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Frank Apisa

Frank Apisa
Location
Piscataway, New Jersey, USA
Birthday
August 09
Bio
On a political continuum with Extreme Liberal at 1 and Extreme Conservative at 10, I can be found at position “P.” I get a chuckle at much of what passes for liberal thought, but don’t much chuckle at anything conservative. Quite frankly, I consider American conservatism to be one of the most dangerous pieces of garbage ever to pollute the planet Earth. A major problem with this mindset is occasioned by the fact that I am a 72 year old, white male who works at a county golf course in one of the richest, most conservative counties in the United States. Since I get free golf (at five county courses) as part of my compensation package, I play 4 – 5 times a week. Bottom line: Goddam near everyone I work with or play golf with, almost all of whom are 70+ year old white, males, is a die-hard conservative. I love each and every one of ‘em—love every bone in their heads. Truly! Sure is a tough haul, though—‘cause I am not given to holding my tongue. Just think of all the fun I have at work and play! Don’tcha envy me?

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DECEMBER 24, 2008 7:21PM

Honoring Jesus on this Day!

 

Okay…all year long I pick arguments with theists…and especially with Christians. But every Christmas I make a special effort to mention some items I usually bring up only in passing during those arguments.

 

Allow me to do my annual homage to a great individual.

&… Read full post »

 

I’m walking down the street this summer…literally. The sidewalk in the area where I was walking is almost completely blocked by overhanging hedges from a very lazy homeowner…so I was actually walking in the street.

 

A friend driving down the road notices me…sto… Read full post »

DECEMBER 22, 2008 7:05PM

Computer question: Calling all Geeks!

My computer is operating at a snail’s pace.

A friend suggested that I may have “registry problems.” 

I’ve got flatulence problems…and I’m working on them, but I don’t even know what registry problems are. 

Bottom line: It appears as though I wRead full post »

  

In an excellent thread devoted to tolerance, charity, and compassion toward our fellow humans who happen to be homosexuals, Real Preacher mentioned several passages in Acts which he interprets, in effect, to disassociate Christianity from any obligations to “the law” ofRead full post »

Here's a taste of a front page article in today’s New York Times:

  Even as layoffs are reaching historic levels, some employers have found an alternative to slashing their work force. They’re nipping and tucking it instead. 

A growing number of employers, hoping to avoRead full post »

DECEMBER 22, 2008 8:36AM

Happy Birthday, Sis!

Tomorrow is my sister’s (M.A.H’s.) birthday…and I want to take this opportunity to wish her a Happy Birthday on the Internet…with people of all stripe and from all sorts of different places listening in.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Sis.

 

I thought you were going to celebrate… Read full post »

DECEMBER 18, 2008 4:22PM

Where do rights come from?

 

In a recent post , GordonO wrote a response to me that included this line:

“I think you've got government mixed up with god, Frank. There's some pretty important document floating around that says that Man was created with the rights you think come from government.”

I am assuming

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DECEMBER 18, 2008 12:07PM

Joke for the day!

 

A guy who hates dumb questions is standing on the checkout line at the supermarket with a large bag of doggie chow under his arm. Lady behind him makes eye contact and asks: “Do you have a dog?”

The guy ponders the question for a second—sizes up the IQ

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DECEMBER 18, 2008 11:00AM

"Tweaking" the system!

 

In another thread, Larry Lawson asked me to flesh out something I had said about “tweaking” (rather than replacing) our economic system to allow for the accommodation of the “wholesale unemployment” I see on the horizon. The reason I see  increased unemployment com/… Read full post »

    

In another thread, GordonO wrote:

 

 “America's substantial resources are being squandered because of the morbid notion that need represents a claim on worth. We've somehow got it into our pink little minds that America's producers have a responsibility to theRead full post »

DECEMBER 15, 2008 9:10AM

Wring every last penny out of 'em...

 

This is an editorial piece from today's New York Times:

 

Leaving no merchandising stone unturned, Major League Baseball has authorized the use of team logos on a line of funeral caskets for people who want to carry their fandom unto eternity. Models for the Yankees (replete with inteRead full post »

DECEMBER 14, 2008 12:33PM

For all the mothers here in OS...

...a song, just for you.

 

http://vimeo.com/1509073?pg=embed&sec=1509073

 

(Yeah, you muthas, too!) Read full post »

DECEMBER 14, 2008 12:23PM

The Best Things In Life Are Free!

 

The best things in life are free!

 

A song…two different songs, actually—and an adage.

 

Unfortunately, it is an adage which is out of favor these days in America, where almost everyone seems to covet the things that cost lots of money—and to consider th… Read full post »

DECEMBER 13, 2008 6:13AM

Would they become pork chops???

 

In a zoo in California, a mother tiger gave birth to a rare set of triplet tiger cubs. Unfortunately, due to complications in the pregnancy, the cubs were born prematurely and due to their tiny size, they died shortly after birth.


The mother tiger after recovering from the delivery,
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DECEMBER 12, 2008 6:51PM

The High School Pix...and some earlier!

Decided to give Verbal Remedy's challenge to produce old snaps a shot. 

Hope I don't regret this! 

Gonna guess this is at about age 2. Nothing written on the back, so I don't know for certain. But 2 sounds about right.

 

youngest

 

This next one is at about… Read full post »

DECEMBER 12, 2008 2:09PM

An Ode to Central Park

(This essay was originally written as an Op Ed piece submitted to the New York Times—and later, to two local New Jersey newspapers. The Times did not publish it, but the New Jersey papers did.)

 

 

    alice

 

 

They told me you had been to her
And mentioned/
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This is the final entry in my series on productivity and employment. Hope you’ve enjoyed it. I realize some may consider my ideas much too pie-in-the-sky for serious consideration. So be it! But if you are one of the people who sees something of value in what I’ve said—something youRead full post »

 

In the third installment of this series, I set out the following argument:

 

““Unemployment” (having no work to do) and “problem” (being annoyed with that state of affairs) just doesn’t compute. Unemployment, as I view it, is not a problem at all. UnemRead full post »

DECEMBER 10, 2008 9:07AM

Is Unemployment Really a Problem???

 

In the first blog of this series, I suggested that there will never again be enough decent, paying jobs available for middle-class workers—mostly because the jobs that previously paid a living wage for most of the middle-class were manufacturing jobs that machines can do more efficientlyRead full post »

 

 Not sure if this is a true story—but whether it is or not is probably irrelevant. We all need a morale booster once in a while, and this one, whether truth or fiction, certainly is a morale booster.

 

 

    

Mary and her husband Jim had a dog named… Read full post »

DECEMBER 9, 2008 8:43AM

Unemployment & Productivity...related?

 

This is the first follow-up to my blog: “There will never, ever again, be enough high-paying jobs for humans.”  http://open.salon.com/content.php?cid=58244

  

In that blog I suggested that one of the main reasons there will never again be enough decent jobs available… Read full post »

DECEMBER 8, 2008 7:41PM

Back in the 1950's...

 

...when I was growing up, a typical middle-class family had just one breadwinner (usually the man of the house)—and the fruits of his forty hours of weekly toil saw to the mortgage; paid for the car; bought food, clothing and other essentials; put the kids through school; allowed for vac… Read full post »

DECEMBER 8, 2008 11:06AM

There will never, ever again, be…

 

 

…enough quality jobs (read that: high-paying jobs) available for all the people who need and/or want one. Never, ever again. Not in our country—nor anywhere else in the world. Free market dynamics will not produce them—nor will any president, congress, or legislative a… Read full post »

DECEMBER 6, 2008 9:15AM

Extinction of Humans...Good or Bad???

I just posted a comment in Kirsten Edmondson Branch’s blog, “Our "Moon Shot" is Far From a Clear Shot.”  http://open.salon.com/content.php?cid=57162

After posting it, I got to thinking that the issue I raised might make for interesting discussion in its own rigRead full post »
DECEMBER 6, 2008 8:31AM

Killer of cats gets 5 years in prison.

 

A story from the Star-Ledger of New Jersey: 

When a litter of sickly kittens was born in his backyard last fall, Ben Hoffman and his wife nursed them back to health before putting two of them up for adoption.   

A man answering his newspaper ad for free kittens jumpedRead full post »