The Daily F Bomb, Tuesday 2/19/13

by: Floja Roja

Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 07:37:40 AM EST



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Interrogatories

When faced with aggression or vitriol, do you turn the other cheek, or fight back? What kind of volunteer work do you do? Are you tidy or untidy? What is the worst smell you ever smelled? What is the best smell in the world? With fiction, do you prefer realism or something more fantasy oriented?

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On This Day

In 1846, in Austin, Texas, the Republic of Texas government transferred power to the State of Texas government following Texas' annexation by the United States.

In 1861, serfdom was finally abolished in Russia.

In 1878, Thomas Edison received a patent for his phonograph.

In 1881, Kansas became the first state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages.

In 1959, an agreement was signed by Britain, Turkey and Greece granting Cyprus its independence.

In 2004, former Enron Corp. chief executive Jeffrey Skilling was charged with fraud, insider trading and other crimes in connection with the energy trader's collapse.

In 2007, New Jersey became the third state to offer civil unions to gay couples.

In 2008, the  ailing Fidel Castro resigned the Cuban presidency after nearly a half-century in power.

Born on This Day

1473 - Nicolaus Copernicus, mathematician and astronomer (d. 1543)

1717 - David Garrick, British actor (d. 1779)

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1833 - Élie Ducommun, Swiss journalist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1906)

1843 - Adelina Patti, Italian opera singer (d. 1919)

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1877 - Gabriele Münter, German painter (d. 1962)

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1877 - Else Berg (Elsenberg), Dutch/German painter (d. at Auschwitz in 1942)

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1897 - Hope Hampton, American actress (d. 1982)

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1893 - Sir Cedric Hardwicke, British actor (d. 1964)

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1895 - Louis Calhern, American actor (d. 1956)

1896 - André Breton, French poet (d. 1966)

1897 - Alma Rubens, American actress (d. 1931)

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1910 - Dorothy Janis, American silent film actress (d. 2010)

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1911 - Merle Oberon, Anglo-Indian actress (who tried to hide her Asian blood her entire career) (d. 1979)

She likes hanging out in dives.

1924 - Lee Marvin, American actor (d. 1987)

1930 - John Frankenheimer, American director (d. 2002)

1937 - Robert Walker Jr., American guitarist

1939 - Gwen Taylor, English actress

1940 - Smokey Robinson, American singer

1943 - Lou Christie, American singer

1946 - Karen Silkwood, American activist (d. 1974)

1950 - Andy Powell, British musician (Wishbone Ash)

1954 - Michael Gira, American musician (Swans)

1956 - Dave Wakeling, English musician (The (English) Beat and General Public)

1956 - Peter Holsapple, American musician (The dBs and The Continental Drifters)

1963 - Seal, English singer

1965 - Jon Fishman, American musician (Phish)

1975 - Daniel Adair, Canadian Drummer  (3 Doors Down)

Died on This Day

1622 - Sir Henry Savile, English educator (b. 1549)

1936 - Billy Mitchell, American general and military aviation pioneer (b. 1879)

1951 - André Gide, French writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1869)

1962 - Georgios Papanikolaou, Greek doctor, inventor of the Pap smear (b. 1883)

1969 - Madge Blake, American actress (b. 1899)

1972 - Lee Morgan, American jazz musician (b. 1938)

1980 - Bon Scott, Australian singer (AC/DC) (b. 1946)

1983 - Alice White, American film actress (b. 1904)

Go ahead - pull my finger.

2001 - Stanley Kramer, American director (b. 1913)

2007 - Janet Blair, American actress (b. 1921)

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Good morning! (2.00 / 19)
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One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. - A.A. Milne

OK, *that* (2.00 / 12)
is the hover of the month!

I'm lucky.

[ Parent ]
Good morning. I can answer some of those questions. (2.00 / 16)
What kind of volunteer work do you do? Doug, Rob, and I collect cans and donations at local supermarkets with a group called "Yes, We Can". The donations support the Crisis Ministry which is the largest food bank in the Trenton/Princeton area.

Are you tidy or untidy? Untidy.

With fiction, do you prefer realism or something more fantasy oriented? Realism


that's great (2.00 / 10)
I should look into this. We redeem our cans for money. I'd rather donate.  

[ Parent ]
Answers for 2/19 (2.00 / 16)
When faced with aggression or vitriol, do you turn the other cheek, or fight back?

Depends on the situation.

What kind of volunteer work do you do?

I've worked on a lot of political campaigns and I'm on the board of a foundation.

Are you tidy or untidy?

Untidy. Definitely.

What is the worst smell you ever smelled?

That would be the stench from the Supreme Court when they selected George Bush.

What is the best smell in the world?

There are many good smells .... but mmmmm bacon!


With fiction, do you prefer realism or something more fantasy oriented?

I like science fiction but I also like crime novels.

"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


Good morning moose! (2.00 / 14)
When faced with aggression or vitriol, do you turn the other cheek, or fight back? What kind of volunteer work do you do? Are you tidy or untidy? What is the worst smell you ever smelled? What is the best smell in the world? With fiction, do you prefer realism or something more fantasy oriented?

Fight or flight:  I won't stand around and argue with an idiot but I will intervene if someone is being harmed.

Volunteer:  i used to volunteer at the library, now I raise my kids for free.  I have volunteered for campaigns as well.  Once the kids are in school I plan to help out there.

Tidy or untidy:  very very tidy

Worst smell:  I am a veterinarian so bad smells are my business.  The worst was an iinfected anal gland that had been invaded by maggots.  I have pictures at work somewhere.  We cleaned it up, hospitalized her for few days with meds and good supportive care and she acts like nothing ever happened, but damn, that was bad.   Oh and DMSO which was used liberally in the horse barn at school.  It made me gag.

Best smell:  baking bread and my kids heads

Fiction:  I like realism mostly but have been getting into fantasy more and more so I find this a difficult question.  I like both, the give me different things so I can't pick.


Good morning, campers! (2.00 / 14)
When faced with aggression or vitriol, do you turn the other cheek, or fight back? What kind of volunteer work do you do? Are you tidy or untidy? What is the worst smell you ever smelled? What is the best smell in the world? With fiction, do you prefer realism or something more fantasy oriented?

I've done both.  Not sure what it depends on.

Good question!  None.  Bad answer.

Waxed paper factory.

Something baking.

Realism.  (But a great writer can make you swallow anything.  Salman Rushdie's books are not realism, but I like him anyway.)

I'm lucky.


Oh! Untidy. Also. (2.00 / 12)


I'm lucky.

[ Parent ]
Waxed paper? (2.00 / 12)
Well, paper mills reek pretty badly, so I guess waxed paper would, too.

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

[ Parent ]
When Lulu's mom moved to Eureka, (2.00 / 8)
the paper mill there was still in operation.  It was waaaay far away, but the stench was too close for me.

I say waxed paper, because when I was a kid we drove past the foulest-smelling place I had ever been (and I don't think anything has ever beat it), and somebody told me it was a waxed paper factory.  They may have made other kinds of paper, but I don't know.

I pity anyone who  1) ever had to work in such a place or  2) had to live within 500 miles of one.

I'm lucky.


[ Parent ]
There was a paper mill... (2.00 / 8)
...just up the river from us when I was little. Not close enough to smell every day, but oh, when the wind was just right, the stench was horrid.

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

[ Parent ]
In Eureka, (2.00 / 6)
where I think they have closed the mill down now, I was far enough away that I'm sure I was only inhaling a few parts per million, but the smell was so alien I really felt that those few molecules might be doing me harm.

I'm lucky.

[ Parent ]
That is the one I smelled. (2.00 / 6)
Ugh. Glad it's gone.

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

[ Parent ]
Tidiness and fantasy (2.00 / 14)
When faced with aggression or vitriol, do you turn the other cheek, or fight back?  I mute the TV.

What kind of volunteer work do you do? I used to manage the book donations for the local chapter of NAMI.

Are you tidy or untidy? Tidy.

What is the worst smell you ever smelled? Dead critter in the wall.

What is the best smell in the world? The original Jergens Lotion.

With fiction, do you prefer realism or something more fantasy oriented? Realism and/or fantasy with humor, wit, imagination, plot, and well-drawn characters. Oh, and there has to be character development. Like Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore which is on the list of the ten best books I've ever read.

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


I haven't read it (2.00 / 14)
I'll check it out.  Thanks for the rec.

[ Parent ]
Morning, bomberos! (2.00 / 15)
When faced with aggression or vitriol, do you turn the other cheek, or fight back? Who the fuck wants to know!
What kind of volunteer work do you do? Poltical campaign stuff (canvassing, envelope stuffing, petitioning)
Are you tidy or untidy? Yes
What is the worst smell you ever smelled? Skunk
What is the best smell in the world? Warm Cinnamon Buns
With fiction, do you prefer realism or something more fantasy oriented? Fantasy, generally.


I am for the individual over government, government over big business and the environment over all. -- William O. Douglas

Really? Skunk? (2.00 / 14)
I don't mind skunk smell.  Unless it is super close, but driving through it always makes me happy.  I had a friend who had one invade her house got into the furnace vents and every time her heat would kick on the skunk would get mad a spray.  I will admit, that was a bad smell.

[ Parent ]
Fresh skunk very close is bad (2.00 / 14)
the farther away it is the better it is. Lots of people kind of like it. I'm not really one of them, thought I love the smell of skunk weed.

However, that being the worst someone has ever smelled? Lucky!

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


[ Parent ]
What!!!???? (2.00 / 9)
Political campaign stuff (canvassing, envelope stuffing, petitioning)

Political campaigns involve "canvassing" "envelope stuffing" and "petitioning"???!!!????

I am pretty sure all you need is a keyboard and the Voices of your friends whispering in your ear.

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


[ Parent ]
No. Having your voice heard "on the square" is (2.00 / 8)
also sometimes helpful.

I am for the individual over government, government over big business and the environment over all. -- William O. Douglas

[ Parent ]
Hovering (2.00 / 12)
1843 - Adelina Patti, Italian opera singer (d. 1919)

She's begging Andy Williams not to play The Spinning Song again.  (Your obscure reference of the day.)

1897 - Alma Rubens, American actress (d. 1931)

Look out, Homer, it's a trap!

1911 - Merle Oberon, Anglo-Indian actress (who tried to hide her Asian blood her entire career) (d. 1979)

I'll fix your flat tire, Merle!

1962 - Georgios Papanikolaou, Greek doctor, inventor of the Pap smear (b. 1883)

Ha!  Never knew what the "Pap" stood for.

I'm lucky.


You're a natural at these hover things! (2.00 / 10)
Next time I'm blocked I'm e-mailing you! Credit will be given, of course. :)

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

[ Parent ]
Aw, shucks! No hovers compares 2 Urs! (2.00 / 7)


I'm lucky.

[ Parent ]
in the mid '80s was a classically trained (2.00 / 6)
violinist who hid under the stage name of Pap Smirnoff when she played with us; mostly when we performed as The OnAndOffs, sort of a comical blooze band which included some unsavory amateurs who turned merchandise over rapidly without paperwork or provenance.

[ Parent ]
Hmmm (2.00 / 12)
You know, I never actually smelled a dead critter in a wall. I don't know why I said that. Read about it in a novel, probably.

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

I smelled one in the crawlspace. (2.00 / 12)
Same thing, pretty much.

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

[ Parent ]
bazinga! or like the in the commercial Ba-zinga! (2.00 / 10)
It figures that Obama would force America to celebrate Presidents Day during Black History Month.

- TBogg (@tbogg) February 19, 2013

 Dare I post it on FB? LOLOL.

I'm one who doesn't like confrontation, so I'm likely to walk away, but sometimes there comes a point where I can't shut up and walkaway, so I'll fight back.

I'm ashamed to say I don't do volunteer work nowadays, but I used to go to different schools- both elementary and high school- to talk about deafness with an interpreter. Hard to believe that a social phobe like me was ever was on the lecture circuit. Well, "lecture" may be too strong a word, it was more an informal sit down in a circle and talk about it and answer questions.

Tidy? I'm about in the middle.

Smelling anybody's vomit is, well, vomit-inducing. Skunks don't smell that bad, and I smell them nearly every day. Not on purpose, though. LOL.

Roses, turkey roasting in the oven, rosemary, carnations, jasmine, bacon frying, sorry I can't pick just one.

I can do fantasy once in a while, but realism is my preference


Yeah, why is that? (2.00 / 8)
Smelling anybody's vomit is, well, vomit-inducing.

It's like a gross version of yawning!

I'm lucky.


[ Parent ]
great hovers again F R (2.00 / 10)
thanks for your postings. Today's answers:
When faced with aggression or vitriol, do you turn the other cheek, or fight back? I have to admit that my first reaction is to escalate since my comfort zone is way out past most peoples' it's a way to fend folks off without bothering my feelings. The only reason it hasn't ended badly more often is that I am Nancy Reagan petite and like her use it to make normal sized people appear aggressive when they aren't. It inhibits what they can do when I'm being aggressive. It is a rather persistent character flaw but since I've owned up to it I actually don't do it as often. Still, startle me and that's what is going to happen.

What kind of volunteer work do you do? I have worked in Democratic Party politics since the 80s, right now I am a county chair. Surely a thankless job in Texas but one held by optimists. Besides we're super delegates to the state convention and that is actual fun.

Are you tidy or untidy? Mostly tidy unless I've fallen into the slough of despond.

What is the worst smell you ever smelled? As a daily assault it would have to be organic chemistry labs.

What is the best smell in the world? The desert at night when the night bloomers are in season, they use scent to attract pollinators so it's intense and brief.



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


Todays answers (2.00 / 9)
Turn the other cheek or fight back? If physical threat, turn the other cheek; verbal, try to fight back, although engaging in a battle of wits with someone unarmed is kind of a waste of time.

Volunteer work? Not nearly enough, but I do donate money to the causes I support, but that will change when we move full time to NC. In my community here, over 70% are actively involved in volunteer activities. That was one of the things that really impressed me.

Tidy or untidy? I have become a lot more tidy over the years, but if you just walked into my house, your assessment would be "untidy".

Worst smell? When my Irish setter - golden retriever mix rolled in a dead bird when we made a pit stop on our way home from Moosehead Lake in Maine. It was gaggingly gross. I found a dog groomer who was about to close for the day and literally begged her to help wash the dog and she did a great job. Bitter Apple spray was a big help in eradicating the smell from the car.

Best smell? Mr. Carolina's cologne saved for special occasions ;-)

Realism or fantasy? Realism. I lose all respect when authors use time travel or other gimmicks to advance a plot.  

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


-- Oscar Wilde


I generally turn the other cheek, or... (2.00 / 9)
...walk away quietly. I was glad when I first learned a word ("pacifist") for people like me that wasn't "wimp."

Worst smell is probably a corpse flower I smelled long ago. Once is enough!

I'm afraid I'm not very tidy.

I love fantasy when it's believable, otherwise I guess I prefer realism. But really I like non-fiction best.

Have a happy Tuesday everyone!

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


Well, some non-fiction (2.00 / 8)
is pure fantasy, and some is very real. ;-)

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

[ Parent ]
Heh. (2.00 / 7)
For some reason, the word "Neocon" springs to mind under the category of non-fiction that is pure fantasy.

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

[ Parent ]
One of my favorite things to do (2.00 / 8)
is to go into a bookstore and refile certain books where I think they belong.  I filed Dubya's and Karl Rove's books in True Crime.

I'm lucky.

[ Parent ]
Gee, that is simply awesome! (2.00 / 7)
I have never thought of doing something like that, but now you've planted the idea in my mind... who knows what mischief might ensue.  

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


-- Oscar Wilde


[ Parent ]
Not sure what I'll do (2.00 / 7)
when B&N goes out of business, which I hear they will soon.  I don't get up to mischief in the little indie stores.

I'm lucky.

[ Parent ]
Portland Cello Project - The Doe Bay Sessions (2012) (2.00 / 9)

Music in the PNW woods....We rented an old farm house in Doe Bay every summer for about 20 years so  videos of The Doe Bay Music Festival bring lots of memories.


Love is the lasting legacy of our lives


Lovely! (2.00 / 8)
And BTW, we're having very PNW weather here right now. Spells of hard rain interspersed with light drizzle. So glad to have a roof over my head!

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

[ Parent ]
Of course... (2.00 / 8)
...just when I bit the bullet and made myself leave the apartment to pick up some refills at the pharmacy, the ongoing drizzle turned to downpour again. And now that I'm back home, the rain has let up and the sun is even trying to shine. I'm not complaining, mind you, but why does it always seem to work that way? ;-)

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

[ Parent ]
I seem to get sidetracked quite often these days... (2.00 / 6)
I didn't know about B&N closing...Looks like my next e-reader will be a Kindle or and Ipad...Aggravates me, I've used a Nook for a long time now and have so many e-books. I can use Calibre to reformat, it just irks me to do so.

Anyway...Questions...

When faced with aggression or vitriol, do you turn the other cheek, or fight back? What kind of volunteer work do you do? Are you tidy or untidy? What is the worst smell you ever smelled? What is the best smell in the world? With fiction, do you prefer realism or something more fantasy oriented?

Fight or Flight
I'm pretty well a turn the other cheek person...I try to be civil, however it's a case of someone being hurt or threatened, I'm apt to say or do something to stop it.

Volunteer Work
I do a lot of work as a disability educational advocate. Also, I try to put to use what little abilities I have craft wise into making caps for chemo patients, baby items for babies of low income families or preemies in NICU, and winter weather wear/afghans for various organizations.

Tidy/Untidy
Untidy, not really messy but definitely not tidy.

Worst Smell
Rotten eggs-- my grandmother put some old eggs into her coop nests to encourage her hens to lay--and we're talking months old. My sister thought she was collecting fresh eggs and dropped a basketful of those putrid bombs..Never have forgotten that.

Best Smell
Anything baking...especially bread or something spicy

Fantasy or Realism
Fantasy is preferred, but I can enjoy both.  

"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle"...."We make a Living by what we get...We make a Life by what we give."  


Regarding the Nook (2.00 / 6)
I was a Nook "early adopter" and when they came out with the color version, I asked B&N if they would give people any credit for trading up, their answer was an unequivocal "NO"! I got an iPad and got the Nook app, which allows me to read all my Nook books quite easily.  

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


-- Oscar Wilde


[ Parent ]
I don't know if B&N's demise is imminent, (2.00 / 5)
but I think both book sales and Nook sales have been disappointing, with the other e-book readers being judged better.

I'm lucky.

[ Parent ]
please stop by (2.00 / 3)
the making location - i post it mid-week and check it daily.  

i would love to see pictures of your work.  


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