Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Election Day 2014



Joe Queenan's advice to aspiring writers is, "Don't write until you're 25. Don't write for the high school yearbook. Don't write for the college literary magazine. Don't write that stuff -- you never had any experiences, you don't know anything, just shut up."
--From The Writer's Almanac

Today is Election Day. Can you guess how I know that. I'll tell you: Someone called me on the telephone and told me so, and they told me who I should vote for and who not to vote for, and why. And they (I think most were volunteering school kids) called me about a thousand times over the last couple of weeks. Something like that.

What's even worse, many of the calls were recorded earlier and played back to me. No chance for me to tell the caller what I thought of them. Even though I sometimes did so anyway.

If I hadn't already voted early by mail, I would probably have abstained from doing so, just out of sheer pissed-off-ishness.


Did You Know . . .?

The first U.S. president to die in office was William Henry Harrison. He was only in office a month before he caught pneumonia and died.



On this day in 1995 Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was fatally shot after attending a peace rally held in Tel Aviv's Kings Square in Israel. Rabin later died in surgery at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv. In 1992, Rabin had led the Labour Party to election victory and became Israel's prime minister. In 1993, he signed the historic Israeli-Palestinian Declaration of Principles with Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat and in 1994 concluded a formal peace agreement with the Palestinians. In October 1994, Rabin and Arafat shared the Nobel Peace Prize, along with Israeli foreign minister Shimon Peres. One year later, Rabin was assassinated. Peres succeeded him as prime minister.



1. concise and exact use of words in writing or speech: "the report is notable for its brevity"
2. shortness of time; "the brevity of human life"



(born November 4, 1969)
Matthew McConaughey is an American actor. He first gained notice for his breakout role in the coming of age comedy Dazed and Confused (1993), and went on to appear in films such as the slasher Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, the legal thriller A Time to Kill, Amistad, Contact, EDtv, and U-571. In the 2000s, he became best known for starring in romantic comedies, including The Wedding Planner, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Failure to Launch, Fool's Gold, and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. Since 2010 he has had roles in the films The Lincoln Lawyer, Bernie, Killer Joe, The Paperboy, Mud, Magic Mike, and The Wolf of Wall Street.

(born November 4, 1937)
Loretta Swit is an American stage and television actress known for her character roles. Swit is best known for her portrayal of Major Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan on M*A*S*H.

(born November 4, 1946)
Laura Bush is the wife of the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush. She was the First Lady from 2001 to 2009.

(born November 4, 1950)
Markie Post is an American actress, best known for her roles as bail bondswoman Terri Michaels in The Fall Guy on ABC from 1982 to 1985, as public defender Christine Sullivan on the NBC sitcom Night Court from 1985 to 1992, and as Georgie Anne Lahti Hartman on the CBS sitcom Hearts Afire from 1992 to 1995.


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--Walker Evans


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