Saturday, October 12, 2013

Whew... Something Stinks Out There


When I took Eva out for her morning exercise and to do her business, we were both startled to find that we had had an unexpected visitor. The odor in the air informed us that a skunk had expelled a powerful scent that lingered all around us there in the pool area.


And then a curious coyote came too near the gated pool area fence and Eva started barking furiously, letting the wild creature know that this was private property and off limits to all interlopers. The nosy potential invader, seemingly heedless of all the loud, deep-throated threats, turned and  casually trotted off into the surrounding scrub.

The skunk's odoriferous residue seemed to strengthen rather than lessen with time, so we decided not to stay out there very long. Just long enough for Eva to add her own smelly contribution.

She's looking out the back window now, keeping guard. "Good girl, Eva."


Did You Know . . .?

Iceland consumes more Coca-Cola per capita than any other nation.



On this day, October 12 in 2000, at 12:15 p.m. local time, a motorized rubber dinghy loaded with explosives blew a 40-by-40-foot hole in the port side of the USS Cole, a U.S. Navy destroyer that was refueling at Aden, Yemen. Seventeen sailors were killed and 38 wounded in the attack, which was carried out by two suicide terrorists alleged to be members of Saudi exile Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda terrorist network.

The terrorists' small boat succeeded in reaching the U.S. warship unchallenged. Their dinghy then exploded in a massive explosion that ripped through the Cole's port side, badly damaging the engine room and adjoining mess and living quarters.

In the aftermath of the attack, President Bill Clinton ordered American ships in the Persian Gulf to leave port and head to open waters. A large team of U.S. investigators was immediately sent to Aden to investigate the incident.

Six men believed to be involved in the Cole attack were arrested in Yemen. Lacking cooperation by Yemeni authorities, the FBI has failed to conclusively link the attack to bin Laden.


contextomy  [kon-teks-tuh-mee]
The practice of misquoting someone by shortening the quotation or by leaving out surrounding words or sentences that would place the quotation in context.

The practice of quoting out of context, sometimes referred to as "contextomy" or "quote mining", is a logical fallacy and a type of false attribution in which a passage is removed from its surrounding matter in such a way as to distort its intended meaning.



(born 12 October 1968)
Hugh Jackman is an Australian actor and producer who is involved in film, musical theatre, and television. He has won international recognition for his roles in major films, notably as superhero, period, and romance characters.

Jackman is known for his long-running role as Wolverine in the X-Men film series, as well as for his leads in Kate & Leopold, Van Helsing, The Prestige, Australia, Real Steel, Les Misérables, and Prisoners.

(born October 12, 1950)
Susan Anton is an American actress and singer. Anton was the host of the successful "Great Radio City Music Hall Spectacular" show at the Flamingo Hilton in Las Vegas for over 5,000 performances until July 31, 2000. She also appeared in the Las Vegas company of the musical Hairspray and on Broadway in The Will Rogers Follies, Hurlyburly, and All Shook Up.

She had a recurring role on the TV series Baywatch from 1992 to 1994[8] and has appeared as herself on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (2006), The Larry Sanders Show (1993) and It’s Garry Shandling's Show (1987), as well as in several films.

Anton appeared in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit which aired on March 31, 2010.

(born October 12, 1970)
Kirk Cameron is an American actor best known for his role as Mike Seaver on the television situation comedy Growing Pains (1985–1992), as well as several other television and film appearances as a child actor. In the 1980s and 1990s, Cameron appeared in dozens of television shows and in the films Like Father Like Son and Listen to Me. In the 2000s, he has portrayed Cameron "Buck" Williams in the Left Behind film series and Caleb Holt in the 2008 drama film, Fireproof.

(Oct 12, 1919 - Nov 24, 1943)
Dorie Miller was a cook in the United States Navy noted for his bravery during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. He was the first African American to be awarded the Navy Cross. Miller's acts were heavily publicized in the black press, making him the iconic emblem of the war for blacks -- their "Number One Hero" -- thereby energizing black support for the war effort against a colored Japanese enemy.


The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool.
--Stephen King


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