Tuesday, October 16, 2012

dies Martis



I will probably watch the debate between the two politicians tonight, although I expect no surprises. Neither will speak of anything new. No matter what questions are asked of them, each will merely repeat the same ol', same ol' metaphorical trash that has been oozing from their lying lips since... well... since always.

For those who have never visited my personal website (not this blog) here is the LINK -- The opening page has a menu of links on the right side which will take you to additional pages, such as a short biography with some pictures from the past.


I just viewed a ten minute video featuring a serious talk about Malala Yousuf Zai, the young girl who was shot in the head and neck by a radical 'Moslem'.



Delancey Place has an interesting piece on the habit of defaulting by several U.S. States' debts back around 1839.

By 1839, nine [state and territory] governments [including Pennsylvania, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Michigan, Indiana, Maryland, Arkansas, and the territory of Florida], responsible for two-thirds of all the American government debt in private hands, were routinely missing interest payments, attempting to sidestep creditors, or flatly repudiating their obligations. Across the Atlantic, investors were outraged.

Yankee Doodle borrows cash,
Yankee Doodle spends it,
And then he snaps his fingers at
The jolly flat who lends it.
Ask him when he means to pay,
He shews no hesitation,
But says he'll take the shortest way,
And that's repudiation!
--Literary Gazette, London, January 1845



Any updates that occur to me throughout the day will go here...



macabre [muh-kah-bruh, or muh-kahb]
gruesome and horrifying; ghastly; horrible.
of, pertaining to, dealing with, or representing death.
of or suggestive of the allegorical dance of death.



Born Oct 16, 1946
Age: 65 years old.
Suzanne Somers is an American actress, author, singer and businesswoman, known for her television roles as Chrissy Snow on Three's Company and as Carol Lambert on Step by Step.

Somers later became the author of a series of best-selling self-help books, including Ageless: The Naked Truth About Bioidentical Hormones (2006), a book about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. She has also released two autobiographies, four diet books, and a book of poetry entitled "Touch Me" (1980). She currently features items of her design on ShopNBC.

She is criticized for her views on some medical subjects and her advocacy of the Wiley Protocol, which has been labelled as "scientifically unproven and dangerous". Her promotion of alternative cancer treatments has received criticism from the American Cancer Society.

Born Oct 16, 1925
Age: 86 years old.

Angela Brigid Lansbury is a British actress and singer in theatre, television, and motion pictures. Her career has spanned eight decades and earned an unsurpassed number of performance Tony Awards (tied with Julie Harris and Audra McDonald), with five wins. Her first film appearance was in the film Gaslight (1944) as a conniving maid, for which she received an Academy Award nomination. Among her other films are The Manchurian Candidate (1962), Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971), Beauty and the Beast (1991), and Anastasia (1997).

Lansbury is perhaps best known to modern audiences for her twelve-year run starring as writer and sleuth Jessica Fletcher on the American television series Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996).

Born Oct 16, 1958
Age: 53 years old.

Timothy Francis "Tim" Robbins is an American actor, screenwriter, director, producer, activist and musician. He is the former longtime partner of actress Susan Sarandon. He is known for his roles as Nuke in Bull Durham, Andy Dufresne in The Shawshank Redemption, and as Dave Boyle in Mystic River, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Born Oct 16, 1758
Died May 28, 1843

Noah Webster, Jr., was a lexicographer, textbook pioneer, English spelling reformer, political writer, editor, and prolific author. He has been called the "Father of American Scholarship and Education." His blue-backed speller books taught five generations of American children how to spell and read, secularizing their education. According to Ellis (1979) he gave Americans "a secular catechism to the nation-state." His name became synonymous with "dictionary," especially the modern Merriam-Webster dictionary that was first published in 1828 as An American Dictionary of the English Language.


I am a man of few words, but many riddles.
--Frank Gorshin

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