The Fireside Post
wpedon id=8560

Other Recent Articles

post thumbnail

Thanksgiving Jokes

Gobble these up~ Q: What kind of music did the Pilgrims like? A: Plymouth Rock Q: If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? A: Pilgrims Q: Why can’t you take a turkey to church? A: They use FOWL language. Q: Why was the Thanksgiving soup so expensive? A: It had 24 […]

22Nov2014 | | 1 comment | Continued
post thumbnail

A Fan’s Guide to Baseball Lingo

From a friend’s facebook post: Baseball Basics: Lingo A fan’s guide to commonly-used terms and phrases. ace — A team’s best starting pitcher. alley– The section of the outfield between the outfielders. Also “gap.” around the horn– A double play going from third base to second to first. backdoor slider — A pitch that appears […]

26Oct2014 | | Comments Off on A Fan’s Guide to Baseball Lingo | Continued
post thumbnail

More on My Emotionally Disturbed Friend

I wrote recently on the escapades of my emotionally disturbed friend – well – today saw a significant turn of events.  I thought about writing the other day to report that life seemed better for that man of great hurt and grief.  I would have said I thought he had turned a positive corner.  He […]

11Oct2014 | | Comments Off on More on My Emotionally Disturbed Friend | Continued
post thumbnail

Just One More Alcoholic Story

Note from Ohg Tone – I am just passing this story along.  I changed the names to protect all. By-line: Tommy C. Last January we started a new Al-Ann group at our Alano Club in St. Joseph, Missouri.  We have just finished restoring the room. http://alanostjoe.com/2014/08/09/new-hope-al-anon-has-a-fresh-look/ About a month ago, while working on that room, […]

26Aug2014 | | Comments Off on Just One More Alcoholic Story | Continued
post thumbnail

Emotional Disturbances of a Friend

My friend is having emotional disturbances in his live – again.  I recognize this as his problem – but still I feel sadness.  He has lost his family over bitter disagreements about child raising.  He attends a therapy group where he can talk about what happened.  He reports his findings.  There are several in the […]

28Jul2014 | | Comments Off on Emotional Disturbances of a Friend | Continued
post thumbnail

Golf Jokes

1. These greens are so fast I have to hold my putter over the ball and hit it with the shadow. ~ Sam Snead ——————————————————————————– 2. I was three over today: One over a house, one over a patio and one over a swimming pool. ~ George Brett ——————————————————————————– 3. Actually, the only time I […]

28Jun2014 | | 1 comment | Continued
post thumbnail

A Man With No Peer

I am an odd sort of person.  Raised in most humble circumstances, self educated by fondness for reading and natural curiosity, disturbed by the cruelty of a humble upbringing, unprepared for adult life, anxious over fear of failure, self medicated, weary of responsibility, responsible out of necessity, driven by undisciplined intellect, possessed by a moral […]

24Apr2014 | | Comments Off on A Man With No Peer | Continued
post thumbnail

Why Immigration Today Has Racial Overtones

I know some of the folks opposed to open immigration – they are friends and relatives – people opposed to open immigration.  These are people who are frustrated when anyone suggests their opinions are ‘racist’.  They throw up their arms in defiance – accusing ‘those liberals of always playing the race card’.  But not so […]

6Apr2014 | | Comments Off on Why Immigration Today Has Racial Overtones | Continued
post thumbnail

Municipal Smoking Bans – Solid Redneck Reasoning

Some scoundrels in St. Joe, Missouri, are trying again to ban smoking at the places where they go for their Sunday morning brunch.  The opposition swigs their beer and pops peanuts between puffs on their favorite means of getting their regular nicotine hit.  Some prefer cigarettes, some a cigar, personally – I favor a pipe.  […]

1Apr2014 | | 2 comments | Continued
post thumbnail

Surrender – Man’s Eternal Conflict

Surrender is personal.  Every day we are faced with decisions that concern surrender.  We surrender to traffic laws, to office protocols, to the School Evening Program of our children, to the irritable clerk at the grocery store, to unwritten codes of conduct spelled out by our particular culture.  Sometimes we surrender to our base instincts […]

27Mar2014 | | Comments Off on Surrender – Man’s Eternal Conflict | Continued
post thumbnail

When My Mind is Racing

Most of the folks who read my posts recognize my natural inclination toward self-righteous sarcasm.  I know that sarcasm is toxic – Mr. Clark (the Editor) tells me almost every day.  Sarcasm does serve to drive home a point.  But there is a cost to being the negative reflection of the world around us.  And […]

24Mar2014 | | 2 comments | Continued
post thumbnail

Constitutional Conservative is an Oxymoron

Our Founding Fathers were some of the most liberal people on the planet – then and now.  Consider the questions they had to ask, and their answers in the form of our Constitution.  Remember – they were forming a completely new government. Where shall power reside?  Three branches of government with checks and balances – […]

20Mar2014 | | Comments Off on Constitutional Conservative is an Oxymoron | Continued
post thumbnail

Founding Fathers Commentary on Religion

  “If I could conceive that the general government might ever be so administered as to render the liberty of conscience insecure, I beg you will be persuaded, that no one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny, and every species of religious persecution.” – George […]

18Mar2014 | | Comments Off on Founding Fathers Commentary on Religion | Continued
post thumbnail

Irish Humor

One night, Mrs McMillen answers the door to see her husbands best friend, Paddy, standing on the doorstep. “Hello Paddy, but where is my husband? He went with you to the beer factory” Paddy shook his head. “Ah Mrs McMillen, there was a terrible accident at the beer factory, your husband fell into a vat […]

11Mar2014 | | 1 comment | Continued
post thumbnail

The Irony of Ohg Rea Tone – the Conflict of Ideology

Ohg Rea Tone struggles, like others who believe wholeheartedly in their own point of view.  The simple twist of fate put Mr. Tone on the left side of most issues. Had the shoe of the other foot fallen a few millimeters to the right, Mr. Tone would sound the same, look the same, feel the […]

10Mar2014 | | Comments Off on The Irony of Ohg Rea Tone – the Conflict of Ideology | Continued
post thumbnail

Mr. Clark and Ohg Rea Tone

Last year Mr. Clark, the Editor of this magazine took away my writing privileges because he said I was too caustic.  I got it.  I am sarcastic – and I understand sarcasm can be toxic.  I was told that I rant and rave too much.  He likes my witticisms.  He thinks I am clever.  He […]

7Mar2014 | | 1 comment | Continued
post thumbnail

Moveon.org Medicaid Petition

26Jan2014 | | Comments Off on Moveon.org Medicaid Petition | Continued
post thumbnail

Duck Dynasty – When Rednecks Are No Longer Funny

You might be a redneck if you go to family reunions looking for girls.  Pretty funny stuff right there.  God forgive me.  Duck Dynasty is a reality show airing on A&E.  The premise is simple – some rednecks living in the swamplands of Louisiana became rich selling hand wrought Duck calls.  But, alas, they remain […]

25Dec2013 | | Comments Off on Duck Dynasty – When Rednecks Are No Longer Funny | Continued
post thumbnail

The Ressurection of Ohg Rea Tone

Ohg Tone and I have been friends for forty years.  I first remember him when my oldest daughter was two years old.  Ohg showed up and brought sarcastic humor into my family.  As crude as he is – there is always a spark of humor.  Ohg became a writer for thefiresidepost.com in 2007.  After five […]

25Dec2013 | | Comments Off on The Ressurection of Ohg Rea Tone | Continued
post thumbnail

Faith or Ideology – Checking Personal Morality

This guy “Francis, Pope” made some comments recently regarding Christian ideology.  He must be famous or something because the internet is frying cables in dispensing his remarks.  Who he is is not as important was what he said.  I believe that words and ideas stand alone, regardless of who conjured them. Mr. Francis said something […]

10Dec2013 | | Comments Off on Faith or Ideology – Checking Personal Morality | Continued
post thumbnail

A Personal Fight With Social Injustice

Most of my adult life people have treated me as if I am particularly intelligent.  Some have openly called me intellectual.  My thought was usually that they were mistaken, that I am well read and speak well.  When I take a shower and dress in a suit I present pretty well.  I did not receive […]

5Dec2013 | | 3 comments | Continued
post thumbnail

Why Bother With Grammar?

I write.  But that does not mean that I write correctly.  I am a college graduate, but that does not mean that I use proper grammar.  I write intuitively – meaning that my sense of grammar drives my structure – and I am sometimes wrong.  Any sophisticated endeavor requires both art and science. The late […]

4Dec2013 | | Comments Off on Why Bother With Grammar? | Continued
post thumbnail

Redneck Christmas Shopping

Sorry folks, this is no joke.  There are redneck jokes, and those jokes work because they point out the lack of sophistication of a class of people.  For instance, you might be a redneck if you go to family reunions looking for girls.  Humor is found in the absurd, the ludicrous, the unexpected.  Redneck jokes […]

1Dec2013 | | Comments Off on Redneck Christmas Shopping | Continued
post thumbnail

Mars conjunct Mars – A Friendly Warning

My friend of many years does the Astrology thing.  My personal aversion to Astrology is less than my aversion to other more acceptable organized religions.  My friend happens to test genius on IQ tests.  He is also well educated with terminal degrees.  He reads, he thinks, he ponders, he hikes mountains and canyons, his is […]

27Nov2013 | | Comments Off on Mars conjunct Mars – A Friendly Warning | Continued
post thumbnail

Job – More Fun With Christians

DarkMatter2525 has come through again.  This time with the satirical interpretation of the Book of Job.  The humor is blatant, the sarcasm unveiled, the truth challenged.  My view is that these folks are doing a great service to humanity.  Any healthy Christian faith must recognize the absurdity of the literal interpretation of the Bible. Comments […]

26Nov2013 | | Comments Off on Job – More Fun With Christians | Continued
post thumbnail

Bible Biology – Esau and Jacob

Bible biology is always a complex matter.  If there were no complexities in bearing children (like a sterile woman) what use would we have of God? Take the case of Jacob and Esau. They would not exist without the intervention of a loving God. Well, one might have to understand that God is loving but […]

26Nov2013 | | Comments Off on Bible Biology – Esau and Jacob | Continued
post thumbnail

Climate Change Is About Rate Of Change And Individualism

We have argued before that climate change is about rate of change.  Our planet has been as much as fourteen degrees hotter than our current temperatures and life flourished.  Dinosaurs roamed the lush tropical forests of South Dakota.  Scientists have known for years that we are not going to bake in the oven.  The question […]

20Nov2013 | | Comments Off on Climate Change Is About Rate Of Change And Individualism | Continued
post thumbnail

Testing! Nuclear Testing! Guess How Many Nuclear Tests Have Been Conducted

Other than a few lost tribes in the Amazon people are aware of nuclear bombs.  We know some things, like which countries have the capability, which countries want the capability, which countries we do not want to have the capability, and which countries have nuclear warheads mounted on intercontinental ballistic missiles.  All scary things by […]

16Nov2013 | | 2 comments | Continued
post thumbnail

For Miranda, A Special Granddaughter

Billy Collins is an inspirational modern poet.  There is some amusing irony in this particular Colbert episode with Collins.  Collins speaks to writing out of a ‘persona’.  The irony is his interviewer is Colbert – a man who lives his life in a persona separate from himself.  But this post is not about Colbert or […]

2Nov2013 | | Comments Off on For Miranda, A Special Granddaughter | Continued
post thumbnail

“Life Has Killed The Dream I Dreamed”

Have you ever felt like Fantine?  Remember her – that forlorn girl of Victor Hugo’s imagination?  Hugo was a master of the forlorn, of les miserables.  We live in an unfair world.  That has been the case in my life – but life often favored me.  My life was blessed with work and play, blessed […]

28Sep2013 | | Comments Off on “Life Has Killed The Dream I Dreamed” | Continued
post thumbnail

Preparing For The Emotional Downtime of Winter

I am a sunshine guy.  I much prefer hot weather to cold.  With St. Joseph, Missouri, as my hometown my weather experience is of all extremes.  Northwest Missouri is like that – the joke is this:  If you don’t like Missouri weather wait a day and it will change.  Being a sunshine guy does not […]

17Sep2013 | | Comments Off on Preparing For The Emotional Downtime of Winter | Continued
post thumbnail

Probiotics and the Relationship Between Mind and Body

In a culture that promotes the use of food additives like High Fructose Corn Syrup, probiotics is an area that is well worth a personal investment.

11Sep2013 | | Comments Off on Probiotics and the Relationship Between Mind and Body | Continued
post thumbnail

Stupid Jokes From the Web

All of these jokes were taken directly from a facebook post.  Enjoy. Recently, when I went to McDonald’s I saw on the menu that you could have an order of 6, 9 or 12 Chicken McNuggets. I asked for a half dozen nuggets. ‘We don’t have half dozen nuggets,’ said the teenager at the counter. […]

6Sep2013 | | Comments Off on Stupid Jokes From the Web | Continued
post thumbnail

Self Pity Sarcasm

Generally speaking, sarcasm is toxic.  Sarcasm poisons conversation, debate, and relationships.  However!!!  Once in a while sarcasm is an effective tool for dramatizing that which needs to change.  Here are a few sarcastic comments on self-pity: The Pity Train has just derailed at the intersection of Suck it up and Move On, and crashed into […]

18Aug2013 | | Comments Off on Self Pity Sarcasm | Continued
post thumbnail

The Somber Occasion of An Abortion

My friend, Jubila, and I were having our daily debate about how smart we are as compared to the people with whom we disagree.  Generally speaking my friend and I are thought of as liberals so it should not surprise anyone that we think highly of ourselves.  Oh if life were so easy.  It is […]

16Aug2013 | | Comments Off on The Somber Occasion of An Abortion | Continued
post thumbnail

Comments on Co-Dependency – From a Friend’s Facebook Post

(Update for clarification on May 26, 2014.  We recently heard a long time member of Al-Anon, the support program for family and friends of alcoholics, comment that she is not co-dependent.  She said that she can be a bitch with or without the alcoholic.  The point is that co-dependency is a therapeutic term – not […]

15Aug2013 | | 2 comments | Continued
post thumbnail

Jesus For Dummies

Christianity has spread around the globe – or at least some version of  Christianity.  The question is:  What is the correct truth?  or perhaps:  Is there a definitive truth? or:  Is truth personal? A little background might help.  For the purpose of limiting our discussion to Christianity we will start around 1500 C.E.  There was […]

14Aug2013 | | Comments Off on Jesus For Dummies | Continued
post thumbnail

Emerging Ideas on Medical Marijuana – Rethinking the Bias

This writer has changed horses. I have been in the stable for awhile – uncertain of the future direction. The recent documentary by Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN provided a compass with true north as the central bearing. Marijuana is probably not as devastating as we once thought. Note the qualified ‘probably not as devastating’. […]

12Aug2013 | | Comments Off on Emerging Ideas on Medical Marijuana – Rethinking the Bias | Continued
post thumbnail

Random Humor From the Internet

  I just took a leaflet out of my mailbox, informing me that I can have sex at 79. I’m so happy, because I live at number 71. So it’s not too far to walk home afterwards. And it’s the same side of the street. I don’t even have to cross the road! ~~~~~ Answering […]

6Aug2013 | | 2 comments | Continued
post thumbnail

Drunk Jokes II

A drunk went to a police station wishing to speak with the burglar who had broken into his house the night before. “You’ll get your chance i court,” said the desk officer. “No, no, no!” said the man.  “I want to know how he got into the house without waking my wife.” ************************************************************************************************** “My sponsor […]

5Aug2013 | | Comments Off on Drunk Jokes II | Continued
post thumbnail

Twenty Dollars for Sex

Rodney Dangerfield said he suggested he and his wife have sex like they did before they were married.  She said, “OK, give me twenty dollars.” And from the net: On their wedding night, the young bride approached her new husband and asked for $20.00 for their first lovemaking encounter.  In his highly aroused state, her […]

26Jul2013 | | 1 comment | Continued
post thumbnail

Alcohol is Not a Truth Serum

My volunteer work takes me to the front lines of the war on addiction.  Yesterday I was quietly minding my own business, in a place known for alcoholism traffic, when a staggering drunk passed by.  Ron was a happy drunk.  He laughed when he told the obvious, “I’m pretty drunk”.  Personally, I don’t believe anyone […]

26Jul2013 | | Comments Off on Alcohol is Not a Truth Serum | Continued
post thumbnail

…The Fight Started —

My wife and I were watching Who Wants To Be A Millionaire while we were in bed. I turned to her and said, ‘Do you want to have Sex?’ ‘No,’ she answered. I then said, ‘Is that your final answer?’ … She didn’t even look at me this time, simply saying, ‘Yes..’ So I said, […]

19Jul2013 | | Comments Off on …The Fight Started — | Continued
post thumbnail

Crude Jesus, Christmas, Church Jokes

JESUS: Jesus walks into a hotel.  He hands the room clerk three nails and says, “Can you put me up for the night? I don’t care who you are, get back in the boat and help us row. I don’t care who you are, drop that cross one more time and you are out of […]

23Jun2013 | | Comments Off on Crude Jesus, Christmas, Church Jokes | Continued
post thumbnail

Jesus in Pencil

Art – That element of human communications dubiously defined by subjection.  Kitch – that which we all know is scorned by people who identify themselves as artists – that is how we know it is kitch. Jesus – That man who changed the world.  Apparently a historical figure, the likeness of Jesus has been debated […]

18Jun2013 | | Comments Off on Jesus in Pencil | Continued
post thumbnail

Government Intrusion Into Our Lives – Not What It Used to Be

The headline for this post is a little misleading.  Our government has not changed so much as our attitude toward our government.  I am a senior citizen and for as long as I can remember the mailman always read Dagwood Bumstead’s mail – well, the postcards anyway.  The mailman often had some snide remark about […]

16Jun2013 | | Comments Off on Government Intrusion Into Our Lives – Not What It Used to Be | Continued
post thumbnail

Father’s Day – 2013 – Notes on My Father

  My father was a tough guy – a product of both nature and nurture. His formal education consisted of six grades in elementary school. He landed on Omaha Beach at age 21, marched across France and Germany, earned six battle ribbons, a purple heart, and four bronze stars for valor. He worked thirty-six years […]

16Jun2013 | | Comments Off on Father’s Day – 2013 – Notes on My Father | Continued
post thumbnail

The Oddities of Genius

Have you ever known a genius?  Genius is usually a word used to describe certain traits of intelligence.  We might say a genius has a passion for learning and has unique processing capabilities.  They generally show a creativity and intelligence beyond their peers.  Some definitions are more fixed or measurable, like the score on an […]

15Jun2013 | | Comments Off on The Oddities of Genius | Continued
post thumbnail

McCartney on Colbert

There is nothing we can add to this other than to say how much we appreciate Comedy Central allowing us to embed this video.  

14Jun2013 | | Comments Off on McCartney on Colbert | Continued
post thumbnail

Smoking Alcohol – No Calories and No Brains

Drugs and alcohol – the elixirs of a giddy walk down the path of doom and despair – have many different modes of ingestion.  Until about five hundred years ago alcohol and drugs caused few problems for mankind.  It was about that time that some Chinese bricklayer working on a really big wall discovered that […]

7Jun2013 | | Comments Off on Smoking Alcohol – No Calories and No Brains | Continued