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Very nice Jeff. At work we decided not to do the gift exchange. We donated what we would spend on gifts to the Veterans Unmet Needs program. Our donation will stay right here in the Chippewa Valley. Favorite holiday treat, hmmm, hard to say I love them all and it's obvious. If I have to pick I would say plain old fashion sugar cookies.

Catfish I'll just enjoy that brandy on your behalf! Merry Christmas All!

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Irish whiskey or a good microbrewery beer here.

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A heartwarming Thanksgiving story ........

“John, come into the dining room, it’s time to eat,” Julia yelled to her husband.

“In a minute, honey, it’s a tie score,” he answered. Actually John wasn’t very interested in the traditional holiday football game between Detroit and Washington . Ever since the government passed the Civility in Sports Statute of 2017, outlawing tackle football for its “unseemly violence” and the “bad example it sets for the rest of the world,” John was far less of a football fan than he used to be. Two-hand touch wasn’t nearly as exciting.

Yet it wasn’t the game that John was uninterested in. It was more the thought of eating another TofuTurkey. Even though it was the best type of Veggie Meat available after the government revised the American Anti-Obesity Act of 2018, adding fowl to the list of federally-forbidden foods, (which already included potatoes, cranberry sauce and mince-meat pie), it wasn’t anything like real turkey. And ever since the government officially changed the name of “Thanksgiving Day” to “A National Day of Atonement” in 2020, to officially acknowledge the Pilgrims’ historically brutal treatment of Native Americans, the holiday had lost a lot of its luster.

Eating in the dining room was also a bit daunting. The unearthly gleam of government-mandated fluorescent light bulbs made the Tofu Turkey look even weirder than it actually was, and the room was always cold. Ever since Congress passed the Power Conservation Act of 2016, mandating all thermostats—which were monitored and controlled by the electric company — be kept at 65 degrees, every room on the north side of the house was barely tolerable throughout the entire winter.

Still, it was good getting together with family. Or at least most of the family. John missed his mother, who passed on in October, when she had used up her legal allotment of live-saving medical treatment. He had had many heated conversations with the Regional Health Consortium, spawned when the private insurance market finally went bankrupt, and everyone was forced into the government health care program. And though he demanded she be kept on her treatment, it was a futile effort. “The RHC’s resources are limited,” explained the government bureaucrat John spoke with on the phone. “Your mother received all the benefits to which she was entitled. I’m sorry for your loss.”

Ed couldn’t make it either. He had forgotten to plug in his electric car last night, the only kind available after the Anti-Fossil Fuel Bill of 2021 outlawed the use of the combustion engines — for everyone but government officials. The fifty mile round trip was about ten miles too far, and Ed didn’t want to spend a frosty night on the road somewhere between here and there.

Thankfully, John’s brother, Jim, and his wife were flying in. John made sure that the dining room chairs had extra cushions for the occasion. No one complained more than Jim about the pain of sitting down so soon after the government - mandated cavity searches at airports, which severely aggravated his hemorrhoids.

Ever since a terrorist successfully smuggled a cavity bomb onto a jetliner, the TSA told Americans the added “inconvenience” was an “absolute necessity” in order to stay “one step ahead of the terrorists.” John’s own body had grown accustomed to such probing ever since the government expanded their scope to just about anywhere a crowd gathered, via Anti-Profiling Act of 2022. That law made it a crime to single out any group or individual for “unequal scrutiny,” even when probable cause was involved. Thus, cavity searches at malls, train stations, bus depots, etc., etc., had become almost routine. Almost.


The Supreme Court is reviewing the statute, but most Americans expect a Court composed of six progressives and three conservatives to leave the law intact. “A living Constitution is extremely flexible,” said the Court’s eldest member, Elena Kagan. “ Europe has had laws like this one for years. We should learn from their example,” she added.

John’s thoughts turned to his own children. He got along fairly well with his 12-year-old daughter, Brittany, mostly because she ignored him. John had long ago surrendered to the idea that she could text anyone at any time, even during Atonement Dinner. Their only real confrontation had occurred when he limited her to 50,000 texts a month, explaining that was all he could afford. She whined for a week, but got over it.

His 16-year-old son, Jason, was another matter altogether. Perhaps it was the constant bombarding he got in public school that global warming, the bird flu, terrorism or any of a number of other calamities were “just around the corner,” but Jason had developed a kind of nihilistic attitude that ranged between simmering surliness and outright hostility. It didn’t help that Jason had reported his father to the police for smoking a cigarette in the house, an act made criminal by the Smoking Control Statute of 2018, which outlawed smoking anywhere within 500 feet of another human being. John paid the $5,000 fine, which might have been considered excessive before the American dollar became virtually worthless as a result of QE13. The latest round of quantitative easing the federal government initiated was, once again, to “spur economic growth.” This time they promised to push unemployment below its years-long rate of 18%, but John was not particularly hopeful.

Yet the family had a lot for which to be thankful, John thought, before remembering it was a Day of Atonement.. At least he had his memories. He felt a twinge of sadness when he realized his children would never know what life was like in the Good Old Days, long before government promises to make life “fair for everyone” realized their full potential. John, like so many of his fellow Americans, never realized how much things could change when they didn’t happen all at once, but little by little, so people could get used to them.

He wondered what might have happened if the public had stood up while there was still time, maybe back around 2009, when all the real nonsense began. “Maybe we wouldn’t be where we are today if we’d just said ‘enough is enough’ when we had the chance,” he thought.

Maybe so, John. Maybe so.

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Catfish,
On 12/22 you confessed that you were a "teddy bear". We always knew that, but would spin the image to add slightly warped to the description!!!

Tilt???

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Did I say teddy bear? I meant grizzly bear.


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Wouldn't it be ironic if the Packers and the Jets ended up in the Superbowl.

The two teams that Favre "retired from" so that he could go to the Vikings because he thought they had a better chance at going to the Superbowl. :)

I just hope that the Packers can play like they did yesterday when they play the Bears ! ! !

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I've seeing all sorts of comments about the "irony". I don't get it. Favre has been gone from both teams for a couple of years now. The whole landscape of each team has changed. As has that of most of the teams in the NFL. I think it's time to just let it all go. It's getting old AND we aren't even to the point of saying a Packer/Jet Super Bowl.

Just an interesting comment I heard while watching the Packer game with in-laws this weekend. My brother-in-law turns to my husband and says, watching Rodgers is at times like watching Favre. My sister-in-law, who is not a fan and watches very little responds, I was just going to say that. Both think very little of Favre. Me thinks Rodgers learned more from Favre than many would care to admit.

Just one final comment...Please Packer fans don't turn into the same arrogant ignorant fans as those folks south of the border.

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Awful touchy about this subject Deb. Where is your sense of humor ? Remember everyone isn't a die-hard Favre fan like you are. I like to remember him for what he did for the Packers and all the exitement he brought to the game but he spoiled the good memories with his stupidity the last few years when he started acting like he was the god of the gridiron.

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Hey Old Scout, you say I'm touchy, female I have the right, no sense of humor, more sense of humor than you know, die-hard Favre fan, sorta. I guess I've been hearing so many Favre naysayers grousing about being tired of the Favre saga. (I don't mean you necessarily. Now with the Super Bowl possibilities many are saying the same thing you did. So if it's a tiresome subject why keep bringing it up.

I'm glad you remember the excitement he brought to Packer fans. As far it spoiled with Favre considering himself as god of the gird iron, I think it's more of a not being able to let go. We've all been in a situation like that at one time in our lives. Luckily we don't have to deal with it becoming a media circus.

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This too....will pass!


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Oh yes Catfish always the voice of reason or Jeff. ~big cheesy smile~

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Hope this doesn't come back to haunt me !

The Cheesehead Prayer

Now I lay me down to bed
A wedge of cheese upon my head.

Allegiance to the Packers I promise to keep
and cheer them on while I'm asleep..

If I should die, don't let me wonder,
Just bury me neath the frozen tundra.

But, Lord, before you take my soul,
Let me see the Pack in one more Super bowl

Forgive me Lord, for those I've hated,
The Lions and Vikings, they're overrated.

The streets of heaven, so I've been told,
Are paved for us in green and gold.

If I get to heaven I'll have only one wish,
A big screen TV with a satellite dish.

I pray for this Lord, for only one reason,
To cheer on my Pack to a winning season.

I'll close this prayer by thanking you Lord,
For listening to me and the time you afford.

But one more thing........please remember the Bears,
Because that's a team that hasn't a prayer!!

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Any predictions on the Packer - Bears game score ? ?

Packers 21 -- Bears 10 !

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I've been seeing lots of good natured Packer/Bears trash talking. Wonder who would be considered the most obnoxious viewed by an outsider.

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Old Scout, you weren't too far off.


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Deb,
Any "outsider" who is a fan of another NFC team would think the Packer Backers and the Bear twits are equally obnoxious.
Feel sorry for them for they are jealous?

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A friend of mine sent this to me. She unfortunatly is a viqueens fan.
Do you qualify?

Packer Fan Application
NAME_________________________ CB HANDLE_______________
MOBILE HOME COLOR: _____TWO-TONE, BROWN & WHITE _____TWO-TONE, PINK & WHITE _____FADED
NECK SHADE: _____LIGHT RED _____MED. RED _____DARK RED
MODEL OF PICKUP TRUCK_____________ SIZE OF TIRES_________________________
NUMBER OF TEETH EXPOSED (WITH FULL GRIN) – UPPER_____ LOWER_____
LENGTH OF RIGHT LEG_____ LENGTH OF LEFT LEG_____
NOTE: TO BE ACCEPTED YOU MUST BE HONEST AND YOU MUST BE ABLE TO CHECK AT LEAST 20 ITEMS FROM THE
QUESTIONS BELOW. YOU MAY CHECK MORE THAN ONE ITEM PER QUESTION.

1. I AM IN LOVE WITH:
_____ MY BROTHERS WIFE _____ MOTHER-IN-LAW

2. MY FAVORITE MUSIC:
_____COUNTRY _____WESTERN

3. FAVORITE READING:
_____FISHING FACTS _____BEER BOTTLE LABELS
_____GUNS & AMMO _____TRACTOR MANUALS

4. MY FAVORITE MEAL:
_____HEAD CHEESE AND OLD STYLE
_____VENISON SAUSAGE AND OLD STYLE
_____CHEESE CURDS AND OLD STYLE
_____SEVEN COURSE DINNER (BRAT AND SIX PACK)

5. THINGS IN MY FRONT YARD
_____TRANSMISSIONS
_____VARIOUS KITCHEN APPLIANCES
_____CAR ON BLOCKS
_____DEER HANGING FROM TREE (IN SEASON)
_____DEER HANGING FROM TREE (OUT OF SEASON)

6. PREFERRED WEAPON:
_____12 GAUGE SHOTGUN _____TIRE IRON
_____FOREHEAD _____CHAIN SAW
_____ICE AUGER _____BEER BOTTLE

7. MY FAVORITE FEMALE IN THE WORLD IS:
_____MY MOM
_____MY SISTER
_____BOTH, CAUSE I THINK MY SISTER IS MY MOM

8. PRIMARY AUTO:
_____’67 FORD GALAXY
_____’67 FORD GALAXY WITH TRANSMISSION
_____’67 FORD GALAXY WITH CHEVY TRANSMISSION
_____’67 FORD GALAXY WITH CHEVY TRANSMISSION AND ’71 BUICK ENGINE

9. I MOSTLY WEAR:
_____POLYESTER LEISURE SUITS
_____PACKERS BELT BUCKLE
_____PACKERS HAT

10. THE MOST MEMORABLE EVENT I EVER ATTENDED
_____MINOCQUA MOOSE CALLING COMPETITION
_____OMSGA OUTBOARD MOTOR REPAIR FINALS
_____CARP QUEEN BEAUTY CONTEST
_____LAKE TOMAHAWK CREW CUT CHAMPIONSHIPS
_____SPREAD EAGLE PROCTOLOGISTS CONVENTION


11. I USUALLY GREET PEOPLE BY SAYING:
_____”YA HEY DERE”
_____”DEM PACKERS IS PLAYING LIKE A BUNCH OF OLD WOMEN”
_____”DAY SHOULD TAKE DA WHOLE BUNCH A DEM MADISON LIBERALS AND JUST LINE ‘EM UP AND SHOOT ‘EM!”

12. MY FAVORITE ENTERTAINMENT IS:
_____DEER HUNTING WHILE DRINKING
_____WATCHING GREEN ACRES WHILE DRINKING
_____SHOWMOBILING WHILE DRINKING
_____ICE FISHING WHILE DRINKING

13. I CAN COUNT TO:
_____TEN (10)
_____TWENTY (20) (WITH SHOES OFF)

14. PICK ONE: _____SOMEONE IS HELPING ME READ THIS _____SOMEONE IS READING THIS TO ME

SIGNED BY:________________________________________________

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Hey Tomahawk the Ice Road is making the news here in the Chippewa Valley. Be safe!

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Ice road ??????? what's that?


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Just checking to see if my timezone on my posts is back to real time again because my posts were of by an hour.


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Looks like they are, Thanks Kerry!


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The ice road appeared from SARA Park to Cty. Hwy. CC last week sometime. It is my understanding someone plowed the road to make getting around town easier. Not recommended travel but people are still using it. After all that's the River and moving water.

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Super Bowl 45 champs.

YES!

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Green Bay Packers
Superbowl Champions

Dang, that sound good ! ! ! ! !

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