Stan is sure he can keep it up

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In 1833, Charles Lamb wrote, “The good things of life are not to be had singly, but come to us with a mixture.”

The following is a mixture of thoughts I scribbled on scraps of paper these past few weeks.

How did Bob Beckel and brother Graham enjoy their holiday festivities together with their families? Bob, a regular all over the Fox News Channel is far left and Graham, the actor, is a strong conservative who loves his brother, but admits that momma dropped Bob on his head when he was a baby.

How about James Carville and his wife, righty Mary Matalan; then there is left-wing commentator Leslie Marshal and her orthopedic surgeon husband who hates Obamacare; and, of course, Alan Colmes and conservative sister-in-law Monica Crowley?

We got around to seeing “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Great flick, but very long. If you intend to see it, I have two words of advice for you. First, make sure you visit the restroom before the show starts and second, bring a sandwich with you. The movie is three hours long. Add the trailers and candy announcements and you’ll be sitting there for almost three and a half hours. By the way, when did “coming attractions” become “trailers?”

Parade is a nationwide Sunday newspaper magazine. It is distributed in more than 500 newspapers and, with a circulation of 32.2 million and a readership of nearly 70 million, is currently the most widely read magazine in the United States.

A recent edition of Parade asked, “Why does Mickey Mouse wear gloves?”

The response was twofold: first, the gloves were to make him appear more human and second, they are easier to draw.

I recently cruised on the Disney Dream, which is one of the finest vessels in the ocean for adults as well as children. As I walked by Mickey, I did what all of us little kids were doing. I held a hand up and shouted “High five!” Mickey responded by holding his hand up and squeaked, “High four!”


It was at then that I realized that I have gone a whole lifetime without noticing that Mickey’s gloves have only four fingers on each hand.

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that my British friend and colleague, Shavana Abruzzo, and I applied and received our jobs for this newspaper on the same day twenty-five years ago. I was thinking about that day and I remember the editor saying, “I know you can probably write a little, but can you keep it up?”

I have never missed a deadline, and when I knew I would be leaving town I always covered myself, as I am doing now, by submitting two or three extra creations at the same time.Twenty-five years times 52 columns a year equals 1,300 columns.

That’s a lot of words, and I do know that I can respond to that question today. I am stating with confidence, “Yes. I can keep it up.”

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RE YOUR COLUMN OF LAST WEEK - I just finish reading your article about Senator Schumer's stupid idea about cutting veterans benefits. There is a video people should see called AMERICAN VETERANS DISCARDED AND FORGOTTEN. The video makers found hundreds of veterans sleeping outside in the cold in Miami Florida in the woods because they were chased out of a park that was set up to honor veterans. Chased out because people said they made the park look unpleasant. But with the military budget what it is - way into the hundreds of billions - is it really a question of not enough money? In Iraq, the military just don't know what happen to 3 trillion dollars in military spending that was to help to rebuild that country. There is just no accounting for the money. No one has any idea what happen to it. All we know is that the money is gone, but no one knows where it went. Here's another example, from time to time, I read about weapons systems costing billions of dollars that even the military does not want, yet Congress spends the money, anyway. On 60 minutes, one program was about the manufacturing of thousands of tires for trucks we have not used since 1945. The tires would only be good for these trucks, only no one makes these trucks, anymore. I think our veterans could use the money spent on these unless items the military no longer needs or wants, anymore. Don't you?
Jan. 13, 2014, 8:14 am

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