Three Spies


I want to start a movement. I want people to start listening to people they don't agree with. Hey, I know it's not gonna be easy and I say this to myself as well. But I think it's a dying social art form. Today the chasm of political, religious and social beliefs polarize even good people to extreme hatred. If the political leaders are too mesmerized in their grandstanding antics to seek the greater good why don't we show them how it's done?

If we get less personal about the issues, and we are open to the possibility that we may be wrong, then I believe we can learn from each other. To be wrong isn't an admission of stupidity rather it is an admission that we are human. Highly intelligent people can be wrong. Maturity does not always come with intellect but can be more important sometimes. It's brain power vs, heart power.

No one wants to be called an extremist. Even extremists don't want that label. But are you sure you aren't one of them? Be honest. Do you live in a "cordon sanitaire" bubble filled with "Yes Men" all the time? Listen to the same media station? Do you refuse to hear what the other side is saying? Do you engage in shouting match debates rather than respectful discussions where you genuinely want to learn from each other? Can you see the imperfections of people you admire? Can you stop defending their mistakes? Is it possible that your loyalty to your group has already blinded you? Watch out for the extremist in your neighborhood. It might be you!

As he was nearing Damascus on this mission, suddenly a brilliant light from heaven spotted down upon him! He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Paul! Paul! Why are you persecuting me?" ---Acts 9:3

Wisdom from Norm of Arcadia, CA
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A pretty face is nothing if you have
an ugly heart.

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Art and Tom of Pasadena, CA; Mike abd Charlie of New York; Don of Kelowna, B.C.; Norm of Arcadia


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Three Spies
sent by Mike of New York

There are 3 spies that get captured. One is French, one is English and the other is an Italian named Luigi.

Their captors come into the cell and grab the French spy and tie his hands on a chair in the next room. They torture him for 2 hours before he answers all questions and gives up all of his secrets.

The captors throw the French spy back into the cell and grab the English spy. They tie his hands on the chair as well and torture him for 4 hours before he tells them what they want to know.

They throw him back into the cell and grab the Italian spy Luigi. They tie his hands behind the chair and begin torturing. 4 hours go by, and the Luigi isn't talking. Then 8 hours, then 16 and after 24 hours they give up and throw him back into the cell. The English and French spies are impressed, and ask him how he managed to not talk.

The Italian spy, Luigi, responds:

"I wanted to, but I couldn't move my hands!"

Videos of the week: (click on the picture)

Pope Jokes
Contributed by Tom of Pasadena, CA

Pope Jokes

When the supreme head of the Catholic Church can crack jokes, you know the church is in good hands.

Italian Gestures
Contributed by Mike of New York

Italian Gestures

If you didn't get the joke about the 3 spies above, perhaps you should watch this video first. Very interesting.

Human Kaleidoscope
Contributed by Tom of Pasadena, CA

Human Kaleidoscope

This week it was announced that China had overtaken the U.S. as the biggest consumer market in the world. So it's no surprise when you see this spectacular show of creativity, artistry and choreography. China loves to do everything in such a grand scale. I think they're trying to prove something.

Wife Doodles on Car
Contributed by Charlie of New York

Car with Sharpie graffitti

Would you release someone to create doodles on your car?

Me neither. But someone did ... and did it in a fabulous way too.

Dear Kitten
Contributed by Art of Pasadena, CA

Dear Kitten

Humorous training video told by a cat to a kitten.

Here's the dog's version.

Christ the Redeemer Repair in Rio
Contributed by Don of Kelowna, B.C. and Charlie of New York

Christ the Redeemer Repair

When an iconic structure needs a facelift, "who ya gonna call?" Someone who is not afraid of heights, that's who!

I felt light headed when I watched this video.

Collection of TV Series of the 70s
Contributed by Art of Pasadena, CA

TV series of the 70s

Before we end this edition, let's look back 30+ years ago when television was a lot more innocent and less violent than it is today. TGIF People!
Hey, if you're in the Whittier CA area, I will be doing caricatures on Saturay and Sunday afternoon. It's only $5 for a 3 minute sketch and proceeds go to charity.


Dear Raoul,

An especially good week. Especially liked the "3 spies" joke and the Italian gesture video. I once doodled a jungle on my fridge when I lived in the East Village in the late '60s The doodle care was a real work of art.

Thanks for the amusement.


Thanks bro!

Lots of great TV shows back in the day.

Thanks again. Have a good week.


I got bad news and I got good news.

The bad news: the family didn’t like all your Italian “jokes” so they decided to whack you by blowing up your car.

The good news: a blonde has been bugging the family to let her join, so they told her “Blow up Raoul’s car and you’re in”. She burned her lips on the car’s exhaust pipe.


How timely this is, Raoul. Re your wish for people to listen more.
[I have been having problems with my neighbor], no sooner said than we are on the way of settling differences.

Just this morning, my neighbor's daughter, who helps him manage their property came to visit with a message from her father. She said that regarding the disputed boundary, her father said that out of respect for me, he will follow the local orders and stop building his wall.

God responds so quickly.


Thanks Raoul, The intro is great and I agree with listening to the other side if only for an understanding of where they are coming from. Life becomes more exciting if we are open to what others think even though we may not agree. How boring life would become if we were constantly surrounded by people that were all the same.


Your "Listen!" was really worth listening to. You come into the scene like Paul of Damascus. God bless you! God bless us all!
P.S. Enjoyed the Pope's jokes. With Him leading the way, the Catholic Church is in for a 180 degree turn for sure. Just this morning, we were talking about him and the way he leads by example by showing up those tired old bishops....shall I say, "barnacles" of the Church. And guess who I was talking with? My neighbor's daughter who came to call and convey a message that they hope to settle our differences (land bouundaries again) in an amicable way. Will wonders never cease?


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