Saturday, April 21, 2018


Imagine you're sitting in Starbucks waiting for a friend. Just sitting there minding your own business.

You need to use the bathroom...

Ask anyone you know if they haven't been in some version of this scenario before.

Sorry, I should stipulate, ask anyone you know who is white.

Alright now imagine the same scenario, go ahead close your eyes and imagine the same scenario but in this one you're black...and then all hell breaks loose.

That's what happened to two men waiting for a friend in a Starbucks in Philadelphia.

How is this even possible?

Well, if your asking that're probably white, like me.

Because according to multiple media sources and people I've talked to since this happened, this happens to black people a lot.

In the wake of this  incident, all U.S. Starbucks 8000 stores will close on May 29th and they will be holding training and talking to employees about racism.

That's a good first step, but what's step number two?

Will one day of training change how people think?

This has to be an ongoing discussion and it can't just take place in black communities.

Let's be clear, white fear and white privilege are actual, real things that exist and are thriving in today's society

White people need to educate themselves about how other people are seen and treated as opposed to turning a blind eye or just ignoring the situation.

If they don't, they become complicate.

Imagine if everyone of every race could look at one another and see a person, not a color or religion or gender just another person...

just imagine!

Have a wonderful weekend...

Noodle and crew

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Deja Vu...

Here we are once again staring at these two little words uttered this morning by Donald Trump.
Mission Accomplished.

Just as in the George W. Bush administration and we all know how that ended...

Many are questioning whether this strike on Syria was merely a distraction from all of the other issues plaguing this president.

We don't really know because let's face it there is no known strategy by which to evaluate today's actions.

Confusion is not a strategy, it's a state of chaos and once the chaos dissipates the underlying problems still remain.

Nothing we did in Syria really did anything.

It was all for show.

Unless we are willing to actually do something like take in refugees or discuss actual solutions maybe we shouldn't be so fast to stand locked and loaded.

This is a serious situation and throwing around childish foolish language in place of actual policy is not a sign of strength it's a sign of ignorance.

Have a wonderful weekend...

Noodle and crew

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Who are you people!???

We may just have reached the bottom of the indecency dumpster.

There are a few news outlets and various long forgotten,"celebrities" along with some commentators out there that are lining up like a firing squad to attack some of the hundreds of thousands of kids who protested and continue to protest for some type of gun reform.

I understand why Donald Trump would castigate them, after all they had much bigger crowds than he ever has or ever will.

But who the hell invited all these other people to dump on these kids who are out there pursuing their constitutional right to freedom of speech?

Seriously...who are you people ?! And what have you done with integrity?
You are picking on and bullying traumatized teenagers!
Does that somehow make you feel important and "strong"?

My advice to you...grow up and get a life.

Hurray for the kids!

Noodle and crew

Saturday, March 31, 2018


You may have noticed that we didn't have a post on Wednesday.

We are experiencing technical difficulties in life at the moment.
Nothing major but glitches that are causing things to go askew.

But, we had three great reasons to try to post for tomorrow;

#1...We want to wish everybody a HAPPY EASTER! 


and #3... no fooling, IT'S MY BIRTHDAY TOO!

So, I'm going to take a little birthday nap now and dream of chocolate bunnies and pink and yellow PEEPS.

Hopefully we will be back to normal (or some version of normal) next week.

Have a wonderful Easter.

Don't get carried away on April Fools Day.

And have a super duper weekend!

Noodle and crew

Saturday, March 24, 2018

The other Book of Revelations...

And they will create a new and wondrous entity and it shall be called politics.
It will be filled with untruths and hypocrisy and e-mails and tweets.

Of Benghazi and boarder walls. Of cable news and social media.

They will disregard the facts and supplant them with innuendo to further their agendas.

Yeah though they walk through the valley of talking heads they will yield to the sound bites and talking points with which they already agree.

They will post on the hallowed Book of Face and although many will be liked they shall find no comfort there.

They shall be forced to bear witness to the unholy mess they have created known as congress.
Where they shall worship at the alter of big corporations, lobbyist's, the NRA and the Street of Wall.

There they shall convene committees and they shall bicker and rant.

They shall rain down demonizing platitudes against one another while at no time professing their own flaws and failings.

And they shall continue to be in denial and descend once again into chaos.
They shall wander in the desert of ignorance and shame for all eternity

And the people shall be forgotten and left to fend for them selves, (even though they pay taxes).

And the Lord shall say unto them "Behold, I have given you this wondrous planet with water and air and all it's heavenly gifts and what do you do?"
"You screw it all up, what with your climate change and your wars and bi partisan rhetoric and all that hate and fear."

"You see, this is why we can't have nice things."

And they shall fall into despair after the release of McMaster and the second coming of John Bolton ( the first in the time of George W. Bush).

And there they shall await the firing of Muller, and watch the fall of The Dow and bear witness to 
the end of The United States as we know it.

Happy thoughts!

Noodle and crew

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Wordless Wednesday...


                                      (baby Noodle archives)

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Noodle and crew

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Another one bites the dust...

"There is no chaos, everyone wants to work at the White House !"

That was Donald Trump on Monday.

In the 413 days of his presidency (and I use the term loosely)
A lot of people have disappeared from the White House.

Now with the dismissal of Andrew McCabe, another one bites the dust!

Below is a partial list of all those who are no longer around ( courtesy of Rachel Maddow )

Cabinet: HHS Secretary Tom Price, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

West Wing: Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Deputy Chief of Staff Katie Walsh, Deputy Chief of Staff Rick Dearborn, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, Director of Public Liaison George Sifakis, Office of Public Liaison Communications Director Omarosa Manigault, Staff Secretary Rob Porter, Deputy Assistant to the President Sean Cairncross, Chief Usher Angella Reid, Assistant to the President Reed Cordish, Personal Assistant to the President John McEntee Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Carroll (who’s leaving his post to become the “drug czar”)

White House Communications: Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Assistant Press Secretary Michael Short, Communications Director #1 Mike Dubke, Communications Director #2 Anthony Scaramucci, Communications Director #3 Hope Hicks, Rapid Response Director Andy Hemming, Speechwriter David Sorensen, Senior Communications Official Josh Raffel

National Security team: National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, Deputy National Security Advisor K.T. McFarland, Deputy National Security Advisor Dina Powell, Advisor to the National Security Council Monica Crowley, Director for intelligence programs at the National Security Council Ezra Cohen-Watnick, Deputy Chief of Staff at the National Security Council Tera Dahl, Director Of Strategic Planning at the National Security Council Rich Higgins, NSC Middle East Advisor Derek Harvey, U.S. diplomat overseeing North Korea policy Joseph Yun, Senior Advisor to the Defense Secretary Sally Donnelly, Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Elaine Duke

The self-identified “nationalist” wing: Chief White House Strategist Steve Bannon, National Security Aide Sebastian Gorka

Justice Department: Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates, FBI Director James Comey, Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Mary McCord, FBI Assistant Director Mike Kortan, Justice Department’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section chief David Laufman, Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, dozens of U.S. Attorneys

Office of the Vice President: Chief of Staff Josh Pitcock, Press Secretary Marc Lotter, Chief Counsel Mark Paoletta, Domestic Policy Director Daris Meeks

A cavalcade of others that includes CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald, National Economic Council Deputy Director Jeremy Katz, Domestic Policy Council Deputy Director Paul Winfree; Director of Office of Government Ethics Walter Shaub, Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy Director William Bradford, Department of Homeland Security Faith-Based Director Jamie Johnson, Corporation for National and Community Service Chief of External Affairs Carl Higbie, Office of Drug Control Policy Deputy Chief of Staff Taylor Weyeneth, Trump legal team spokesperson Mark Corallo, EPA Office of Science and Technology Director Elizabeth Southerland, State Department Counselor Maliz Beams, State Department Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon, Ambassador to Panama John Feeley, Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson, National Economic Council adviser George David Banks, Federal Railroad Administration’s acting chief Heath Hall, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tony Tooke, and Carl Icahn, who served as a special adviser to the president on regulatory reform.

So, a lot less people working for us. Us being the citizens of the country.
Remember this is why we pay taxes. It's actually not just so Donald can go to his golf club and play golf all the time.

Rumor has it ( or maybe it's Alex Jones ) when Obama was in office, Christianity was under attack and we couldn't even say Merry Christmas
Everyone was getting abortions whether they were pregnant or not. Men, woman and children!
They came and took all the guns which is a little did they pull off all those mass shootings then?
Oh right...guns don't kill  people.

Maybe it was all because there were just too many people working for the government.

So perhaps Donald and his immediate family is just what we need.

No governing, no experience  no plan.

Ya, that should work out just fine...

Oh and if I were you Jeff Sessions I'd watch my back.

The clock is ticking...

Have a wonderful weekend!

Noodle and crew

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Dispelling fake news......

This is not by any means a complete list, but we had to start somewhere...

#1. Donald Trump will NEVER, I repeat NEVER meet with Kim Jong Un!

#2. Mexico will NEVER pay for Trump's wall.

#3. Taking regulations off of mining companies will NOT bring back coal jobs, period!

#4.  Donald Trump said NO COMPANY would be allowed to move their manufacturing over seas without facing harsh CONSEQUENCE'S so how about one of his buddies Harley Davidson who is closing a plant in Kansas and moving other production to Thailand?

#5. Putting tariffs on steel from other countries will NOT create new steel jobs in the United States and will NOT reduce steel prices here either. That's just the facts not alternate facts, REAL facts.

#6. March 8th was International Women's Day and look what MacDonald's did to celebrate! But was it really their best intentions or just a PR stunt?

The good news is there are forces out there at work to combat what is going on.

There are brave teenagers and dedicated teachers and people who are paying attention.

Do what you can to help if you are so inclined.

You'd be surprised at what one person can do.

Have a great weekend!

Noodle and crew

Thursday, March 8, 2018

In loving memory...


What is left behind is a faded blue puppy given to him by a volunteer on one of his too frequent stays in the hospital, several small wooden trucks, a Snoopy pillow case and boxes of photographs.

Over the years you wait for the pain go away but it never does.

It just changes.

It shifts from day to day and year to year and becomes something different, sometimes better sometimes worse.

And you manage to get through the least most of the time.

You hold on tight and breath and even though you are not the most religious person in the world, you pray a lot.

And if you are very lucky you make it through to the moments when you remember things without the pain and you smile...and then you cry again and that's okay.

For Brandon,

Have a wonderful Weekend...

Noodle and crew

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Tuesday tribute...

We found this floating around on the interwebbie and wanted to share it. We love Neil deGrasse Tyson but he definitely met his match here......

We wanted to give credit where credit was due so we Googled  A Cat Named Bitches and were saddened to learn that Bitches the Cat has passed on.
But we thought you might like to take a look at Bitches last will and testament.

Thanks for the wise words Bitches.

Have a wonderful Wednesday...

Noodle and crew

Don't forget to check out Small Stories.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

A little this, a little that...

First we have an update.

If you read our post last week you know that Dicks Sporting Goods has gone the furthest in doing something to stop some of the gun violence in this country by refusing to continue to sell automatic weapons and semi automatic weapons and raising the age to purchase any gun to 21..

The company expected a backlash, but something interesting happened!

We're waiting to see if anyone else is brave enough to follow in their foot steps.

Then there is Georgia's lieutenant governor Casey Cagle's battle with Delta..

Today Delta has had offers to move their base from Atlanta to Ohio, Virginia and several other states who are offering better and bigger tax breaks. So what happens if they move? Thousands of jobs lost. Tons of money goes away from the state. Not to mention it would all be due to  Mr. Cagle's inability to recognize and preserve the First Amendment!

Stepping away from the gun issue for a moment...

 So, what may you ask is a Jarvanka?

Next, we want to mention a really well done mini series that's on FX, The Assassination of Gianni Versace I can't emphasize enough how well done this series is. There are 3 more episode's on Wednesdays at 10pm. We won't be at all surprised if it garners many Emmy's come award time.

Then there is the on going saga of Hopeless In The White House.

Yes, Hope Hicks has left the building...
And along with her she takes any confidant Donald Trump had left.
With the dire straights that Jared and Ivanka find themselves in what's a poor president to do?
Start trade wars of coarse!

And finally, we feel compelled to acknowledge the milestone hit by President Trump this week.
He has spent 100 days of his presidency playing golf! 100 out of 407 so roughly one quarter of his time...funny I could swear I remember him saying something about never leaving the White House because they're would be so much work to do.

Those are your tax dollars folks...

Have a stupendous weekend!

Noodle and crew

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Long over due Sticky Paws and Kitty Kisses...

                   (we apologize for are wonky line breaks, we're working on it)

We want to give a great big Kitty Kiss and Fuzzy Hug to Dick's Sporting Goods
Today they announced that they will no longer sell assault or assault style weapons.

Nor will they sell any guns to anyone under 21!

And as long as we are being vocal today, we want to give a huge Sticky Paw to the NRA

for their attempt to discount the voices of the young people who are leading this

social tidal wave and who refuse to make society safer for all of us due to their greed for political and

monetary gains.

Hang on everybody, for the times they are a changing!

We would all be wise to heed the words of Bob Dylan's classic song preformed here by Bruce


Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Noodle and crew

Lyrics for; The Times They Are A Changin'

Come gather 'round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You'll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin'
Then you better start swimmin'
Or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin'.
Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won't come again
And don't speak too soon
For the wheel's still in spin
And there's no tellin' who
That it's namin'.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin'.
Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway
Don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There's a battle outside
And it is ragin'.
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin'.
Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don't criticize
What you can't understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin'.
Please get out of the new one
If you can't lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin'.
The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin'.
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin'.
Songwriters: Bob Dylan

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Hurray for the kids!

After the latest mass shooting in a school, we fully expected the talking points to all be the same as usual.

Hearts and prayers.

Such a tragedy.

Now is not the time to talk, it's a time to grieve.

But to our surprise something amazing began happening.


The students from Stoneman Douglas High School where the latest shooting took place  and other students around the state and around the country are taking matters into their own hands.

Unable to depend on the ability of "the grownups in the room"to change anything.

Kids have decided they will lead the charge for change.

The adults have all fallen back on the same old platitudes.

On Wednesday Donald Trump convened a "listening session" which included parents, teachers, victims of school shootings and their families.

At this meeting one of the solutions Mr. Trump came up with that over the next several days he has doubled down on is arming teachers.

There aren't enough guns already so lets arm the teachers because... what could possibly go wrong?

Well, let's see....

Putting aside the fact that 99% of teachers asked said NO they would not feel comfortable having to carry guns.
They are there to teach not police.

Then there's this:

What if the teacher misses the target and shoots an innocent student?

What if the teacher snaps and starts shooting up the classroom?

What if a student who wouldn't otherwise have had a gun, steals the teachers gun and starts shooting?

How would the teacher know what other teachers were armed and not have someone shot in the crossfire?

How much would all this cost?

Where would the teachers store the guns?

Would they be libel in case of an accident?

What if the teacher was sick and there was a substitute?
Do we give them a gun?

Earlier this week, Lawrence O Donald of MSNBC's The Last Word did an excellent job of  breaking down why this is such a stunningly bad idea.

So, let's take a little test;

A. Arming teachers is a great idea.

B. Arming teachers and students is a great idea.

C. These are both the worst idea's in the world!

You decide......

In my humble opinion the very last thing we need in schools is more guns.

What we do need is common sense gun reforms.

If I hear one more person say ________ (fill in the blank) is coming to take their guns I will scream!

In all these years when has anyone taken your guns?


And NO ONE needs an automatic weapon except the military and the police...period!

Can we just all be realistic?

No automatic weapons.
No arming teachers.
No, no one is taking your guns away.

End of discussion.

Now can we please get to work and make this a safer country for everyone?

Have a wonderful weekend...

Noodle and crew

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Wordless Wednesday...

(baby Noodle archives)

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Noodle and crew

PS. Don't forget to visit us here for stories!

Friday, February 16, 2018


More bullets.
More blood.
More deaths.
More victims.
More carnage.

More terror.
More fear.
More horror.
More disbelief

More tears.
More grief.
More sadness.
More loss.
More broken lives.

More anger.
More outrage.
More questions.
More "why's"?

More funeral's
More names on the list
More condolences

More speeches
More "hearts and prayers are with you".
More, "this is not the time".

More excuses.
More inaction.

More guns.

More campaign donations...

We need to do MORE!

Noodle and crew

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wordless Wednesday...

                  HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!

Noodle and crew

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Remember when?

I'm dreaming about days gone by...

Remember when there was no such thing as cell phones only beepers?
Remember when you rented movies on VHS?
Remember when there was nothing called a laptop or ipad?
Remember mini skirts and Beatle boots and record players and 45's?
Remember transistor radios?
Remember when public schools had art and music programs and taught writing in cursive?
Remember when prisons where not for profit?
Remember newspapers?

Remember when, we had a president who spoke eloquently?
Remember when we had a president who wasn't mired in scandals?
Remember when every waking hour wasn't about juvenile things the president said and did?
Remember when the president didn't insult our allies?
Remember when the president didn't defend pedophiles, Nazis and abusers?
Remember when the president wasn't in it for the money?
Remember when the presidents cabinet was filled with competent people who knew their jobs?

Remember that, that was just a year ago?

Those were the days my friend......

Have a fab weekend!

Noodle and crew

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Lift off...

                                      (Noodle looking for Space X)

Noodle graciously has given up her Wordless Wednesday, so that I might say a few words...

I grew up in the 60's.

I was alive when we first shot a rocket to the moon.

I remember the pride and thrill of watching Neil Armstrong taking that first step and the words,
"that's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind"

With the amazing success of the SPACE X   launch yesterday,
February 6th. 2018 will go down in history.

I don't believe in coincidences.

I think everything happens for a reason no matter how insignificant it may seem at the time.

I don't think it was a coincidence that they launched a rocket into the heavens on the anniversary of my mothers passing.

At least I'd love to think in my heart that it was no coincidence.

I imagine instead that the rocket was predestined to soar into space on that exact date to celebrate my mothers life.

To acknowledge her essence.

Or perhaps it really was just a wonderful coincidence...

          (my mom is the little one on the end with the arrow pointing at her)

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Noodle's mom

Friday, February 2, 2018

Trying to catch up...

We must have had seven different posts we were working on over the past few days.

Each one taking the place of the last one written in an attempt to keep up with everything that's going on.

We've been playing this catch up game for over a year now and I must's exhausting!

This week it's all about The Memo.

Last week it was porn stars and affairs.

The week before that it was all about the presidents remarks about Haiti and Africa.

And the week before it was the government shut down and not that the government was shut down but more importantly who's fault it was.

There was the release of the book; Fire and Fury.

( I'm not even going to mention the Russia stuff, that would take way too much time)

Not that these things are unimportant or are not note worthy but the human mind can only retain so much!

There is impending war with North Korea or maybe even Iran.

There's DACA.

And still much of Puerto Rico sits without power and clean water.

The opioid epidemic continues to grow.

Our infrastructure keeps failing.

Homeless numbers climb.

Veterans are still committing suicide.

Bottom line is; there is no catching up.

We are in a continuous spin cycle that has no off button.

We are doomed to keep chasing our tails until we have an epiphany and realize that it's all just to some degree, noise.

Congress has thrown their respect and morals out the window and replaced  them with greed and power.

So, will Trump fire Rosenstein or Mueller or both?

Will the stock market fall below the 635 points it fell today?

Nothing is going to save us.

WE are the off button.

Only we can say ENOUGH and change the channel.

Maybe then we can all get to work and actually DO something...

Everybody happy?

Is this America being great again?

Have a wonderful weekend...

Noodle and crew

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Wordless Wednesday....

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Noodle and crew

PS. Don't forget to check out our story blog

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Parallels + a guest post!

"The judge dismissed the case stating that the government had so tainted their own case that it made a fair trial impossible"

Now you might be a bit confused and wonder when was there a trial? With all the coverage on Russia and collusion and obstruction of justice, how the heck did I miss the trial?

Well, you didn't.

That line was from the 1970's and refers to the trial of Daniel Ellsberg and Anthony Russo who were the force behind revealing The Pentagon Papers.

The parallels are striking between the events of the 1970's and today.

We just watched a documentary called The Most Dangerous Man In America.

It reminded us of many facts that we had forgotten over the years since the Nixon administration.

If you think the similarities between Watergate and the Russia investigation are remarkable, 

check this out...

And now for our guest part of the post:

We are honored to present a rap courtesy of TBT of Marks Mews...

We were hoping to have a real live person preform it and have a video for you but as hard as we tried it did not come to fruition.

But, the words speak for themselves so read on.

A Short Rap;

"The alt right is emoting

and they don't want ya be voting

so get yer sh*t in line

cuz there comin is a time

when ya gotta make a choice

for to speak up with a voice

to tell all the crazies

that we wont be lazies

when the election comes around

and the voting time is DOWN!

We've seen elections stolen

so we won't be beholding

to the system that is cheering

for electioneering

by the dudes in power

hour hour hour hour

get your butts in gear because

I'm saying here  cuz

get the nation in place

cuz its a damn disgrace

Its time to take it back

Give the power guys the whack

Back to power to the people

Cuz life aint no steeple

with the preacher saying "peace"

when there aint no release

and the elections are a joke

when there isn't any poke

when the Trumpies want our money

and the rich have it all so just think about that, honey

The next time around

got to beat them to the ground

Make the world get fair

and not a world for billionaires

Its we who matter

not some rich dudes platter

who builds the cars

who mows the yards

who drives the bus

who cares for us?"

Thank you TBT!

Have a wonderful weekend...

Noodle and crew

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Friday, January 19, 2018

Let it go...

Feeling blue?

Feeling anxious, stressed and over whelmed?

The economy is strong.

Unemployment is low.

Yada, yada, yada.

But people aren't feeling like things are getting better.

Of course there isn't  just one reason for this dilemma, there are many.

But, I think the one that is doing the most damage to society in general is something I call Trump Fatigue.

It's that daily if not hourly continuous barrage of minutia coming at us from every conceivable
nook and cranny about this president and his administration.

It's every where, every minute of every day and there's no escaping it.

It's down right exhausting!

It's all the salacious, undignified, brazen and blatantly conflict ridden abominations flowing out of the White House every single day.

It's been one year and there is no sign of it ending any time soon.

And so we are buried under so much minutia that we aren't focused on what's really important.

There is just too much to sort through.

The danger is that everyone will throw up their hands and give up. It's easier to accept defeat than to wade through a ton of crap every single day.

But remember this:

that's how democracies fall!

That's how dictators rise!

So, take your vitamins and get out your shovels...there's a heck of a lot of crap to clean up before we can fix this.

If all of this makes you feel agitated, anxious and maybe even a little angry, take a deep breath...let it out slowly and count to ten.

And if that doesn't help, try this courtesy of The Big Bang Theory...

Stay strong!

Noodle and crew