Well March 15th till April 15th certainly is event filled! We’ve had St Patrick’s Day, followed by Eostre/Ostara &/or The Vernal Equinox. That was followed by the thankfully short lived Impish Dragon vs. Lethal’ s Cats brouhaha of last week.
Now this week Good Friday ( a day off for some of you) & Easter are ahead this weekend with April Fools Day on the heels of Easter on Monday next. A scant 2 weeks after that is what is probably the most dreaded and hated day in the US calendar April 15th a.k.a. TAX DAY!
SIGH! Am I EVER going to get a chance to sit back with a fresh cuppa and a good book and relax? Apparently not until after April 15th at least!
While Easter weekend may prove to be something of a let down- no Easter Egg Hunt on the South Lawn of the White House due to the Sequester and those April Fools in Congress not being able to get their acts together and end it coupled with Vegas I hear is offer some decent odds on snow for much of the Northeast for Easter Weekend.
However we here at DL/LL Electronic Media Enterprises Ltd are focused on bringing you as much laughter as possible through all this by focusing on what is one of Impish’s 3 most favorite Holidays of the year…April Fool’s Day (he thinks its in his honor)
Ok so you reader have a point, Impish really has not met a holiday celebrated in the US that he didn’t like (with the arguable exceptions of Valentine’s Day and Saint Patrick’s Day his notably two least favorite from what I can see).
In honor of April Fools Day I’ve included very little in the way of serious material today only 1 or two things that are newsworthy but of a more or less ‘Odd or Humorous’ nature. Most of the issue is devoted to laughter and time wasting with a wee bit of exploring the origin and meaning behind April Fool’s Day tossed in. Of course laughter means the obligatory poke or 6 at our resident
fool I MEAN straight man Impish.
So enough gobbling of the free scones and coffee already! No not you folks! I was talking to Impish over there. You readers are free to enjoy them…if he left you any. Mean time lets get on with the issue shall we?
A Joke in honor of the New Pope & Easter
(courtesy of our Princess of Puns Diaman)
There were two Catholic boys, Timothy Murphy and Antonio Secola,
whose lives parallel each other in amazing ways. In the same year
Timothy was born in Ireland, Antonio was born in Italy.
Faithfully they attended parochial School from kindergarten through their
senior year in high school. They took their vows to enter the priesthood
early in college, and upon graduation, became priests.
Their careers had come to amaze the world, but it was generally acknowledged
that Antonio Secola was just a wee cut above Timothy Murphy in all respects.
Their rise through the ranks of Bishop, Archbishop and finally Cardinal
was swift to say the least, and the Catholic world knew that when the present
Pope died, it would be one of the two who would become the next Pope.
In time, the Pope did die, and the College of Cardinals went to work.
In less time than anyone had expected, white smoke rose from the chimney
and the world waited to see whom they had chosen.
The world, Catholic, Protestant and secular, was surprised to
learn that Timothy Murphy had been elected Pope!
Antonio Secola was beyond surprise. He was devastated, because even
with all of Timothy’s gifts, Antonio knew he was just a bit better qualified.
With gall that shocked the Cardinals, Antonio Secola asked for a private session
with them in which he candidly asked, “Why Timothy?”
After a long silence, an old Cardinal took pity on the bewildered man
and rose to reply. “We knew you were the better of the two, but we just
could not bear the thought of the leader of the Roman Catholic Church being called POPE SE-COLA!
Molly is forced to remind me of the every year
Ok lets get the first semi serious piece of business out of the way. A few of you (to say nothing of Impish himself) are awaiting the official response from my cat’s and lovely (abet deadly) wife Molly regarding Impish’s apology and reparations tribute.
Now for those of you who don’t read the comments or even read this at the blog there WAS an immediate response Saturday afternoon after receipt of the reparations/tribute shipment and in response to his whining he was still going to get bumped off. (In truth I think he was more afraid of Molly than the cats at that point) Here is that response:
After consultation with said cats I am authorized to say that at present Impish is in no danger from any of my felines or any feline forces/ hired mythical/fictional mercenary help under their direct control. In between naps and the other important things on their schedule they are inventorying and tallying the extent and quality of Impish’s apology/bribe.
A formal reply will apparently be given to me in time to be included in Wednesday’s issue. They wish me to stress that unlike cat bullying Dragons, they are honorable creatures (cough! OW!) and having gotten their public apology/admission of wrong doing, will refrain from harming Impish at present (presuming he obeys the TRO and “keeps his big dog like yap shut” (direct translation of the meows) as promised. So if something DOES happen to Impish they suggest that his host of other less than happy with him potential suspects/frenimies/business associates be looked at first.
As for Molly, while she still growls and grumbles at the mention of Impish’s name, I believe she is too busy using his money from the bribe to set up C.A.D.S.- Cats Abused (by) Dragons Shelter to be stalking him. Besides what the big pussy of a dragon fails to mention is she shot him with paint filled wax bullets- the military version of paint balls used in mock battle simulations. Her desire was to make the point to him that he COULD be gotten to anywhere/anytime and for him to embarrass his big fierce dragon self by either losing bladder control or fainting like a girl while being abused my a mere mortal woman.
Since he did both she’s quite happy with her revenge and her portion of the bribe. (Word has it she’s getting her 45 S&W customized, engraved, with gold inlay and diamond adornment to commemorate the victory. I understand the Grips will be made from dragon bone and done in a combination or Scrimshaw and Bas-Relief depicting the events some how)
I am now authorized to release this official statement from the elder cat in residence here at my penthouse in Keebler Towers to Impish regarding formal cessation of hostiles and the making of nice-nice between all parties:
DANG! Sorry folks! As I mentioned last week, I upgraded my blog assembler/editor program and apparently there are still a few glitches! Seems that its grabbed the intended photo for this April Fools education segment and place key phrases from Impish’s Personality Assessment/Analysis file over the top of it and now I can’t get them off!
April Fools’ Day, sometimes called All Fools’ Day, is one of the most light-hearted days of the year celebrated in many countries on April 1. Sometimes referred to as April 1 is not a national holiday, but is widely recognized and celebrated as a day when people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other. Its origins are uncertain. Some see it as a celebration related to the turn of the seasons, while others believe it stems from the adoption of a new calendar.
Ancient cultures, including those of the Romans and Hindus, celebrated New Year’s Day on or around April 1. It closely follows the vernal equinox (March 20th or March 21st.) In medieval times, much of Europe celebrated March 25, the Feast of Annunciation, as the beginning of the new year.
The earliest recorded association between April 1 and foolishness can be found in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (1392). Many writers suggest that the restoration of January 1 by Pope Gregory XIII as New Year’s Day of the Gregorian Calendar in the 16th century was responsible for the creation of the holiday, sometimes questioned for earlier reference In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar (the Gregorian Calendar) to replace the old Julian Calendar. The new calendar called for New Year’s Day to be celebrated Jan. 1. That year, France adopted the reformed calendar and shifted New Year’s day to Jan. 1. According to a popular explanation, many people either refused to accept the new date, or did not learn about it, and continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1. Other people began to make fun of these traditionalists, sending them on “fool’s errands” or trying to trick them into believing something false. Eventually, the practice spread throughout Europe.
There are at least two difficulties with this explanation. The first is that it doesn’t fully account for the spread of April Fools’ Day to other European countries. The Gregorian calendar was not adopted by England until 1752, for example, but April Fools’ Day was already well established there by that point. The second is that we have no direct historical evidence for this explanation, only conjecture, and that conjecture appears to have been made more recently.
Another explanation of the origins of April Fools’ Day was provided by Joseph Boskin, a professor of history at Boston University. He explained that the practice began during the reign of Constantine, when a group of court jesters and fools told the Roman emperor that they could do a better job of running the empire. Constantine, amused, allowed a jester named Kugel to be king for one day. Kugel passed an edict calling for absurdity on that day, and the custom became an annual event.
“In a way,” explained Prof. Boskin, “it was a very serious day. In those times fools were really wise men. It was the role of jesters to put things in perspective with humor.”
This explanation was brought to the public’s attention in an Associated Press article printed by many newspapers in 1983. There was only one catch: Boskin made the whole thing up. It took a couple of weeks for the AP to realize that they’d been victims of an April Fools’ joke themselves.
New traffic sign proposed for all approaches to Washington D.C.
Personally if you ask me, I think they ought to remove the word ‘April’ from that sign!
The House Across From Westboro Baptist Is Getting a Rainbow Pride Paint Job Right Now!
By the end of today, the inhabitants of the Westboro Baptist Church compound in Topeka, Kansas, should have a new view out their windows, just past their FAG MARRIAGE DOOMS NATIONS sign: a new gay-rights center across the street, painted in brilliant rainbow colors, with a pride flag flying from a 30-foot flagpole.
Right now, a crew of volunteers is at work on the siding of a house opposite the headquarters of the publicity-hunting hate-preacher Fred Phelps.
The center is the work of a roving do-gooder named Aaron Jackson, a 31-year-old community-college dropout whose other projects have included opening orphanages in India and Haiti and buying a thousand acres of endangered rain forest in Peru. This year, his charity, Planting Peace, also intends to de-worm every child in Guatemala.
Jackson was drawn to Topeka after reading about Josef Miles, the local boy who last year, at the age of nine, photobombed one of the Westboro protests with a handmade sign that read “God Hates No One.” Jackson had been looking for a way to support equality, anti-bullying programs, and some sort of pro-LGBT initiative, he said.
“I’ve been accused in the past of being all over the place, and they’re probably right on some level,” Jackson told me last night by phone. “Right now we are standing up to bigotry and promoting equality.”
So while considering the Westboro Baptist Church, he began dinking around on Google Maps late one night. He pulled up the church, at 3701 SW 12th St. in Topeka, and took a virtual walk around the block. In the front yard of a house across the street, he noticed a For Sale sign.
“It hit me right away,” Jackson told me last night by phone. “Huh. That would be interesting to own a house across from the Westboro Baptist Church and turn it into something.’ And then, within five seconds: ‘And I’ll paint it the color of the pride flag.’ Perfect.”
The house he’d thought for sale no longer was, but he found another, two doors down, that was still across the street from the Westboro compound. It was listed for something in the $80,000s.
“I find that if you have a hate group in front of your home, that should bring the price of your home down just a little bit,” Jackson said. “Unfortunately the gentleman that was selling the house, he didn’t seem to agree with me.” The guy wouldn’t budge. Jackson was tempted to walk away. “What he did not know,” Jackson said, “where he had me, was I needed this home. I had to have this house. There was no way around it.”
Eventually the guy dropped to 81 and threw in a new roof. Jackson bought it sight unseen, without knowing so much as the number of bedrooms. Turns out there are two bedrooms, one bathroom, a carpeting dining area, two garages (the house sits at a corner), a fireplace, hardwood floors, a small porch, and a decent-sized yard that overlooks the headquarters of an active hate group. “The view is what I bought the home for,” Jackson said.
He closed on it about six months ago. In January he and his friend Davis Hammet, a 22-year-old Florida State grad, drove up from Florida overnight to move in. “We thought we were about to become popsicles,” Hammet said. They’ve been hunkering down, waiting for the weather to break, so they could get the house painted.
The plan is to ride the coattails of Westboro’s own media strategy. “We’re going to take the negative attention and try to spin it into something positive,” Hammet said. “Instead of millions of children around the world getting this hate message, they’re going to see this message of compassion and love.”
When I visited the house, during a cross-continental road trip in February, they had scarcely a stick of furniture other than the tables and chairs at the front picture window, their office and de facto crow’s nest. They were keeping a low profile, but were making some friends. This wasn’t long after Valentine’s Day, and a confidante at a fruit-basket outfit had given them a small fortune in leftover strawberries. It paired well with a housewarming six-pack I’d bought at a gas station in rural-highway Kansas.
We looked out the front window sipping beers and munching berries and wondering what the WBCers, who live throughout the neighborhood around the church, made of two dudes with a Jimmy Carter sticker on the bumper of their Prius moving to the neighborhood and staying up late every night.
The painters prepped over the weekend and did the white shutters on Monday. If all goes well, it should be a multi-hued spectrum by the early afternoon. Monday night, Hammet was exhausted but thrilled for Tuesday. “It’s the most important day of my life so far,” he said.
To the best of anyone’s knowledge, this will all come as a surprise to the WBCers. A few weeks ago, Jackson was walking around the iced-over block when he met Fred Phelps’ daughter Shirley, out plowing snow on an ATV. She was wearing a helmet, so he didn’t know who she was was until they and her husband got to chatting. She apparently cracked a pretty decent joke. “We all shared a giggle together,” Jackson said. “It was a sweet moment. And I just carried on.”
It is worth noting that many different cultures have had days of foolishness around the start of April, give or take a couple of weeks. The Romans had a festival named Hilaria on March 25, rejoicing in the resurrection of Attis. The Hindu calendar has Holi, and the Jewish calendar has Purim. Perhaps there’s something about the time of year, with its turn from winter to spring, that lends itself to lighthearted celebrations.
Observances Around the World
April Fools’ Day is observed throughout the Western world. Practices include sending someone on a “fool’s errand,” looking for things that don’t exist; playing pranks; and trying to get people to believe ridiculous things.
Precursors of April Fools’ Day include the Roman festival of Hilaria, held March 25, and the Medieval Feast of Fools, held December 28, still a day on which pranks are played in Spanish-speaking countries.
In Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (1392), the “Nun’s Priest’s Tale” is set Syn March began thritty dayes and two. Modern scholars believe that there is a copying error in the extant manuscripts and that Chaucer actually wrote, Syn March was gon. Thus, the passage originally meant 32 days after April, i.e. May 2, the anniversary of the engagement of King Richard II of England to Anne of Bohemia, which took place in 1381. Readers apparently misunderstood this line to mean “March 32”, i.e. April 1. In Chaucer’s tale, the vain cock Chauntecleer is tricked by a fox.
In 1508, French poet Eloy d’Amerval referred to a poisson d’avril (April fool, literally “April fish”), a possible reference to the holiday. In 1539, Flemish poet Eduard de Dene wrote of a nobleman who sent his servants on foolish errands on April 1. In 1686, John Aubrey referred to the holiday as “Fooles holy day”, the first British reference. On April 1, 1698, several people were tricked into going to the Tower of London to “see the Lions washed”.
In the Middle Ages, up until the late 18th century, New Year’s Day was celebrated on March 25 (Feast of the Annunciation) in most European towns. In some areas of France, New Year’s was a week-long holiday ending on April 1. Many writers suggest that April Fools originated because those who celebrated on January 1 made fun of those who celebrated on other dates. The use of January 1 as New Year’s Day was common in France by the mid-16th century, and this date was adopted officially in 1564 by the Edict of Roussillon.
A study in the 1950s, by folklorists Iona and Peter Opie, found that in the UK and those countries whose traditions derived from there, the joking ceased at midday. But this practice appears to have lapsed in more recent years
The April 1 tradition in France, Romandy [a region of Switzerland] and French-speaking Canada includes poisson d’avril (literally “April’s fish”), attempting to attach a paper fish to the victim’s back without being noticed. This is also widespread in other nations, such as Italy, where the term Pesce d’aprile (literally “April’s fish”) is also used to refer to any jokes done during the day. This custom also exists in certain areas of Belgium, including the province of Antwerp. The Flemish tradition is for children to lock out their parents or teachers, only letting them in if they promise to bring treats the same evening or the next day.
Everyone has their favorite traditional Easter dinner meat that is the center piece of their holiday meal. For some its Ham either fresh or smoked for others (like Impish I’m guessing with out saying the ‘P’ word) Easter Kielbasa, still others do a Prime Rib or Boneless Pork Loin. Since the center piece of the meal is long steeped in family traditions I’m not going to waste our time offering center of the table recipes today since most of you see that as the only no brainer part of the meal. Instead here are an appetizer a side and a desert that are all new and different to spark some fresh life into your holiday dinner and make you feel truly blessed.
Roasted Red Pepper & White Bean Spread
Looking for a quick and tasty appetizer? Roasted red peppers, beans, feta cheese and fresh parsley blend together for a scrumptious spread that’s sure to be a hit!
Prep 10 min. Total 10 min. Serves 16
What You’ll Need
1 cup roasted red peppers
1 can (about 15 ounces) small white beans, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
Crackers or Veggie sticks of your choice
How to Make It
1 Place the roasted peppers, beans, oil, black pepper and 3 tablespoons cheese into a food processor. Cover and process until the mixture is smooth.
2 Spoon the roasted pepper mixture into a serving bowl and sprinkle with the remaining cheese and the parsley.
Serve with the crackers or veggie sticks.
Makes a decent sandwich spread too! Try it on a burger!
Savory Mushroom Bread Pudding
Here’s a delectable, meat-free dish that’s perfect for brunches, buffets or as a side for your main course. It’s made with whole grain bread, a creamy mushroom sauce and lots of Swiss cheese.
Prep 15 min. Total 1 hr. 30 min. Serves 6
What You’ll Need
Vegetable cooking spray
12 slices Sliced Sandwich Bread or Whole Grain 100% Whole Wheat Bread, cut into cubes
1 package (8 ounces) sliced mushrooms (about 3 cups)
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup (Regular or 98% Fat Free)
2 1/2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese (about 4 ounces)
How to Make It
1 Heat the oven to 375°F. Spray a 3-quart shallow baking dish with the cooking spray.
2 Place the bread and mushrooms into the prepared baking dish.
3 Beat the soup, eggs, milk, thyme and black pepper in a medium bowl with a fork or whisk. Pour the soup mixture over the bread and mushrooms, pressing down the bread to coat. Let stand for 30 minutes.
4 Bake for 35 minutes. Sprinkle evenly with the cheese. Bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
Notice the highlighted measurement in the bread portion of the ingredients. I didn’t have 12 slices of bread to donate to this experiment so I used 3 cups of Herb & Garlic Croutons. To compensate for them being much drier than the bread I added an egg as well as 1/3 cup of 1/2 & 1/2 to the egg/soup mixture. I also increased the standing time to 45 minutes covered and in my fridge. as a result mine went into a cold oven so as not to shatter my crockery and took slightly longer.
I also sautéed a mix of baby portabella and button mushroom slices I had then added about 1/2 a cups worth once they were cooked and the pan juices to the liquids. I cannot say how much I started with as I decided to cook up all that I had and divide afterwards.
I found the dish lacking color so I added some green onions (to taste) and a little parsley.
I find this goes well with Beef (roasts or grilled steaks), pork (Smoked Ham, or especially Rotisserie Pork Loins) Grilled Lamb and finally really classes up a good old meat loaf dinner.
This Peanut Butter Puddin’ Cake is wonderful. If you like peanut butter, you will love this recipe. Just add a big scoop of ice cream for a real treat.
1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup brown sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup peanut butter (I used Jif extra crunchy) 1/2 cup milk (I used 2%) 2 tablespoons cooking oil (I used Canola) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup walnut pieces (could use any nut you like) 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 1/2 cups hot water Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt with a spoon. Add peanut butter, milk, oil and vanilla and mix well with spoon. Spray an 8 x 8 dish. Spread batter in bottom. Batter will be thick. Sprinkle nuts and chocolate chips over batter. Pour hot water on top. Do not mix again. (I just heat water to boiling in microwave). Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 45 minutes. You will be able to see peanut butter oozing out the top of the cake. Makes about 8 to 10 servings. Enjoy!
Notable April Fools’ Day pranks and hoaxes:
One of the great media hoaxes of all time was perpetrated on April 1, 1957 by the BBC, which reported on its news program Panorama that Switzerland was experiencing a bumper spaghetti harvest that year thanks to favorable weather and the elimination of the dread “spaghetti weevil.” Staged video footage showing happy peasants plucking strands of pasta from tall trees was so convincing that many viewers actually called the network to ask how they could grow their own.
Some of the best-known pranks in recent years were mounted by advertising agencies. In 1996, Taco Bell ran a full-page ad in the New York Times announcing it had purchased the Liberty Bell and would rename it the “Taco Liberty Bell.” Burger King pulled off a similar prank in 1998, announcing the rollout of its “Left-Handed Whopper” supposedly designed so that condiments would drip from the right side of the burger rather than the left.
On the Internet hoaxes have become such standard fare that April Fools’ Day is barely distinguishable from any other, though a few notable pranks stand out and tend to be reposted year after year — e.g., the 1996 announcement that every computer connected to the World Wide Web must be turned off for Internet Cleaning Day, a 24-hour period during which useless “flotsam and jetsam” are flushed from the system.
Lego paper plane folding machine V2.0
This bird might be a better conversationalist than Impish! (Based on their similar brain sizes)
More literary contributions for our resident Poet Laureate Diaman
There once was a barmaid named Gale
On whose breasts was the menu for ale
But since she was kind
For the sake of the blind
On her ass it was printed in Braille
There was a Young Man from Kent
Whose Rod was so long it bent.
So to save himself trouble
He bent it in double,
And instead of coming — he went!
There once was a man from sprocket
Who went for a ride in a rocket
The rocket went bang
His balls went clang
And he found his dick in his pocket!
There once was a man from madras
Whose balls were made of brass
In stormy weather
They clang together
And sparks fly out of his ass!
There was a young lady named Claire
Who possessed a magnificent pair;
Or that’s what I thought
‘Til I saw one get caught
On a thorn, and begin to lose air.
There was a young lady named Hitchin
Who was scratching her crotch in the kitchen.
Her mother said, “Rose,
It’s the crabs, I suppose.”
She said, “Yes, and the buggers are itchin’.”
THE SOURCE OF LIBERALS! I HAVE FINALLY FOUND IT!
MinusIQ | The pill to lower your IQ permanently
The world’s a much brighter place when you’re not too bright for it.
Plus a couple cigars too!
I’d like to see a letter of reference to that effect or better yet a video!
Obviously Welfare/Entitlement family humor
32? Wow he’s really good with fractional loads then!
You got ANY idea HOW HARD it is to find a Parting Shot Header appropriate graphic that is also April Fools Day friendly?
Founded by geniuses but run by idiots …
By Junius P. Long
Some Serious Food For Thought Here Even If It IS Presented Humorously!
If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but
not for being in the country illegally …you might live in a country
founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or
take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion … you might
live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
If the only school curriculum allowed to explain how we got here is
evolution, but the government stops a $15 million construction project
to keep a rare spider from evolving to extinction … you might live in
a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
If you have to show identification to board an airplane, cash a check,
buy liquor or check out a library book, but not to vote who runs the
government … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run
If the government wants to ban stable, law-abiding citizens from owning
gun magazines with more than ten rounds, but gives 20 F-16 fighter jets
to the crazy new leaders in Egypt … you might live in a country
founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
If, in the largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but not a
24-ounce soda because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make you fat
… you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
If an 80-year-old woman can be stripped searched by the TSA but a woman
in a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head searched … you
might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of
dollars of debt is to spend trillions more … you might live in a
country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
If a seven year old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his
teacher is “cute,” but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class
in grade school is perfectly acceptable … you might live in a country
founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
If children are forcibly removed from parents who discipline them with
spankings while children of addicts are left in filth and drug infested
“homes”… you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by
If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more government
intrusion, while not working is rewarded with EBT cards, WIC checks,
Medicaid, subsidized housing and free cell phones … you might live in
a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
If the government’s plan for getting people back to work is to
incentivize NOT working with 99 weeks of unemployment checks and no
requirement to prove they applied but can’t find work … you might
live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
If being stripped of the ability to defend yourself makes you more
“safe” according to the government … you might live in a country
founded by geniuses but run by idiots.