Saturday, February 8, 2014

Just A State Of Mind


I seem to be getting even more tight-fisted in my old age than I was a few years ago. I save and use food coupons that Fry's Market sends me in the mail at least once a month, and I faithfully download to my Discount Card the weekly Fry's Friday FREE product online bargain. (This week's FREE download was a 5.3 oz cup of Dannon Oikos yogurt.)

Yesterday at Fry's, my grocery bill total before discount was $23.84, My discount total was $11.97, so my final balance was $11.87. That means my total discount was a dime more than my final total. Can't beat that.

Creationist Ken Ham -- debating with Bill Nye The Science Guy on the age of the Earth being only about 6,000 years, and that Creation was implemented by God The Creator in seven actual days as we know them, and that Evolution is a phony science -- says that nobody is ever going to convince him (Ken Ham) that the Word of God written in The Holy Bible is not the absolute truth and  blah, blah, blah.

Hm. Seems a bit closed minded to me.

ABC News debate transcript


Did You Know . . .?

Christopher Columbus punished a man found guilty of stealing corn by having his ears and nose cut off and then selling him into slavery.



On this day in 1994, actor Jack Nicholson smashed the car's windshield of another driver in an episode of road rage. In a criminal lawsuit filed against the actor, Robert Blank stated that Nicholson, then 56, approached Blank's Mercedes-Benz while he was stopped at a red light in North Hollywood. After accusing the other man of cutting him off in traffic, Nicholson used a golf club to bash the roof and windshield of Blank's car.

A witness confirmed Blank's account of the incident, and misdemeanor charges of assault and vandalism were filed against Nicholson. Charges were dropped after Nicholson apologized to Blank and the two reached an undisclosed settlement, which included a reported $500,000 check from Nicholson.



1. Something justly deserved; recompense.
2. Something given or demanded in repayment, especially punishment.
3. Theology: Punishment or reward distributed in a future life based on performance in this one.



(born February 8, 1953)
Mary Steenburgen is an American actress. Her big break came when she was discovered by Jack Nicholson and was cast as the female lead in his second directorial effort, the 1978 Western Goin' South. Steenburgen had a leading role in the 1979 film Time After Time. In only her third film, she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the 1980 film Melvin and Howard, playing Lynda Dummar. Another notable film appearance came in the well-received 1983 film Cross Creek, in which she played Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of The Yearling. In Back to the Future Part III (1990), Steenburgen played Clara Clayton, a school teacher who falls in love with Doc Brown, played by Christopher Lloyd. Other performances have been: in What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Hannah Nixon in Nixon (1995); and in the comedy Elf.

(Feb 8, 1931 - Sept 30, 1955)
James Dean was an American actor. He is a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment, as expressed in the title of his most celebrated film, Rebel Without a Cause (1955), in which he starred as troubled Los Angeles teenager Jim Stark. The other two roles that defined his stardom were as loner Cal Trask in East of Eden (1955), and as the surly ranch hand, Jett Rink, in Giant (1956). Dean's enduring fame and popularity rest on his performances in only these three films, all leading roles. His premature death in a car crash cemented his legendary status.

(born 8 February 1986)
Anna Hutchinson is a New Zealand actress best known for her roles as Delphi Greenlaw on Shortland Street (2002–2004); Lily Chilman, the Yellow Cheetah Ranger on Power Rangers Jungle Fury (2008); Allison Dine on Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities (2009); Amy Smart on Go Girls (2009–2012); Jules Louden in The Cabin in the Woods (2012) and Laeta on Spartacus: War of the Damned (2013).

(Feb 8, 1968 - May 28, 2010)
Gary Coleman was an American actor, known for his childhood role as Arnold Jackson in the American sitcom Diff'rent Strokes (1978-1986) and for his small stature as an adult.

On May 26, 2010, Coleman was admitted to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, Utah in critical condition after falling down the stairs at his home in Santaquin and hitting his head, suffering an epidural hematoma. By mid-afternoon on May 27, he was unconscious and on life support. He died at 12:05 pm MDT on May 28 at the age of 42.


If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.
--Albert Einstein

A convenient deity invented by the ancients as an excuse for getting drunk. 
--Ambrose Bierce
The Devil's Dictionary


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