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About Face-book

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Despite my best efforts to avoid the 21st Century, I managed to find myself on Facebook, a social network designed by somebody who really had it in for me.

Do not get me wrong there are some definite ‘ups’. It is a good way to keep track of my wide spread family without running up a phone bill roughly equivalent to the GNP of Bolivia.

It is very pleasant to hear from my granddaughter ‘Queenie’ who is at Lander University. However, her messages are mostly of the “I’m fine, send money” variety.  The other ‘grands’ check in from time to time usually by sending photos of them doing various things that, in a sane world, would be considered cause for institutionalization. I guess that the apples do not fall far from the tree, grandkids likewise.

Other family members check in from time to time with vacation photos and the like, overall it is a good way to keep in touch.

I also appreciate the prayers that some folks post for the betterment of us all and even the Dalai Lama has some hopeful and helpful words.

There are some things, however, that are a bit odd. It seems that I have hooked up with a rather virulent group of folks who are convinced that there are many types of conspiracies out there.

There is a bunch of these theories about President Obama. Popular among these are that he was actually born in Kenya, is a closet Moslem and intends to turn the country over to the communists.

Another one revolves around the UN Arms Treaty. It seems that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, I liked her better when she was running for President and called, “Hill Dog”, signed this document.

This one action hit the theorist’s fan big time. It seems that they believe that by signing this document we will be invaded by UN troops who will forcibly take away all our weapons and make us all slaves. Oh really, the Botswana National Guard in their sissy blue helmets, taking a part-time job with the UN are going to invade and conquer the US.

I thought this rather absurd and like a good journalist, I did some research. First off, the treaty concerns itself with the international arms trade. So, unless you have a yard full of 175mm cannons, ‘Honest Howies’ Howitzer’s” and do business with people with heavy accents and wearing towels for hats you will not be affected by this treaty.

Secondly, as we all learned in grammar school no treaty is valid unless signed by the President and approved by two-thirds of the Senate. Therefore, it has the same force of law as if Lady Gaga signed it.

When I pointed this out on Facebook, the responses clearly indicated that a bunch of the theorists had missed their medications. Boy did I ever catch it and all in UPPER CASE, which is the internet’s equivalent of shouting.

Well boys, GET A GRIP AND TAKE YOUR MEDS.© 20102, Jim McGowan

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Written by harmonycounty

July 26, 2012 at 4:42 p07

Posted in Americana, Humor, Politics

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