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STEPHEN HAWKING QUOTE
( culture / quotes / science / aliens )

"If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn't turn out very well for the Native Americans."... read more

GET OUT OF THE CAR!
( culture / humor )

...because this had me in tears, laughing. I guess it’s a true story. Click on the image to the left.... read more

COUNTRY STAR JOHN RICH BYPASSES WOKE LABELS, RELEASES SONG ON TRUTH SOCIAL, RUMBLE, AND SOARS TO NO. 1
( culture / music / politics )

Really great story about music and what Nashville has become. ... read more

RANDY BACHMAN REUNITED WITH STOLEN GUITAR... 46 YEARS ON
( culture / music / guitar )

A happy guitar story ’With that guitar, I wrote many million selling songs... it was like my magical guitar. And then when it’s suddenly gone, the magic is gone.’ ... read more

HERB POWELL QUOTE
( culture / quotes / conspiracies )

When they say the pandemic is not over, what they mean is, there’s still vaccines to be taken, goal posts to be moved, and money to be made. -- Herb Powell ... read more

CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS QUOTE
( culture / quotes )

Don’t take refuge in the false security of consensus and the feeling that you’re bound to be okay because you’re safely in the majority. -- Christopher Hitchens... read more

THOMAS EDISON QUOTES
( culture / quotes / science / health )

The doctor of the future will give little medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease. -- Thomas Edison... read more

INFERTILITY: A DIABOLICAL AGENDA
( culture / movies-tv-video / politics / conspiracies )

Every pharma product is suspect, I think. I heard the tetanus shot has something inside to sterilize people. A neighbor claims it happened to her. Unless humanity stops them I think they will achieve their goal. A fil... read more

WHEN IS ARBOR DAY?
( culture / holidays )

Yes, I know today (6/19/2022) is both Father’s Day and Juneteenth, but I wanted to know when Arbor Day was. You know, add it to my calendar. Welp, as it turns out, that’s not such a simple question. Here’s the response I... read more

PREPPER RECIPES: HOW TO MAKE DELICIOUS ACORN PANCAKES
( culture / food / recipes / prepper )

(Natural News) As a prepper, you may already know that foraging is a useful skill to have, especially if you’re always looking for more ways to add to your food supply when SHTF. Knowing how to forage is a good way to save... read more

DENNIS GABOR QUOTE
( culture / quotes )

The best way to predict the future is to create it! -- Dennis Gabor... read more

FIRST DOCTOR'S VISIT IN YEARS
( culture / writing / blog / health )

Yesterday, I had my first doctor’s appointment in several years. Hey, I’ve been healthy. Shocking, I know. There was a sign on the outside door saying masks required, and a sign on the interior door saying the same thing... read more

KENTUCKY DERBY 2022
( culture / sports / horseracing / triplecrown )

Who You Got? The First Saturday in May is this weekend. Place your bets! I like 3, 12, 13, 6, in that order, but will probably hedge my bets (no pun intended) and play that as a four-way exacta box so it doesn’t mat... read more

ELON MUSK FLOODED WITH REQUESTS TO BUY FACEBOOK, LINKEDIN AND YOUTUBE TO RETURN FREE SPEECH TO THOSE PLATFORMS
( culture / humor / internet / social )

If you came here looking for an actual article, you’ll be disappointed. The title has more words than the article, or did until I wrote this sentence. This is a joke, though I wouldn’t be surprised to hear this is actually hap... read more

STEPHEN LENDMAN QUOTE
( culture / quotes / conspiracies / politics )

We’re lied to with headlines like ’US counts record 4,000 Covid deaths in a day as virus continues to wreak havoc.’ These deaths, if accurate in number, were from seasonal flu/influenza -- perhaps pne... read more

DRY COOKIES (PORTUGUESE)
( culture / food / recipes / cookies )

Full qty. -- Half qty. -- Ingredient 7 Cups -- 3-1/2 cups -- Flour 8 -- 4 -- Eggs 1 tsp -- 1/2 tsp-- lemon extract 2 -- 1 -- bars of butter 2 tbsp -- 1 tbsp -- Crisco Shortening 1 tbsp... read more

ANOTHER WAY: BEYOND THE STATUS QUO
( culture / writing / books / novels )

Anti-corp shy;orate crusader Dobie Pokorny wants to save the world from corp shy;orate titans like Colonel Charon shy;ne. The latter and his henchmen are deter shy;mined to stop him. On Dobie’s speak shy;ing truth to powe... read more

ALDO LEOPOLD QUOTE
( culture / quotes )

We abuse land because we see it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect. -- Aldo Leopold... read more

INSPIRATION FOR MY NOVELS AND NOVELLAS
( culture / writing / books / novels )

I just put this together and thought I’d share it on this blog in addition to my writing platform. ... read more

YOU HAVE A DONATION FROM CLAY TOUSEY
( culture / humor / internet / spam )

They try hard on this one to look legitimate, but the fact remains that nobody shares their money with strangers unless it’s a charity. This notification memo has been sent to you three times without a response ... read more

A COUPLE OF FREEBIES HERE
( culture / writing / books / novels )

My latest attempt at monetization on BuyMeACoffee ... until they cancel me for being politically ... read more

THE PROBLEM WITH THE WORLD
( culture / people )

The problem with the world is that truly stupid people -- with access and control over critical information -- are the ones running things. You don’t have to be particularly intelligent to rule. In fact, it probably gets i... read more

PORTFOLIO MANAGER FROM STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
( culture / humor / internet / spam )

My name is doesn’t matter, a portfolio manager from Stockholm, Sweden and a custodian of the Late David Holmes certificate of deposit (CD) valued fortune. here we go I sent you an initial emai... read more

HAPPY 2/22/22 TUESDAY!
( culture / humor / calendar )

A day like today has GOT to be special! Make it a good one!... read more

THOMAS PAINE QUOTE
( culture / quotes )

A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody. -- Thomas Paine... read more

HANNAH ARENDT QUOTE
( culture / quotes )

The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists. -- Hannah Arendt... read more

LENIN QUOTE
( culture / quotes )

The best way to control opposition is to lead it ourselves. -- Vladimir Lenin... read more

AARON RODGERS QUOTE
( culture / quotes )

If science can’t be questioned ... it’s propaganda. -- Quarterback Aaron Rodgers Critically-thinking Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was a guest on the Pat McAfee Show... read more

DOSTOYEVSKY QUOTE
( culture / quotes )

It’s life that matters, nothing but life. The process of discovering. The everlasting and perpetual process, not the discovery itself, at all. -- Fyodor Dostoyevsky... read more

THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A BETTER TIME TO QUESTION AUTHORITY
( culture / people / politics / freedom )

Remember that old bumper sticker, QUESTION AUTHORITY ? Well, there has NEVER been a better time than NOW for that frame of mind. These past two years it has been AUTHORITIES and EXPERTS versus F... read more

MARIAN TURSKI QUOTE
( culture / quotes / politics / covid )

...the Holocaust didn’t start with death camps. Instead, it began with propaganda, scaremongering, scapegoating, segregation, and exclusion. Then, it was an easy next step to strip further rights, dehumanize, ... read more

VERNON COLEMAN MD QUOTES
( culture / quotes / covid )

Forcing individuals to have an experimental, toxic drug which has now almost certainly caused more deaths and injuries than any other prescription drug in history surely breaks laws in all civilized nations. ... read more

SELL YOUR ALBUMS AND CDS
( culture / music / media )

They’ve probably had this for years, but I just discovered that you can sell your music albums and CDs on Discogs , which I thought was pretty cool. Here’s a sample... read more

NEW ANTHEM: "STICK YOUR VACCINE MANDATE UP YOUR "
( culture / humor / covid / vaccines )

New theme song, sung to the tune of She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain. Along with Let's Go Brandon, a new anthem Stick Your Vaccine Mandate Up Your A is making a buzz online. Many people around... read more

JOHN WAYNE QUOTE
( culture / quotes )

Life is tough. It’s tougher when you’re stupid. -- John Wayne... read more

BRUCE PARDY QUOTE
( culture / quotes / politics )

...either individuals are essentially free to pursue their own interests, express their own thoughts, and own their own property, or the state directs their actions, words, and beliefs to comport with official dog... read more

THOMAS MERTON QUOTE
( culture / quotes )

People are constantly trying to use you to help them create the particular illusions by which they live. This is particularly true of the collective illusions which sometimes are accepted as ideologies. You must r... read more

GUSTAVE LE BON QUOTE
( culture / quotes / people )

The ascendancy of crowds indicates the death throes of a civilisation. Crowds are only useful for destruction. -- ... read more

MIKE TYSON QUOTE
( culture / quotes )

Everyone has a plan ’til they get punched in the face. -- Mike Tyson, former champion boxer... read more

PEOPLE EVERYWHERE CONFUSE WHAT THEY READ IN NEWSPAPERS WITH NEWS
( culture / quotes / news )

People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news. -- ... read more

ELEMENTS OF A STORY
( culture / writing / advice )

They say... What are the main ELEMENTS OF A STORY? Setting; Character; Plot; Conflict; Theme; Point-of-view; Tone; Style; ... but I would put them in order of importance: Character, Conflict, Plot... read more

WALT WHITMAN QUOTE
( culture / quotes )

Keep your face always towards the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you. -- Walt Whitman... read more

TODD WAGNER QUOTE
( culture / quotes )

The truth sounds like hate to those who hate the truth -- Todd Wagner... read more

ANONYMOUS QUOTE OF THE DAY
( culture / quotes / conspiracies / covid )

The flu is not a hoax. Renaming it covid and calling it a pandemic is the hoax. -- anon... read more

WILLIAM CASEY QUOTE
( culture / quotes / politics )

We’ll know our disinformation campaign is complete when everything the American public believes is false. William Casey, CIA Director, 1981 ... read more

JOHN LENNON QUOTE
( culture / quotes / music )

A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality. -- John Lennon UPDAT... read more

VINCE COYNER QUOTE
( culture / quotes / tech / people )

Unlike Skynet, which gained self-awareness, Silicon Valley is full of people who seem to have no self-awareness at all. -- Vince Coyner, ... read more

FAVORITE LINES FROM SONGS/LYRICS
( culture / music / lyrics / quotes )

Obviously a work in progress but, here goes... in no particular order. Lyrics verified on azlyrics . PLEASE add your own by leaving a comment below! ... read more

DANIEL HOROWITZ QUOTE
( culture / quotes / conspiracies / covid )

Only the sick governing elites can look you in the eye with a straight face and force experimental injections on you because masks didn’t work while simultaneously forcing masks on you because the injections d... read more

WHITE HOUSE, CDC AND W.H.O. ARE HEREBY BANNED
( culture / humor / covid / politics )

In accordance with the White House’s wishes, we are banning all misinformation from the worst offenders (the White House, CDC and WHO) from this website/platform. They have lost all credibility. I guess we should add ... read more

SO-CALLED EXPERTS
( culture / quotes )

From Rand's Quotes Remember these when the "news" media holds someone up as an authority or expert in their attempt to make you go along with the program... read more

STEPHEN COVEY QUOTE
( culture / quotes )

Loyalty must not be a higher value than integrity... -- Stephen Covey... read more

A NOVEL LOCATION OF PACK WORKER, ETC.
( culture / humor / internet / spam )

Spam number 1 Salute, A novel location of Pack Worker of our package association was unblocked. Our business offers a vast fee and training bundle to make you as a teammate of our team’s expanding ’n’ favo... read more

H.L. MENCKEN QUOTES
( culture / quotes )

Morality is doing what is right, no matter what you are told. Religion is doing what you are told, no matter what is right. The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to ru... read more

THE DELTA VARIANT
( culture / humor / covid )

Remember back in 2020 when the entire world got an early April Fools joke with health officials renaming the seasonal flu Covid-19? And then those silly boys and girls in media began their fear and panic ca... read more

A COUPLE MORE HUMOROUS JUNK EMAILS
( culture / humor / internet / spam )

Salute,A fresh stance for Wrapping Headmaster for our logistics fellowship has just been commenced. Our partnership offers a very proper remuneration instructional case They’... read more

THE FADED PAGE
( culture / writing / books )

Free eBooks forever. FP now includes 6312 eBooks in its collection. Books in the public domain. fadedpage ... read more

HITLER QUOTE
( culture / quotes / politics )

Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it. -- Adolf Hitler (no, we... read more

WALLPAPER BACKGROUNDS
( culture / photography / wallpaper )

Images collected over the years. If you are the photographer/owner and want your photo removed (or redirected), just let us know.... read more

JOSEPH GOEBBELS QUOTE
( culture / quotes / conspiracies / politics )

Accuse the other side of that which you are guilty. -- Joseph Goebbels I first noticed this comin... read more

MY EMAIL SIGNATURE LINE
( culture / tech / internet )

This is how I sign my emails these days to gently educate whoever I happen to be emailing. Just thought I’d mention it in case you like the idea. -- BillA mask might be appropriate if you’re actively... read more

TOM MULLEN QUOTE
( culture / quotes / politics )

"We even have an organization that styles itself, "AntiFa," its chief means for fighting fascism being to dress all in black and beat its political opponents with clubs." -- ... read more

BRUCE LEE QUOTE
( culture / quotes / philosophy )

Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves... read more

VACANCIES AVAILABLE
( culture / humor / internet / spam )

A global leader with a yahoo address? I don't think so. Supposedly from Kayla Smith but address is iran.retailer? And it was not sent to me but to bonabsad@yahoo.com. Starting to look like randomly-generated "AI" names, don't... read more

THE VACCINE DISINFORMATION WAR
( culture / humor / covid / vaccines )

Hilarious! This non-experimental experimental vaccine is truly a historic development, because apart from saving the world from a virus that causes mild to moderate flu-like symptoms (or, mor... read more

BLUE ASHES MUSIC
( culture / music / rock )

These guys played in my neighborhood today (still playing, actually) for the neighborhood pool party. They’re pretty good, so I thought I’d mention them here. And, apparently, one of my neighbors (or at least someone loca... read more

A DILEMMA WE ALL NOW FACE
( culture / humor / covid / vaccines )

With all of these offers of free stuff coming out of Corporate America to encourage everyone to get this unnecessary (for 99% of us) and u... read more

NICHOLAS KLEIN QUOTE
( culture / quotes / politics )

First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. Then they attack you. And then, they build monuments to you. -- union leader ... read more

VOLTAIRE QUOTES
( culture / quotes / philosophy )

I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it. Judge a man by his questions, rather than by his answers. Every man is guilty of all the good he did ... read more

COOL NEW COVID SHOT SIDE-EFFECT DISCOVERED
( culture / humor / covid / vaccines )

Fauci and Gates today held a joint press conference to... read more

ACTIVIST RECORDED AMERICAN TV 24 HOURS A DAY FOR 30+ YEARS TO PROTECT THE TRUTH (DOCUMENTARY)
( culture / movies-tv-video / research / documentaries )

The media’s version of the truth, anyway By B.N. Frank Activist Marion Stokes was so concerned about American broadcast networks disposing archives, as well as the influence that television was having on...... read more

SITTING BULL QUOTE
( culture / quotes / philosophy )

Warriors are not what you think of as warriors. The warrior is not someone who fights, for no one has the right to take another life. The warrior, for us, is the one who sacrifices himself for the good of others... read more

BUSINESS PROPOSAL, FILE NO 180/86
( culture / humor / internet / spam )

Ah, yes, the good ol' Nigerian prince (with a Hungarian email address, for some reason) scam, "just looking for somewhere to park my money!" First of all, their numbering system is messed up. File number 180 out of 86? Anyway...... read more

KENTUCKY DERBY 2021
( culture / sports / horseracing / triplecrown )

Well, the First Saturday in May has come and gone, and all I can say is I am glad I could not get the online betting to work. I would have lost it all. I never let myself get out of control, but did have a $100 allowance. Onl... read more

ELECTRIC BICYCLE SUPPLIER FROM CHINA
( culture / humor / internet / spam )

How did they know we sell bicycles!? It’s not mentioned anywhere on the site. Sure, we can sell you a bike by creating a link to a local bike shop and let them do the rest, if you want? Anyway, here’s the latest very import... read more

HACKERS HAVE ACCESS TO YOUR DEVICE
( culture / humor / internet / spam )

One of our favorite scams! Our comments are interspersed in brackets and look like this.From: aam726 abocol Hello there. Let me introduce myself first - ... read more

THE LATEST CREATIVE SAFETY SHOES
( culture / humor / internet / spam )

I’m starting to think this 163 domain is not legit!From: salesshineo 163 Dear Sir,Lucky day to you! We ARE feeling lucky now that we’ve received this email! ... read more

COENZYMEQ10 ELDERBERRY EXTRACT ANTHOCYANIDINS
( culture / humor / internet / spam )

Hi Sir ,We have been caring about your esteemed company for a long time. A !!! They’ve been ’caring about us!’ Attached our star products. We sincerely hope can help w... read more

SUMPTUOUS OPPORTUNITY IS PROMPTLY UNCOVERED
( culture / humor / internet / spam )

I am so excited! Sounds sumptuous!Received this email the other day from Iris Holets at mrtito88.yahoo . I’m sure that is an actual person and address. People don’t lie about these things, but I’m concerned. T... read more

THIS SORT OF THING IS WHY I QUIT FACEBOOK AND TWITTER
( culture / tech / internet / social )

The tech giant continues to police discussions about the coronavirus. Facebook remov... read more

WINSTON CHURCHILL QUOTES
( culture / quotes / politics )

Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities... because it is the quality which guarantees all others. -- ... read more

NOW, THIS IS A TRUE SPORTS HERO
( culture / sports / baseball / hero )

A line drive foul ball hits a four year old boy in the head at Fenway. Jim Rice, realizing in a flash that it would take EMTs too long to arrive and cut through the crowd, sprang from the dugout and scooped up the... read more

RAND'S QUOTATIONS
( culture / quotes )

From, obviously and properly enough, Rand Lindsly, rand skydiver.eng.sun , Take me back to loQtus! I’d take a Bromo, but I can’... read more

JOHN CLEESE QUOTES
( culture / quotes / humor )

Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating. Nothing will stop you being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake. He who laughs most, learns best. ... read more

THEODORE ROOSEVELT QUOTE
( culture / quotes )

Get action; do things; be sane; don’t fritter away your time; create; act; take a place wherever you are and be somebody; get action. -- ... read more

RUDOLF STEINER QUOTE
( culture / quotes / philosophy )

Does this remind you of anything happening RIGHT NOW? Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner was an Austrian philosopher, social reformer, architect, esotericist, and claimed clairvoyant. Steiner gained initial recognition at the end of ... read more

INGREDIENTS OF A NOVEL
( culture / writing / advice )

VARIOUS WRITERS’ RULES Write a draft. Then let it rest. -- Stephen King;Read a lot. -- King;Never use a long word when a short one will do. -- George Orwell;Nev... read more

LAURENCE J. PETER QUOTE
( culture / quotes )

Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. -- ... read more

STRUGGLING FISHERMAN FINDS RARE PEARL WORTH $330,000 WHILE SEARCHING FOR FOOD
( culture / people / money )

A struggling fisherman from an impoverished village in Thailand’s Nakhon Si Thammarat province made an incredible discovery on the beach. 37-year old Hatchai Niyomdecha happened to be walking along the... ... read more

THOSE WHO TELL THE STORIES RULE SOCIETY
( culture / quotes / stories )

Those who tell the stories rule society -- Plato Or, maybe it was Native Americ... read more

PROPER DISPOSAL OF DISPOSABLE MASKS
( culture / humor / covid / masks )

The covid crisis provides the opportunity for many peo... read more

RANDOM BOOK REVIEWS
( culture / writing / books / reviews )

From Lionel, January 2013: I just finished reading ... read more

COWBOY POETRY
( culture / humor / poetry )

I ain’t much for shopping,Or for goin’ into townExcept at cattle-shipping time,I ain’t too easily found.But the day came when I had to go -I left t... read more

CARL JUNG QUOTE
( culture / quotes / philosophy )

...it is not famine, not earthquakes, not microbes, not cancer but man himself who is man’s greatest danger to man, for the simple reason that there is no adequate protection against psychic epidemics... read more

BUCKMINSTER FULLER QUOTE
( culture / quotes )

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. -- ... read more

STALIN QUOTE
( culture / quotes / conspiracies / politics )

It’s not the votes that count, it’s who counts the votes. -- Josef Stalin... read more

VARIOUS POLITICAL QUOTES
( culture / quotes / politics )

The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding. -- ... read more

HARRY TRUMAN QUOTE
( culture / quotes / politics )

Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror t... read more

GEORGE WASHINGTON QUOTE
( culture / quotes / politics )

If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. -- ... read more

NO SERVICE
( culture / humor / phones )

No Service. That’s what my phone said when I arrived at the restaurant to pick up my teenage daughter. I couldn’t text her to say I’d arrived. I would have to do the unthinkable: Get out of the car, physically walk in,... read more

THOMAS SOWELL QUOTES
( culture / quotes / politics )

Racism is not dead, but it is on life support -- kept alive by politicians, race hustlers and people who get a sense of superiority by denouncing others as ’racists.’ Some of the biggest ca... read more

NIETZSCHE QUOTE
( culture / quotes / philosophy )

If you are too weak to give yourselves your own law, then a tyrant shall lay his yoke upon you and say ’Obey! Clench your teeth and obey!’ And all good and evil shall be drowned in obedience to him. ... read more

QUOTES BY CARL JUNG TO HELP YOU BETTER UNDERSTAND YOURSELF
( culture / quotes / philosophy )

One of the things I love about Carl Jung is the fact that he was a deep philosophical thinker who examined all aspects of the self when writing about the human experience. As you will see in the quotes below, Jung... read more

THOMAS JEFFERSON QUOTES
( culture / quotes / politics )

When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty. There is no justification for taking away individuals’ freedom in the guise of pu... read more

LEONARDO DAVINCI QUOTE
( culture / quotes )

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. -- ... read more

VARIOUS BEGINNINGS TO THE TWILIGHT ZONE
( culture / movies-tv-video )

In honor of the year 2020 -- the year of unprecedented "I never thought I'd see the day..." sort of stuff -- we bring you...Somebody's collection of the variou... read more

EDGAR ALLAN POE QUOTE
( culture / quotes )

Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear. -- Edgar Allan Poe... read more

YOU CANNOT SIMPLY BUILD YOUR OWN FREE-SPEECH VERSION OF TWITTER
( culture / tech / internet / social )

To build an alternate social media website with a dissenting moderation policy, you must first invent the universe. Good luck. ... read more

GANDHI QUOTES
( culture / quotes / politics )

Civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the state has become lawless or corrupt, and a citizen who barters with such a state shares in its corruption and lawlessness. A small body of dete... read more

VAN MORRISON QUOTE
( culture / quotes )

"Remember, those who are shutting down our economy haven't missed a paycheck since lockdown began. We are not in this together." -- Van Morrison... read more

BOB MARLEY QUOTE
( culture / quotes )

You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. -- Bob Marley... read more

NOW IT (NFL) GETS GOOD
( culture / sports )

The post-season is better than the regular season in any sport, and the NFL is no different. Check out this page and you will see the match-ups for this comin... read more

ALLAN STEVO QUOTE
( culture / quotes )

Beware of information obedient to the status quo. When information is obedient to a status quo, it deserves a special level of skepticism to avoid the bias known as confirmation bias, an easy bias to fall into. q... read more

ALEX PANNAS QUOTES (FROM OPERATION DETOUR)
( culture / writing / books / novels )

If I seem flippant, that’s just how I cope. You either laugh or you cry. You apparently start referring to yourself in the second person, too. I’m a trusting person. I just took my doctor ... read more

BENNY REED QUOTES (FROM LOTTERY PRESIDENT)
( culture / writing / books / novels )

You really think the President is in charge of anything? He’s a figurehead, a spokesman... he’s the country’s Vanna White. Instead of voting for the person they like best, they vote f... read more

COLONEL CHARONNE QUOTES (FROM ANOTHER WAY: BEYOND THE STATUS QUO)
( culture / writing / books / novels )

You’re that Commie, Pokorny! I should shoot you where you stand! Pokorny’s still out there selling that tripe and it needs to stop. Now! I want him gone! You know what I’m saying? q... read more

DOBIE POKORNY QUOTES (FROM ANOTHER WAY: BEYOND THE STATUS QUO)
( culture / writing / books / novels )

If you’re not a conspiracy theorist these days, you’re just not paying attention. Sure, some scoff at the mere thought of conspiracy, but ask any detective, lawyer or judge mdash; if you can find an h... read more

RIVA PETKOVIC QUOTES (FROM OPERATION DETOUR)
( culture / writing / books / novels )

You might be smart with computers, but in real life you are a complete idiot. Programmer, data entry clerk, whatever. How have you not gone insane already!? Put some clothes on! Nobody... read more

SEMMY QUOTES (FROM ANOTHER WAY: BEYOND THE STATUS QUO)
( culture / writing / books / novels )

Don’t be scared when you feel you are about to die. You’re not frightened when you wake up in the morning, are you? Pretty much the same thing. ’Life is but a dream!’ We a... read more

OL' LIGHTNIN' QUOTES (FROM THE LAZY PUG CAFE)
( culture / writing / books / novels )

It’s not a tree’s purpose in life to stand around being picturesque. Not this tree, at least. Maybe that weeping willow up front, or my old friends ruthlessly cut down in their prime when this place was ... read more

NYC RESTAURANTS TO BAN CUOMO FROM DINING
( culture / food / restaurants / politics )

Serves him right! No pun intended. Struggling restaurant owners city-wide are permanently banning New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo from setting foot into their establishments. Effective immediately... ... read more

LAURIE HALSE ANDERSON QUOTE
( culture / quotes )

Censorship is the child of fear and the father of ignorance. -- Laurie Halse Anderson... read more

FEEDING HORSES IN THE RAIN
( culture / writing / poetry )

Feeding horses in the rain is such a painThe horses trot by and splash mud in my eyeI toss all the flakesmissing puddles and small lakesThe wind picks up fast as blankets go on lastI make m... read more

SOLZHENITSYN QUOTES
( culture / quotes / politics )

The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie. One word of truth outweighs the world. The timid civilized world has found nothing with which to oppose the onslaught of a sudden reviv... read more

ALDOUS HUXLEY QUOTES
( culture / quotes / politics )

There will be in the next generation or so a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude and producing dictatorship without tears so to speak. Producing a kind of painless concentration camp for ... read more

ON THE SUBJECT OF BIDETS
( culture / humor / home-garden )

Hilarious conversation I came across on thegatewaypundit in the comment section of an article...No toilet paper for you!I have a bidet. Best investment eva!... read more

CHRISTIAN JOSI (PJ MEDIA COLUMNIST) QUOTE
( culture / quotes / politics )

Polling: The gateway political drug to misinformation, mistakes and malfeasance. -- Christian JosiThis was actually just ... read more

ADLAI STEVENSON QUOTE
( culture / quotes / politics )

The tragedy of our day is the climate of fear in which we live, and fear breeds repression. Too often, sinister threats to the Bill of Rights, to freedom of the mind, are concealed under the patriotic cloak of ant... read more

GOOD NEWS FOR CHURCH-GOERS
( culture / people / religion )

"The ruling comes after the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn sued the "Democratic" governor of New York over his executive actions restricting church attendance earlier this month. In their 5-4 decision, the majority st... read more

HILARIOUS MEMES ABOUT LOCKDOWNS
( culture / humor / covid / politics )

Look folks, there’s an easy way around the government ban on having a traditional Thanksgiving feast with friends and family. Hold a protest against colonialist oppression instead! As we know, protests are exe... read more

ARTHUR C. CLARKE QUOTE
( culture / quotes / science )

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. -- Arthur C. Clarke... read more

THESE ZEBA SNEAKERS LOOK COOL
( culture / fashion / shoes )

These Zeba shoes look great! Expensive, but very nice! You can put them on without bending down or even retying them!See zebashoes / Hands-free Sneakers.... read more

PANCAKES BY GREG
( culture / food / recipes )

I grate about half an apple in the pancake mix (Arrowhead Mills Organic Gluten Free). Plus, add cinnamon sp... read more

BREEDERS CUP 2020
( culture / sports / horseracing )

The Breeders Cup is happening today! And yesterday, but we missed that. Today is the big day, anyway. I am really looking forward to the Classic, the final race. Some big names. ... read more

CESAR A. CRUZ QUOTE
( culture / quotes / art )

Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable. -- Cesar A. Cruz ... read more

THE QUEST FOR A FACEBOOK REPLACEMENT CONTINUES
( culture / tech / internet / social )

I keep joining these other social networking sites, only to be disappointed. The main problem is that they insist that I upload my contact list, which I refuse to do. Maybe this one -- ... read more

WILLIAM ARTHUR HOLMES QUOTES
( culture / quotes )

A novel is the fine art of never getting to the point. Stay loose, keep moving, stay true to yourself... always. All the lies we deal with can be disheartening until you realize ... read more

LEE CHILD QUOTE
( culture / writing / advice )

Don ’t get it right, get it written! -- Lee Child ... read more

ORDERING A PIZZA IN THE NEAR FUTURE (LIKE, MAYBE NEXT MONTH)
( culture / humor / movies-tv-video )

A man learns how tough it is to order a pizza in the not-too-distant future. How to order a Pizza in... read more

PSYCHOPATHS AMONG US
( culture / people / politics )

"Politicians are more likely than people in the general population to be sociopaths. I think you would find no expert in the field of sociopathy- psychopathy- antisocial personality disorder who would dispute that a small minority of h... read more

NORWEGIAN OFFICIAL APOLOGIZES FOR MAKING 2020 AN HOUR LONGER
( culture / humor )

Oct. 21 (UPI) -- The Norwegian official responsible for Daylight Saving Time in the country apologized for adding an additional hour to what "has already been a very demanding year."... Go to ... read more

ONE OF MY FAVORITE TWAIN QUOTES
( culture / quotes )

If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed. -- Mark Twain... read more

CURRENT FAVORITE SONGS
( culture / music )

Current favorite songs, in alphabetical order. The songs are not current, but their status as "favorite" is. ... read more

HARNESS RACING LEGEND, BILLY DIRECT
( culture / sports / horseracing )

I just learned that a harness racing legend, Billy Direct, was born near where I live. I just thought that was pretty cool. See ... read more

CELEBRITIES BORN IN SACRAMENTO
( culture / history )

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GEORGE ORWELL QUOTES
( culture / quotes / politics )

No one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. All tyrannies rule through fraud and force, but once the fraud is exposed they must rely exclusi... read more

BILL HICKS QUOTE
( culture / quotes / politics )

The problem isn’t a lack of money, food, water or land. The problem is that you’ve given control of these things to a group of greedy psychopaths who care more about maintaining their own power than helpi... read more

CHARLES BUKOWSKI QUOTES
( culture / quotes )

The problem with the world is that intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence. The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy ... read more

WATCH DEEPFAKE DONALD TRUMP ON HIS FIRST DAY WORKING AT RT
( culture / movies-tv-video / humor )

Making news not faking news: Watch Deepfake Donald Trump on his first day working at RT... rt /new... read more

CALIFORNIA UNDER QUARANTINE
( culture / humor / covid )

Hilariously sad. See ... read more

LEO TOLSTOY QUOTE
( culture / quotes / people )

People try to do all sorts of clever and difficult things to improve life instead of doing the simplest, easiest thing -- refusing to participate in activities that make life bad. -- ... read more

FREEWRITE, THE DEVICE FOR DISTRACTION-FREE WRITING
( culture / writing / tech )

Article about it here, and the manufacturer’s website here. ... read more

THIS CLEVER & CONTROVERSIAL ARTWORK WILL HELP YOU THINK DEEPER ABOUT SOCIETY
( culture / arts-crafts )

Art Should Comfort The Disturbed And Disturb The Comfortable... themindunleash... read more

AIRLINES GATE AGENT
( culture / humor / jokes / airlines )

An award should go to the gate agent in Denver for being smart and funny, while making her point, when confronted with a passenger who probably deserved to fly as cargo. A crowded United Airlines flight was canceled. A single ag... read more

EINSTEIN QUOTES
( culture / quotes )

Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stup... read more

THE PURPOSE OF COMMUNIST PROPAGANDA
( culture / quotes / conspiracies )

The purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when ... read more

KENTUCKY DERBY (2020)
( culture / sports / horseracing / triplecrown )

""Thousand Words" upset Honor A. P. in the Shared Belief Stakes on Saturday at Del Mar and got a Beyer Speed Figure of 104, all of which prompted Marty McGee of Daily Racing Form to cut his odds to 12-1 from last week's... read more

TRANSPORTATION JOKES
( culture / humor / jokes )

New Los Angeles Driver’s Exam For those not fortunate enough to live in Los Angeles, here is a copy of the Los Angeles Driver’s Exam. For those of you who are, study real hard. This is a new exam. Since driving co... read more

NON-FICTION 3
( culture / humor )

How do these people survive? Recently, when I went to McDonald’s I saw on the menu that you could have an order of 6, 9 or 12 Chicken McNuggets. I asked for a half dozen nuggets. We don’t have half ... read more

HUMOROUS QUOTES, PAGE 2
( culture / quotes / humor )

Some Thoughts On Life Raising teenagers is like trying to nail Jell-O to a tree. There is always a lot to be thankful for if you take time to look for it. For example, I am sitting here thinking how nice it is that... read more

HUMOROUS QUOTES, PAGE 3
( culture / quotes / humor )

Somethin’ to think about Living on Earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun. How long a minute is depends on which side of the bathroom door you’re on. I have noticed that... read more

NON-FICTION SCIENCE
( culture / humor )

Acknowledging Receipt of Australopithicus Spiff-arino The story behind the letter below is that there is a man in Newport, RI named Scott Williams who digs things out of his backyard and sends the stuff he finds... read more

HUMOROUS QUOTES, PAGE 1
( culture / quotes / humor )

Somethin’ to think about Living on Earth is expensive, but it does include a trip around the sun. How long a minute is depends on what side of the bathroom door you’re on. I have noticed that the people who... read more

PROVERBS
( culture / quotes )

The Fence There was a little boy with a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, to hammer a nail in the back fence. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into t... read more

NON-FICTION 1
( culture / humor )

Five people who have a job worse than yours The San Francisco Zoo has an elephant named Calle who has a chronic illness requiring medication. The zoo people couldn’t get Calle to take her dose orally, so a California p... read more

NON-FICTION 2
( culture / humor )

Credit Card Bill In March 1992 a man living in Newtown near Boston, Massachusetts received a bill for his as yet unused credit card stating that he owed $0.00. He ignored it and threw it away.In April he received another a... read more

CHRISTMAS JOKES
( culture / humor / jokes / christmas )

A Christmas Story One day, this past December, I was rushing around trying to get some last minute shopping done. I was stressed out and not thinking very fondly of the Christmas season right then. It was dark, cold, an... read more

BRAND SUICIDE OR SAVVY PR MOVE? CEO OF FOOD GIANT GOYA PRAISES TRUMP
( culture / tech / internet / social )

After the CEO of Hispanic food megabrand Goya spoke at the White House, demands to cancel the popular brand on social media have arisen met by equally furious pushback from the corporations defenders.... ... read more

BEING BAMBOOZLED
( culture / quotes / conspiracies )

This is great. Pretty similar to one by Mark Twain, actually, but I am adding it here, anyway: One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we have been bamboozled... read more

CASSETTE TAPE CONVERTED TO MP3
( culture / music / tech )

Cool! I am getting one of these. I am including an affiliate link here. This sounds like a scam post, but I really am ... read more

EMISSIONS TEST
( culture / humor / transportation / auto )

A mostly one-way text conversation (click image) I... read more

BELMONT STAKES TO BE RUN FIRST IN TRIPLE CROWN THIS YEAR
( culture / sports / horseracing / triplecrown )

Horse racing fans will not be denied the Triple Crown this year, even though the order of races will be different. Instead of having the Kentucky Derby, which will take place on Sept. 5, kick off the Triple Crown ... read more

MOVIES AND TV SHOWS FILMED IN BUDAPEST
( culture / movies-tv-video )

I was researching this for my ... read more

MORE ADVICE FOR WRITERS
( culture / writing / advice )

People read fiction seeking clarity. One of the worst things a writer can do is to create confusion. I’m referring to the payoff at the end of the book. People also read fiction for something better than reality, or at least... read more

MUSIC BY AN OLD FRIEND
( culture / music )

Terry Dan Click here for YouTube or here for Facebook. You mig... read more

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN QUOTES
( culture / quotes / politics )

Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freen... read more

POLITICAL COMPASS TEST
( culture / writing / politics )

Welcome! It’s timely to stress that The Political Compass has been on the internet since 2001. The uniqueness of our take on politics is reflected in the gratifyingly enthusiastic reviews we’ve enjoyed in ... read more

THOUGHTS ON WRITING
( culture / writing / advice )

Louis L’Amour once said he could write while sitting in the middle of the freeway. That didn’t impress me at the time, but now it does.Not one, but two dogs threw up behind me as I wrote. Was that a commentary on my wr... read more

THE PPP IS LETTING OUR SMALL RESTAURANTS AND BUSINESSES DIE
( culture / food / restaurants / politics )

The PPP was supposed to save our small restaurants and businesses. But where’s the money?... ... read more

THOUGHT FOR TODAY (4/17/2020)
( culture / quotes / health / conspiracies )

It’s easier to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled! -- Mark Twain ... read more

HUMOR AMID OFFICIAL OVERREACTION
( culture / humor / covid )

Half of us are going to come out of this quarantine as amazing cooks. The other half will come out with a drinking problem.I used to spin that toilet paper like I was on Wheel of Fortune. Now I turn it like I’m crackin... read more

MANGLED ENGLISH
( culture / humor / language / english )

This is pretty old, from the old newsletter in 1992, when the Soviet Union still existed, but it’s still funnyHow English is Being Used in Different Parts of the World... read more

BANDANNA FASHION
( culture / humor / covid / fashion )

Nobody bats an eye now when I walk into a bank or store with a bandanna wrapped across my face. Of course, the gun is still a sure giveaway.... read more

RUMI QUOTE
( culture / quotes )

Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form. -- Rumi I happen to think there is nothing wrong with g... read more

KENTUCKY DERBY POSTPONED
( culture / sports / horseracing / triplecrown )

This is a first, as far as we know. No, we didn't research it. We don't do a lot of research here. ) Anyway... ... read more

ALL QUOTES
( culture / quotes )

When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad; and that is my religion. -- Abraham Lincoln We now live in a nation where doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy just... read more

STOP PANICKING
( culture / people / health )

Israeli virologist urges world leaders to calm public, slams unnecessary panic. ’People think this virus is going to attack them all, and then they’re all going to die,’ says Prof. Jihad Bishara. ’No... read more

THE LAZY PUG CAFE
( culture / writing / books / novels )

My latest short story, based on our real life pugs Daisy, Chandler and Joey, the latter of whom is the only one still alive and barking. See amazon /dp/B085XM6Q... read more

MUSIC BY A NEPHEW (AND FRIENDS)
( culture / music )

Thomas and friends, a.k.a. OneSol are on Facebook, YouTube, ... read more

10 TV SERIES WITH CONSCIOUS THEMES IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING GOOD
( culture / movies-tv-video )

As the Founding Director of the Tribeca Film Festival, former Head of Content for GAIAMTV (Gaia), and now Founder and CEO of Conscious Good... at ... read more

MUSIC BY A BROTHER
( culture / music )

Music by one of my brothers:’Til the Morning Comes... read more

REVIEW MY BOOKS
( culture / writing / books / reviews )

If you've read any of my novels, please give them a review on Amazon (click the book's image, below or on the right, then click the "Write a Customer Review" button on its Amazon page, to the left), on ... read more

PALACSINTAS RECIPES
( culture / food / recipes )

Markowitz palacsintas recipe. (pronounced pah-lah-CHIN-tuhz). Makes 4 or 5.beat well 2 eggsAdd a pinch of salt 189; teaspoon sugarbeat/mix in blender until has a loose consistency.Add 189; cup water and some ... read more

CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR TACOS
( culture / food / recipes )

1 potato (about 4 inches long) 188; head lettuce3 cloves garlic6 green onions1 pound lean ground beef1 cup water 189; small can green chiliesSalt and pepper12 - 14 white corn tortillasVegetabl... read more

BILL'S SALSA CHICKEN & RICE
( culture / food / recipes )

Bill ’s Salsa Chicken Rice I ’ve been making this for years, and thought I ’d share it, finally. Here ’s my recipe and the quantity I usually make:Six chicken breasts with skin, baked in plastic cookin... read more

DON'S "ORANGE JULIUS"
( culture / food / recipes )

Place 189; cup orange juice concentrate in blender Fill 2 cup container 189; full with ice cubes and the rest with water to make 2 cups, and pour into blender Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Add 8 teaspoo... read more

EASY DEVILED EGGS
( culture / food / recipes )

Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, resealkeep mashing it up mixing thoroughlycut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg... read more

RONICA'S OREGANO CHICKEN
( culture / food / recipes )

This is fast and easy. It is good over rice or noodles. 188; cup butter 188; cup lemon juice2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce2 tablespoon soy sauce1 189; teaspoon dried oregano1 large clove garlic, crush... read more

RONICA'S MAPLE ROASTED CHICKEN
( culture / food / recipes )

4 large skinless chicken thighs or breasts3 potatoes cut into chunks1 medium onion cut into small pieces1 bag baby carrots 188; cup maple syrup1 teaspoon salt 189; teaspoon pepperCombine all ingredien... read more

GOOD ARTICLE ABOUT STORYTELLING
( culture / writing / advice )

Pop culture today is obsessed with the battle between good and evil. Traditional folktales never were. What changed? ... read more

NFL CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
( culture / sports / football )

For the first time ever, I actually like all four of the teams left on "the road to the Super Bowl": Titans v. Chiefs - Sunday at 3:05 PM EST; and, Packers v. 49ers - Sunday at 6:40 PM EST. The Titans are my current team (since I live ne... read more

BEST FICTION OF 2019
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NO ANNOYING PROMPTS
( culture / writing / blog / friendsnews )

Aren't you glad we don't have any of those annoying pop-up ads asking you to join our newsletter? Ironic, isn't it, given that we are an "online newsletter?"Please support this website, should you be so inclined: ... read more

BEST AND WORST SELF-PUBLISHING SITES
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Good site showing who to trust (or not) when it comes to self-publishing: self-publishing-service-reviews... read more

LATEST DEEP THOUGHT
( culture / quotes )

One way or another, in our own inimitable way, we all do to others what was done to us. -- William Arthur Holmes... read more

USMNT FAN-PREFERRED ROSTER
( culture / sports / soccer )

Who do you want playing right now for the US Men’s national soccer team (assuming everyone’s available) for a hypothetical must-win game?VO... read more

MOST POPULAR SITE ON THE INTERNET
( culture / writing / blog / friendsnews )

This is the 12,157,539th most popular website in the world, according to silktide ! Wow! We have hit the big time. See image here: ... read more

SUPPORT THIS SITE
( culture / writing / blog / friendsnews )

...should you be so inclined:Buy one of my books at Amazon or SmashW... read more

JOKE IMAGES
( culture / humor / jokes )

WARNING: Not necessarily for kids (or the squeamish).animals ... read more

GET INTO FARMING
( culture / humor / jokes )

Some bad language, but funny. Get Into Farming... read more

HISTORY OF FRIENDSNEWS.COM
( culture / writing / blog / friendsnews )

FYI for those researching insignificant corners of the web: Wayback Machine Please support this website, should you be so inclined: buy on... read more

ALL OF MY BOOKS
( culture / writing / books / novels )

See Novels/NovellasFe... read more

BRITISH PROBLEMS
( culture / humor )

Look, buddy, I get it. You have a Ferrari and ’wanna go fast’ like Ricky Bobby but maybe central fcking London isn’t the place for you. Phone doctors at 7.59 a.m.: ’surgery is... read more

KNOTS BY ANNA NALICK
( culture / music )

Wow, great vocals. My current... read more

DERBY THIS SATURDAY
( culture / sports / horseracing / triplecrown )

Here are my picks for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby: WIN - Cutting Humor (because I have that); PLACE - Country House (because I want that); and SHOW - War of Will (becaus... read more

RESTROOM DIFFICULTY
( culture / humor / employment )

Don’t you hate it when you’re at work? The end. Wait, no, that’s not the end. You’re at work - on the bottom floor, because that’s where the snack machine is - and you decide to use the restroom. The clean... read more

MONGOLIAN THROAT SINGING
( culture / music )

This (Wolf Totem by The HU) ... read more

WHERE YOU BELONG
( culture / people / geography )

I’ve been in middle Tennessee the past 25 years, grew up in northern California, spent most of my 20s in L.A., but according to ... read more

GOOD ALBUM
( culture / music )

Dido’s latest (here) ... read more

THE RAINBOW ENDS IN SACRAMENTO
( culture / photography / humor / sports )

The rainbow really does end in Sacramento! My nephew Milan has captured proof. :) This was taken at their minor league team, ... read more

OPERATION DETOUR
( culture / writing / books / novels )

Riva, a beautiful young "black ops" agent on her first assignment, tries to turn Alex into her own "asset" just to prove she can. When he loses both his job and his girlfriend, she thinks he's putty in her hands. When he decides to g... read more

TEMPORARY INSANITY
( culture / writing / books / novels )

Long before winning the lottery and running for president, Benny was living in L.A. working as a temporary word processor (typist). For his latest assignment, he thought he was taking just another temp job. He didn’t anti... read more

DANCE PAGE
( culture / dance-stage )

"Hundreds of dancers joined together in Moscow on 26.02.2012 to perform together a great flashmob of..." Go to Puttin' on the Ritz in Mos... read more

RELIGION QUOTES
( culture / quotes / religion )

When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad; and that is my religion. -- Abraham Lincoln Heaven is by favo... read more

MOVIES-TV PAGE
( culture / movies-tv-video )

Good quasi-clay-mation video ... read more

RECENTLY-DISCOVERED BOOK REPOSITORY
( culture / writing / books )

HathiTrust is a partnership of academic and research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world. See ... read more

WHAT IS SATURNALIA?
( culture / holidays / christmas )

At no time in the history of the early Christian church was it ever thought that the birth of Christ took place on 25 December. In fact, Jesus’ birthday was not celebrated at all until the mid-4th cent... read more

COUPLE OF GOOD ONES
( culture / humor / jokes )

OK, three good ones. and and, this just in, something to settle the argument... ... read more

HOW TO MOVE A BOOK STORE
( culture / writing / books )

A rent increase forced the owners of October Books to move locations in Southampton. They used a crowd funding campaign and loans to buy a former bank location about 500 feet down the street for $400,000. Cool! ... read more

TAKING THE STAIRS
( culture / humor )

Don’t you hate it when you’re taking the stairs, looking down because it’s a struggle, you think you’ve reached your floor only to look up and see you’ve got two more to go? Working on the third floor is rough!... read more

PANERA FAVORITES
( culture / food / restaurants )

Insider favorites at Panera Bread. Via panera-bread-employee-favorites... read more

BEST THRILLERS OF ALL-TIME
( culture / writing / books / novels )

According to the Telegraph, anyway. An interesting list. Several if not most of these... read more

WORRYING WORKS
( culture / humor / jokes )

Worrying must work, because almost everything I worry about ends up not happening!... read more

WORDS TO LIVE BY
( culture / quotes / advice )

Stay loose, keep moving, stay true to yourself... always. This is pretty good advice, too, though.... read more

NOVELS/NOVELLAS
( culture / writing / books / novels )

Did I mention I’ve written a few novels/novellas? Another Way: Beyond the Status Quo A politically-incorrect manifesto. Anti-corporate crusader Dobie Pokorny wants to save the world. His old... read more

USB TURNTABLE
( culture / music / tech )

I’m buying one of these: ... read more

GOOD QUASI-CLAYMATION VIDEO
( culture / movies-tv-video )

Great first video by my niece (from several years ago when she was just a kid) here Ellie’s Adventures. She’s all grown up now, and her ... read more

QUOTE ON TOLERANCE
( culture / quotes )

Total tolerance is not a virtue, it is a total lack of principles. - Plainsman 2016 And here are a couple more... Never trust a Republican with your PUBLIC LAND. Nev... read more

TOO FUNNY
( culture / humor / transportation / auto )

This is too funny not to share. Almost every driver has been there - when parking in a large lot or garage, it can be easy to misplace a car.But while most drivers locate their cars after a frustrating fe... read more

ORDERING A SANDWICH
( culture / food / restaurants )

Man behind the counter: What kind of meat? Me: Tuna. Man: Ham? Me: If by ham you mean tuna, then yes.... read more

CATS DISRESPECTING PUGS
( culture / writing / pets )

So, I’m lying on the bed with the pug Joey between my legs. No, that’s not a figure of speech. I’m referring to an actual dog between my calves. Anyway, the cat (Sunny) comes up, thinks about jumping across... read more

LESSON ON TAXES
( culture / quotes / humor )

The best way to teach your kids about taxes is by eating 30% of their ice cream. - Bill Murray... read more

ANOTHER GREAT QUOTE
( culture / quotes / conspiracies )

The bankers own the Earth. Take it away from them, but leave them the power to create money, and with the flick of the pen they will create enough deposits to buy it back again. However, take away from them the po... read more

NATALIA HOLMES PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEOS
( culture / photography )

Natalia Holmes travel photography and ... read more

NOVELLAS AND NOVELS
( culture / writing / books / novels )

Free novellaTemporary Insanity Long before winning the lottery and running for president, Benny was living in ... read more

INDIAN FLICK WITH SUBTITLES
( culture / movies-tv-video )

So, I’m selecting a movie to watch on Netflix. I see Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty . It’s Indian, with subtitles, but it’s in the category of Action/Adventure. The blurb says Capt. Bakshi sets ou... read more

NETFLIX SUBGENRES
( culture / movies-tv-video )

How to find those hard-to-find movies and TV shows on Netflix:Netflix codes UPDATE: Not sure thi... read more

PLASTIC GIRL
( culture / people )

It was horrible! I was at Walmart again, but that’s not the worst part. There was a teenage/early-20’s girl with boobs out to here, wearing the most form-fitting outfit you ... read more

HOTDOG FROM REGGIO'S
( culture / food / restaurants / chicago )

Just had a hotdog from Reggio’s at O’Hare. I’m told that’s a real Chicago style dog. It was good! ... read more

WIFE'S JETTA
( culture / humor / transportation / auto )

Driving wife’s Jetta while my car gets serviced. I called it a piece of $h! while I tried to climb out. Its door hit me in the forehead during the struggle. So, I guess we’re even.... read more

IF A MAN SPEAKS IN THE FOREST...
( culture / humor / jokes )

If a man speaks in the forest and his wife is not there to hear it, is he still wrong? ... read more

PUTTING WORDS IN MARK TWAIN'S MOUTH
( culture / quotes )

Nice list: Putting Words in Mark Twain’s MouthI wonder if ... read more

ONE OF THE ALL-TIME GREAT ROCK ERA LYRICISTS
( culture / music )

Listening to Don Henl... read more

ACTION FILMS ON NETFLIX
( culture / movies-tv-video / humor )

Almost half of all action films on Netflix have a variation of this description: "He thought he was retired, but has to do "One. Last. Job!"... read more

FACEBOOK CREEPS ME OUT
( culture / tech / internet / social )

Note: I am no longer on Twitter or Facebook, but here’s what I’ve managed to salvage from back then. Every time Facebook shows me one of those notices saying something like Hey there, we’ve been going through ... read more

MY ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM
( culture / sports / soccer )

Trying to decide which English Premier League team I should consider my team. Very important. Leaning toward either Liverpool ... read more

WRITERS NEED FOLLOWERS?
( culture / writing / advice )

Publishers and writing gurus preach that writers need followers. The problem is that emotionally-stable people don’t want followers, they want friends, compatriots, people who listen, not followers. Especia... read more

IS THERE A DECENT SERIES AVAILABLE ONLINE?
( culture / movies-tv-video )

Is there a single, decent series available online that isn’t depraved; you know, doesn’t involve zombies or some sort of depressing, apocalyptic, loser view of the world? Just wondering. Thanks.UPDATE: ... read more

LAST TRAIN OUT
( culture / writing / books / novels )

Clay and his adopted daughter, Jenna, look forward to their upcoming homeland tour to Russia. His intentions are pure. Hers, not so much. When she goes missing, his worst fears are realized. She is not the innocent little girl he thought she was.... read more

CAN YOU SAY AWKWARD?
( culture / humor / family )

Can you say "awkward?"So, I'm walking back from feeding the neighbor's dog while they're on vacation. I see my wife and daughter in the car up ahead, just about to turn onto our street. I'm looking at them. They're... read more

RECENT TWEETS
( culture / writing / tweets )

Note: I am no longer on Twitter or Facebook. I remember when I didn't know what a "tweet" was, other than the sound a bird makes. It wasn't so long ago, either. Below is just a random list of tweets. Pathetic, I know, but I f... read more

ADDICTED TO CEREAL
( culture / humor / food )

"I think I'm addicted to cereal," I said. "Addicted?" she asked. "Yeah, I'm gonna hit the street looking for my latest fix.""And by 'street,' you mean Aisle 3 at Kroger, right?""Don't question my street ... read more

NO MORE PENALTY SHOOTOUTS
( culture / sports / soccer )

I’m a huge soccer fan, but absolutely hate penalty shootouts. That is no way to decide a game. The winning team needs to be determined by playing the game, not through penalty kicks. That’s like deciding an Amer... read more

AMERICAN PHAROAH VS. SECRETARIAT, WHO WOULD WIN?
( culture / sports / horseracing )

Interesting!The 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah ran the sixth-fastest Belmont Stakes ever, but if he was racing against Secretariat’s ... read more

ALL-TIME FAVORITE SONGS
( culture / music )

Or, what I’d want on my MP3 player if stuck on a deserted island (with rechargeable batteries and a ... read more

THE ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY (2015)
( culture / sports / horseracing / triplecrown )

The 20 three-year-olds to make the starting gate in the Kentucky Derby are determined by the Road to the Kentucky D... read more

MY NOVELS
( culture / writing / books / novels )

Go to Another peek at my books Over the past... read more

AMERICAN RACEHORSE, CIGAR, DIES AT AGE 24
( culture / sports / horseracing )

Sad news. He was one of the greats. We saw him in retirement at ... read more

FORREST GUMP QUOTE
( culture / quotes )

Just because it made me laugh out loud ... Jenny: Do you ever dream, Forrest, about who you’re gonna be?Forrest: Who I’m gonna be?Jenny: Yeah. ... read more

PHOTOGRAPHY PAGE
( culture / photography )

Some interesting photography-related links here Wallpapers collected over the years. If you are the photographer/owner and want your photo removed, just let us kno... read more

NUTTY GRAIN AND OAT BARS
( culture / food / recipes )

I need to try this. Too bad I hate cooking so much. I eat way too many ... read more

PARENTS CODE OF ETHICS
( culture / humor / sports )

Signing my daughter up for softball, I had to laugh at this (stripped down) Parents Code of Ethics:I will encourage good sportsmanshipI will place the emotional and physical well-being of my child ahead of my personal d... read more

WORLD CUP 2014
( culture / sports / soccer )

I love World Cup soccer ("football-futbol" to most of the world), so life is good now with all the games on. I'm ticked at ABC-ESPN for limiting all USA games to ESPN, which I can'... read more

TAKE THIS QUIZ
( culture / people )

From somewhere on the Internet ...Name the five wealthiest people in the world. Name the last five Heisman Trophy winners. Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant. Name ten people who ... read more

REQUIEM FOR A PIGEON
( culture / writing / poetry )

by BillWe witnessed a pigeon’s demiseRight here on the dock o’ the BayThere was nothing we could doNothing we could sayIt just wasn’t the pigeon’s dayWe tried mouth-to-beakAnd the Heimlich... read more

CALIFORNIA CHROME, A HORSE OF A UNITING COLOR
( culture / sports / horseracing )

They have a 77-year-old trainer who thought his big-time days were over, and a jockey who grew up afraid of horses. They pulled California Chrome’s name out of Coburn’s cowboy hat. If not for the luck of the draw the ho... read more

ADVICE FOR WRITING
( culture / writing / advice )

A writer's narrative perspective (their "voice," or, how they come across to their reader) must be: This is me talking to you. That's it. Nothing more, nothing less. It's not: This is me 100 years ago speaking in a "c... read more

HOLLYWOOD PARK, WHAT A RUN IT HAD
( culture / sports / horseracing )

Today (December 22, 2013) is the last day of racing at Hollywood Park before it's torn down. It's sad, but that part of town has been "the 'hood" for several decades now, so it's no surprise no one wanted to go there. I ... read more

TWEETS PAGE
( culture / writing / tweets )

Note: I am no longer on Twitter or Facebook, but here’s what I’ve managed to salvage from back then. My Twitter feed: ... read more

MY TWITTER FEED
( culture / tech / internet / social )

Note: I am no longer on Twitter or Facebook, but here’s what I’ve managed to salvage from back then.... read more

MUCHO MACHO MAN GROOVES TO HIS SONG
( culture / sports / horseracing )

Breeder’s Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man grooves to his song. It was apparently r... read more

THIS IS DEEP
( culture / humor / internet )

I just had to share this comment someone left here on FriendsNews . Read it, absorb it, digest it, lather, rinse and repeat it. Then let me know what the %$ it means! Here it is: I comprehend that ... read more

GOOD START
( culture / sports / football )

The NFL got off to a good start today (2013-09-10), the first real games of the season. Both of my teams, the Tennessee Titans and San Francisco 49ers, won! The Titans were a surprise over the Steelers. The Niners won "as expected" e... read more

AESOP QUOTE
( culture / quotes / philosophy )

We hang the petty thieves, and appoint the great ones to public office. - Aesop... read more

MOVIE NIGHT
( culture / movies-tv-video )

My wife and I have been celebrating our twelfth wedding anniversary this weekend. The actual day was the 22nd (so mark your calendars for next year 3... read more

TRAVERS STAKES (2013)
( culture / sports / horseracing )

Several big name horses in it this year:Verrazano, Haskell winner Palace Malice, Belmont and Jim Dandy winner Orb, ... read more

HOW DOES WRITING AFFECT YOUR BRAIN?
( culture / writing / health )

Interesting ... to me, anyway. Most of us write a little something everyday. It might be a grocery list, a poem, or a write-up on the infographic of the day. As we go through this daily ritual, however, we a... read more

COURT TO FEDS: EXPLAIN MARINE'S FACEBOOK POSTINGS ARREST
( culture / tech / internet / social )

"Brandon Raub's case exposes the seedy underbelly of a governmental system that continues to target military veterans for expressing their discontent over America's rapid transition to a police state," said John W. ... read more

LOST A FRIEND
( culture / humor / internet / social )

No, not that kind of "lost" (knock on wood). But, don't you hate it when you're walking along talking to someone, it's crowded, you hear a muffled scream but think nothing of it, only to realize several blocks dow... read more

DINNER AND A SHOW
( culture / food / restaurants )

After stopping at Tara’s sister Stephanie’s house in Smyrna to pick up a newly-refurbished Kindle Fire that Todd had put together, we had dinner at a nearby Mexican restaurant, Mi Tierra. Now ... read more

ALAN SHORE'S "STICK IT!" SPEECH
( culture / movies-tv-video / legal )

Alan Shore's closing argument (from ... read more

HOW TO KNOW IF YOUR CO-WORKER IS A THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY
( culture / humor / politics )

Essentially, pretend the Soviets won the Cold War and then conquered the United States - that’s how the government is operating. ... read more

LIES LIES LIES
( culture / music / conspiracies )

Lyrics from a Frank Zappa song:"You will obey me while I lead youAnd eat the garbage that I feed youUntil the day that we don't need youDon't go for hel...no one will heed youYour mind is totally controlled... read more

STARTED A NEW STORY TODAY
( culture / writing / books / novels )

I started writing a new story today. Can’t say much about it except that it’s pretty much sci-fi, though it might wander into religion and politics. So, yeah, it should offend just about everyone. Then I took a break an... read more

CRACKING UP OVER LOTTERY PRESIDENT
( culture / writing / books / novels )

Here’s one of my brothers reading my book, Lottery President. He seems to be enjoying it. I swear I didn’t pay him to do this. ... read more

LOTTERY PRESIDENT
( culture / writing / books / novels )

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GETTING USED TO HAVING NO TV
( culture / movies-tv-video )

I’m slowly but surely getting used to having no TV in the house. It’s been about a week now. I still get all the local news headlines by following those channels through Facebook. And the only thing I ever watched on Roku -... read more

GUEST POSTING
( culture / writing / blog / friendsnews )

I’ve been following and listening to Jeff Goins’s TribeWriters program, and he says an important aspect to successful blogging (at least as far as getting noticed) is to... read more

NO MORE TV
( culture / movies-tv-video )

We've turned off, unplugged and hidden the TVs from ourselves! The plan is to keep it that way throughout the summer. We'll see how long it lasts. :) Something tells me we'll be "cheating" by watching more stuff on our comput... read more

I AM NOW A PUBLISHED AUTHOR
( culture / writing / books / novels )

It's SELF-published, but still ... It's called Lottery President. Hopefully, it's at least slightly entertaining.... read more

CINCO DE MAYO
( culture / food / restaurants / holidays )

It was Cinco De Mayo, so we tried Moe’s Southwest Grill. After ten minutes with very little ... read more

DERBY RESULTS (2013)
( culture / sports / horseracing / triplecrown )

Florida Derby winner Orb won today's Kentucky Derby in "the slop." But you've probably already he... read more

BLOG CONTENT
( culture / writing / blog / internet )

I'm as guilty as anyone about trying to add content to my blog just for the sake of content (because search engines look for and rate highly based on how "fresh" your blog's content is). But someone whose blog-newsletter I subscr... read more

KENTUCKY DERBY-RELATED PAGES (2013)
( culture / sports / horseracing / triplecrown )

Where to keep up or catch up on the upcoming Derby:espn.go /horse-racing/triplecrown2013/ ... read more

HAPPY MAY DAY
( culture / holidays / employment )

from Liberty Underground..."Today, May Day, honors the workers who produce all of the wealth. It is also "a European festival of ancient origins marking the beginning of summer, usually celebrated on 1 May" (from Wikipe... read more

ROAD TO THE TRIPLE CROWN (2013)
( culture / sports / horseracing / triplecrown )

The Triple Crown 2013 - ESPN. I always try and follow these preludes to the Kentucky Derby so that I hav... read more

THE DIGITAL STORY OF THE NATIVITY
( culture / holidays / christmas )

This is the Christmas story as told through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, Wikipedia, Google Maps, GMail, Foursquare, Amazon... ad infinitum. See ... read more

CLEANLINESS COUNTS
( culture / humor / pets )

Click on this link to clean the inside of your screen: screenclean.gif... read more

KENTUCKY OAKS & DERBY (2013)
( culture / sports / horseracing / triplecrown )

2013 Kentucky Oaks & Derby May 3 and 4, 2013 Tickets, Events, News. Time to start watching the Derby "prep" races so y... read more

SO GOD MADE A DOG
( culture / humor / pets )

I love this. And on the 9th day God looked down on his children and said they need a companion, so God Made A Dog. Paul Harvey-style tribute to dogs. ... read more

CHRIS HEDGES QUOTE
( culture / quotes / politics )

We now live in a nation where doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the press destroys information, religion destroys morals, and our banks d... read more

YOUR NOVEL BLUEPRINT
( culture / writing / advice / novels )

Good article for writers. Writing a novel and building a house are pretty similar when you think about it. For instance, most builders or homeowners spend a lot of time dreaming... Read the ... read more

WHICH WEBSITE WOULD YOU CHOOSE
( culture / people / internet )

If you were on a deserted island with an Internet connection and a pug, but could only access ONE website, which site would it be?(BTW, the pug is irrelevant, I just like pugs!)Facebook - 3 votesGoogle - 2 votesKi... read more

MY WRITER'S PLATFORM
( culture / writing / books )

WilliamArthurHolmes.com is my "writer's platform," with a page showing where you can buy, preview and-or review... read more

FOOLING THEMSELVES
( culture / writing / blog / politics )

The "elites" are adept at fooling themselves and too many others into thinking that they know best. The superiority they bestow upon themselves is a convenient justification for keeping us "commoners" in the dark, and themsel... read more

A COUPLE OF BOOKS/NOVELLAS ON KINDLE
( culture / writing / books / novels )

I've published a couple of books-novellas on Kindle recently: "Lottery President" is a political thriller; and ... read more

ON THE SUBJECT OF TYRANTS
( culture / quotes / politics )

When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing more to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader. q... read more

EAT YOUR TOMATO HARVEST ALL YEAR
( culture / food / recipes )

Five Tasty Ways to Eat Your Tomato Harvest All Year Hello tomato harvest time. If your garde... read more

HOW HUBBARD AND RAND GOT THEIR IDEAS
( culture / movies-tv-video / humor )

According to this video, this must be how it happened.Rand, in bed with Hubba... read more

QUOTE OF THE DAY (7/14/2012)
( culture / quotes )

The War on Terror(TM) is a product. It doesn’t exist ’to keep us safe’; on the contrary, it exists to keep us in a state of fear. - Liberty Un... read more

QUOTE OF THE DAY (6/25/2012)
( culture / quotes / politics )

To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize. -- VoltaireGood quote, but apparently not spoken by Voltaire. See ... read more

OUR FIRST EVER ETHIOPIAN RESTAURANT
( culture / food / restaurants )

With Elizabeth taken for the night by her wonderful Auntie, Tara and I took the opportunity last night to use a Groupon and go to an Ethiopian restaurant, ... read more

ARTWORK THAT WE FOUND INTERESTING
( culture / arts-crafts )

Artwork we found interesting enough to mention here! :) Julian Beever’s Sidewalk Art Jana’s ... read more

WRITING PAGE
( culture / writing )

Writers on the subject of writing My author’s page ... read more

SURFER CATCHES BIGGEST WAVE, EVER, OFF PORTUGAL
( culture / sports )

Surfer catches ’biggest wave ever’ off PortugalSurfer catches ’biggest wave... read more

PUTTIN' ON THE RITZ IN MOSCOW
( culture / dance-stage )

Sparrow Hills, Moscow See Puttin’ on the Ritz in Moscow... read more

BUREAUCRACY AT ITS WORST, LEGAL ARGUMENT AT ITS BEST
( culture / humor / legal )

Bureaucracy at its worst, legal argument at its best Part of rebuilding New Orleans caused residents often to be challenged with the task of tracing home titles back potentially hundreds of years.. With a community rich wit... read more

PART 1 HUNGRY FOR CHANGE
( culture / movies-tv-video / politics )

"This inspiring film has the power to transform your health!" - Anthony Robbins, World Renowned Peak Performance Expert. Hungry For Change - Part 1... read more

ESCAPE FROM ZIP TIES
( culture / people / advice / crime )

If you’re ever unlawfully detained, this might be good to know: from the rear - escape from zip ties in front - ... read more

GREED IS NOT A VIRTUE
( culture / people / money )

Great article. By capitalism’s perverse moral logic, if a person sells toxic assets by knowingly misrepresenting them as sound, the fault lies not with the misrepresentation of the seller, but rather wit... read more

BRISNET TOP 10 KENTUCKY DERBY CONTENDERS (2011)
( culture / sports / horseracing / triplecrown )

Brisnet Top 10 Kentucky Derby Contenders Here’s the curre... read more

GREAT COMMERCIAL
( culture / movies-tv-video )

Commercial from Taiwan, for all you bikers out there, young and old:Dream Rangers ... read more

KENTUCKY OAKS & DERBY (2011)
( culture / sports / horseracing / triplecrown )

Kentucky Oaks amp; Derby (2011) Time to start watching the races leading up to the Kentucky Derby so I have a clue who to bet on on Derby Day, May 7th. ... read more

WHAT A SPLIT SECOND LOOKS LIKE
( culture / photography )

Unless you like heavy metal guitars, you might want to lower or mute your volume before you click here ... read more

EVENTS AT MPACT SPORTS
( culture / sports )

For those in middle Tennessee: Events at Mpact. Elizabeth used to go here for gymnastics. They are a great bunch of people.... read more

FREE MONTY PYTHON VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE LEAD TO 23,000% SALES INCREASE
( culture / movies-tv-video )

Free Monty Python Videos on YouTube Lead... read more

NEW RULES FOR WRITERS
( culture / writing / advice )

Anis Shivani: New Rules For Writers: Ignore Publicity, Shun Crowds, Refuse Recognition And More."These "rules" totally go against... read more

FOX SHOOTS HUNTER IN BELARUS
( culture / sports / hunting )

Hooray for the fox!Fox "shoots hunter" in Belarus"A wounded fox shot... read more

HAPPY NEW YEAR
( culture / holidays )

New Year Countdown Singapore, New Year Celebrations Kick Off Worldwide.... read more

FASTEST TROOPER
( culture / humor / jokes )

Montana State TrooperIn most of the United States there is a policy of checking on any stalled vehicle on the highway when temperatures drop to single digits or below. About 3 a.m. one very cold morning, Montana State Trooper... read more

GREETING CARDS BY NATALIA HOLMES
( culture / arts-crafts )

Greeting Cards by Natalia Holmes, my niece. NOTE: She no longer does this.... read more

HOOKING UP THE TELEVISION
( culture / movies-tv-video )

When I wasn’t working on computers this weekend, I was trying to get the ... read more

DOORMATS WITH A DIFFERENCE
( culture / humor / jokes )

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ZENYATTA LOST
( culture / sports / horseracing )

Zenyatta lost by half a head!This is the Breeder’s Cup Classic I’m talking about. I thought she was hurt or ... read more

A FEW MORE GOOD QUOTES
( culture / quotes )

The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding. -- Justice Louis Brandeis I prefer to be true to ... read more

GIANTS WIN
( culture / sports )

For the first time in my lifetime, the S.F. Giants have won the World Series!And they did it on my birthday!Adding to my joy was seeing George W. Bush in the background, clearly unhappy.... read more

ALL-TIME BEST MOVIE LINES
( culture / movies-tv-video )

I thought it’d be fun to come up with a list of the all-time best movie lines. Use the comments section below comments closed for your suggestions. Try and do it from memory. Don’t worry about getting it exactly right. H... read more

WINE REVIEW
( culture / food )

Yes, we do it all here at FriendsNews! If I said to you "Bohemian Highway, California Merlot 2007," what would you think? Crap? Just this side of Thunderbird? Well, you'd be wrong. At the amazingly low price of $6 for the small bottl... read more

NEW ANTENNA
( culture / movies-tv-video / tech )

Got the new tv antenna via UPS last night. That super saver/slow boat shipping from Amazon was not very slow, after all! So, today I'll be installing it. Just wanted to mention that in case I'm killed in the process.... read more

QUOTE OF THE DAY (6/21/2010)
( culture / quotes / economy )

Watching Titanic the part where the ship is sinking is like watching the U.S. economy, where the rich conspire to sink as many of the poor as they possibly can. - Bill Holmes (yes, I ... read more

LEAKED REPORTS DECLARE OBAMA'S UNWRITTEN NOVEL WINS
( culture / humor / satire )

There’s always room for satire here London - Leaked reports reveal that on Wednesday, dbut Hawaiian novelist Barack Hussein Obama II, 49, will win the Lost Man Booker Prize, one of the world’s most prestigi... read more

NEIGHBORLY CONFRONTATION
( culture / people / confrontation )

I had a run-in yesterday with the neighbor formerly known as "ahole motorcycle guy." I had just gotten back from a customer's office when I get a knock on the door. It's "motorcycle guy" saying "Can we talk a minute? I know you... read more

DECENT BREAKFAST PLACE?
( culture / food / restaurants )

Calling all breakfast eaters: Does anyone know of a decent place for breakfast near Nashville’s (BNA) airport? My sister is passing through town next weekend and wan... read more

QUOTE OF THE DAY (4/6/2010)
( culture / quotes )

For life to work well for most people today, the universe has chosen an unlucky few for whom nothing works at all. :) Try and keep that in mind as you go through your day. -- Bill Holme... read more

SCREENPLAY SUBMITTED
( culture / writing / screenplays )

I submitted a screenplay to Scriptapalooza today. See scriptapalooza . The first deadline is Friday the 5th. The real deadline is April 15. I think first prize is $10,000... read more

MY FAMILY MEMBERS' BOOKS
( culture / writing / books )

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MARK TWAIN QUOTES
( culture / quotes )

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics. It’s easier to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled! A banker is a fellow who lends you his um... read more

HAPPY GROUNDHOG'S DAY
( culture / holidays / employment )

It’s been almost five months now since I was laid off. It doesn’t seem that long, actually. What’ve I been doing since then? Collecting unemployment checks and doing freelance consulting, helping people with their compu... read more

THAWING OUT
( culture / writing / blog / weather )

Hopefully. It snowed a good 5-6 inches Friday in and around Nashville. It wasn’t good snowman/snowball snow, though. Not in our neighborhood, anyway. It was too crusty because of the freezing rain that came after the snow. It m... read more

NEW MP3 PLAYER FOR MY CAR
( culture / music / tech / auto )

I am now the proud owner of this very cool device, here. Thanks to Heather and Brady for the suggestion!You might also like ... read more

NEWLY DISCOVERED RADIO STATION
( culture / music / radio )

I just got my car back from the shop. $1500. Ouch!On the way home, though, I turned on the radio. All my preset stations were gone. Right. Whenever they reset the onboard computer, it resets my radio station presets. Kinda weird... read more

A DAY WITHOUT MY CAR
( culture / humor / transportation / auto )

I'm just testing this Windows Live Writer software. UPDATE: There's now a newer, "open-source" version here.... read more

MR. HAPPY'S 18TH ANNUAL UNUSUAL CHRISTMAS MUSIC PODCAST
( culture / music / radio / holidays )

Seasons Greetings,You can "tune in" via your favorite mp3 player to the show: radio show What can you expect to hear? About 500 songs (over 24 hours of non-repeat m... read more

HAPPY HALLOWEEN
( culture / holidays / halloween )

Or, as they piously call it around here, Fall Festival, because Halloween is "the work of Satan," you know. :)We just returned from trick-or-treating, which Elizabeth absolutely loved. She kept saying, "Halloween is so much fun!" And ... read more

GOT A HAIRCUT
( culture / appearance / grooming )

Got a haircut today. Finally! What little I have left - after all the stress at work and the stress of the recent back pain - was getting pretty long and goofy-looking unless it was wet and slicked back. Anyway, I was sitting there... read more

CHRISTMAS (2008)
( culture / holidays / christmas )

It took five months, but here it is:Christmas 2008... read more

DETROIT BANK ROBBERY
( culture / humor / crime )

Detroit PD should be ashamed! :) Here’s the new link... read more

OUR FIRST OUTSIDE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS, EVER
( culture / holidays / christmas )

That’s it. No story. Here’s the link:Our first outside Christmas lights... read more

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
( culture / quotes / employment )

The corporation is a true Frankenstein’s monster, an artificial person run amok, responsible only to its own soulless self. - William Dugger For more, go to ... read more

OLD MUSIC, NEWLY UPLOADED
( culture / music )

Here’s some piano music I’ve composed over the years, mostly from the late 80s and early 90s. I rarely play nowadays. None of the compositions (if you can call them that) had names until just now. And none of it is very pro... read more

HOLDING THE SUN
( culture / photography )

Here’s a few, with more below these: ... read more

SLOVAK ART, PALICKOVANIE
( culture / arts-crafts )

Slovak art by Jana In the Slovak language, this textile art is called palickovanie (Pronounced: PALL-eech-ko-vah-nyeh) See also ... read more

KENTUCKY DERBY (2008)
( culture / sports / horseracing / triplecrown )

Here’s a list of possible starters for next week’s Kentucky Derby: Derby... read more

RADIO PAGE
( culture / music / radio )

Online Radio stations Revolution935 Beat FM ... read more

POETRY BY FRIENDSNEWS MEMBERS PAGE
( culture / writing / poetry )

A Prince in Disguise A Saga of Seven Hats ... read more

HATS, A POEM
( culture / writing / poetry )

by Jeannie Womack Joseph wore many hats in his life,the first one was of son,next an officer, a Dutch Marine,... read more

STAGE PAGE
( culture / dance-stage / plays )

A couple of places in middle Tennessee where you might catch a stage playThe Thomas House... read more

PEOPLE YOU'LL BE MISSING AND WHY
( culture / writing / poetry )

by Jeannie WomackThe time has come for you to move on,but I’m sure you’ll be missing us while you are go... read more

A PRINCE IN DISGUISE
( culture / writing / poetry )

by Jeannie Womack We met on the race track in ’72I couldn’t resist his eyes, so blueWe soon fell i... read more

THE RUN
( culture / writing / poetry )

Running in the rain isn’t the pain a non-runner might think it would be I put on my jacket that has a hood, lace up my shoes, and stretching is good I open the door, expecting more as the rain come... read more

A SAGA OF SEVEN
( culture / writing / poetry )

This is a story in the style called rapthat’ll surely encourage an afternoon napof a family of seven, their kids and their wivesand something regarding their travels and lives. Now first there was Greg, a ... read more

BOOKS PAGE
( culture / writing / books )

Vernon Coleman books... read more

ALL ABOUT MOVIES AND TV
( culture / movies-tv-video )

Check out IMDB featured content for the latest TV episodes, popular clips, and trailers. Free docume... read more

MUSIC PAGE
( culture / music )

Five apps that should make middlemen nervousBandCamp... read more

FASHION PAGE
( culture / fashion )

We’ll probably have something fashion-related to talk about... someday.... read more

SPORTS PAGE
( culture / sports )

SoccerBleacher Report - Soccer ESPNFC ... read more

MISCELLANEOUS RECIPES AND FOOD ARTICLES PAGE
( culture / food / recipes )

This just in: turmeric and black pepper together Kind E... read more

THE LEGEND OF CONAN
( culture / writing / poems )

(Irish Traditional)Once there was a kittenConan was his nameHe grew to nearly 20 poundsBut a kitten he remainedHe grew to be ferociousFeared throughout the landHush, my child and you shall hea... read more

CYCLING IN IOWA
( culture / sports / cycling )

It’s over, for me, anyway. I rode two days in and that was enough. As I expected, it was nice to ride with 10,000 other cyclists and the party-like attitude of the riders and the people in the towns was really nice. The problem... read more

CRUISE SPECIAL
( culture / humor / jokes )

A blonde walks by a travel agency and notices a sign in the window: Cruise Special -- $99! She goes inside, lays her money on the counter and says, I’d like the $99 cruise special, please. The agen... read more

TYPICAL MAN'S TIMELINE
( culture / humor / jokes )

1972: Long hair; 2002: Longing for hair 1972: The perfect high; 2002: The perfect high yield mutual fund 1972: KEG; 2002: EKG 1972: Acid rock; 2002: Acid reflux 1972: Moving to California because it’s cool;... read more

51 YEARS AGO (NOW 70+ YEARS AGO)
( culture / quotes / humor )

I’ll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it’s going to be impossible to buy a week’s groceries for $20. Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won’t be lon... read more

ROMANCE MATH
( culture / humor / jokes / math )

ROMANCE MATHEMATICS Smart man smart woman romance Smart man dumb woman affair Dumb man smart woman marriage Dumb man dumb woman pregnancy OFFICE ARITHMETIC Smart boss smart... read more

SPORTS JOKES
( culture / humor / jokes / sports )

Baseball An Irishman moves to the USA and finally attends his first baseball game. The first batter approached the batters box, took a few swings and then hit a double. Everyone was on their feet screaming Run, Run. ... read more

AWARD-WINNING ENGLISH PROSE
( culture / humor / language / english )

Every year, English teachers from across the USA can submit their collections of actual analogies and metaphors found in high school essays. These excerpts are published each year to the amusement of teachers across the country. He... read more

AIRLINE CABIN ANNOUNCEMENTS
( culture / humor / jokes / airlines )

All too rarely, airline attendants make an effort to make the in-flight "safety lecture" and announcements a bit more entertaining. Here are some real examples that have been heard or reported: 1. On a Southwest flight 245 (SW has no ... read more

APRIL FOOLS DAY HOAXES
( culture / humor / holidays )

SPAGHETTI HARVEST - Bogus item on 1957 BBC news show Panorama. Viewers seeking advice on growing their own were told to p... read more

ANDY ROONEY QUOTES (SUPPOSEDLY)
( culture / quotes / humor )

Andy Rooney on Monica. Can you believe it? Monica turned 28 this week. It seems like only yesterday that she was crawling round the White House on her hands and knees.... on Vegetarians. "Vegetarian" - that's an old Indian w... read more

BILL AND TARA'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE
( culture / movies-tv-video / transportation )

It started out as an innocent attempt at dinner and a movie on a Saturday night. It turned into... Tara’s nightmare! We had dinner at Schlotzsky’... read more

A LITTLE BIBLE STUDY NEVER HURT ANYONE
( culture / humor / jokes / religion )

Subject: Why can’t I own a Canadian? Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a radio personality who dispenses advice to people who call in to her radio show. Recently, she said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an ab... read more

STUPID SAYINGS
( culture / humor / jokes )

Save the whales. Collect the whole set. A day without sunshine is like, night. On the other hand, you have different fingers. 42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot. 99 percent of politicians give t... read more

A GIRL NAMED LUCY
( culture / writing / poetry )

from 1990 This is a story 'bout a girl named LucyOtherwise known as "The Rappin' Watusi"She lays down a beat that gets your toes tappin'If your toes get tired, let your fingers do the snappin'She ... read more

ICE FISHING
( culture / humor / jokes )

Saturday morning I got up early, put on my long johns, dressed quietly, made my lunch, grabbed the dog, slipped quietly into the garage to hook the boat up to the truck, and proceeded to back out into a torrential downpour. The... read more

A DAY AT THE RACES
( culture / writing / stories / horseracing )

from 1994The first Saturday in May. What does this date mean to you? Probably nothing, except that Spring has finally arrived, unless you live in California where it’s been Spring already for two months or more - real... read more

BARBECUE SEASON
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After months of cold and winter, we are finally coming up to summer and BBQ season. Therefore it is important to refresh your memory on the etiquette of this sublime outdoor cooking as it’s the only type of cooking a real man w... read more

SUCCESS EQUATION
( culture / humor / jokes / math )

This equation should be taught in all math classes! From a strictly mathematical viewpoint it goes like this: What Makes 100%? What does it mean to give MORE than 100%? Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more... read more

BLONDE JOKES
( culture / humor / jokes )

Blonde in a hailstorm A blonde is driving home and she gets caught in a really bad hail storm.The hail is as big as tennis balls, and she ends up with her car covered with large dents. So the next day she takes her car t... read more

HOSPITAL CHARTS
( culture / humor / jokes )

NOTATIONS ON HOSPITAL CHARTS Actual Sentences or notations Found In Patients’ Hospital Charts 1. She has no rigors or shaking chills, but her husband states she was very hot in bed last night. 2. ... read more

DID I READ THAT SIGN RIGHT?
( culture / humor / language )

In a public restroom Toilet Out Of Order. Please Use Floor Below In a laundromat Automatic Washing Machines Please Remove All Your Clothes When The Ligh... read more

INSURANCE-RELATED JOKES
( culture / humor / jokes )

Frequently Asked Questions About Healthcare Q: What does HMO stand for?A: This is actually a variation of the phrase, Hey, Moe! Its roots go back to a concept pioneered by Doctor Moe Howard, who discovered ... read more

AIRLINE GRIPESHEET
( culture / humor / jokes / airlines )

After every flight, pilots fill out a form called a gripe sheet, which conveys to the mechanics problems encountered with the aircraft during the flight that need repair or correction. The mechanics read and correct the problem, an... read more


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