Let’s talk about flat tires and faith

Curtis K. Shelburne Sometimes I think my funny bone is oddly shaped or maybe dislocated. Oh, it’s definitely there and works at least as well as it should, but it also works in inappropriate moments. And what strikes me as funny doesn’t always grab other folks the same way. For example . . . I […]

McGee: Catching up with Catfish

Funny how long-ago things stick in your head. Someone you haven’t thought of for years pops up, or an old phone number of a long forgotten friend or an old pal’s birthday. It’s weird to me that I have trouble remembering my grandkids’ birthdays but I remember my buddy Catfish’s birthday. This year I decided […]

Dachshunds hustle at Wiener Nationals

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo David Martinez’s dachshund, Doc, was motivated down the dog track by his pet rock and took second place Saturday in wiener dog races at Hillcrest Park. Liliana Castillo Dachshunds running can be a funny thing to watch. That’s what Joe Gutierrez of Clovis guessed could explain why Hillcrest Park was […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Funny stuff and Muleshoe’s latest Facebook page

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday morning briefing. Video of the day Did you hear the one…it’s our own Joking Around. Website of the day The Muleshoe Public Library is updating their Facebook as they progress through the summer reading program. Friend them on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Muleshoe-TX/Muleshoe-Area-Public-Library/338587969227?v=info#!/pages/Muleshoe-TX/Muleshoe-Area-Public-Library/338587969227?ref=ts&ajaxpipe=1&__a=25 Question of the day Does the heat […]

Know what’s scary? Senselessness

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist Here are some stories that are either funny because they’re scary, or they would be funny if they weren’t scary. I’m not really sure. • I saw the greatest, and worst, headline in the history of the New York Knicks about two weeks ago after a loss to the Oklahoma […]

Survey ‘Mad Libs’ immature fun

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist It might sound funny coming from somebody whose work shows up on paper several times a week. But man, do I hate using paper. If I’m an accountholder anywhere, I always request they go “paperless” — notifying me of balances owed by e-mail or phone. I always try to use […]

Fallon debut historical, not funny

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist Monday’s always a great TV day for me, with “24” in primetime and often a new “Daily Show” late. This week, however, I was most excited for what was in between. Monday marked the debut of “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” an experience I both feared and anticipated. I’ve never […]

Some people really do change

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist Time is a funny thing.

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Argus Hamilton is poking fun at Oklahoma City, casinos and — as usual — politicians in today’s column.

Sibling rivalry can be funny … eventually

Glenda Price The psychologists call it “sibling rivalry.” I call it brothers and/or sisters hassling, and country kids seem to have abundant aggravation resources. My brother and I, as I recall, argued about most everything, but especially the important stuff like which bait would work best when we were fishing or whose turn it was […]

Pancakes, young voters and Super-sized business

Stories we are working on for Sunday’s paper: ~ Bisquick box to belly coverage of the Kawanis Club’s annual pancake breakfast ~ Sunday is also a super-sized day for pizza chains and other food vendors ~ A group of Clovis High School students is encouraging young people to vote ~ A wind farm that zigzags […]

Parents shouldn’t always be serious

By Anita Doberman: Columnist When was the last time you really laughed out loud? If you have to think for a while before you answer, it was too long ago. I am not talking about smiling or a polite chuckle. I am talking about a real heartfelt laugh with teary eyes. I happened to have […]

Life without funny bone not as fun

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist A recent trip to our local hospital stimulated my memory banks and brought forth an experience I had with modern medicine a dozen years ago. That memory is entitled, “The Case of the Missing Funny Bone” or “Does an Asafetida Bag Really Help?” I’d heard horror stories about parts gone […]

Hawaii lawyer getaway sign of litigious times

Freedom Newspapers A wire story out of Hawaii last week had all the makings of a good lawyer joke come to life. “The nation’s lawyers are coming to Hawaii,” reported The Associated Press, for an annual meeting of the American Bar Association, “and some of them apparently have no fear of sharks — unless they’re […]

Longest running comic wasn’t always funny

By Don McAlavy The first thing I read every Sunday morning are the color comics. I bypass the bad news on the front page and go to my favorite comic strip, Blondie and Dagwood. I want a laugh. Long ago, they said the funnies were responsible for selling a lot of newspapers. But in these […]

Funny bones can be lost through surgery

By Bob Huber: CNJ Columnist If you’re a dinner party hostess who wants to save money on hors d’oeuvres so you can donate to the Martha Stewart Relief Fund, allow me to offer some help. I know a sure-fire way to curb appetites. I’m talking about steering the dinner conversation into a detailed discussion of […]

Clovis comedian uses family as material

By Emilie Hornak: CNJ Correspondent Life is kind of funny, especially when you start looking for the moments that really make you laugh. At least that’s how budding Clovis comedian Leticia Zarate sees it. During the past few months, Zarate has taken a long, hard look at her life — at home, at work, among […]

Cartoon proves Holocaust is not a joke

Leonard Pitts, columnist What is it with student journalists lately? First you had the white kid at Oregon State who wrote a column calling black people immoral. Then you had the one at the University of Massachusetts who opined that Pat Tillman, the former NFL player killed in Afghanistan, “got what was coming to him.” […]

Most readers won’t miss ‘Sex and the City’

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked if participants would miss “Sex and the City.” Some responses: “Inasmuch as my personal ‘Sex and the City’ (Kansas City, from where we moved to Clovis in l990) was satisfactory, I didn’t feel a need to view the TV program, and never did.” — Harold Burris, Clovis “I […]

Oil and gas provisions yes … Hooters no

Ned Cantwell New Mexico writers come to realize they don’t want to mess with Pete Domenici. The Republican Senator of three decades is revered by folks all across I-40, up and down I-25, along the byways of 285. Some years back I wrote some funny stuff about how Pete’s campaign ads showing him reading to […]