Black and White  


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You could hardly see for all the snow,
Spread the rabbit ears as far as they go.
Pull a chair up to the TV set,
“Good Night, David. Good Night, Chet.”

Depending on the channel you tuned,
You got Rob and Laura – or Ward and June.
It felt so good. It felt so right.
Life looked better in black and white.

I Love Lucy, The Real McCoys,
Dennis the Menace, the Cleaver boys,
Rawhide, Gunsmoke, Wagon Train,
Superman, Jimmy and Lois Lane.

Father Knows Best, Patty Duke,
Rin Tin Tin and Lassie too,
Donna Reed on Thursday night! —
Life looked better in black and white.

I wanna go back to black and white.
Everything always turned out right.
Simple people, simple lives…
Good guys always won the fights.

Now nothing is the way it seems,
In living color on the TV screen.
Too many murders, too many fights,
I wanna go back to black and white.

In God they trusted, alone in bed, they slept,
A promise made was a promise kept.
They never cussed or broke their vows.
They’d never make the network now.

But if I could, I’d rather be
In a TV town in ’53.
It felt so good. It felt so right.
Life looked better in black and white.

I’d trade all the channels on the satellite,
If I could just turn back the clock tonight
To when everybody knew wrong from right.
Life was better in black an white!

– by Steve Vaus

ON MY SOAPBOX….Take a mental trip with me



Have you ever tried to recall all the places that you have lived in your life? I am speaking of the times when you actually packed up all your belongings and moved to another location.

I am 70 years old and I actually listed mine in order to count them so that I could write this little post.

I am seventy years old. These are my moves:  Georgia (20), Florida (4), Nevada (2), Virginia (1), Arkansas (2). That is 29 times that I packed up all my belongings and changed addresses. If that number is inaccurate, the actual number will be higher because I specifically remember these 29 moves.

Hold on….I am getting to an important point.

We all know that as we pack up to move, we tend to throw away some items that do not seem to be relative or important at that moment. Old things that we have accumulated through the years…out they go.

My reader base is probably 80% Baby Boomers. All of you lived through Woodstock, The Vietnam War, The JFK Assassination, and the 9/11/01 War that brought down the Twin Towers.  BUT, I guarantee very few of you have the actual newspapers about those events.

I say all that, to say this….a loyal reader, Jim Carlin, has sent me a copy of a newspaper article that he found in a box of papers from 1942. The headline is referring to the “JAPS ATTACK ON MORESBY.” I will be posting a copy of his article on Monday’s Memorial Day edition of Tolley’s Topics.

We have all heard the saying “if walls could talk.”

What if this 79 year old newspaper could talk? How many times did it get moved, yet saved? Unpacked, yet saved? Repacked, yet saved? Someone in Jim’s family had the incredible foresight to know that this was not just an ordinary newspaper clipping.

Although the entire 20 page newspaper only cost one nickel in 1942.

1942 Jefferson Nickel Value | CoinTrackersMy sincere thanks to Jim Carlin.

See you Monday.


Memorial Day 2015





We are closing in on two big corporations that owns everything in America.  The Chinese will own 51 %.


Why is all the Microsoft news being released ?

Nique, where is the video ?   You and Oprah crack me up.


The Science Editor:  Is this about follow the science, like the Demdungbeetles spout off about until the cows come home, LL ?

Real Science–Like Trump’s Vaccine Cat:  No, this is about an update on robots.

Here is an update on Boston Dynamic’s robots.

This would be money well spent.

Some Millennials are upset.

So, Obama has already apologized for America’s past.

Pretty soon the Androids will be everywhere ( see Mark Zuckerberg ).


Unusual Pictures For Today



Troubling indeed…..

The founder of Dubai, Sheikh Rashid, was asked about the future of his country, and he replied, “My grandfather rode a camel, my father rode a camel, I ride a Mercedes, my son rides a Land Rover, and my grandson is going to ride a Land Rover, but my great-grandson is going to have to ride a camel again.”

Why is that, he was asked? And his reply was,

“Hard times create strong men, strong men create easy times. Easy times create weak men, weak men create difficult times. Many will not understand it but you have to raise warriors, not parasites.”

And add to that the historical reality that all great “empires”…the Persians, the Trojans, the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans and in later years the British…all rose and perished within 240 years. Each “rotted from within.”

America has now passed that 240 year mark and the “rot” is visible all around us and now accelerating quickly. We are past the Mercedes and Land Rover Years and the camels are in our yards. And 75 million Americans demonstrated last November by voting for Biden that they know nothing of history and think we “should all be riding camels!”