ON MY SOAPBOX…Those little picture tests

Remember the little picture tests in school? I loved them.

The instructions were simple:  Circle the picture that does not belong.

Those seven words were adequate instructions for us (back in the day). The teacher did not feel the need to instruct us to pick up the number 2 pencil, which was just handed to us,  with our dominant hand and draw a circle around the picture that appears to be different from the others in that particular group of pictures.

The test would have several groups of pictures, for example:  A Train, Bus, Cornstalk, Automobile, Airplane. 100% of the class would circle the cornstalk and move along to the next group of pictures. When the speedy (male) circle makers finished ahead of the others they would use the extra time to practice their spit ball accuracy.

I know the Baby Boomers and members of The Greatest Generation have matured since that time in our lives. For that reason, I have prepared a test for you without the pictures.

INSTRUCTIONS: Mentally select the quote that does not belong.

“Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”

“It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.”

“Ukraine is a country in Europe. It exists next to another country called Russia. Russia is a bigger country. Russia decided to invade a smaller country called Ukraine so basically that’s wrong.”

“It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”

“You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” 

You are correct, the blue one does not belong. It does not belong at all. It sounds as if, VP Harris may have been having flashbacks from grammar school Geography class.

You know, as I think about it, I think Kamala Harris may be the author of  Biden’s SOTU speech. That would explain him calling the people from Ukraine Iranians rather than Ukrainians.

Remember when Vice President Dan Quayle led a spelling bee for sixth-grade students while visiting an elementary school in New Jersey? He corrected William Figueroa, 12, when the child spelled “potato” on the blackboard – making the boy add an unnecessary “e” at the word’s end.

Perhaps before our candidates for Vice-President are selected for the Short List, they should be required to pass some little picture tests.


Another Useful Invention


….we didn’t start the fire in Ukraine either, but the senile old fool in our oval office is using our money to pay for Putin’s  gas to keep it burning.
-Sheila Tolley-



I have always heard that Elizabeth Taylor had beautiful Violet eyes. I’ve wondered if this was true since she lived in the pre-colored contact lens era. I personally needed a War Break, so I contracted Lois Lion, author of The Sphinx, to track down a good close-up for me.

As always, Mission Accomplished with Lois lion. She demanded unlimited use of my Amazon Card and Code for a week, but it is worth it.

You be the judge. Are these eyes Violet or Blue? I find myself in a conundrum on this issue. If roses are red and violets are blue, then perhaps Liz’s historically reported beautiful Violet eyes are blue.

I have a more important problem at the moment. There is only one thing  Lois Lion loves more than sleeping…and that is on-line shopping at Amazon. In a short time Tolley’s Topics Boulevard is going to look like Amazon’s version  of Ottawa, Canada when all Bezo’s vans and trucks arrive.

I leave you with two of my favorite songs as I must go direct traffic on Tolley’s Topics Boulevard.

-Sheila Tolley-





I would like to see  the political traitors in America have their assets seized.


If fraud and corruption could cause destruction, both political parties would vanish.



Results from the Lone Star State voters.  I hope they vote Jeb Bush’s son out of the AG race.


Trump should support Shukri.


Take back control of your kitchen shelves.


Manchin speaks again.


We need Vindman to report this phone call—to Pigleosi.


More rich people are being robbed.


Have some fun.


Sam doesn’t like this movie.  He used up our ration of the F word for a week.  The second link is a cowboy.



Watch this, you might have a problem.




Free Canada.


Alaska is a wonder.




The Bean Editor:  What’s up with coffee, LL ?

Espresso Cat:  Some of our readers want to know if coffee is green, not harmful to the Earth.  Here is a little history.


This is a coffee plant.


How much to use ?


If grown responsibly, coffee plants are as green as any other plant.  Juan Valdez did it right.

This is an old commercial that uses science, much like Joe and Fauci.  One difference being, no beagles or monkeys were killed for science.

Taster’s Choice made coffee commercials a soap opera.

Thank the dems for higher prices.


This is even more expensive.  As the dems say, follow the science, until they don’t.


This is an early coffee shop song.  They were a lot cheaper than Starbucks.


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Today’s word is ……………… Fluctuations

(I will never hear or see this word again without thinking of this joke.)

I was at my bank today; there was a short line.

There was just one lady in front of me, an Asian lady
who was trying to exchange yen for dollars.

It was obvious she was very irritated.

She asked the teller, “Why it change? Yesterday, I get two hunat dolla fo
yen.Today I only get hunat eighty? Why it change?”

The teller shrugged his shoulders and said,


The Asian lady says, “Fluc you white people too!  “


I like Will Rogers…

Will Rogers: Oklahoma's Favorite Son - Smithsonian Associates

“I think one of our biggest problems today is that we have no more people who think like Will Rogers.”
-Sheila Tolley-


“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”

“Never miss a good chance to shut up.”

“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die, I want to go where they went.”

“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people that they don’t like.”

“There are three kinds of men. The ones that learn by readin’. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.”

“Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else.”

“There are two theories to arguing with a woman. Neither works.”

“All I know is just what I read in the papers, and that’s an alibi for my ignorance.”

“I never met a man that I didn’t like.”

“Rumor travels faster, but it doesn’t stay put as long as truth.”

“Common sense ain’t common.”

“Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.”

“The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking spaces.”

“Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.”

“Everyone is ignorant, only on different subjects.”

“Do the best you can, and don’t take life too serious.”

“When you find yourself in a hole, quit digging.”

“The minute you read something that you can’t understand, you can almost be sure that it was drawn up by a lawyer.”

“We can’t all be heroes because somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.”

“A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.”

“The short memories of the American voters is what keeps our politicians in office.”

“If pro is the opposite of con, what is the opposite of Congress?”

“If stupidity got us in this mess, how come it can’t get us out.”

“A fool and his money are soon elected.”

“I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.”

“I’m not a real movie star. I’ve still got the same wife I started out with twenty-eight years ago.”

“Always drink upstream from the herd.”

“The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected.”

“If you want to be successful, it’s just this simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing.”

“Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.”

“The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it in your back pocket.”

“The more you observe politics, the more you’ve got to admit that each party is worse than the other.”

“Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me, I want people to know “why” I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way and some of the roads weren’t paved.”

“Ten men in our country could buy the whole world and ten million can’t buy enough to eat.”

“It takes a lifetime to build a good reputation, but you can lose it in a minute.”

“An onion can make people cry, but there has never been a vegetable invented to make them laugh.”

“You know horses are smarter than people. You never heard of a horse going broke betting on people.”

“Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.”

“The difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.”

“I am not a member of any organized political party — I am a Democrat.”

“If you feel the urge, don’t be afraid to go on a wild goose chase. What do you think wild geese are for anyway?”

“The problem ain’t what people know. It’s what people know that ain’t so that’s the problem.”

“Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re actually paying for.”

“Buy land. They ain’t making any more of the stuff.”

“There are men running governments who shouldn’t be allowed to play with matches.”

“What the country needs is dirtier fingernails and cleaner minds.”

“There is no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you.”

“The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has.”

“Lord, the money we do spend on Government and it’s not one bit better than the government we got for one-third the money twenty years ago.”

“It is better for someone to think you’re a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”

Colt 45

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A guy walked into a crowded bar waving his model 1911 Colt  pistol and yelled, “I have a .45 Colt with an seven shot clip plus one in the chamber, and I want to know who’s been sleeping with my wife!”

A voice from the back of the room called out…

“You’re going to need a lot more ammo!”




Astronomy Picture of the Day

The Multiwavelength Crab
NASA, ESA, G. Dubner (IAFE, CONICET-University of Buenos Aires) et al.;
A. Loll et al.; T. Temim et al.; F. Seward et al.; VLA/NRAO/AUI/NSF; Chandra/CXC;
Spitzer/JPL-Caltech; XMM-Newton/ESA; Hubble/STScI

Explanation: The Crab Nebula is cataloged as M1, the first object on Charles Messier’s famous list of things which are not comets. In fact, the Crab is now known to be a supernova remnant, expanding debris from massive star’s death explosion, witnessed on planet Earth in 1054 AD. This brave new image offers a 21st century view of the Crab Nebula by presenting image data from across the electromagnetic spectrum as wavelengths of visible light. From space, Chandra (X-ray) XMM-Newton (ultraviolet), Hubble (visible), and Spitzer (infrared), data are in purple, blue, green, and yellow hues. From the ground, Very Large Array radio wavelength data is shown in red. One of the most exotic objects known to modern astronomers, the Crab Pulsar, a neutron star spinning 30 times a second, is the bright spot near picture center. Like a cosmic dynamo, this collapsed remnant of the stellar core powers the Crab’s emission across the electromagnetic spectrum. Spanning about 12 light-years, the Crab Nebula is 6,500 light-years away in the constellation Taurus.

Tomorrow’s picture: from somewhere else