On Satire Bits: Vol. 53

It’s mid-week and I just came off a lousy round on the golf course. On the plus side, the weather and the company were wonderful.

How’s your first part of your week going? Hopefully, this boost of satire will send you toward the weekend with positive vibes. Any favorites?

For those wanting the extra challenge, use the information in these headlines (and only these headlines) to form your new combination headline. Have a good rest of the week.

Company lacks manpower to complete latest round of layoffs

Area man panics after “liking” 381 of his ex-girlfriend’s Facebook photos

Website humiliates itself

Talk of crackers makes local thirsty

Report: Chinese third-graders falling behind US high school students in science and math

Inspirational teacher cancelled out by every other teacher at school

Retired pope vows to continue drawing “Papalpuss” comic strip

Community mourns death of beloved drunk driver

Danica Patrick flood with fan mail from nation’s inspired girl

Nostalgic warden has seen 3 generations of family come through the prison

Obnoxious friend won’t stop attaining major life milestones

Child who just lost balloon begins lifelong battle with depression

My Combo: Retired Pope vows to talk crackers with Danica Patrick

On A to Z

a-z-2013Someone declared April as A-to-Z Challenge Month. Sure, the challenge’s intent is to have a separate post for each letter, but hey – I have a streak of independence.

With 1,167 posts before this one, why not use my archives to meet the challenge? After all, even frequent readers aren’t aware of some of the posts.

Therefore, I present A Frank Angle’s A-to-Z. Visit as many as you like, because as in my tradition, there is something for all …. so hopefully you’ll visit at least one.

AFAa2zBadgeA is for Acquaintance – People that were not in my graduation class: set 1 and set 2

B is for Ballroom – … and ballroom dance delivers benefits

C is for Cruising – We like cruising, so start your trip with a click

D is for Dinner Group – … We hosted a night of Chopped

E is for Education Reform – Although the need is obvious, here are the obstacles

F is for Frank – Yep, that’s my name, but these are the All-Time Franks in baseball

G is for God and Government – I must say that this post about the separation of church and state is pretty darn good

H is for Handbells – It takes many bells to make one instrument

I is for Italian – I’m 100% Italian heritage, and Ellis Island is an important place

J is for Joys – To whatever give you joy, but for some of us, it’s reliving the cartoons of our youth, and here is where the series started, which led to the first honoree

K is for Knowledge – What do you know about supersonic kangaroos?

L is for LearnerLearning should never stop

M is for Moderate – This early post defines an independent moderate, thus shows why neither party wants me … well, except for my vote

N is for News – Staying informed is important, but there is something more biased than the media

O is for Ohio River – A story from my hometown on a river during my youth.

P is for Politics – I wrote this shortly after the 2008 election, but before the Tea Party’s emergence (which is what makes this post interesting)

Q is for Quantum – Actually, this past post was On a Quantum Thought

R is for Recipes – I’m sort of a Foodie, so try Cranberry Sausage Spaghetti or my own spaghetti sauce that offers a little crunch

S is for Science – Like sports, science has players, plays, rules, and boundaries

T is for Trieste – A beautiful city on the Adriatic Sea that is the place of my birth

U is for Universe – The universe is vast and inspiring, and this post includes one of my absolute favorite videos

V is for Victory – The raised arm created an unexpected moment in college

W is for Wonders – There are many wonders in our world, and let’s not forget Fibonacci, Pi, and Tau

X is for X-Factor – and one X-factor in life is forgiveness

Y is for Why because I can – This is the first main post about the religion-science interchange; now there are 44, plus here is the very first post

Z is for Zinfandel – I enjoy a wide spectrum of wines, especially reds, but zins were the first to capture my fancy – and cheers to the wine group at church

AAA+++ Bonus for the bloggers on my sidebar and on the More Bloggers page, for as without them and you, I wouldn’t be here, so try to visiting someone soon that you don’t know, and tell them I sent you.

Addendum: To learn more about the A Frank Angle A-to-Z Challenge, click here.

On No More Cabin Fever

Cincinnati had nice weather, which allowed some outdoor time. How was your weather and weekend?

Another full weekend with a variety of activities, such as ballroom, the movie 42 (excellent) , lawn mowing, chime accompaniment for the vocal choir, and substitute ushering at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. The play (The Book Club Play) is a fun comedy delivering many laughs though a variety of interesting characters.

April ends this week, so with May upon us, I imagine spring is on the very-near horizon for all those in the northern reaches on the planet. With winter in the rear-view mirror, maybe it’s time to change the header. Hmmmmm?

With that in mind, cabin fever will be over of the northern hemisphere. Here’s a great video from many years ago regarding a cabin. Enjoy and have a great week.

On a Crime Fighting Duo

NOTE: Embedding has been disabled in two of these videos, so you will be directed to watch on YouTube, which will open in a new window/tab.

I dedicate this post to Rich at Brainsnorts for the request. I didn’t watch this cartoon, but Rich is a good guy.  Rich writes stories, so give him a visit and tell him I sent you.


  • Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse, the crime-fighting duo protecting Empire City
  • Addressed as “Courageous” and “Minute”)
  • AKA: Gato Valiente y Minuto Ratón
  • Neither have a secret identity
  • Live in the Cat Cave


  • Summoned via the Cat Signal over their television set
  • Drive the red Cat Mobile that can convert into the Cat Plane and the Cat Boat
  • Courageous uses an all-purpose Cat Gun or items from his cape as trick guns
  • Courageous has extra secret gadgets hidden in his belt buckle

Created by Bob Kane as a Batman and Robin parody
Produced by Trans-Artists Productions
130 five-minute episodes
Original run: 1960-1962
First episode: Disguise the Limit
Last episode: The Return Of The Shoo Shoo Fly

The Chief, Marilyn Mouse (Minute’s gal), Sassy Bones, and Periscope Pete

Chief antogonist: Chauncey “Flatface” Frog (leader of The Unmentionables) and Harry Gorilla (Chauncey’s henchman)
Others: Professor Shaggy Dog, Big Shot with Little Shot (leaders of the Unthinkables), The Black Cat, Rodney Rodent, Shoo Shoo Fly, Robber Rabbit, Foxy the Fox, The Great Hambone, Iron Shark, Professor Von Noodle Stroudel/Strudel, Comrade and Commissar, Outrageous Cat

Theme music

  • By Johnny Holiday
  • Patterned after Henry Mancini’s Peter Gunn, the theme song features a walking bass line and a jazzy sound

Here’s a rock version of the theme song done by the New York Dolls


Public Complaints
Too violent
Use of firearms
Flatface Frog smoking a cigar

Enjoy watching an episode: Case of the Cat Cave Treasures

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 179

On Politics
The Boston bombing occurred on a Monday, so many thanks to the Washington jackwagons for politicizing the event by the end of the week.

Regarding gun purchases, if extending background checks infringes on the Second Amendment, why aren’t Republicans calling for a repeal of any gun registration?

With part of the talk about immigration focuses on securing the border, I ask this important question: Besides saying something stupid as repealing Obamacare, what’s the plan for paying to secure the border?

Although I wasn’t one of President GW Bush’s big supporters, the people showing up as protesters at the dedication of his presidential library have too much time on their hands.

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion
Breaking News: No breaking news
Area man now checks inside boat in driveway every morning
Man purchasing pair of red pants better be ready to put up or shut up
High school students line up for School Oil Portrait Day
Breaking News: Still nothing

Interesting Reads
Legal questions and the Boston bomber
Islam and Internet Islam
The politics of paranoia
Conversing with the ill
Pig Latin variations
Oregon Pinot Noirs

On Potpourri
I hope the insurance company gives David Henneberry a new boat. Nothing fancy, just a suitable replacement.

BuddahKat is a fractal artist. In her A-to-Z Challenge post, I adore U for Umbrella on this recent post. Give her a visit and tell her I sent you.

This past Wednesday was a great day: Free tickets to a Reds game, free food, two free adult beverages, and a Reds win. On the down side was a 90-minute rain delay and cool weather.

The Reds and a local pizza chain have a promotion for every home game. If Reds pitchers strikeout 11 or more opponents, fans in attendance have one week to get a free small pizza – which has cost the pizza family over $100,000 in the first 16 home games, but 65 games remain.

This week I discovered an interesting under $10 red wine – Cocobon – and the hint of chocolate is just enough!

There will be a Classic Saturday Morning Cartoon feature this weekend.

Because many readers enjoyed the Wayne Brady clip to start the week, here’s another clip from that great improve show to send you into the weekend. Have a good weekend! In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.