Saturday, May 27, 2017

Lip service...






We are coming to you late in the day because originally this was going to be a very different post and then I ran into someone I see once in a while at the gym.

She mentioned that she was going to participate in a march this weekend I think it's The March For Truth. Which got me to thinking about a discussion I had just had with someone the night before.

If you haven't heard, there's an uprising!
A resistance.

It goes by various names in various places but it's people unhappy with the system, with how the country is going, with how the election turned out...

It's about Trump but it's also about Bernie verses Hillary.

It's about the evolution of robotics invading the workplace and taking jobs (some say seven million in the next several years!)

You name it...people aren't happy and they are taking to the streets.

We all saw the mass marches the day after the election and there have been on going protests ever since.

Millions of people marching and letting the world know that they are not okay with the status quo.
There are hundreds of groups that have sprung up all over the country and the world.
#Resist, Indivisible groups, MoveOn groups and on and on.

This is great, to an extent...

We are having a conversation in this country and that's wonderful.

But at what point do we take the next step?

A conversation is a way to get people motivated to do something.

But what I'm seeing is people who are content just having the conversation, somehow the conversation has become their something to do.

But a conversation is just that.

Marching in a rally is marching.

They are all great first steps.

The thing is, if the first step is the only step you take what have you actually accomplished?

Sure maybe you make yourself feel better, kind of like the person who goes to the gym once a week but can't understand why they aren't in better shape.

It seems to me that if we really want change we need to get up off our best intentions and actually do
something.

Protest!
March!

Great but then volunteer at your local ACLU, greet refugee families who are new to the area, RUN FOR OFFICE!

Here's an example of what I mean; during World War I, the united states instituted widespread surveillance of immigrants and political radicals.

Some feared that the country was abandoning cherished traditions of tolerance and free speech.

In response a small group of progressives founded an organization that would be come to be known as the American Civil Liberties Union.

They lost many early courtroom battles, but their vision of a nation in which civil liberties were taken seriously eventually changed the face of American law and politics.

What if they had stopped at protesting or marching? 

Our hope is that you go to the marches. That you protest. That you speak up.
But after that...

DO SOMETHING!

Evolve from conversation and taking a stand to action.

It's a lot more work but it's worth it.

Remember it only takes one candle to light the darkness so go out and shine.


Have a wonderful weekend...

Noodle and crew
















Saturday, May 20, 2017

It's probably a duck!






Let's all just agree that whether you like him or not Donald Trump is so far out of his depth of ability that he is drowning and he's pulling us all down with him.


He is not unlike a child who stands before a broken cookie jar, face covered in cookie crumbs adamantly denying any involvement in the shattered crockery at his feet.

To say that he exhibits many of the characteristics of a toddler is sure to raise more than a few eyebrows but, if it walks like a duck...

You should not be speaking about the head of the country and keep using phrases like " he's on a learning curve,
he's not a politician or he's an outsider so he didn't know not to pass on classified information", especially to our adversary's.

In this the real world If the nukes start flying there will be no do overs.

Our current president is a spoiled brat, period!

He has one tantrum after another.

If he thinks he's been slighted he picks up his toys and goes home where he is surrounded by those who are willing to say whatever need be to pacify his ego.

He runs amok from hour to hour cracking , breaking, and chipping at our democracy and the world as if they were his personal play things.

Right now, there is no adult in the room to child proof his environment and thus our own.

You wouldn't leave a toddler in charge of  an unlocked gun cabinet or sit him alone in the car with the motor running, but that is exactly what we have done.

And now it's time for the grownups to take away the keys before the kid kills himself or someone else.

The Oval Office is not a preschool!

And as to the assumption that MR. Trump will be  becoming presidential any time soon, if ever?   
Just remember; if it look like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck...it's a fricking duck!





Have a wonderful weekend!


Noodle and crew











Saturday, May 13, 2017

A special happy birthday and a happy mother's day to all moms...






                                      
                                     05/13/1923 - 02/06/2016




She was born on Mother's Day.

She loved licorice and MGM musicals. She collected refrigerator magnets and always wore her fathers watch after he passed away.

She taught me not to judge others who were different from myself and told me to take the time to put myself in other peoples shoes.

She sang off key.

She was perfectly flawed.

She was both strong and weak at the same time.

She endured much sorrow in her life and did it gracefully.

She was the bravest person I know.

I will miss her every day...





Happy Mother's Day to each and every mom!


Noodle and crew






Sunday, May 7, 2017

Everybody has an opinion...






So, there is this big kerfuffle going on about a comedy monologue that was delivered by Stephen Colbert about Donald Trump.

Now this is nothing new of course. Comedian's and late night talk hosts have been skewering politician's for years.

What's interesting is that some, are now whining about this "terrible" hate speech and having the government via the FCC , investigate...

These are the same  people who espoused the government for being too big and oh by the way, what ever happened to those same folks and their righteous indignation when it came to their freedom of speech?

Let me get this straight, it's okay for "people" to say things like "I grab them by the pussy" and imply that Ted  Cruz's father had something to do with JFK's assassination,
but a late night talk show host, known to be a comedian who tells a joke you don't find amusing, well that's just too much?

Let me throw out my humble opinion on what's going on here...

It seems to me that we have become a nation, no a world, of people who are convinced that our opinion is the correct opinion.

It doesn't seem to matter anymore whether you can back it up with facts because facts are subjective now days.

We watch MSNBC or FOX,
we listen to NPR or Rush Limbaugh.

We wrap ourselves in our little protective cocoon's where the only thing we let in are the things we agree with and convince ourselves that our facts are the right facts, our way is the right way, our God is the right God and our beliefs are the right beliefs.

We don't bother to listen to anyone whose views don't correspond to ours so we never even think about other view points.

DANGER WILL ROBINSON!!!!!

We need dialogue people!

We need to talk to each other!

Some one made the case the other day that the Democratic party has basically proclaimed that if you are Pro Life you are not welcome.

That's just bad politics!

But we all know it's not just Democrats...

If you are a Republican running for a seat by god you better be against immigration reform and threatening to eviscerate Planned Parenthood.

And don't get me started on climate change.

And let's not forget those pesky Independents...

Look, you may be pro gun, pro life, pro the wall and all sorts of things someone like me finds totally unacceptable...but opinion's TRUE OPINIONS really do matter.

We all need to give a little here.

Inclusive not exclusive makes for a much better and productive society and isn't that what we all want?

So how about we take compromise off the dirty words list for a while.

How about we challenge ourselves to step out of our comfort zone and actually listen to other points of view?

Just because you open yourself up to other ideas doesn't mean you have to change your mind and it doesn't mean you are a traitor to your belief's.

So come on...give it a try!

You never know what you might learn...





Have a super Sunday!


Noodle and crew







Saturday, April 29, 2017

Words of comfort...


They say it gets easier with time...




















that's not true,
it just gets different.

Happy birthday Brandon...






Sunday, April 23, 2017

The waiting game...










There's  a lot of talk about the upcoming first hundred days of this new presidency...
Even as Mr.Trump now seems to dismiss this marker.
It seems to me like we are all in a waiting game, a kind of weird holding pattern.

Those who support the president and his agenda are waiting for:
all those jobs.
They are waiting for that wall to get built.
All the illegal immigrants to be deported.
All those manufacturing jobs to appear
They are waiting for the repeal of Obama Care,

Those who didn't vote for him are waiting too.

They are waiting to see where women who can't afford it will get health care now that he has defunded Planned Parenthood.
They are waiting to see who is next on the list of those who are not welcome here.
Waiting to see if the Emoluments Clause is still even relevant.
Waiting to see where all those ties to Russia end up...

Everyone is waiting to see if we will go to war with North Korea or Iran (or maybe even Canada).

And many are waiting to see just how much of all of this not normal stuff will be one thing too many
and what will that lead to?

Impeachment?

Imprisonment?

Just more of the same?

And so we wait...

It fells like we are all on auto pilot, drifting round and round high above the airport just waiting to finally land and running out of fuel.

It almost feels normal...but not quite.

Let's hope we get to land soon.

Before we don't even question the normalcy of it all anymore.





Have a wonderful Sunday...


Noodle and crew













Sunday, April 16, 2017

Bunny selfie...


HAPPY EASTER!






I know... I kind of look like a deranged bunny don't I?

That's why we did two.

The one below isn't scary but since when did the Easter Bunny deliver pumpkins?








Oh well...

Have a wonderful Sunday!


Noodle and crew









Sunday, April 9, 2017

Saturday, April 1, 2017

No fooling...it's my birthday!





No April fooling around...
it's my birthday today!
That's why I'm in color, I just couldn't contain myself!





Have a wonderful weekend!

Noodle and crew
(PS. please send purrs and hugs to the human who is in some serious pain and it's not me this time, the pain I mean)


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Ain't no way to treat a lady...



                                          ( baby Noodle archives)


OK, forget the fact that this administration wanted an inauguration parade with military equipment
,which they then denied.

Forget that they want to fire Big Bird and Elmo cut funds to Sesame Street as well as all the other great and educational programing available to kids free of charge.

But, WTF!

I was just watching yesterdays white House daily briefing when Sean Spicer went off
on reporter April Ryan....
Maybe if he watched Sesame Street he'd know that B is for bully!

Like the song says; that ain't no way to treat a lady!



Have a great Wednesday...

Noodle and crew









Wednesday, March 22, 2017

we are seeds...


We have just a few words this Wednesday...



There is a growing movement among the people of this country.

No matter what your views or position, do not sit idly by and complain...

Get off your butt and make some noise!


“They tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds.”
Dinos Christianopoulos






Have a stupendous week!


Noodle and crew










Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sunday Selfies...





                               "Maybe this is a little too close..."







Have a super Sunday!


Noodle and crew






Saturday, March 4, 2017

Sh-h-h-h-h...we don't know who's listening!







We had a GREAT post for today! It was amazing!

But unfortunately we dare not share that information as we are being  wire taped  by some very suspicious individuals.

We're not at liberty to say just who or show you our evidence.

But believe me we have it and it's HUGE!

So, you should be worrying about this and NOT about all that Russia stuff...




Have a wonderful weekend!


Noodle and crew






Saturday, February 25, 2017

The war on puppys and kittens!




                                             (baby Noodle archives)





Okay, he's the president.

Okay, we should give him a chance.

Okay, okay, okay...

So, hold your breath while they roll back  Dodd Frank.

And keep your fingers crossed while they defund Planned Parenthood

Take their word for it that there's nothing to see here and there is nothing to investigate concerning this administration and Russia.

Don't worry about the talk about the build up of nuclear weapons

And accept the fact that there is now a new word for lying it's called alternative facts

And certainly don't be concerned that the White House is picking and choosing which news organizations can cover them.

But I'm sorry. I draw the line at not protecting puppy's and kitten's!

Whose with me?





Have a wonderful weekend!


Noodle and crew














Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wordless Wednesday...





                   

                                                  Peek a boo!






Have a wonderful Wednesday!



Noodle and crew















Saturday, February 18, 2017

No Faces, No Names...







Please be advised that our text and margins are all wonky!



We have a very different post this weekend.

We were busy on Valentines Day (and the following several days) working on an art  project with
students, many of whom have family members who are undocumented or are here with visa's or those
who have come here as refugee's, who are understandably frightened and anxious what
with all of the current rhetoric about deportation and refugee bans and ICE raids that are taking place right now.

So, we got kids and crayons together along with three hundred feet of white butcher paper to help
them make a visual statement to send to local  politician's.
We decided that due to the potential for some type of retribution directed at those who participated or their families we would have to do the whole project in anonymity, hence the no faces, no names, title.
What started out as three hundred feet of blank paper, over three days turned into a breath taking and
inspiring work of art with powerful messages.

We decided to share a tiny fraction of their work with you...


Have a wonderful weekend,


Noodle and crew
























Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Three weeks into making America great again....


                                    Are we there yet?





Well, no.

First it was; "give him time he's only been in office a week".
Then, "come on, he's only been in for two weeks".
Then; "look, it's only the third week".

So I guess this is the new conversation....

"give him a break he's only been in office a month,
"6 months."
"It's only his first year"
"It's just the first term."


This past three weeks has been the equivalent of a roller coaster ride gone horribly awry.

If we were to try and address every one of the administration's miss steps we'd have a post that was hundreds of pages long.

So, we are taking baby steps...


This week...

Nordstrom's and free enterprise vs. Donald Trump;

Ivanka Trumps clothing is all made in China, Nordstrom's is an American company that employs thousands of workers so who's really getting hurt by 45's tweets?

American workers!

If Ivanka's line isn't selling, whether it's due to boycotts or it's just not that popular and the president is out there telling people how bad the company is for hurting his daughters feelings, workers might be laid off or let go.

Yet, 45 is out there tweeting along with pitches by Kelly Ann Conway and  Sean Spicer and they are coming down hard on free enterprise.

Make America what again?

This appears to be another example of how 45's only interest is to promote himself and his family and their business interests and leave the country to fend for its self.

Can you say conflict of interest?

Oh, but there's so much more...




Have a wonderful weekend!


Noodle and crew












Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Baby it's cold outside!



                            (Noodle watches snow flakes)





Have a wonderfully warm Wednesday!


Noodle and crew







Saturday, February 4, 2017

Take a deep breath...




These days more than ever we need to stop and smell the flowers...





Have a wonderful weekend,


Noodle and crew

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Fake Cake and Alternate Facts...







Last Sunday, Kelly Anne Conway used the term "alternative facts"
In response to that statement I'd like to say this;
can we please all just agree that two plus two equals four?

No matter how you add it up, two plus two will never equal five.

If it ever does it is not an alternate fact,  it's just wrong, period!

Here's another one of those pesky little facts, just because someone believes that we are going to build a wall and Mexico is going to pay for it, doesn't make it true.

Fact is, U.S. taxpayers are going to pay for that wall AND prices on all goods from gas to your local WalMart will go up right here in the good old U.S.of A. if we start putting tariffs and taxes on Mexico or anywhere else that we trade.
Here's another fact; that Keystone Pipeline everyone is so happy to build?

All it is, is Canada using our land to get their oil to the Gulf Of Mexico to sell overseas.
We won't see any of that oil unless it leaks into our land and water. And as for all those jobs it will create?

35 jobs, that's it and those are temporary.

There is absolutely NO benefit to the USA if we build that pipeline,
but the risks are enormous!

And the last fact I'd like to share is this; as for repealing  Obama Care ( the ACA ),
there is no replacement!

You will loose your health care.

And those not on the ACA? Those people will be paying much higher premiums and medical costs will rise much more than they have  since Obama Care's implementation.

Those, like them or not are the actual facts!


Trevor Noah of the Daily Show had a wonderful metaphor, for what we are witnessing these days.
The show got hold of one of the cakes from one of Mr. Trumps Inauguration balls.

Low and behold, the cake was mostly fake, except for a little section where Mr. Trump cut into it.
(* if you look where we've circled the picture you can see were the real cake was sliced.)

It was a facade with one piece of real cake stuck into the bottom as a ceremonious symbol to be cut in front of the cameras. The rest was assembled with Styrofoam.






" Has there ever been anything more Trump than this cake ?" It's like someone said, " Hi, I'd like to order one giant metaphor with vanilla frosting".- Trevor Noah


And so here we are...

Apparently having a discussion as to the reality of reality!

Stuck in a parallel universe where facts aren't necessarily facts and how one perceives a situation carries much more weight than evidence to the contrary.

Being challenged as to what we actually see with our very own eyes and are being told what we
see.
Debating what is real against alternate facts.

We may want to tread very carefully going forward because once we start down this road, it just might turn around and bite us in the ass!



Just some things to think about this weekend...


Noodle and crew











Wednesday, January 25, 2017