Bumper sticker of the week: If we quit voting, will they go away?

– Quote of the week: "Politics makes lies sound truthful and murder reasonable." –Tony Black Feather

– Election disgust: We bought a place in a foreign country. I don’t think I can take four more years of Bush. I hope we like Arkansas.

– The average public school teacher spends $521 of their own money to buy supplies for their students.

– Thanksgiving is about here. Some things I’m thankful for:

Galesburg’s water.

• That we have two democratic senators.

• Family, friends, a roof over my head, food. Sometimes I’m ashamed of how much I have.

• Health. Health insurance.

• I’m thankful I’m a liberal. I couldn’t see viewing the world any other way. I’m thankful I don’t see the color of a person’s skin, or care about their sexual preference, or social status, or religious beliefs. I’m thankful that I’m not burdened down with such hatreds and prejudices.

• I’m thankful I live in a country where I can still write such nonsense.

9 out of 10 kids attend public schools.

– Winter: A time to relax. Re-energize yourself. Turn inward. Take a look at yourself. Are you accomplishing what you need to? Do you need to make some changes? Do you need to revise or set some goals? Winter is a time to prepare for spring. Come spring, you need to get your ass in gear.

– If I had it to do all over again:

I wouldn’t be so stupid as to say I wouldn’t change anything.

• I would marry the same person.

• I’d have gone to Woodstock.

• I’d have learned to play the guitar so I could have joined up with The Eagles.

• I wouldn’t have inhaled.

• I’d pay more attention to people and less to things.

• I’d have joined the Peace Corps.

• I’d have worked for the government, retired after 20 years, and found a real job.

• I would have liked to be a little more liberal.

• I would have liked to meet Mother Theresa.

• I’d have spent more time on the street and less time talking about it.

The ability to compromise is generally associated with one’s ego. If in not getting your way you feel diminished as a person, or just plain can’t stand it, or think that your way is the only way, you need to remember this wise old saying: He who cannot compromise will drown in his own self-importance. Or choke on a pretzel.

– Golfers anonymous:

Golf has a lot to do with etiquette. Apparently etiquette has a lot to do with cussing.

• I once got a hole in one. None of the guys I was playing with saw it. They couldn’t remember me teeing off.

• I don’t mind playing with women, but I hate washing my balls in front of them.

• Speaking of golf balls. There are all kinds of them. Hard, soft, wound, bound, a lot of dimples, fewer dimples. The one thing they all have in common is they all sink.

• Golf is not for everyone. I suspect I may be one of those persons.