If I haven't dissed it--it ain't worth dissing!

Frank Apisa

Frank Apisa
Piscataway, New Jersey, USA
August 09
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?

Frank Apisa's Links

The Hudson River Park Trust is overseeing the largest park development in New York City since the building of Central Park. It is a huge undertaking along the Hudson River…and I have been anxiously awaiting the opening of one of the segments (Pier 64) adjacent to the Big Apple watering hole… Read full post »

APRIL 17, 2009 9:23AM

Some Pix of the NY Open Salon Meet

 No names included...except that Tom & I (since we have our pictures as avatars) should be recognized with ease. I'd love it if everyone included would mention where they are...but putting someone's name down without permission is usually a no-no.


By the way...if anyone wants a partic… Read full post »

MARCH 7, 2009 1:28PM

The Great Blue Heron in flight!


When I first saw the heron yesterday…my initial reaction was, “Wow…it looks like a small airplane.” The Great Blue was just a foot or two over the roof of my neighbor’s garage. It is a magnificent bird to see stretched in flight.


My second thought was abo… Read full post »

JANUARY 6, 2009 10:53AM

With so many people...


...whom I respect asking me to sit back and reflect before posting further on the issue of my three most recent blogs—and so many whom I also respect asking me to continue to press…

…I realize that there is no “proper” way to proceed.

So I am going to attempt… Read full post »

JANUARY 4, 2009 11:54PM



Joan Walsh posted a blog with obvious, although veiled, references to a couple of my recent blogs. She floated words around like “…all sorts of obnoxious, abusive, gratuitously hostile and otherwise substandard posts” without specifically referring to me—but within theRead full post »

DECEMBER 31, 2008 2:10PM

Getting Published in Newsweek Magazine!


Originally, I was going to title this piece “Cat Lovers—here’s a post for you!” but I decided I’d attract more people to it with the title I used.


Got into a big brouhaha with the township council in my hometown a few years back.


They had passed a law… Read full post »

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.




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.


(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.




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.)






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 »