Tuesday, January 28, 2014

What In The Hell Is Deicide?



It seems that there is an English word for anything an American wishes to bring up in conversation. Some of them I have had great difficulty comprehending. One of those words is deicide.

According to TheFreeDictionary, deicide is the killing (or the killer) of a god. That makes absolutely no sense to  me. How can a mortal man kill a divine (unkillable) being? A man cannot perform such a feat. Besides, according to a truly enlightened person (me) ... there is no (currently existing) god.

Who am I though, to deny that some godly being might at some time mysteriously explode (or sneak) into terrestrial existence?

I've been told that on Star Trek, Klingon mythology included a tale of deicide in which the Klingons slew their gods, who "brought more trouble than it was worth."


Oh! Hey!
Before I forget . . .

Yesterday was the opening of the  . . 
January 27 through February 1, 2014


Did You Know . . .?

Froot Loops are actually all the same flavor, just different colors.



At 11:38 a.m. EST, on January 28 in 1986, the space shuttle Challenger lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and Christa McAuliffe was on her way to becoming the first ordinary U.S. civilian to travel into space. McAuliffe, a 37-year-old high school social studies teacher from New Hampshire, won a competition that earned her a place among the seven-member crew of the Challenger. She underwent months of shuttle training but then, beginning January 23, was forced to wait six long days as the Challenger's launch countdown was repeatedly delayed because of weather and technical problems. Finally, on January 28, the shuttle lifted off.

Seventy-three seconds later, hundreds on the ground, including Christa's family, stared in disbelief as the shuttle exploded in a forking plume of smoke and fire. Millions more watched the wrenching tragedy unfold on live television. There were no survivors.

CNN YouTube video



-  talk at length, esp. in an inflated or empty way
-  To discourse at length in a pompous or boastful manner

Bloviation is a style of empty, pompous political speech particularly associated with Ohio due to the term's popularization by United States President Warren G. Harding, who described it as "the art of speaking for as long as the occasion warrants, and saying nothing".

Note: A fitting synonym for Bloviation might be State Of The Union Message.



(born January 28, 1936)
Alan Alda is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and author. He is best known for his starring roles as Hawkeye Pierce in the TV series M*A*S*H and Arnold Vinick in The West Wing, and his supporting role in the 2004 film The Aviator. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Journalism and a member of the advisory board of The Center for Communicating Science.

(born January 28, 1981)
Elijah Wood is an American actor. He made his film debut with a minor part in Back to the Future Part II (1989), then landed a succession of larger roles that made him a critically acclaimed child actor by age 9. As a child actor he starred in the films Radio Flyer (1992), The Good Son (1993), North (1994) and Flipper (1996), and began to transfer to teenage roles in the films The Ice Storm (1997), Deep Impact and The Faculty (both 1998). He is best known for his high-profile leading role as Frodo Baggins in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001–2003) and its prequel The Hobbit (2012). Since then, he has had varied roles in critically acclaimed films such as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Sin City, Green Street and Everything Is Illuminated (all 2005) and Bobby (2006).

(Jan 28, 1910 – Jan 28, 1973)
John Banner was a film and television actor, who was born and died in Vienna, Austria. He is best known for his role as Master Sergeant Hans Georg Schultz in the situation comedy Hogan's Heroes (1965–1971). Schultz, constantly encountering evidence that the inmates of his stalag were planning mayhem, frequently feigned ignorance with the catchphrase, "I know nothing! I see nothing! I hear nothing!"

(born January 28, 1950)
Barbi Benton is an American model, actress and singer. She was featured on the cover of Playboy several times and in nude photo layouts in the March 1970, December 1973, January 1975, and December 1985 issues, although she was never one of the magazine's "Playmates of the Month". Benton is known for her years as a regular on the country variety series Hee Haw, appearing in comic sketches with other cast members.


"You sir are a Grade A, Class One, Top Tier, bloviating BUFFOON."
--Jon Richardson
(Wisconsin State Legislator)



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