All in the Family featured the curmudgeonly Archie Bunker. Archie was television’s most famous grouch, blunt, blustering, straightforward and untouched by the PC crowd. He was the archetype of the conservative male. Michael desprately tried to reeducate him, but he persisted in his breviloquence.

Looking back at the last 40 years, we realize: ARCHIE WAS RIGHT!


BJW - The Long Face of Change

One hundred years ago everyone owned a horse and only the rich had cars.

Today, everyone has a car and only the rich have horses.

Oh, how the stables have turned.


To The Men

To all you men who made babies and stayed around, went to work, made a living, stuck up for, went to school programs on bowling night, helped with spelling homework, pretended ballet was interesting, taught the boy to tie his tie, shake hands and throw a punch, to those of us who make the SEALS look like a bunch of pussies when checking under the bed for monsters....

You never need wonder if you are MEN.  That test was passed when she said, "we're pregnant" and you choked back the fear of the unknown and smiled and said "that's great dear".

To those of you who....

Who said, "HELL NO! You aren't leaving this house dressed like that",

Who lace up your work boots, no matter how bad your back hurts,

Who set behind a desk you hate, working at meaningless jobs for ungrateful gargoyles,

Who stayed married when you'd have been happier leaving,

Who sat through Phantom Menace TWICE!,

Who gave a spanking and ran out of the room so the kid didn't see you cry,

You stayed at your post,

You fought the fight,

You pretended a lime green paisley tie was what you always wanted,

You answered the call,

You passed the test,

You picked up the check for your own Fathers Day Dinner,

You are more than a mere mortal,

You are DAD!

I lift my glass to you sir.  Well Done!


BJW - Silly Mom

Two of our grandchildren (Kevin, age 8 and Jeremy age 13) were doing some school homework in the same room at home when Kevin goofed on something or other.

Kevin: "Oh, silly me! I forgot!"

Jeremy: "Well, Kevin, if forgetting stuff is silly, then Mom's hilarious."


Statesman or Hawkeye?

Reality TV star and President of the United States made a special guest appearance on M.A.S.H. this week.  That or he just pulled off the most significant diplomatic feat of the century.  It's hard to tell these days which.  Only time will tell.

One thing for sure, the media will never give Trump any meaningful credit for it.  If Obama (or any other democrat) had done what Trump accomplished, they would have run out of words expounding on the greatness of this accomplishment.

Make no mistake, it was a great accomplishment.  Trump has avoided war with Russia.  Trump has deescalated tensions in Korea.  He is systematically reducing the need for the American war machine world wide.

One wonders how long this happy course of events will be tolerated.


BJW - Burial Rites

An old man and woman were married for many years, even though they hated each other. Whenever there was a confrontation, yelling could be heard deep into the night. The old man would shout, "When I die, I will dig my way up and out of the grave and come back and haunt you for the rest of your life!"

Neighbors feared him. They believed he practiced magic, because of the many strange occurrences that took place in their neighborhood. The old man liked the fact that he was feared.

To everyone's relief, he died of a heart attack when he was 98. His wife had a closed casket at the wake. After the burial, she went straight to the local bar and began to party, as if there was no tomorrow.

Her neighbors, concerned for her safety, asked, "Aren't you afraid that he may indeed be able to dig his way out of the grave and haunt you for the rest of your life?"

The wife put down her drink and said, "Let him dig. I had him buried upside down, and you know men won't ask for directions."


Ethical Question

In the banking world a SAR is a Suspicious Activity Report.  These are filled out to help the government identify illegal activity.  Generally its for things like terrorism or drug trafficking, but any illegal activity can be included.

There are guidelines which spell out when a SAR must be filed.  They are not clear concerning this situation.

A long time borrower, with perfect in-house credit, has a loan that is up for renewal.  According to your institutions guidelines he has to show a repayment source, normally that means a tax return.  In the course of the conversation you are told that he didn't file his taxes.

You can not give him the loan.  That's not a question.  Do you file an SAR?

Does it matter to you that the IRS, not the DEA or FBI or your local cops are the largest user of the SAR data base?