Saturday, September 15, 2012

A Couple Of Noteworthy Items



Much ado about less than nothing . . .

Here is a link to the amateurish movie trailer that is causing all the stupid hubbub seen in the news for the last few days:


I can't imagine why this ridiculous little piece of trashy silliness created such a stir.

I just can't.

The Value Of An Education is a short piece I read yesterday and was impressed with it. It is well worth investing a small bit of your time to read it.

That's my opinion, anyway.


Will New York's ban on overly-large soft drinks stamp out obesity?

Oh come on! Be serious.


While reading the 14 September 2012 entry of Something Surprising  I came across the following:

"He seemed to claim that the story of Isaac showed that Jewish people care much more for their children, much more than anyone else. He could only get away with this in any small way by comparing his race with the surrounding races during the bronze age.  I would say that this argument has passed its sell-by date."

I couldn't let pass that ending: ". . . has passed its sell-by date." so I left a comment saying that I really like it.

That was so clever.




“Swoft” is a very rare word. It’s about dirt and dust bunnies.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines “swoft” as “sweepings.”

This is such a rare word that about the only place you will find a full description of it at Grammarphobia  and they provide a quite interesting write-up about it.



Fay Wray

Born Sep 15, 1907
Died Aug. 8, 2004

Fay Wray (born Vina Fay Wray) was a Canadian-American actress most noted for playing the female lead in King Kong. Through an acting career that spanned 57 years, Wray attained international renown as an actress in horror movie roles, leading to many considering her as the first "scream queen".

Tommy Lee Jones

Born Sep 15, 1946
Age: 65 years old.

Tommy Lee Jones is an American actor and film director. He has received three Academy Award nominations, winning one as Best Supporting Actor for his performance as U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard in the 1993 thriller film The Fugitive.

His other notable starring roles include former Texas Ranger Woodrow F. Call in the award-winning TV mini-series Lonesome Dove, Agent K in Men in Black and its sequels, Sheriff Ed Tom Bell in No Country for Old Men, the villain "Two-Face" in Batman Forever, terrorist William Strannix in Under Siege, a Texas Ranger in Man of the House, rancher Pete Perkins in The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, which also served as his directorial debut, and Colonel Chester Phillips in Captain America: The First Avenger. Jones has also portrayed real-life figures such as businessman Howard Hughes, executed murderer Gary Gilmore, Oliver Lynn, husband of Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner's Daughter, and baseball great Ty Cobb.

Jackie Cooper

Born Sep 15, 1922
Died May 3, 2011.

 Jackie Cooper was an American actor, television director, producer and executive. He was a child actor who managed to make the transition to an adult career. Cooper was the first child actor to receive an Academy Award nomination. At age 9, he was also the youngest performer to have been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Rorl--an honor that he received for the film Skippy (1931). For nearly 50 years, Cooper remained the youngest Oscar nominee in any category, until he was surpassed by Justin Henry's nomination, at age 8, in the Supporting Actor category for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979).

Cooper had a major role in the Hal Roach movie series Our Gang and was the main character in the episodes The First Seven Years, When the Wind Blows, and others. His most notable Our Gang shorts explore his crush on Miss Crabtree, the schoolteacher played by June Marlowe, which included the trilogy of shorts Teacher's Pet, School's Out, and Love Business.

Jackie Cooper found renewed fame in the 1970s and 1980s as Daily Planet editor Perry White in the Superman film series starring Christopher Reeve.

Roy Acuff

Born Sep 15, 1903
Died Nov 23, 1992

Roy Claxton Acuff was an American country music singer, fiddler, and promoter. Known as the "King of Country Music," Acuff is often credited with moving the genre from its early string band and "hoedown" format to the star singer-based format that helped make it internationally successful.

Acuff began his music career in the 1930s, and gained regional fame as the singer and fiddler for his group, the Smoky Mountain Boys. He joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1938, and although his popularity as a musician waned in the late 1940s, he remained one of the Opry's key figures and promoters for nearly four decades. In 1942, Acuff co-founded the first major Nashville-based country music publishing company--Acuff-Rose Music--which signed acts such as Hank Williams, Roy Orbison, and The Everly Brothers. In 1962, Acuff became the first living inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Roy Acuff was the name of one of the first singers I can remember listening to on the radio (way before TV came along) while staying with Grandma and Grandpa Morris back in the 1940s. Acuff, along with Hank Williams, Cousin Minnie Pearl, and LulaBelle & Scotty were their favorites on the radio shows, The Saturday Night Barndance and The Grand Ole Opry.


Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
Napoleon Bonaparte


  1. I don't actually believe the video has anything to do with the unrest, but it seems to be a convenient excuse for the govt and media to use...