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Ray’s Daily

June 21, 2019


“The absent are always in the wrong”

English Proverb

We the people

This is a big day for us. I have a couple of early meetings, we are being visited by relatives and then a wedding rehearsal dinner. Tomorrow one of my grandchildren is being wed. So my friends I hope you understand why I am again sending you a Daily from the past.

Ray’s Daily first published on June 21, 2006

I am starting to really miss people I hardly ever see. When I attend a forum on a critical issue of the day, the war, health care, deficits, or any of those things that affect all of us, I am usually surrounded by chairs reserved for those who need to know but don’t show. I just don’t understand how so many can absolve themselves of responsibility for making even the slightest difference on the basis that what they don’t know gets them off the hook.

I sometimes wonder if turning over our interests to elected officials, organization executives, and the like is nothing more than a lazy way for us to think that we have no responsibilities. Too many believe that as long as they vote once in awhile they have done their duty. They don’t even have to think about that too much since they can listen to a few sound bites, some negative slurs, and in the end vote for someone who looks good or who they are told by single issue organizations is the right guy.

Does the benefits of true democracy come from dragging the unenlightened to the polls or from the votes of an engaged populace? Have we become so polarized that knowledge has been replaced by dogma? Have we come to the place where ritual loyalty has replaced commitment to good citizenship? Our history has benefited from honest debate, consensus building, and flourished due to the interaction of a civil society. As we become more isolated we stand a chance of losing much of what brought us here

I also have noticed that many of those same unoccupied chairs are present at place where people need us. Have our lives become so full that we live by ritual? I hope not for if that is the case too many today’s will be the same as they were yesterday. If they do we may end up with the people being led, versus having government led by the people.

I know I have ranted and raved and probably would offend many of people who will not see today’s daily, so do me a favor, don’t show it to them unless you think they might fill one of the open chairs. And oh by the way, thanks for showing up


Sometimes, when one person is missing, the whole world seems depopulated.




Rule 1: The Boss is always right!

Rule 2: In the impossible hypothesis that a subordinate may be right, Rule 1 becomes immediately operative.

Rule 3: The boss does not sleep; he/she rests.

Rule 4: The Boss is never late; he/she is delayed elsewhere.

Rule 5: The Boss never leaves his/her work; his/her attention is required elsewhere.

Rule 6: The Boss never reads the paper in his/her office; he/she studies.

Rule 7: The Boss never takes advantage of his/her secretary with extra work. He/she educates her.

Rule 8: The Boss is always chief, even in his/her bathing togs.

Rule 9: Whomsoever may enter the boss’s office with an idea of his own must leave the office with the boss’s ideas.

Rule 10: If, in your lamentable ignorance, you fail to grasp the truth, fear not; return to rule 1.


“I believe love is primarily a choice and only sometimes a feeling. If you want to feel love, choose to love and be patient.”

Gordon Atkinson


Three geezers are sitting on a porch in Miami Beach. Suddenly the first sighs and says, “Gentlemen, isn’t life horrible. Here I am at an age that I can afford the best steaks and what? Bad teeth and gums. I have to eat ground or soft foods.”

The second answers, “Yeah, life is a real bummer. Why here I am at an age where I can buy the finest wines, champagne but what? Ulcers, I have to drink milk.”

The third sighs loudly and adds, “Gentlemen, I know exactly what you mean. Last night at 2 am I nudged my wife and asked her if she’s interested. She screams at me, “What is wrong with you Sam? We just got finished doing it for the second time tonight!”

After a long pause the first man says, “So what is your problem?”

The third one grunts and says, “Can’t you see? My memory is going.”


I asked Mom if I was a gifted child… she said they certainly wouldn’t have paid for me.


Out on the golf course with his wife, the husband says, “Twenty years ago I had a brief affair. It meant nothing. I hope you can forgive me.” His wife was hurt but said, “Dearest, those days are long gone. What we have now is far more valuable. I forgive you.” They embraced and kissed.

On the seventeenth tee, the husband was starting his back swing when the wife blurted out, “I’m sorry darling, I’ve been so conscience stricken since you told me, but since we’re being honest with each other, I have something to tell you also. Fifty-two years ago I had a sex change operation, I was a man before I met you. I hope you can forgive me.”

The husband, froze at the top of his Back swing, then threw a fit! He slammed the driver into the ground, Kicked the ball into the woods, stormed Off the tee, pushed the golf cart over on Its side, broke the rest of his clubs One by one, then started on hers. He screamed and ranted, “You liar! You cheat! You despicable deceiver! How could you? I trusted you with all my heart and soul… And all these years you’ve been playing off the ladies tees?!”


My childhood was rough. Once for my birthday my old man gave me a bat. The first day I played with it, it flew away.

Rodney Dangerfield


He said: I believe my young daughter wants a pair of glasses.  I don’t know why she does.  Perhaps glasses are now “cool” to have in school?  But though she sees just fine, she still says she needs glasses.

I took her to the eye doctor just to check it out though. She was asked to read the bottom row of letters on the eye chart. She said, “All right, I can see the ‘O’ and the ‘P’ and the ‘T,’ but not the ‘N’ and the ‘Z.'”


Have you noticed since everyone has a camcorder these days no one talks about seeing UFOs like they use to.


In a car in the middle of Colorado a wife says to her husband, “Oh Dear, Henry! I’m sure I left the iron on. I’m afraid the house is going to burn down!”

Henry: “The house will not burn down, dear.”

Wife: “Now, how can you make a statement like that?”

Henry: “Because I forgot to turn off the water in the bathtub.”


Students at school were asked to write about the harmful effects of oil on fish. One 11-year old wrote, “When my mom opened a tin of sardines last night it was full of oil and all the sardines were dead.”


A Canadian psychologist is selling a video that teaches you how to test your dog’s IQ. Here’s how it works: if you spend $12.99 for the video, your dog is smarter than you.

Jay Leno


Why can’t we get all the people together in the world that we really like and then just stay together?  I guess that wouldn’t work.  Someone would leave.  Someone always leaves.  Then we would have to say good-bye.  I hate good-byes.  I know what I need.  I need more hellos. 

Charles M. Schulz


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

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