Thursday, September 3, 2015

Stupidity



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A county clerk in Kentucky who personally objects to same-sex marriage on religious grounds denied licenses to gay couples. She said she was acting “under God’s authority,” even after the Supreme Court refused to support her position.

"To issue a marriage license which conflicts with God’s definition of marriage, with my name affixed to the certificate, would violate my conscience," said county clerk. Kim Davis.


I don't think this woman is holy; she's just stupid.

The ACLU wants Kentucky clerk in contempt of court over denying gay marriage licenses.



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Did You Know . . .?

You can cry in space, but tears won’t fall. Instead they form a little puddle that sits on your eye and spreads across your cheek.

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HISTORICAL EVENT

On this day in1956m tanks were deployed against racist demonstrators in Clinton, Tennessee. Following the U.S. Supreme Court's 1954 ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, federal judge Robert Taylor ordered Clinton High School to desegregate with "all deliberate speed" in the fall of 1956. The integration of Clinton High School was forced to be first among Tennessee public schools. Anti-integration campaigners from inside and outside Clinton protested the decision to integrate the high school (Tennessee Historical Quarterly, Vol LVI). They were inspired by New Jersey white supremacist John Kasper and Asa Carter both of whom spoke publicly in Clinton on September 1, 1956 against the decision to integrate the high school. After violence was narrowly averted on the lawn of the Anderson County Courthouse. National Guard troops with tanks and 600 men were called into the city for two months to keep order.

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WORD FOR TODAY

algorithm
noun
a procedure or formula for solving a problem.

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CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS


(born September 3, 1965)

Best known by his stage name Charlie Sheen, is an American actor. Sheen rose to fame after a series of successful films such as Platoon, Lucas, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Wall Street, Young Guns, Eight Men Out, Major League, Hot Shots!, The Three Musketeers, The Arrival, Money Talks, and Being John Malkovich.

In the 2000s, Sheen became best known for his television roles. He replaced Michael J. Fox in Spin City and then starred in Two and a Half Men. He recently starred in the FX comedy series Anger Managment.

Sheen was the highest paid actor on television and earned $1.8 million per episode of Two and a Half Men.


(born September 3, 1943)

Valerie Perrine is an American actress and model.


(born September 3, 1957)

Steve schirripa is an American actor, producer, author, and voice artist. He is best known for portraying Bobby Baccalieri on The Sopranos.


(born 3 September 1981)

Fearne Cotton is an English television and radio presenter, best known for presenting a number of popular television programmes such as Top of the Pops and the Red Nose Day telethons.

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How can I believe in God when just last week I got my tongue caught in the roller of an electric typewriter?
--Woody Allen

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Fact Of The Matter



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Every once in a while (such as right now, at this very instant) I allow an indefinable fact to emerge from where it was necessarily suppressed in some remote recess of my mind and overpower the emotional turmoil currently roiling my sense of well-being. Such as when I hear someone say, "Every vote matters."

Let's be honest. In a national election, my vote never matters. Never has... never will. How I vote or whether I vote or do not vote matters not a whit.

whit
noun
a particle; bit; jot ; used especially in negative phrases, such as, not a whit better.

But still I vote. I voted when I was 21 in 1960. I voted for John Fitzgerald Kennedy for president, in defiance of my father who was a lifelong  staunch Republican. That was the last time I ever voted for a Democrat presidential candidate. And even back then, I did not feel that my vote in any way influenced the elecction's outcome. And I have voted in every presidential election since... except once, in the year 2008. I abstained. And once again I did not feel that my lock of voting counted for anything.

How does it feel to know positively that my vote, or lack thereof, matters not a whit?

(shoulder shrug)

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Did You Know . . .?

In Finland, speeding tickets are calculated based on one's income - causing some Finnish millionaires to pay fines of more than $100,000.

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HISTORICAL EVENT

On this day n 1902, the film A Trip to the Moon (French: Le Voyage dans la Lune) was released. The French silent film was directed by Georges Méliès. Inspired by a wide variety of sources, including Jules Verne's novels From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon, the film follows a group of astronomers who travel to the Moon in a cannon-propelled capsule, explore the Moon's surface, escape from an underground group of Selenites (lunar inhabitants), and return with a splashdown to Earth with a captive Selenite.

A Trip to the Moon was named one of the 100 greatest films of the 20th century by The Village Voice. The film remains the best-known of the hundreds of films made by Méliès, and the moment in which the capsule lands in the Moon's eye remains one of the most iconic and frequently referenced images in the history of cinema. It is widely regarded as the earliest example of the science fiction film genre and, more generally, as one of the most influential films in cinema history.


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WORD FOR TODAY

acumen
noun
1. the ability to make good judgments and quick decisions, typically in a particular domain.
2. keen insight
Because of his mathematical acumen, Larry was able to figure out in minutes problems that took other students hours.

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CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS


(September 2, 1951)

Mark Harmon is an American television and film actor who has appeared in a wide variety of roles since the mid-1970s. Since 2003, Harmon has starred as former U.S. Marine Corps gunnery sergeant and sniper turned NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs in the hit CBS series, NCIS, a role that has become Harmon's best-known role to date while also giving him international recognition.


September 2, 1966)
Salma Hayek is a Mexican and American film actress, director, and producer. She began her career in Mexico starring in the telenovela Teresa and went on to star in the film El Callejon de los Milagros (Miracle Alley) for which she was nominated for an Ariel Award. In 1991 Hayek moved to Hollywood and came to prominence with roles in Hollywood movies such as Desperado, Dogma, and Wild Wild West.


(September 2, 1964

Keanu Reeves is a Canadian actor, producer, director and musician. Reeves is most well known for his acting career. He gained fame for his starring role performances in several blockbuster films including comedies from the Bill and Ted franchise, action thrillers Point Break and Speed, and the science fiction-action trilogy The Matrix. He has also appeared in several dramatic films such as Dangerous Liaisons, My Own Private Idaho, and Little Buddha.


(Sep 2, 1948 - Jan 28, 1986)

Christa McAuliffe was an American teacher from Concord, New Hampshire, and was one of the seven crew members killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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I just learned a new fact: Edgar Rice Burroughs , creator of Tarzan, bought land in California that eventually became the city of Tarzana.

Couldn't wait to let others know this.

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The Pope Is Coming



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I saw on TV news that the Pope has okayed it for priests to 'forgive' women who have had  abortions... which means of course that once again the Catholic religion is changing from what once was God's Word to a religious cult that reflects the will of the liberal peoples of the Earth. Oh yes. Religion must eventually always agree with what the people want, because the people (not the priesthood) have the final say. The people always know what is best, not their God.

The Pope . . .

"Ha ha ha ha ha!"

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Monday, August 31, 2015

National Dog Day, Etc.



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NOTICE: Although we have been celebrating National Dog Day on August 26th for the last 11 years, this year it was brought to our attention that National Dog Day was drawing focus away from Women's Equality Day and thus, out of respect for this extremely important day of recognition and observation for women's rights everywhere, we are happy to permanently change the date of our celebration to August 31st, to end the Dogs Days of Summer with a grand celebration.

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Three more 2016 presidential candidates


Benjamin Solomon "Ben" Carson, Sr.
born September 18, 1951
Ben Carson is an American author, politician, retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon, and an overall nice guy.

But remember what Leo Durocher once kinda said, "Nice guys finish last."


Cara Carleton "Carly" Fiorina (née Sneed)
born September 6, 1954

Carly Fiorina is a Republican politician and former business executive who rose to the top in two major American companies . . . and then failed in each. Oh,  and she was an adviser to Republican John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign, which he lost.


Christopher James "Chris" Christie
(born September 6, 1962)

Chris Christie is the 55th Governor of New Jersey. He is running for president in the 2016 election, although running is perhaps the wrong word to use.

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I honestly don't know what to think about this fellow


"Obama started this war on police intentionally
... right in line with his community agitating."

Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. is the 64th Sheriff of Milwaukee County. In 2002, Clarke was appointed to a vacancy by Governor Scott McCallum, and later elected that same year to his first four-year term. He was re-elected in November 2006, 2010, and 2014, and is currently serving his fourth full term.

Just don't know what to think about him.

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Did You Know . . .?

August 26 was National Dog Day, but now it's today, August 31, 2015. Oh yeah, I already mentioned this.

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HISTORICAL EVENT

On this day in 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales died as a result of injuries sustained in a car crash near Paris, France. Her friend, Dodi Fayed, and the driver of the Mercedes-Benz W140, Henri Paul, were pronounced dead at the scene; the bodyguard of Diana and Dodi, Trevor Rees-Jones, was the only survivor. Although the media blamed the paparazzi following the car, an 18-month French judicial investigation found that the crash was caused by Paul, who lost control of the car at high speed while drunk.


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WORD FOR TODAY

abjure
verb
to reject, renounce

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CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS


(born August 31, 1949)

Richard Gere is an American actor and activist. He began acting in the 1970s, playing a supporting role in Looking for Mr. Goodbar and a starring role in Days of Heaven. He came to prominence in 1980 for his role in the film American Gigolo. He went on to star in several hit films, including An Officer and a Gentleman, Pretty Woman, Primal Fear, Runaway Bride, Arbitrage and Chicago.


(born August 31, 1976)

Shar Jackson is an American actress and singer, best known for playing Niecy Jackson on the UPN show Moesha. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California.


(Aug 31, 1924 - June 30, 2003)

Buddy Hackett was an American comedian and actor. His best remembered roles include Marcellus Washburn in The Music Man, Benjy Benjamin in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Tennessee Steinmetz in The Love Bug, and Scuttle in The Little Mermaid. 


(born August 31, 1958)

Julie Brown is an American actress, comedian, screen/television writer, singer-songwriter, and television director. Brown is perhaps best known for her work in the 1980s, where she often played a quintessential valley girl character. Much of her comedy has revolved around the mocking of famous people (with a strong and frequently revisited focus on Madonna).

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

THREE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES



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New Thoughts? New Directions?

Hillary Clinton
(born October 26, 1947
Grannie says,
"68 ain't old..."
"...but 74 is."

Bernie Sanders
(September 8, 1941)
Grampie says, "Eh?  What?"


Marco Antonio Rubio
(born May 28, 1971)
Marco Rubio says,
"I was the junior United States Senator from Florida, serving since January 2011, and a candidate for President of the United States. A member of the Republican Party, I previously served as Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives."

Wikipedia says:
Marco Antonio  Rubio is a Cuban American native of Miami. He graduated from the University of Florida and the University of Miami Law School. In the late 1990s, he served as a City Commissioner for West Miami and was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2000, representing the 111th House district. He was elected Speaker in September 2005.

More candidates another day... perhaps.
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A Voice We Could Do Without

Donna Brazile is an American political analyst who is Vice Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. She was the first African American to direct a major presidential campaign, acting as campaign manager for Al Gore in 2000.

And I get so sick of hearing her blab, blab, blab tired platitudes and overheard opinions over top of everyone else when she appears on news shows, which is way too often. I wish they would stop inviting her.

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Did You Know . . .?

The hiss of a cat is a warning that says aggression will follow if you don't back off.

A cat who hisses is fearful but ready to engage in battle if necessary. Many behavior experts believe that the cat produces the hissing sound to mimic that of a hissing snake in order to deter opponents

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HISTORICAL EVENT

On this day in 1967 the US Senate confirmed Thurgood Marshall as the first African-American Supreme Court justice.
Thurgood Marshall (July 2, 1908 – January 24, 1993) was an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, serving from October 1967 until October 1991. Marshall was the Court's 96th justice and its first African-American justice.

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WORD FOR TODAY

aberration [abb-uhr-aey-shun]
noun
1. a state or condition markedly different from the norm
2. a departure from what is normal, usual, or expected, typically one that is unwelcome.
"they described the outbreak of violence in the area as an aberration"

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CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS


(born August 30, 1930)

Warren Buffet is an American business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He is the most successful investor of the 20th century. Buffett is the chairman, CEO and largest shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway, and consistently ranked among the world's wealthiest people. He was ranked as the world's wealthiest person in 2008 and as the third wealthiest in 2015. In 2012 Time named Buffett one of the world's most influential people.


(Aug 30 1797 - Feb 1, 1851)

Mary Shelley was an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus.


(born August 30, 1963)

Michael Chiklis is an American actor, director and television producer. Some of the previous roles for which he is best known include Commissioner Tony Scali on the ABC police drama The Commish, LAPD Detective Vic Mackey on the FX police drama The Shield, the Thing in the Fantastic Four film series, and Jim Powell on the ABC science-fiction comedy-drama No Ordinary Family.


(born August 30, 1972)

Cameron Diaz is an American actress, producer, and former fashion model. She rose to stardom in the 1990s with roles in The Mask, My Best Friend's Wedding, and There's Something About Mary, and is also known for voicing the character of Princess Fiona in the Shrek series. Other high-profile credits include Charlie's Angels and its sequel Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Knight and Day, The Green Hornet, Bad Teacher, and The Other Woman.

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

What Are Thoughts?


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Did you ever try to recall the many random thoughts that run through your mind while listening to a boring conversation?

I tried that once or twice.

And once I made notes.

Here are some of those items:

The nearly unbelievable immensity of the Universe.  Amaazing! Incredible!

How can any person nearing comprehension of the vast expanse of the entire universe avoid absolute madness when attempting to accept the tremendous distances between clusters of galaxies... if the word comprehend means to approach an understanding of a concept?

Goethe wrote, "A man can stand anything except a succession of ordinary days."
That's nonsense.
That's a load of crap.

What exactly is the difference between the concepts of Time and Duration?

Definition of Time:
Time is a measure in which events can be ordered from the past through the present into the future, and also the measure of durations of events and the intervals between them.

Definition of Duration:
Duration is the time during which something continues.

Okay.

So what, then, is a jiffy? If you look it up, you will find that a jiffy is used to measure the duration between alternating power cycles. Also a jiffy is a casual term for a short duration.

Did you ever hear of a hectosecond?
A hectosecond equals 100 seconds
or 1 minute and 40 seconds.

Well, that's enough of that for now.

Oh wait --

Try to imagine this:

The entire universe, in all its immensity, is probably only a drop in a bucket... only a single molecule of some unknowable whole.

Yes, my thoughts are random and scattered.

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Yesterday's episode of Celebrity Jeopardy featured Penn Jillette (of Penn and Teller), some female designer, and Zachary Quinto (the new Mister Spock) -- and I noticed that the Answers given by Alex Trebeck were considerably dumbed-down from the usual.

Oh well, they are celebrities, you know.

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Did You Know . . .?

About 400 million years ago, before trees were common, the Earth was covered with giant mushrooms.
source:
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HISTORICAL EVENT

Hurricane Katrina made landfall near New Orleans, Louisiana, as a Category 4 hurricane on this day in 2005. Despite being only the third most powerful storm of the 2005 hurricane season, Katrina was the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States. After briefly coming ashore in southern Florida on August 25 as a Category 1 hurricane, Katrina gained strength before slamming into the Gulf Coast on August 29. In addition to bringing devastation to the New Orleans area, the hurricane caused damage along the coasts of Mississippi and Alabama, as well as other parts of Louisiana.


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WORD FOR TODAY

vellichor
noun
the strange wistfulness of used bookstores, which are somehow infused with the passage of time --filled with thousands of old books you’ll never have time to read, each of which is itself locked in its own era, bound and dated and papered over like an old room the author abandoned years ago, a hidden annex littered with thoughts left just as they were on the day they were captured.

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CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

(Aug 29, 1958 - June 25, 2009)

Michael Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. Called the King of Pop, his contributions to music and dance, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades.


(born August 29, 1938)

Elliott Gould is an American actor. He began acting in Hollywood films during the 1960s, and has remained prolific ever since. In addition to his performance in the classic comedy Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, for which he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, Gould is perhaps best known for his significant roles in Robert Altman films, starring in M*A*S*H, The Long Goodbye; and California Split. In recent years, he has starred in a recurring role as Jack Geller on Friends and as Reuben Tishkoff in Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve, and Ocean's Thirteen.


(born August 29, 1936)

John McCain is the senior United States Senator from Arizona. He was the Republican presidential nominee in the 2008 United States presidential election.


(born August 29, 1959)

Rebecca De Mornay is an American actress and producer. Her breakthrough film role came in 1983, when she played Lana in Risky Business alongside Tom Cruise. Her other notable film roles include Sara in Runaway Train, Thelma in The Trip to Bountiful, Helen McCaffrey in the thriller Backdraft, and her portrayal of the nanny Peyton Flanders in the 1992 thriller The Hand That Rocks the Cradle.

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