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  • Humor for the Coming Week 8 comments
    Oct 10, 2010 2:21 PM

    Sorry I missed posting this last weekend because I was on the road.  I'll try to make up for that this week with a larger number of cartoons than usual.  These are from Gannett.

    Disclosure: No stocks mentioned.

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  • H. T. Love
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    I'm not sure the 3rd one, "American Voter" really qualifies as humor - more likely accurate social commentary I think.


    Thanks for the (attempted? ;-)) ) humor for the week. I always appreciate the postings and your dedication to helping us maintain our sanity, via humor.


    10 Oct 2010, 02:43 PM Reply Like
  • John Lounsbury
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    Author’s reply » Thanks HTL - - -


    I think everything I picked out this week is pretty heavy handed. Being light hearted is getting harder and harder.
    10 Oct 2010, 02:47 PM Reply Like
  • Mark Bern, CFA
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    Here is an attempt at political humor I hope you enjoy. I don't remember posting this one before, so if I did I apologize.


    Old Butch
    ------------ --------- --------- --
    John was in the fertilized egg business.
    He had several hundred young layers (hens), called 'pullets,'
    and ten roosters to fertilize the eggs.


    He kept records, and any rooster not performing
    went into the soup pot and was replaced.
    This took a lot of time, so he bought some tiny bells
    and attached them to his roosters.


    Each bell had a different tone, so he could tell from a distance,
    which rooster was performing.
    Now, he could sit on the porch And fill out an efficiency report
    by just listening to the bells.
    John's favorite rooster, old Butch, was a very fine specimen,
    but this morning he noticed old Butch's bell hadn't rung at all!
    When he went to investigate, he saw the other roosters were busy chasing
    pullets, bells-a-ringing, but the pullets, hearing the roosters coming, could run for cover.


    To John's amazement, old Butch had his bell in his beak, so it couldn't ring.
    He'd sneak up on a pullet, do his job and walk on to the next one.
    John was so proud of old Butch, he entered him in the Renfrew County Fair
    and he became an overnight sensation among the judges.


    The result was the judges not only awarded old Butch the No Bell Piece Prize
    but they also awarded him the Pulletsurprise as well.


    Clearly old Butch was a politician in the making.
    Who else but a politician could figure out how to win two of the most highly coveted awards on our planet by being the best at sneaking up on the populace and screwing them when they weren't paying attention.


    Vote carefully,


    the bells are not always audible.
    10 Oct 2010, 10:49 PM Reply Like
  • Albertarocks
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    Woah... that was very clever. What an awesome play on words Mark, I love it. Here's another that I hope you enjoy:


    The great Mahatma Gandhi was one of those rare people we can admire for so many reasons... indeed he will be remembered 500 years from now for his peaceful yet effective ways in defiance of tyranny.


    But few have heard of Gandhi's visit to Mexico. The Mexican people were truly amazed to see how thin and scrawny the much adored visionary really was. But when they came to witness how it was true that the man walked everywhere he went, it became all too apparent that the main reason the man was so frail was that he expended a great deal of energy but rarely ate anything.


    In an attempt to help this wise man who seemed to have some sort of window into the future, they introduced him to Mexican foods of all sorts, tacos, fajitas, tamales and the like. Much to their amazement and pleasure, Gandhi immediately took a liking to the hot spicy Mexican delicacies and did partake in many more frequent eating binges than he'd ever enjoyed in his entire life. But alas, the added nourishment also fueled his frail body and allowed the great Gandhi to walk even further and visit even more people. Much to the Mexican peoples' chagrin, the wonderful old man didn't gain a pound. Always walking barefoot, his feet grew even more hardened and gnarled than they ever were back in India. The people offered bathes and tubs of hot, scented water in which to soak and sooth his toughened old feet. But alas, he refused even that kindness, stating that without a little pain, there could be little gain


    To this day, the Mexican people remember and love Mahatma Gandhi. He will forever be thought of adoringly as the super calloused fragile mystic, Mexi-halitosis.
    11 Oct 2010, 01:54 AM Reply Like
  • Mark Bern, CFA
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    That's a good one AR!
    11 Oct 2010, 10:19 AM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    Sheesh! Glad I stopped in here this morning. Howling. Great jokes!


    The antlered politician had me in hysterics!
    11 Oct 2010, 10:35 AM Reply Like
  • Micah Dickson
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    I love the 2nd one. So funny. I love how things like, don't spend money you don't have is being called insane.
    11 Oct 2010, 01:00 PM Reply Like
  • robert.b.ferguson
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    Thank you John and commenters. Great stable of toons and jokes to start the week.
    12 Oct 2010, 09:30 AM Reply Like
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