The Editor: Is this about a Banana Republic or Sand Democracy, LL ?
Chiquita Cat: No, check out these crooks. They all should be in prison, or on the chain-gang.
TE: Are America’s children getting a good education, LL ?
See Spot Run Cat: The parents aren’t getting their moneys worth. Our education sux. This is a local issue. The parents need to be down at the school boards marching. They can also get retired cops or retired military to protect the their children at school, for a tax break.
Which group of these students will compete in a world economy ? There are no trophies for participation.
Oh, I almost forgot this thief.
Explanation: Volcanic activity on the Big Island of Hawaii has increased since this Hawaiian night skyscape was recorded earlier this year. Recent vents and lava flows are about 30 kilometers to the east, the direction of the blowing smoke and steam in the panoramic view of the Kilauea caldera with Halemaumau crater taken from Volcanoes National Park. Still, this year Jupiter is bright in late spring to early summer skies. High in the south it is easily the brightest celestial beacon in the scene where the central bulge of the Milky Way seems to rise above vapors and clouds. Yellowish Antares is the bright star near the end of the dark rivers of dust seen toward the center of our galaxy. Near the horizon, stars Alpha and Beta Centauri and the compact Southern Cross shine through the almost too bright volcanic smoke.
Tomorrow’s picture: Saturn’s painted moon
A man was walking along a Florida beach and stumbled across an old lamp. He picked it up and rubbed it, and out popped a genie.
The genie said, “OK, You released me from the lamp, blah blah blah. This is the fourth time this month, and I’m getting a little sick of these wishes so you can forget about three… You only get one wish!”
The man sat, and thought about it for a while and said, “I’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii, but I’m scared to fly, and I get very seasick. Could you build me a bridge to Hawaii so I can drive over there to visit?”
The genie laughed and said, “That’s impossible!!!
Think of the logistics of that! How would the supports ever reach the bottom of the Pacific? Think of how much concrete — how much steel!! No, think of another wish.”
The man said, “OK, I’ll try to think of a really good wish.”
Finally, he said, “I’ve been married and divorced four times. My wives always said that I don’t care and that I’m insensitive.
So, I wish that I could understand women, know how they feel inside, and what they’re thinking when they give me the silent treatment. Know why they’re crying, know what they really want when they say “nothing,”, know how to make them truly happy.”
The genie said, “Do you want that bridge to be two lanes or four?”
How I learned to mind my own business:
I was walking past the mental hospital the other day, and I could hear all the patients shouting, “13! 13! 13!”
The fence was too high to see over, but I saw a little gap in the planks, so I looked through to see what was going on.
Someone poked me in the eye with a stick! Then they all started shouting, “14! 14! 14!”