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I will not answer your dumb questions

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Psaki sassiness

President Biden’s White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has been developing a reputation of deftly shutting down dumb questions from right-wing reporters.

When asked by far-right Newsmax reporter John Gizzo to comment on a secret memo circulating amongst Republicans that stated that Biden’s infrastructure bill was actually “1 trillion dollars off”, Psaki encouraged Gizzo to take a look at the numbers in the bill, get out his calculator himself and compare them to the secret memo.

When questioned by Fox News correspondent Peter Ducey about the White House’s thoughts on Major League Baseball’s decision to move the All-Star Game out…


A 4-step plan to help you walk it off

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“There’s a boy in a blue coat staring at our house”

As I peered through our front window, I called out to my wife about the child that appeared to be fixated on our front door. It was a little creepy.

“He’s just standing there, staring,” I said.

Karen strolled over to the curtains to investigate with me.

“That’s Samuel”, she replied. “He’s autistic. He’s fascinated by the numbers on houses.”

Karen’s a teacher, and Samuel, apparently, is one of the students in her school. She said that he walks around the neighborhood like that every afternoon.

Samuel moved on…


A surprisingly simple FBI tactic to keep a conversation going

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The Koothrappali conundrum

“Two words: deaf chick. It doesn’t matter if I can’t talk ‘cause she can’t hear me.” — Raj Koothrappali explaining the type of girl that might be attracted to him

You probably remember the character Raj Koothrappali from the hit sitcom “The Big Bang Theory”. He was the brilliant astrophysicist who was also brutally awkward with girls.

Poor Raj had a tough time in the dating world because he was so nervous in the company of a female that he couldn’t utter a complete sentence. …


The First Lady’s comic book struggles to find herself

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Bizarro Michelle Obama

On the evening of July 18th, 2016, when now First Lady Melania Trump was introduced to the world at the Republican National Convention, she delivered a speech that many have claimed was plagiarized from Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention speech.

Once the gaffe was identified in the media the next day, there was at first a denial from her husband Donald Trump’s campaign team, and then there was an admission of guilt. It wasn’t her fault, some had said. It was the speechwriter.

They asked the public to believe that she was the victim, not the perpetrator of this…


An effective way to get back on track when you lose your way

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How do you lose Pandemic pounds?

My friend Sandra has gained 43 pounds since the start of the Pandemic. Prior to March, she had been going to the gym regularly and eating well.

After the gyms were shut down, Sandra’s habits took a turn for the worse. She never really got into a routine of exercising at home, and her diet also went progressively downhill.

Nowadays, her gym has reopened but they only allow a limited number of people in at one time.

Yesterday, she tried to book an appointment online but the slots were all full. Sandra drove down to the gym, and waited in…


And other questionable appointments by God

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A saint that’s good with money

“Matthew, you’re in charge of the bankers.”

A peculiar fact about St. Matthew, a disciple of Jesus Christ whose Gospel account was the first of 4 Gospels in the New Testament, was that he was later made the patron saint of bankers.

Bankers.

I imagine that God, who is all-knowing and all-powerful and doesn’t really need help from anyone to ensure that everything is good in the galaxy, probably wants to make sure that each saint feels valuable, but he’s running out of jobs to keep them busy.

“Bankers?”, Matthew mutters to himself. “WTF, Father?”

“Yes, bankers”, God confirms. “Pay…


This GoFundMe drive just got super-awkward

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Donate, if you can

OK, let me just say this right off the bat: I’m in full support of donating to help popular blogger, and single mom, Shannon Ashley with her daunting medical bills.

If you’re reading this, you probably know that Shannon has been battling lipedema, which is a disease that causes excess fat deposits on the legs, arms, thighs, and buttocks. In a series of blogs, Shannon has shared with us the immense physical and mental toll that her disease has taken on her.

Don’t get me started on the broken state of the US health care system. The fact that she…


Mid-life Gen-X wisdom from the “Say Anything” leading man

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“And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile
And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife
And you may ask yourself, Well… how did I get here?”- The Talking Heads 1981

Anything for a buck

In the classic 1989 gen-X movie “Say Anything”, teenager and amateur kick-boxer Lloyd Dobler tells his date’s father that he doesn’t really know what he wants to do with his career. But he knows what he doesn’t want to do.

“I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything…


5 simple steps to handle unjust company policies

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Have you ever needed to deliver bad news on behalf of your boss?

On this packed flight to Hong Kong, which was still parked at the boarding gate, now 2 hours late for its 12 pm departure, there was a paraplegic man, already occupying seat 45a, who was unaware that he was just about to be told he was not allowed to travel because of his disability.

As I approached the counter in the departure lounge, I noticed three poor, frazzled flight attendants huddled together, all talking in hushed voices with stern faces.

“He can’t fly with us if he doesn’t have an attendant”, the senior flight attendant told me gravely.

All of…


Let’s be honest…you can do that faster

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Judgment time

You’re driving home, happily singing along to Dua Lipa on the radio, and you suddenly find yourself in a massive traffic jam, just as you’re approaching your neighborhood.

Construction workers are working on widening the lanes.

There’s a huge sign on the side road that says: “Road Widening -This area will be under construction until October”.

It’s only May!

Now, every day, for the next 5 months, when you drive through this slow stretch of pavement, you’ll see these same construction workers, and you’ll pass judgment.

Why does it feel like every time you see construction workers on the side…

Keith Dias

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