The Daily F Bomb, Saturday 2/16/13

by: Floja Roja

Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 09:25:36 AM EST



Happy Saturday, Bombastics! What a weird news week that was. I suspect that things will only get stranger.

Interrogatories

In the good old days, we used to theorize that people like Bill Gates or Martha Stewart were the Antichrist. Who would be your candidate for that position today? Do you recall mimeograph/ditto machines, and if so, did you not inhale deeply of every test paper the teacher passed out? What is your favorite kitchen appliance/electric? What's on your bucket list? How many juries have you served on? Did you enjoy the experience? What sports (if any ) are you good at?

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On This Day

In 1923, the burial chamber of King Tutankhamen's recently unearthed tomb was unsealed in Egypt.

In 1937, Wallace H. Carothers, a research chemist for Du Pont, received a patent for nylon.

In 1959, Fidel Castro was sworn in as Premier of Cuba following the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista earlier that year.

In 1961, the DuSable Museum of African American History is chartered.

In 1968, The nation's first 911 emergency telephone system was inaugurated in Haleyville, Alabama.

In 1985, Hezbollah was founded.

In 2005, the Kyoto Protocol global warming pact, which the U.S. never ratified, went into effect when Russia ratified it

In 2011, Borders bookstore chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Born on This Day

1519 - Gaspard de Coligny, French Huguenot leader (d. 1572)

1787 - Andreas Schelfhout, Dutch painter/etcher/lithographer (d. 1870)

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1802 - Phineas Parkhurst Quimby, American philosopher (d. 1866)

1884 - Robert J. Flaherty, American filmmaker (d. 1951)

1887 - Kathleen Clifford, American actress (d. 1962)

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1898 - Katharine Cornell, American actress (d. 1974)

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1901 - Chester Morris, American film actor (d. 1970)

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1903 - Edgar Bergen, American ventriloquist (d. 1978)

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1909 - Hugh Beaumont, American actor (d. 1982)

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1909 - Jeffrey Lynn, American actor (d. 1995)

1916 - Bill Doggett, American pianist and organist (d. 1996)

1918 - Patty Andrews, American singer, member of Andrews Sisters (d. 2013)

1921 - Vera-Ellen, American actress (d. 1981)

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1926 - John Schlesinger, English film director (d. 2003)

1927 - June Brown, British actress

1931 - Otis Blackwell, American songwriter (_Fever_, Great Balls of Fire, Breathless, Don't Be Cruel...) and singer (d. 2002)

1935 - Sonny Bono, American entertainer, politician, tree victim (d. 1998)

1952 - James Ingram, American singer, pianist and composer

1954 - Iain Banks, Scottish author

1957 - LeVar Burton, American actor

1958 - Ice-T, American rapper and actor

1961 - Andy Taylor, English musician (Duran Duran, The Power Station)

1962 - John Balance, English musician (Coil, Psychic TV) (d. 2004)

1968 - Warren Ellis, British comic writer

1977 - Brad Walst, American bassist (Three Days Grace)

1980 - Longineu W. Parsons III, American drummer (Yellowcard)

Died on This Day

1823 - Pierre-Paul Prud'hon, French painter (b. 1758)

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1899 - FĂ©lix Faure, President of France (b. 1841)

1917 - Octave Mirbeau, French writer (b. 1848)

1919 - Vera Kholodnaya, Russian film star (b. 1893)

Vera God save me from needy men!

1928 - Eddie Foy, American singer and dancer (b. 1856)

1967 - Antonio Moreno, Spanish-born actor (b. 1887)

1979 - Louise Allbritton, American actress (b. 1920)

1988 - Jean Carignan, French Canadian fiddler (b. 1916)

1990 - Keith Haring, American artist (b. 1958)

1996 - Edmund G. "Pat" Brown, Governor of California (b. 1905)

1996 - Brownie McGhee, American singer (b. 1915)

1996 - Roberto Aizenberg, Argentine painter and sculptor (b. 1922)

2000 - Marceline Day, American actress (b. 1908)

She's clearly setting up a straw man.

2000 - Lila Kedrova, Russian-born actress (b. 1918)

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Good morning! (2.00 / 14)
Sorry, I slept late.

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. - A.A. Milne

Good! (2.00 / 12)
You deserve it.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

[ Parent ]
Thanks! (2.00 / 8)
Had kitty angst last night. Old one attacking the young ones for no apparent reason.  

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. - A.A. Milne

[ Parent ]
I had a kitty sleeping on my hip (2.00 / 4)
part of the night, which was very pleasant.  I also slept late, but I often do on the weekend.

I'm lucky.

[ Parent ]
Ha! (2.00 / 13)
I apologize for laughing at "tree victim".

I wonder what the first call was:

In 1968, The nation's first 911 emergency telephone system was inaugurated in Haleyville, Alabama.

This tweet should make everyone stop and think:

   We journos were all over the cruise ship.Can we provide equal attention to the billions who always lack food & sanitation?
   - Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) February 15, 2013

Surely John McCain will be discussing it on his Sunday show.

Now, I am going to do everyone a favor (Grouches and non-Grouches alike) and go to breakfast and then to work.


Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


Another blog claims it's Lincoln's birthday today (2.00 / 12)
Well, if they're wrong - no worries. They had copy of Lincoln's first campaign poster from the 1860 elections



The p***artist formerly known as 'Brit'


Answers for Feb 16 (2.00 / 14)
In the good old days, we used to theorize that people like Bill Gates or Martha Stewart were the Antichrist. Who would be your candidate for that position today?

Cheney.

Do you recall mimeograph/ditto machines, and if so, did you not inhale deeply of every test paper the teacher passed out?

Yes and yes.

What is your favorite kitchen appliance/electric?

Coffemaker

What's on your bucket list?

I really should think about this.

How many juries have you served on?

None. I am always kicked off in the voir dire.

What sports (if any ) are you good at?

I am OK at swimming but not really good at it.

I can juggle - is that a sport?

"Most people worry about their own bellies and other people's souls when we all ought to worry about our own souls and others' bellies" Israel Salanter


Yes (2.00 / 13)
I can juggle - is that a sport?

Jealous, I am.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


[ Parent ]
I can teach you to juggle (2.00 / 12)
I've taught many people.

Doing a basic 3 ball cascade is something pretty much anyone can learn.  

"Most people worry about their own bellies and other people's souls when we all ought to worry about our own souls and others' bellies" Israel Salanter


[ Parent ]
You are so on. (2.00 / 10)
It is always something I wanted to learn, and felt a little bad about never picking up.

I'll buy the coffees.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


[ Parent ]
Are you in NYC? (2.00 / 9)
Or, see this article I wrote on Yahoo Voices

"Most people worry about their own bellies and other people's souls when we all ought to worry about our own souls and others' bellies" Israel Salanter

[ Parent ]
I haven't been in The City for a while, (2.00 / 8)
but it is one of those inevitable path places. Next time I am in town I will look you up, Rosy O'Grady's has good Irish Coffees and room to learn juggling.

Will read the article as well. Already blaming you for putting my eye out, just sosyaknow... ;~)

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


[ Parent ]
occasionally u c juggling in baseball/football (2.00 / 4)


[ Parent ]
I, too, (2.00 / 5)
How many juries have you served on?

None. I am always kicked off in the voir dire.

...have a perfect record in voir dire.

I'm lucky.


[ Parent ]
a.s.d.f (2.00 / 13)
Who would be your candidate for that position today?

- Honestly, feel fortunate that I can't really think in those terms. The worst people alive might include Kim Jung Il, but even he is just some guy put in a position where he is evil by training rather than nature. In another life he could have been a Ghandi (or a janitor).

Do you recall mimeograph/ditto machines, and if so, did you not inhale deeply of every test paper the teacher passed out?

- Yes and yes. And decode the cryprographic answers at the bottom of the page.

What is your favorite kitchen appliance/electric?

- microwave

What's on your bucket list?

- grandchildren

How many juries have you served on? Did you enjoy the experience?

- almost one, but I asked intelligent questions during selection and was kicked out. Amazing the folks they did select, one guy who was a ranting parnoid...

What sports (if any ) are you good at?

- skiing, sailing

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


Juries (2.00 / 6)
- almost one, but I asked intelligent questions during selection and was kicked out. Amazing the folks they did select, one guy who was a ranting parnoid...

I'm a little surprised the paranoid got through, but folklore has it that they avoid the well-educated when it comes to jury selection.  If true, I'm not sure why.

I'm lucky.


[ Parent ]
I'm pretty sure that the Antichrist... (2.00 / 12)
...is a reality TV host. Or, one of the Real Housewives of Wherever.

I was on a jury once, but the case settled before we could deliberate. It was a fascinating experience and I'd do it again if called.

Favorite kitchen appliance must be microwave. That's the only one I use, except for a rice cooker.

Achieved my bucket list years ago: perform on radio, TV, film and on stage. Somehow I got paid to do all four. :-)

No sports for me, I'm afraid - unless you count tap dancing, which is pretty damned athletic. But I was good at hiking. I could climb like a mountain goat.

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)


Dance is sport. (2.00 / 8)
I did jazz dance for a year, during the Fame TV show era. We did a routine based on that, it was athletic as hell.

I was the only guy in the troop. One of the girl's boyfriends gave her crap about it so she dared him and his two buddies - football stars - to come to one practice. We worked out for two hours before working on steps every night, and they were literally falling all over themselves.

Tap, so I am told, is harder. Tap is definitely a sport.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


[ Parent ]
hmmm (2.00 / 13)
Who would be your candidate for that position today?
Rush Limbaugh

Do you recall mimeograph/ditto machines, and if so, did you not inhale deeply of every test paper the teacher passed out?

This made me smile because I try to explain what mimeograph machines were to my students and they give me a blank stare.

Yes I remember the smell. What I also remember was they were a key tool for political activists - we used to mimeograph flyers to hand out in the neighborhood

What is your favorite kitchen appliance/electric?

My crock pot(s) I have three of them - one is in use right now making soup.


What's on your bucket list?

I don't have one

How many juries have you served on?

I have never been allowed to serve on a jury

What sports (if any ) are you good at?

was - would be the word for my sports abilities.  I was good at running track, and playing tennis. Unless you count playing chess as a sport I am no longer sporty :)  

"If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition"

Bernice Johnson Reagon


Crock pots. (2.00 / 11)
Absolutely. I was tempted to use "Coffee Maker" because it is my life support system but chose microwave cause I use it all the time (to heat coffee).

But my crockpot is my love. One of the few things I am permitted to do in the kitchen is make soup.

Crockpots rule.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


[ Parent ]
Ah, mimeographs . . . (2.00 / 12)
For the first couple of years at my current job (back in the early 90's) we still used a hand-cranked mimeograph machine. You had to squeeze a plastic bottle of fluid to prime it, and it took me a while to get the right touch. Too little, and they came out too light to read; too much, and the students wouldn't get anything done for all the sniffing. ;-)

Even though one of the administrative offices had a Thermofax machine we could use to turn typewritten documents into ditto masters, I still wrote out most of my masters by hand. It was a royal pain at the time, but I'll admit that I've saved a few of them for old times' sake.


Good morning, meese. (2.00 / 12)
Here are a few answers:

Who would be your candidate for that position today? Rumsfeld. I am not religious, but I think that torture and unnecessary war are the kind of things than an antichrist would do.

Do you recall mimeograph/ditto machines, and if so, did you not inhale deeply of every test paper the teacher passed out? Yes and no.

What is your favorite kitchen appliance/electric? After Superstorm Sandy, it has to be the fridge.

What's on your bucket list? It is huge. Visiting the Grand Canyon is at the top. I also want to go to China, and I will be going there for a worked bone conference in April. I want to take my kids to Italy, and we are trying to do that this summer. I would like to visit Uzbekistan, since I have been working on Uzbek archaeological materials for over a year. there are lots of other things, including fixing up my house.

How many juries have you served on? Did you enjoy the experience? I served on one. It was an interesting experience, but it sucked up my winter break.

What sports (if any ) are you good at? I have been a swimmer all my life. I taught swimming for many years (it helped put me through college). I played field hockey in high school.


boom. (2.00 / 13)
Who would be your candidate for that position today?
Mitch McConnell.
Do you recall mimeograph/ditto machines, and if so, did you not inhale deeply of every test paper the teacher passed out?
I do recall.  I used them in my early days of teaching.  Both kinds... the trippy liquid/purple print kinds, and the giant cylinder of black ink/impossible not to get messy kinds.
What is your favorite kitchen appliance/electric?
Coffee maker.
What's on your bucket list?
Fill the bucket.
How many juries have you served on?
0
What sports (if any ) are you good at?
0

from the bubbapod...
 


Red Molly - Oh My Sweet Carolina (2.00 / 10)

Good morning!

Love is the lasting legacy of our lives


Hi there (2.00 / 11)
In the good old days, we used to theorize that people like Bill Gates or Martha Stewart were the Antichrist. Who would be your candidate for that position today? Do you recall mimeograph/ditto machines, and if so, did you not inhale deeply of every test paper the teacher passed out? What is your favorite kitchen appliance/electric? What's on your bucket list? How many juries have you served on? Did you enjoy the experience? What sports (if any ) are you good at?

Antichrist:  the Kochs

Mimeographs:  yes, I remember that smell, the purple stains on my fingers, I probably licked them once or twice.

Appliance:  stick blender. I make lots of soup

Bucket list:  Ireland

Juries:  none, I want it too much

Sports:  I am pretty coordinated but the only organized sport I ever played was field hockey.  I loved it and was mean with that stick.  I juggle, can shot free throws like crazy and love to ride bikes, ice skate, walk.  I suck at tennis and it pisses me off.  It see,s like I should be better at it than I am.


Another juggler! (2.00 / 8)
What do you like to juggle? Did you ever learn 5? (I never did, although at one point I could do 4 pretty well)
What's your favorite trick that you can do? (For me, it's Mill's Mess).  

"Most people worry about their own bellies and other people's souls when we all ought to worry about our own souls and others' bellies" Israel Salanter

[ Parent ]
I don't juggle anywhere near (2.00 / 7)
The level you apparently juggle.  I can juggle four but not five.  My brother and I taught ourselves when we were kids and figured out how to pass them back and forth to each other.  It is funny though.  People have such an appreciation for juggling, everyone always says "oh!  I wish I could juggle".  

[ Parent ]
We are about the same level, I think (2.00 / 6)
I can do four but not 5.  I did some basic passing, but haven't done it in a long time.  

"Most people worry about their own bellies and other people's souls when we all ought to worry about our own souls and others' bellies" Israel Salanter

[ Parent ]
morning all (2.00 / 10)
Who would be your candidate for that position today? I would choose George W. Bush because I believe he is much smarter than people think so he knew exactly what he was doing and still didn't care.

Do you recall mimeograph/ditto machines, and if so, did you not inhale deeply of every test paper the teacher passed out? yes and a definite no-I would barely handle those pages.

What is your favorite kitchen appliance/electric? my KitchenAid mixer

What's on your bucket list? finishing the renovations on our house and the cabin in the hill country

How many juries have you served on? Did you enjoy the experience? never made it past voir dire

What sports (if any ) are you good at? indoor shuffleboard, a bar game that is only a sport if you believe that a sport can be done with a beer in one hand.

There's nothing like eavesdropping to show you that the world outside your head is different from the world inside your head.--Thornton Wilder


cabin in the woods... (2.00 / 9)
I feel a Moose Mete in the Making.

Moose are always welcome here on Douglas Lake, for the record.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


[ Parent ]
Morning from North Carolina (2.00 / 7)
In the good old days, we used to theorize that people like Bill Gates or Martha Stewart were the Antichrist. Who would be your candidate for that position today? Ted Nugent

Do you recall mimeograph/ditto machines, and if so, did you not inhale deeply of every test paper the teacher passed out? Remember them and hated the smell.

What is your favorite kitchen appliance/electric? My electric wok

What's on your bucket list? get a couple diaries written, continue working on art, finish editing first cookbook, get website updated

How many juries have you served on? one

Did you enjoy the experience? yes

What sports (if any ) are you good at? football, skiing, catching cats before they have a hairball on the bed  

"A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde


A few answers: (2.00 / 6)
In the good old days, we used to theorize that people like Bill Gates or Martha Stewart were the Antichrist. Who would be your candidate for that position today?  
Tie:  Dick Cheney and GW Bush

Do you recall mimeograph/ditto machines, and if so, did you not inhale deeply of every test paper the teacher passed out?  Yes and Yes

What is your favorite kitchen appliance/electric?  Microwave

What's on your bucket list?  Another visit to the UK but alas my next trip will be in an urn.  (Too poor to buy a plane ticket!)

How many juries have you served on?  Quite a few.  Houston/Harris County nabbed me at least once a year, served once in St Louis County but never got called in Colorado Springs.

What sports (if any ) are you good at?  Absolutely nothing



"I base most of my fashion sense on whether or not it itches"  -- Gilda Radner


The mimeograph question raises one I have for you guys. Do any (2.00 / 7)
of you know what mechanical device preceded the dictaphone?  

"I base most of my fashion sense on whether or not it itches"  -- Gilda Radner

a pen (2.00 / 5)
and a shorthand pad? I had a boss long ago who dictated all the punctuation, the man was such a perfectionist that I never changed a single thing either.  

There's nothing like eavesdropping to show you that the world outside your head is different from the world inside your head.--Thornton Wilder

[ Parent ]
Close but not close enough. I really embarrassed myself with this (2.00 / 7)
one.  I don't know what the device was actually called but it was evil.  This happened when I was working for an insurance company in St Louis decades ago.  It was actually a wax cylinder which had a stylus that cut the words into it.  When the cylinder was full, it went to the stock room to be "shaved."  I fit the cylinder onto the shaving device but at some point the shaving blade got stuck.  Without thinking, I bent over and blew on it.  BIG mistake.  I was covered head to toe with bits of black wax which took a loooong time to remove.  Fortunately, the company was in the process of converting to Dictaphones and I was spared the task of shaving those damned cylinders ever again.

"I base most of my fashion sense on whether or not it itches"  -- Gilda Radner

Great questions today (2.00 / 5)
Antichrist? So many excellent candidates. Cheney, the guy who heads the Westboro Baptist Church, Wayne LaPierre, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter...

Mimeograph? OH YEAH! I worked in my high school weekly newspaper, and we wrote, typed, mimeographed, collated, stapled and delivered it every week. I learned to write on a deadline, the skill that unlocked much of my career success. It must have been those purpleicious fumes!

Kitchen appliance? The dishwasher! My parents got one when I left for college. Grrrr!

Bucket list? I don't have one, I have already seen, done, and enjoyed much more than I could have imagined. If anything had to be on such a list, I guess it would be getting to Alaska, Nebraska, Iowa, Oregon, and South Dakota, the five states I have not yet traveled in/to/through.

Juries? Served on one. It was a joke. Two guys who'd been friends for 40 years had a disagreement over a sign that one built for the other's business. We deliberated for like 5 minutes, then hung out in the jury room talking about the Red Sox for a bit so it would look like this open-and-shut case requird lengthy deliberation. Was also eliminated after extensive voir-dire in a case involving sexual involvement between a young teenager and her adult neighbor. That would have been kinda creepy.

Sports ability? Hiking, canoeing, kayaking, archery. Guess what - I went to summer camp ;-)



I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.


-- Oscar Wilde


Good evening to all you pre-dawn leftists! (2.00 / 5)
Let's see if I've changed my mind about any of these things during the day:

In the good old days, we used to theorize that people like Bill Gates or Martha Stewart were the Antichrist. Who would be your candidate for that position today? Do you recall mimeograph/ditto machines, and if so, did you not inhale deeply of every test paper the teacher passed out? What is your favorite kitchen appliance/electric? What's on your bucket list? How many juries have you served on? Did you enjoy the experience? What sports (if any ) are you good at?

Dick "the Dick" Cheney

Mmmm, ditto smell!

Fridge, where the beer is.

Get back to Yosemite a few more times.

No juries served on.

"Good" being a relative term, I'd say baseball/softball.  Of hitting, catching, and throwing, I'm only good at hitting, but one out of three is not bad where I'm concerned.

I'm lucky.


kitchen gadgets (2.00 / 6)
i have so many favorites! my all-time fave is Mrs. Tea (which is no longer made).  Mrs. Tea might have been the significant other gadget/spouse of Mr. Coffee. ;)

Twitter Doesn't Make You Martin Luther King


Questions of the Day (2.00 / 3)
Who would be your candidate for the antichrist today?
Before, it was Cheney, Addison and Yoo. These days, I don't have the stomach to weigh one Republican against another.

Do you recall mimeograph/ditto machines, and if so, did you not inhale deeply of every test paper the teacher passed out? Yes and no

What is your favorite kitchen appliance? My slow cooker.

What's on your bucket list? I don't have one, for a lot of reasons.

How many juries have you served on?
 A practice session once for a civil trial. We all wanted to ignore the law and grant the award regardless of contributory negligence.

What sports are you good at?
 Bocce ball (Italian lawn bowling) and horseshoes because the target stands still and waits for me to throw at it. I flunked tennis, can't handle all that motion.

Let there be light. Then let there be a cat, a cocktail, and a good book.


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