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December 07, 2011 - I don't do e-mails or internet, but that doesn't eliminate exposure. Friends who deliver such epistles to me know my humor, likes and dislikes. Thus; a forward from Karbginsky and Hiatt. Did you ever wonder why there are no dead penguins on the ice in Antarctica - where do they go?

Wonder no more!

It is a known fact that the penguin is a very ritualistic bird which lives an extremely ordered and complex life.

The penguin is very committed to its family and will mate for life, as well as maintaining a form of compassionate contact with its offspring throughout its life.

If a penguin is found dead on the ice surface, other members of the family and social circle have been known to dig holes in the ice, using their vestigial wings and beaks, until the hole is deep enough for the dead bird to be rolled into and buried.

The male penguins then gather in a circle around the fresh grave and sing:

"Freeze a jolly good fellow"

"Freeze a jolly good fellow."

Then they kick him in the ice hole

You really didn't believe that I know anything about penguins did you?

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Some things can be easily forseen and planned for. Such thinking prompted me to buy another clicker for my tv. This extremely prolonged political season is getting to me.

I'm hoping someone like Dwight David Eisenhower will come along quickly and give the Republican party, and the nation, a little hope.

Current seekers of this world's highest elected office are not confidence builders. Some bill themselves as businessmen, others are just total politicians.

All spew words like an eruption spills ash.

Thus the need for the clicker. My mute button was wearing thin before the politician started, by my silencing all the words spewed by commentators describing what I'm seeing.

I can see a guy pass the ball, tackle or foul someone, fumble shoot a basket and dribble. (That's a good word for what the announcers do.)

I've been trying to stay "up" on what's happening with our economies, various war fronts, auto industry, weather, occupiers, tea partiers and candidate forums.

But for all "ups" in keeping up on all this stuff is only possible with a very handy clicker.

In sports, I can't even click out commercials. The sponsors have made a deal with the networks to force all games to break at the same time.

Seems to me sponsors would have more viewers if networks alternated timeouts. Clickers, like me, would appreciate it.

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The United States has 5 percent of the world's population and 66 percent of the world's lawyers.

It's Christmas. No further comment at this time.

Jim Sherman, Sr. is president of Sherman Publications, Inc. He has penned "Jim's Jottings" since 1955.
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