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Uncle Mort and horse sense

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Horse sense--my 104-year-old Uncle Mort maintains--is much more than stable thinking. As a charter member of the “spit and whittle club” at the general store in the thicket, they weigh the world’s weightiest problems, often with wild abandon.

If only two geezers show up, arguments are common, but not much is settled. With three or more present, however, it’s a quorum.

Boiled down to the essence, they arrived at two major conclusions recently. First, they’re pretty sure Americans’ “up-tight” propensities--stemming from encounters with so many simultaneous problems--are like pendulums nearing the end of their arcs. They believe it’s time for the pendulums to swing toward a “down loose” stance.

Their other conclusion concerns the saber-rattling of North Korea’s “head man,” Kim Jong-un, who arrived at the vaunted perch by virtue of his birth. He’s the grandson of the “founding dictator,” and he has so many titles, printing all of them would require both sides of a business card.

Now, let’s get back to his “titles,” all of which are subject to change without notice. We’re likely missing some, but a quick perusal reveals that Kim Jong-un is: Chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea, Supreme Leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Chairman of the Military Commission, Chairman of the National Defense Commission, Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army and Presidium Member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea.

It stands to reason that he scares the bejeebers out of his 25 million subjects. And why wouldn’t they consider this tyrannical leader--his activities shrouded in secrecy--a bona fide lunatic?

What we’ve seen and heard so far is that he has an “honorary doctorate” from HELP University (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), holds conferences with basketball’s Dennis Rodman and visits his “royal barber”--the same one who cut Fred Flintstone’s hair years ago.

“What we’ve decided is that with all the noise he’s rattling, they’re liable to face a saber shortage shortly,” Mort said. “So far, we’re convinced he’s more bark than bite, and we think there’s a surefire way to know when North Korea has serious missile capabilities.”

Huh? How could we possibly know?

Mort says so many missiles have fizzled, the 33-year-old wizard has authorized yet another organization. Its hundreds of members gather at missile sites several hours before launching.

“Just before they light the fuse on missiles, workers start the engines of trash trucks, front-end loaders and street sweepers, ready to clean up the mess they expect to rain down a few seconds later,” he explained. “Don’t you know the sounds of those engines starting is encouraging to their nuclear scientists?” Mort joked. He says when the clean-up crew no longer shows up around the launch pad, we might assume that North Korea might be able to launch a missile to reach targets beyond its own zip code.”

Contact Don by email: newbury@speakerdoc.com or phone: 817-447-3872.

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