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Road trips pick up in U.S. as coronavirus restrictions ease ...

The Missus and I will be making a little pilgrimage this weekend.  The spoilers will be temporarily suspended, but I will – as usual – eventually catch up!  Be well and do good, friends.      YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 07/07/20

Bob Ross Painting by Zenon Matias Jimenez

Visual Description:  Bob Ross redux?


Clue/Question:  To complete the painting of the golf course’s thicket, the artist took – – –

A happy little mystery. Where are the original Bob Ross paintings ...


(Another excellent, stinky pun.  We don’t really hear the word “thicket” all that much these days, so I’m glad that the boys are using it here today.  Keep Vocabulary Alive!  Maybe they can come up with a Python-esque Jumble, giving us a “shrubbery” some day?  Or, for our Southwestern friends – or amigos – maybe a “chaparral”.  Ooh, now we’re talkin’!

There were no new clue words today.  And/but, all the jumbles did come up as new, for me.  I noticed that David L. Hoyt has never used the word “squaw” before.  It’s from the Algonquin, and it simply means woman/wife.  Although NOW, the dictionaries say the word is dated, usually disparaging, and usually offensive.  Our American forebears ran with the word for a few hundred years, kind of figuring all “Indians” were alike.  But, they were/are actually quite diverse.  So, don’t hold yer breath, waiting for Hoyt to use “squaw”!  The answer letter layout was another very impressive twelve letter jumble.  The first thing I noticed – even before glancing at the cartoon and clue/question – was that there were only three vowels!  I think this played a factor in my getting the final answer so quickly.

Great cartoon of a Bob Ross wannabe!  I can hardly believe the real Bob Ross has been dead for 25 years now.  Not exactly high art, he was more known for the speed in which he created very serviceable paintings.  He was also know for his quiet tones, and saying things like “happy little trees”, or “happy little clouds” and “There are no mistakes, only happy accidents.”  And, he regularly used brushes that most of us would use to paint a room with!  His show was on PBS, and it ran for 11 years, in the ’80s and ’90s.  It’s funny, because in some ways he’s even bigger today than when he was alive.  People be funny!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google and Fine Art America and Art and Design Inspiration



Curtain Raiser

A few shoes have already dropped . . . China and Russia! We’re still hoping that Netanyahu and Israel will come to their senses, and abide by international law! Read on, friends. — YUR


Rulings and Reparations, Colltalers

The scary but thoroughly expected explosion of new COVID-19 cases in the world has a common cause, the rush to restart economic activity even if people are dying as a result of it, and a disheartening realization: the coronavirus is now an integral part of our near future. But a vaccine may not be.
Meanwhile, constitutional decisions in Israel, Hong Kong, and Russia may further erode human rights and the ability of democracy to truly represent people. That’s why the Black Lives Matter uprising has been so crucial exposing the racist complacency of American society. Now, to reparations?
But let’s start with the proposed settlements of lawsuits brought up against Bayer and Johnson & Johnson over two of their cancer-causing products. Bayer offered $10.9 billion to settle 75% of 125,000 cases against its subsidiary Monsanto’s weedkiller Roundup. And J&J agreed to pay $2.1 billion in damages for people who…

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Black Lives Matter

I love this post! It is succinct and to the point. We all need to do better. Peace. — YUR

Rain Coast Review

I believe that we should all pay attention to the people who make up our world. They are not invisible. Their pain should be all of our pain. Discrimination against one is discrimination against all.

Unequal treatment of people of all descriptions is a fundamental failing of the Canadian system of police work. Black Canadians are many times more likely to be harrassed and ultimately punished, sometimes by an unjustifiable death.

The murder of black men by police authorities in the United States is not unique to America. We must learn to see it in our home cities and provinces. There are far too many black people murdered in Canada, indeed in British Columbia, by government which is supposed to represent all of us, not just the privileged few. I believe we should each put our bodies in harms way to protect the innocent, even protect the guilty. Being drunk…

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Curtain Raiser

Our over-militarized police forces need to be reformed! It will likely take some defunding, and converting to more community based law enforcement organizations. This won’t happen overnight, but it has to happen! And, it has to happen in conjunction with reforming our court system, and prison systems. Private prisons are an abomination. No one should profit off the incarceration of others. These are all major aspects of America’s systemic racism. We can no longer turn a blind eye to these injustices. It’s way past time that we live up to the convictions of our Declaration of Independence, and show that we all truly believe that : “ALL men are created equal.” — YUR


Stop the U.S. of Lyncherdom, Colltalers

Get your knees off our necks.‘ The eloquence of Rev. Al Sharpton’s eulogy of George Floyd, choked to death by a white Minneapolis police officer on Memorial Day, was appropriate to match the public horror about his death. Hundreds of thousands across the U.S. and the world marched in protest.
The massive 11-day rallies are not only a response to the horrifying 8:46min video of Floyd’s killing but also a demand for change, redress, renewal of our tenets as human beings. Not surprisingly, the police behaved badly all along, arresting and beating people up. So now there’s talk of defunding it.
The crowd also paid respects to Breonna Taylor, whose 27th birthday was Friday, and countless of young black lives cut short by police brutality and cruel social inequality now reigning in the U.S. Breonna, an African-American medical technician, was shot by police…

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George Floyd’s Tears Echoes Through Eternity!

I’ve always respected the institution of the police department. But, it is abundantly clear there are some members who never should’ve been sworn in. These few never should’ve graduated the academy. And, better yet, they never should’ve been ACCEPTED into the academy! All of our police departments need greater, in depth, psychological analyses of their applicants. And, they need constant psychological screening of the recruits to weed out the ones who may have slipped through the cracks. Racism is only one of the problems. The bigger one, in my mind, are those who were bullied and/or abused in their youth, or who may have been disenfranchised to the point where becoming a cop is their big chance to GET EVEN! We can not allow people like this to wear a badge and carry a gun. We also need to end the practice of the “blue wall of silence”. It’s not being a “rat” when you help to weed out the bad elements. You are actually making the force stronger by removing these weak, and potentially dangerous, links. The police need to police themselves better. And, if they won’t take the job seriously, they will have to concede to a civilian review board. One with real teeth.
And, of course, they need to re-evaluate some of their “training”, because they can’t continue to fall back on: “they were only doing what they were trained to do.” Be well and do good, friends. — YUR


Photo credit: Joanna Villango

The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.

Albert Einstein

In the height of ’Jihadi John’ reign of terror, the Islamic State executioner who derives pleasure in executing journalists, that image stuck in my mind. However, it has been replaced with Derek Chauvin grinding his knee into George Floyd’s neck while the poor man cried for mercy. When Jihadi John murdered several innocent journalists, mostly whites. I was angry and wrote about the atrocities of ISIS. It has come as a surprise that people are eerily silent about the murder of George Floyd.

Alas, Derek and countless other heartless cops in the US are terrorists protected by the state. The US President has threatened to kill looters but killers like Derek would not have been arrested without…

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Curtain Raiser

Not to sound like a radical rightist, but I believe certain aspects of this COVID-19 pandemic are being used – by out government/corporate media – as a distraction from other major events going on around the world. What we don’t know about . . . we can’t care about . . . until it is too late. Think about it, friends. — YUR


Don’t Let it Happen, Colltalers

Norma McCorvey never meant to be part of an American cultural landmark, the 1973 Roe v Wade Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in the U.S. Then she switched sides and became a ‘pro-lifer’ activist. But in her deathbed she confessed that she did it for the money. The Evangelical money.
China thought the tragic COVID-19 diversion was perfect to crush Hong Kong pro-democracy movement. Instead, it turned the world against it and fueled President Trump’s conspiracy claims blaming it for the virus and for all he hasn’t done about it. Also, Hongkongers won’t take it lying down.
Not to sound spoiled, but let’s face it, we’re not doing too well. With close to 5.5 million cases worldwide, the coronavirus pandemic is still expanding albeit at a slower rate in some places, and according to epidemiologists we’re still at least a year from a vaccine if one…

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 04/12/20

renee and elisha herbert | Beautiful girl face, Beauty girl ...

Visual Description:  “The Patty Duke Show” meets “Mad Money”.


Clue/Question:  The twin sisters pooled their money to buy stocks so they could – – –

Pre-Answer:  Four Words  (5-letters) AND (5-letters) (5-letters)

Debt today is the same as 10 years ago, when Jim Cramer had his ...


(With fifteen letters I thought this one might be a little tougher.  But, it’s a good stinky pun, regardless.  Some of you purists might object to my referencing “The Patty Duke Show”, from the early ’60s, because the silly premise of that show was that they were “identical cousins”, not sisters.  Maybe I shouldn’t have dated myself, and went with the more recent “Sister Sister”.  Or, as I liked to tease my daughter, “Moesha” Moesha!  They were both on in the mid to late ’90s, starring black teen girls.  She used to get so mad at me!  LOL!

There were no new clue words today, so no need to worry about ralis95 not picking them up.  However, all six jumbles appear to be new.  A fairly rare occurrence.  I thought that “sareoc” and “pliaam” were a bit tough.  The answer letter layout was nice long jumble.  But the spacing for the final answer made it a slam dunk, for me.

Fine twin cartoon.  We haven’t had one in a while.  I liked Jim Cramer on the TV, in the background.  And of course, I like that both ladies have I 🧡 JUMBLE  mugs!  Is Jumble Co. a penny stock, or is it on the Pink Sheets???  LOL!  Happy Easter and Passover, folks!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 03/13/20cett

Image result for cartoon zeros

Visual Description:  Saved By Zero.


Clue/Question:  The zeroes got together and did – – –

Image result for cartoon zeros


(Excellent pun!  I always enjoy the animated number cartoon/puns.  And, this reminds me of one my favorite standard gags.  Whenever someone asks me: Qué pasa?, or Qué paso?  I always reply:  Nada.  Nada damn thing.  Thank you.  Thank you very much.  I’m here all week.  Try the veal!

Hoyt has snuck in a new clue word today, in “cutest”.  Ralis95 will have to update his world famous clue word database!  Two of the jumbles came up as new.  But we’ve definitely seen both “rihya” and “garndo” sometime in the past.  That did not stop me from struggling to get “dragon”.  It must be one of my pet peeve words!  It took me a few looks to get “cutest” too.  The answer letter layout was a beautifully cryptic jumble.  Not obvious, in the least.

What can I say about this extremely clever cartoon?  Zeroes lounging by the pool!  Brilliant.  Whoda thought that zeroes led such relaxed lives?  Nice work, David and Jeff!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google and comiXology

Curtain Raiser

A few days old, but still – mostly – relevant! — YUR


They Like the World As It Is, Colltalers

It’s spreading, it shows no mercy, and it may kill thousands. Not the coronavirus, though, but the bombing of Syria’s Idlib by Russian-backed Syrian forces against Turkey-aided rebels. Thousands more are caught between fire and freezing weather, but world headlines had little room to report them.
Instead, coverage has focused on the virus scare and not much else. Far-right governments in China, the U.S., Brazil, and others first tried to dismiss the crisis and then named hacks and climate-change deniers to manage it. It won’t work. That’s why so many believe that it’s time to vote them all out.
Speaking of elections, Israelis are back at the polls today for the third time this year. But as before, no major changes are expected regardless of who wins. Benjamin Netanyahu, the country’s longest acting Prime Minister, and his challenger Benny Gantz think alike…

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