Monday, January 27, 2014

State Of The Union, Authors, Etc.



George Will has a quite interesting column in The Washington Post concerning the State of the Union message and a few related items.

At one point he writes:
"Obama probably also will urge measures to increase college enrollments. The Center for College Affordability and Productivity reports that about 48 percent of those college graduates who are employed are occupying jobs that the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests require less than a four-year college education. Thirty-seven percent are in jobs that require no more than a high-school diploma, and about 5 million are in jobs that require less than a high-school education. About 14 percent of waiters and waitresses, 16.5 percent of bartenders, 18 percent of telemarketers and 24.6 percent of retail salespeople-- not including the 14.5 percent of counter and sales clerks -- have college degrees."

The political exhibitionism of the State of the Union

Another Post article:

Five myths about the State of the Union address


J.D. Salinger,
Author of Catcher In The Rye
Jerome David Salinger
died on this day
Jan. 27, 2010


I recently read a book review by  William H. Pritchard in The Weekly Standard regarding Jack London.

From this review I learned that during his brief life of 40 years, Jack London, produced 50 books, 200 short stories, and 400 nonfiction pieces on varied subjects. A critic says of The Call of the Wild (1903) that London "had found in the canine species the selfless unconditional love celebrated in the Christian concept of agape."

Now, to me, that is an interesting fact followed by a thought-provoking conjecture.

The Ice Palace - Jack London’s thousand words a day.


Did You Know . . .?

In ancient Greek mythology, Zeus decided to wipe out mankind by flooding the Earth. The world was repopulated by a man and a woman who survived the flood by building an ark.



On this day, January 27 in1967 a launch pad fire during Apollo program tests at Cape Canaveral, Florida, killed astronauts Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Edward H. White II, and Roger B. Chafee. An investigation indicated that a faulty electrical wire inside the Apollo 1 command module was the probable cause of the fire. The astronauts, the first Americans to die in a spacecraft, had been participating in a simulation of the Apollo 1 launch scheduled for the next month.

The Apollo program was initiated by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) following President John F. Kennedy's 1961 declaration of the goal of landing men on the moon and bringing them safely back to Earth by the end of the decade. The so-called "moon shot" was the largest scientific and technological undertaking in history. In December 1968, Apollo 8 was the first manned spacecraft to travel to the moon, and on July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. walked on the lunar surface. In all, there were 17 Apollo missions and six lunar landings.



agape  [ah-GAH-pay]
1.  Love that is spiritual, not sexual, in its nature.
2.  Christianity Love as revealed in Jesus, seen as spiritual and selfless and a model for humanity.



(born January 27, 1969)
Patton Oswalt is an American stand-up comedian, writer, actor and voice actor known for roles such as Spencer Olchin in the sitcom The King of Queens and for voicing Remy in the film Ratatouille. Oswalt is an atheist, and has referenced his atheism in his comedy specials, No Reason to Complain, Feelin' Kind of Patton, My Weakness is Strong, and Finest Hour.

(born January 27, 1964)
Bridget Fonda is a former American actress. She is known for her roles in such films as The Godfather Part III, Single White Female, Point of No Return, It Could Happen to You, and Jackie Brown. She also provides the voice for Jenna in the 1995 animated feature film Balto. She took on cameo roles in projects until 2002, and has not appeared in films since then. She is the daughter of Peter Fonda, niece of Jane Fonda and granddaughter of Henry Fonda.

(Jan 27, 1921 - Jan 14, 1986)
Donna Reed was an American film and television actress. With appearances in over 40 films, Reed received the 1953 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Lorene Burke in the war drama From Here to Eternity. She is also well known for her role as Mary Hatch in Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1946). She worked extensively in television, notably as Donna Stone, an American middle class mother in the sitcom The Donna Reed Show (1958–1966).

(born January 27, 1956)
Mimi Rogers is an American film and television actress. Her notable film roles include Gung Ho (1986), Someone to Watch Over Me (1987), and Desperate Hours (1990). She garnered the greatest acclaim of her career for her role in the religious drama, The Rapture (1991). Rogers has since appeared in Reflections on a Crime (1994), The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996), Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), Lost in Space (1998), Ginger Snaps (2000), The Door in the Floor (2004), and For a Good Time, Call... (2012). Her extensive work in television includes Paper Dolls (1984), Weapons of Mass Distraction (1997), The Loop (2006–2007), and recurring roles on The X-Files (1998–1999) and Two and a Half Men (2011–present).


 "Read what you like because you like it, never to pretend to admire what you did not."
--Leslie Stephen



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