americans supposedly don't watch football. Why would Stan make that assumption? Or maybe he is sitting on some evidence unknown to the rest of the world.

And ... what would that have to do with it anyway?
Not a damn thing.

Seems that the herring (which I too love to eat) was pickled in vodka.
Jan. 21, 2014, 7:38 am
Shad from Boerum Hill says:
Remember, according to Mr. Gershbein, economic growth will not be accomplished until Malia and Sasha and other "pickaninnies" are raped and murdered. Osama bin Laden was a "pro-homosexual, pro-abortion, Democrat" until May 2011, when he became a "civil rights victim". Putin was "an evil communist" until he passed anti-gay laws, in which case Mr. Gershbein calls him a "champion".
Jan. 24, 2014, 5:24 pm
Dear Shad from Boerum Hill --
I strongly urge you to go back on your meds.
Jan. 24, 2014, 9:41 pm
Tinman from Sheepshead Bay says:
I find it confusing -- and biased -- that the comments' editor did not edit commonly used slurs for Jews, Latinos or Asians, in my comment above, but you applied political correctness for African-Americans.
Whatever happened to equal racism, the First Amendment ans literary license?
Jan. 25, 2014, 12:13 pm

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