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November 4, 2012

And This Is Odd Or Scarcely Odd , Whatever You Decide

By Mark Sashine

Laughing with thee genius



"The sun was shining on the sea,
Shining with all his might:
He did his very best to make
The billows smooth and bright--
And this was odd, because it was
The middle of the night.


O Oysters," said the Carpenter,
"You've had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?'
But answer came there none--
And this was scarcely odd, because
They'd eaten every one.'

L. Carroll

The Walrus   And The Carpenter

Life is fascinating and if we only concentrate   on sad things we   will die young and   exhausted.   If we concentrate on the   seemingly good things   we can become obese because food seems to be the ultimate reference point; food and maybe drink.

So we better concentrate on the ODD things because those are in abundance nowadays and   you can laugh or cry at   your leisure. Whatever   you prefer. I made my judgment.

1. The election day is Nov.6, which is a day before the    95th anniversary of   Great Russian   Revolution, also about 40 days before   the End of Times' day, Dec.21.And this is odd because neither of the current presidential candidates know anything about   Russian Revolution or Mayans ( \except for what it is written in   children's book).   Maybe we should not bless the beasts and the children after all?

2. Hurricane Sandy   had just devastated     Snooki's   habitat   but   we can be sure she will find   some another place to   thrive. She is a resilient species.    The new show will be called   'Staten Island',   or 'After the Storm' or something else.   And this   is scarcely odd   because    you need much more than Sandy to get rid of   Snooki. Maybe Ivan would do the job?

3. Guistave Flaubert   once said , "Style defines a man". It sounds very odd   when   100% of our   politicians have NO style.   Odd?

4. Our illustrious Hillary C.   had recently paraphrased Caesar (who said," I   came, I saw, I conquered.") by saying about our rape of Libya, "We came, we saw, he died."   Ignorance does not surprise me anymore,     nor does malice but what is really scarcely odd is that even in this   statement Hillary managed to avoid   the individual responsibility.

5. Feodor Dostoevsky once in his "Travel Notes'  formulated a scathing definition of the Western society:

'A person can be even evil but still retain the sense of honor   but here ( in the West,- MS) we have a lot of honest people doing   dishonorable things just from the goodness of their hearts.'

It is really odd that Dostoevsky is the favorite writer of   Laura Bush. At least that's what she claimed.

6. Many of my fellow --progressives  write long and boring  diatribes about why they will have   to vote for Obama despite his vices, etc. Long, long, long,looooong self-explanations; even Prince Hamlet would fall asleep.

The ones who will vote  for Romney  do not seem to be in such self- doubt. It seems odd.

7. Recently Mr. Romney said at some special dinner that he did not care for about 0.5 of the US population. The media on both sides  howled  with pleasure and   discussed that in detail, much more than Hurricane Sandy. One   little caveat: there was absolutely no discussion   (in the open, I mean) on who were those people Mitt  gave his oath to at that dinner and why did he have to do that. None of those people were interviewed and none were even   mentioned on TV (Mother Jones published the names but   that was all). That was scarcely odd because our media eats sh*t on a regular basis.

8. The debates this year were so substance- less that substance was not even discussed.   The two guys should not talk at all: they instead should   use only gestures like it was done at some debates in Middle Ages. That was odd that what we saw was still called 'debates'.

9.Show me the money! Our GOP folks claim that private charity  is much more efficient than any government service. I don't notice a pile of gold    delivered   to the victims of Sandy from the generous private donors.     Do you? Odd.

10.   Most of our   young people consider   Comedy Central a real news cast. That's scarcely odd   because  'in the land of the blind the one- eyed person is a King'.

I would like to   end  my little dance macabre  with another   verse   from the   genius Lewis Carroll.

'The Lion and the Unicorn were fighting for the crown:
The Lion beat the Unicorn all round the town.
Some gave them white bread, some gave them brown:
Some gave them plum-cake and drummed them out of town.'

How relevant! And how odd.

Submitters Bio:

The writer is 57 years old, semi- retired engineer, PhD, PE, CEM. I write fiction on a regular basis and I am also 10 years on OEN.