Wednesday, October 2, 2013

10-2-13 Updated



Bestselling author Tom Clancy, known for his novels in the espionage and military science genres, died at a Baltimore Hospital today, Wednesday, October 2, 2013.

Clancy's name became well known with the publishing of the Cold War thriller "The Hunt for Red October," which launched his career as a novelist. The book took off when President Ronald Reagan, who had received a copy, said it was "my kind of yarn."

Tom Clancy


Did You Know . . . ?

 It is possible to lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs.



On this day in 1919, President Woodrow Wilson, who had just cut short a tour of the country to promote the formation of the League of Nations, suffered a stroke.

The tour's intense schedule--8,000 miles in 22 days--cost Wilson his health. He suffered constant headaches during the tour, finally collapsing from exhaustion in Pueblo, Colorado, in late September. He managed to return to Washington, only to suffer a near-fatal stroke on October 2.

Wilson's wife Edith, who was even suspicious of the political motives of Vice President Thomas Marshall, closely guarded access to her husband. She kept the true extent of Wilson's incapacitation from the press and his opponents. While Wilson lay in bed, unable to speak or move, Edith purportedly insisted that she screen all of Wilson's paperwork, in some cases signing Wilson's name to documents without consulting the convalescing president.

Wilson slowly regained his health, but the lasting effects of the stroke -- he remained partially paralyzed on one side -- limited his ability to continue to campaign in favor of the League of Nations. In 1921, Republican Warren Harding's election to the presidency effectively ended efforts by the League's supporters to get it ratified.

Wilson died in 1924.



Turd Blossom
-  a Texan term for a flower which grows from a pile of cow dung.
-  the term was a nickname assigned by former U.S. President George W. Bush for his former chief political advisor, Karl Rove.

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Or read Urban Dictionary's definition . . .



(Oct 2, 1869 -  Jan 30, 1948)
Gandhi was the preeminent leader of Indian nationalism in British-ruled India. Employing non-violent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. The honorific Mahatma -- applied to him first in 1914 in South Africa, -- is now used worldwide. He is also called Bapu (Gujarati: endearment for "father," "papa." in India.)

(born October 2, 1970)
Kelly Ripa is an American actress, talk show host, and television producer. Ripa, who played Hayley Vaughan on the television soap opera All My Children from 1990–2002, is best known as co-host of the popular syndicated morning talk show Live! with Kelly and Michael. She is also known for her role as Faith Fairfield on Hope & Faith. Additionally, Ripa and her husband Mark Consuelos own a New York based production company, Milojo. In 2012, The Hollywood Reporter named her one of the Most Powerful People in Media

(born October 2, 1948)
Avery Brooks is an American actor. Brooks is perhaps best known for his television roles as Benjamin Sisko on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, as Hawk on Spenser: For Hire and its spinoff A Man Called Hawk, and as Dr. Robert Sweeney in the Academy Award-nominated film American History X.

(born October 2, 1954)
Lorraine Bracco  is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Dr. Jennifer Melfi on the HBO series The Sopranos and as Karen Hill in the 1990 Martin Scorsese film Goodfellas. She currently appears as Angela Rizzoli on the TNT series Rizzoli & Isles. 


A joke is a very serious thing.
--Winston Churchill



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