The Daily F Bomb, Thursday 2/21/13

by: Floja Roja

Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 07:20:43 AM EST



Good morning! Today is Feralia, ancient Roman holiday (no Audrey Hepburn involved). Check out this ritual (which is just part of it):

The ritual consists of the old woman placing three bits of incense, with three of her fingers, beneath a threshold where a mouse is unknowingly buried. She then rolls seven black beans in her mouth, and smears the head of a fish with pitch, impaling it with a bronze needle, and roasting it in a fire.

I wonder about that mouse. How is it unknowingly buried? Does the mouse not know it's buried, or does the old woman not know it's buried?

Interrogatories

What is the oldest thing you own? What nicknames have your friends and family given you? What category in Trivial Pursuit (assuming you ever played) was your best? (Geography, Science and Nature, Sports and Leisure, Entertainment, History, Art and Literature) Which was your worst? Do you have any hobbies, and if so, what are they? Do you get seasick/carsick or any other kind of motion sickness?

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On This Day

In 1245, Thomas, the first known Bishop of Finland, was granted resignation after confessing to torture and forgery. But they can't do the same in the present day for child molesters?

In 1848, former President John Quincy Adams suffered a stroke on the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. (He died two days later.)

In 1848, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published The Communist Manifesto.

In 1874, the Oakland Daily Tribune published its first edition.

In 1878, the first telephone directory was issued, by the District Telephone Co. of New Haven, Conn.

In 1885, the newly completed Washington Monument was dedicated.

In 1925, The New Yorker magazine made its debut.

In 1947, Edwin H. Land publicly demonstrated his Polaroid Land camera, which could produce a black-and-white photograph in 60 seconds.

In 1948, NASCAR was incorporated.

In 1965, former Black Muslim leader Malcolm X was shot and killed by assassins identified as Black Muslims as he was about to address a rally in New York City; he was 39.

In 1972, President Richard M. Nixon began his historic visit to China.

In 1975, Former Attorney General John N. Mitchell and former White House aides H.R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman were sentenced to 2 1/2 to 8 years in prison for their roles in the Watergate cover-up.

Born on This Day

1621 - Rebecca Nurse, English colonist executed during Salem witch trials (d. 1692)

1728 - Tsar Peter III of Russia, husband of Catherine the Great (d. 1762)

1815 - Ernest Meissonier, French painter and sculptor (d. 1891)

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1876 - Pyotr Konchalovsky, Russian painter (d. 1956)

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1885 - Sacha Guitry, Russian dramatist (d. 1957)

1893 - Celia Lovsky, Russian-born actress (d. 1979)

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1893 - Andrés Segovia, Spanish guitarist (d. 1987)

1900 - Madeleine Renaud, French theater actress (d. 1994)

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1903 - Anaïs Nin, French diarist (d. 1977)

1903 - Scrapper Blackwell, American blues guitarist and singer (d. 1962)

1909 - Hans Erni, Swiss painter

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1915 - Ann Sheridan, American actress (d. 1967)

She's ready for NASCAR. Is NASCAR ready for her?

1917 - Lucille Bremer, American actress (d. 1996)

We're going to take a bath in the housing bubble? Or are we taking a bubble bath in the house?

1924 - Robert Mugabe, dictator of Zimbabwe 1987-present

1927 - Erma Bombeck, American humorist (d. 1996)

1927 - Hubert de Givenchy, French fashion designer

Take me out to the ball. are you game?

1933 - Nina Simone, American singer (d. 2003)

1936 - Barbara Jordan, American politician (d. 1996)

1940 - John Lewis, American politician and civil rights activist

1943 - David Geffen, American record producer

1945 - Paul Newton, British musician (Uriah Heep)

1946 - Alan Rickman, English actor

1947 - Olympia Snowe, American politician

1949 - Jerry Harrison, American musician (Talking Heads and The Modern Lovers)

1951 - Vince Welnick, American musician (The Grateful Dead and The Tubes) (d. 2006)

1952 - Jean Jacques Burnel, British musician (The Stranglers)

1955 - Kelsey Grammer, American actor

1958 - Jake Burns, Irish singer (Stiff Little Fingers)

1958 - Mary Chapin Carpenter, American singer

1960 - Steve Wynn, American singer/songwriter (Dream Syndicate)

1962 - Chuck Palahniuk, American writer

1964 - Mark Kelly, American astronaut

1973 - Justin Sane, American musician (Anti-Flag)

1975 - Wish Bone, American rapper (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony)

1982 - Chantal Claret, American singer (Morningwood)

1987 - Ellen Page, Canadian actress

1996 - Sophie Turner, English actress (Game of Thrones)

Died on This Day

1513 - Pope Julius II (b. 1443)

1624 - Dirck van Baburen, Dutch painter (b. 1595)

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1668 - John Thurloe, English Puritan spy (b. 1616)

1677 - Baruch Spinoza, Dutch philosopher (b. 1632)

1730 - Pope Benedict XIII (b. 1649)

1824 - Eugène de Beauharnais, son of Napoleon's wife, Josephine (b. 1781)

1894 - Gustave Caillebotte, French painter (b. 1848)

Lunch. 1876 Gustave Caillebotte (1848–1894), Private collection.

1920 - Vladimir Makovsky, Russian painter (b. 1846)

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1972 - Bronislava Nijinska, Polish-Russian ballet dancer (b. 1891)

1982 - Murray the K, American impresario and disc jockey (b. 1922)

1982 - Gershom Scholem, German-born Israeli Jewish philosopher and historian (b. 1897)

1985 - Louis Hayward, British actor (b. 1909)

1985 - Ina Claire, American actress (b. 1893)

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1991 - Dame Margot Fonteyn, English ballet dancer (b. 1919)

1999 - Gertrude B. Elion, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1918)

2008 - Sunny Lowry, first British woman to swim the English Channel (b. 1911)

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Answers for Feb 21 (2.00 / 17)
What is the oldest thing you own?

We have an ice-chest that we inherited from my mother in law, I think it's from about 1920.

What nicknames have your friends and family given you?

Mostly around my last name: Flominator is one.

What category in Trivial Pursuit (assuming you ever played) was your best? (Geography, Science and Nature, Sports and Leisure, Entertainment, History, Art and Literature) Which was your worst?

I did OK on everything except Entertainment and Sports.

Do you have any hobbies, and if so, what are they?

I read a lot. I play bridge. I eat.

Do you get seasick/carsick or any other kind of motion sickness?

No.  

"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


Morning from North Carolina (2.00 / 16)
Frosty this morning.

What is the oldest thing you own? A catcher's mitt that belonged to my Grandfather who played ball in the 1920s

What nicknames have your friends and family given you? Shell, Shelly, Sis, Sissy

What category in Trivial Pursuit (assuming you ever played) was your best? (Geography, Science and Nature, Sports and Leisure, Entertainment, History, Art and Literature) Art and Literature

Which was your worst? Geography but then we are talking about someone who lost the state of Wyoming once ;-)

Do you have any hobbies, and if so, what are they? Knit, crochet, stitchery, art, writing, poetry, slave to my kitties, cooking, uh I try to keep busy

Do you get seasick/carsick or any other kind of motion sickness? When I was a child I got carsick all the time. Fortunately I out grew it.

"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


how did you lose wyoming? (2.00 / 8)
it's big and mostly square.  

the utterly fascinating thing to me, living out west, is that the highway patrol closes wyoming.  or, rather, they close the interstate, i-80.  it seems to grant the highway patrol a great power.  of course, no one can drive during this due to the weather.  


[ Parent ]
Good morning, meese. Here are a few answers: (2.00 / 15)
What is the oldest thing you own? I have a tea set that belonged to my great-grandmothers. They lived with my mom's family back in the 1930s. One was Canadian; the other was English. They both lived into their 80s, and they had afternoon tea every day. I think that the tea set dates back to about the 1870s.

What nicknames have your friends and family given you? I suspect they call me some unprintable things behind my back.

What category in Trivial Pursuit (assuming you ever played) was your best? (Geography, Science and Nature, Sports and Leisure, Entertainment, History, Art and Literature) I am pretty good at all of them. I beat my entire Fort Johns field crew at Trivial Pursuit.

Do you have any hobbies, and if so, what are they? I like to knit, but I am not very good at it.

Do you get seasick/carsick or any other kind of motion sickness? YES. I was violently sick for 8 hours on a Channel ferry from western France to western Britain in Force 8 gales when I was a student in the UK. (We were on a field trip to visit megalithic sites in France.) It is the only time in my life that I actually wanted to die. You could not get me to go on a cruise for all of the Koch brothers' money.  


I suspected you were very good at Trivial Pursuit. n/t (2.00 / 10)


[ Parent ]
you don't need to be good at it (2.00 / 9)
you just need to knit.  do you purl too?  

[ Parent ]
Hello there moose! (2.00 / 14)

What is the oldest thing you own? What nicknames have your friends and family given you? What category in Trivial Pursuit (assuming you ever played) was your best? (Geography, Science and Nature, Sports and Leisure, Entertainment, History, Art and Literature) Which was your worst? Do you have any hobbies, and if so, what are they? Do you get seasick/carsick or any other kind of motion sickness?

Old thing:  I have the piano on which my mother learned to play.  I learned on it too and my kids are next.  It is at least 65 years old.

Nicknames:  from ny maiden name I was known as "The Big Rig". Which is funny cause I am small.  Now I am just mom but my parents and brother still call me Jenny.

Trivial pursuit: science and nature

Which was your worst:  geography a I am an American for Christ sakes.  But I am working on getting better.  I love maps and my kids check the globe whenever we read anything with a defined place.

Hobbies:  knit, crochet, read, beer and wine making with my husband and I love love love to work on the house.

Motion sickness:  only if I try to read.  


Good morning, F-bombers! (2.00 / 14)
You've got questions?  Well, I've got answers:
What is the oldest thing you own? I have an owl figurine from Russia which is 300 years old.
What nicknames have your friends and family given you?  I was once known as Dangerous Dave (and, no, I won't tell the story about how THAT came about).
What category in Trivial Pursuit (assuming you ever played) was your best? (Geography, Science and Nature, Sports and Leisure, Entertainment, History, Art and Literature) Which was your worst? Best: Geography.  Worst: Science and Nature
Do you have any hobbies, and if so, what are they? Politics, bridge, parenting (who am I kidding?  That is not a hobby -- it's a full-time occupation!)
Do you get seasick/carsick or any other kind of motion sickness?  Nope.  The only thing that makes me sick is the sight of Republicans advancing their agenda.

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

Why (2.00 / 13)
were you known as Dangerous Dave? Tell me! Tell me now!!

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

[ Parent ]
Dangerous Dave? (2.00 / 10)
Hmmm....

Can you give a hint as to your age at the time?

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


[ Parent ]
That was long ago, in a place far, far away. (2.00 / 10)


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

[ Parent ]
owl figurine? (2.00 / 9)
how prescient.  

[ Parent ]
Yup. I'm always stuck with (2.00 / 9)
an old annoying owl.
:~}

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

[ Parent ]
Another bridge player! 2 No Trump! n/t (2.00 / 2)


"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 ]
Wow, a braindead Thursday morning to all! (2.00 / 15)
Me mind is very foggy today, but...

What is the oldest thing you own? What nicknames have your friends and family given you? What category in Trivial Pursuit (assuming you ever played) was your best? (Geography, Science and Nature, Sports and Leisure, Entertainment, History, Art and Literature) Which was your worst? Do you have any hobbies, and if so, what are they? Do you get seasick/carsick or any other kind of motion sickness?

I've got a coffee pot my mom said was from the Civil War.

I was Georgie when I was little.

Probably Science and Nature.  The only one I'm really bad at is Sports and Leisure.

Is collecting books and music a hobby?  Or do I have to actively do something, like whittle?

No motion sickness.  

I'm lucky.


Collecting IS doing! (2.00 / 10)
Probably one of the most popular hobbies anywhere. You can collect almost anything, really. Not that you'd want to, mind you. ;-)

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

[ Parent ]
Well, thank you, FR! :-) (2.00 / 7)
I've always prided myself that I'm not interested in anything that's practical.  ;-)

I'm lucky.

[ Parent ]
Trivia, Pursued (2.00 / 15)
What is the oldest thing you own? What nicknames have your friends and family given you? What category in Trivial Pursuit (assuming you ever played) was your best? (Geography, Science and Nature, Sports and Leisure, Entertainment, History, Art and Literature) Which was your worst? Do you have any hobbies, and if so, what are they? Do you get seasick/carsick or any other kind of motion sickness?

I have my great-great-grandfather's leatherbound sermon notes dated 1850.

My dad sometimes called me Jillery.

I doubt I'd be good at Trivial Pursuit. My memory for facts is limited.

Hobbies are genealogy, wasting time on the Net. A little bit of knitting and photography occasionally. Did I mention that my camera has lost contact with its battery? See what I did there?

No motion sickness. I once sat in a swing off the sail of a sailboat. A day at a microfilm reader can nauseate me a little though.


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


the location of the (2.00 / 10)
microfilm reader can be stuffy though.  doesn't help.  

[ Parent ]
Haha! (2.00 / 12)
1917 - Lucille Bremer, American actress (d. 1996)

Har!  Great hover!

International Mother Language Day

"If you fall and break a leg, don't come running to me!"

I'm lucky.


Mother had a weird (2.00 / 6)
sense of humor. And a good sense of poetic rhythm.

Stop that or I'll tear your arm out by the roots and beat you to death with the bloody end of it.


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

[ Parent ]
Good morning, bombers and bombettes. (2.00 / 13)
Wow, busy day in history! Manifestos, resignations, trips to China.

This is too close to the truth!!

   Gov. Rick Scott: "Florida will expand Medicaid under Obamacare, but don't worry, I plan to embezzle it before it helps the moochers."
   - Top Conservative Cat (@TeaPartyCat) February 20, 2013

Here's another Tweet:


... and a link to Friends of Hummus

Later, all y'alls!! And don't sit on any anthills ...


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


answers (2.00 / 12)
What is the oldest thing you own? This picture of my dad from around 1936.

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What nicknames have your friends and family given you? Skippy is the only one I can think of, from mojo friday. Who knows what is said behind my back though. ;)

What category in Trivial Pursuit (assuming you ever played) was your best? (Geography, Science and Nature, Sports and Leisure, Entertainment, History, Art and Literature)  Science and Nature

Which was your worst? History

Do you have any hobbies, and if so, what are they? Cooking, knitting, gardening, all things diy and crafty.

Do you get seasick/carsick or any other kind of motion sickness? Car sick, mostly in the back seat.

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.


There's kirky... (2.00 / 11)
and I believe a certain group that shall be unnamed refer to you as "that bitch." ;-)

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

[ Parent ]
Well, you did say friends not fiends, so I left kirky, (2.00 / 12)
although I really do like it! I am sure a certain unnamed group refers to me as a lot worse than that, including....

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!PARTISAN  DEMOCRAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lol!



Shake it like a Polaroid picture.


[ Parent ]
Dang, I coulda used that in the Meissonier hover (2.00 / 12)
instead of Obamabot!

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

[ Parent ]
I am sure that you will have plenty more (2.00 / 9)
opportunities!

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

[ Parent ]
::: nods ::: (2.00 / 12)
I knew that aBOuT you.  

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


[ Parent ]
I am bad to the bone. (2.00 / 10)
Not Redeemable.  

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

[ Parent ]
Don't they call her "the k-word"? (2.00 / 12)


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

[ Parent ]
If they don't, (2.00 / 11)
they should.

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

[ Parent ]
jon stewart (2.00 / 11)
used c-word last night.  something on mccain, "love of country" spiel.  it went by too fast for me.  

i hope m. writes a fp post about how awful jon stewart is.  


[ Parent ]
Ha! I started and deleted four replies. (2.00 / 10)
Wordz iz funny thingz, aren't they?  

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


[ Parent ]
The visual have "Country First" up, (2.00 / 9)
with the 'o' and the 'r' crossed out.  It was purely visual.

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

[ Parent ]
The Kirwood Derby? (2.00 / 6)


I'm lucky.

[ Parent ]
this house 327 yrs old+cold, (2.00 / 12)
trivia be told.
I'm not good at those categories games because I only know what I still remember of what I used to care about; which dropped off the cultural cliff @ mid '70s when most Art & Music K-Marted or Discoed to deserved death, save movies. Was teenaged nicknamed tsar, because part ukrainean. However, what I wanna know is about these giant jaja weekend breakfasts details and no eek mice underground spice show me the recipe I don't think so Italy my boot!

house is old (2.00 / 9)
sorry it's cold.
tsar zo!  you are!  ;-)  

[ Parent ]
oh answers yawn (2.00 / 12)

i have a cabinet from my great-great grandparents.  it was used for player piano music rolls.  my grandfather remembered it being in his grandparents' home when he was young.  it is mahogany.  
my initials.  jlms or jms.  and mom.  ?is mom a nickname?
all of them except art & literature.  kinda like today.
i have some hobbies.  i think i quilt & sew, knit, and cook.  and read a lot.  
i was never motion sick before i had kids.  some motion sickness usually associated w/ headaches now.  


Best questions so far! Love 'em! (2.00 / 12)
Oldest thing I own? Good question! Oldest in terms of actual age? Anything from my geological collection, probably the very oldest being something from the Canadian Shield. Plenty of fossils, hand specimens from geologic points of interest, mines, rock shops, trading with my geo-nerd friends. Oldest human-generated item? Probably an old Swedish bible from my father's grandfather.

Nicknames? One of my work friends called me Xena. I liked that a lot.

Trivial pursuit? Loved it, beat my ex-inlaws asses every time. Weaknesses were Sports and Leisure and Entertainment, but if I played now, I would be much better at both.

Hobbies? Any kind of writing, gardening, crossword and jigsaw puzzles, nature walks, beachcombing.

Motion sickness? Thankfully, no. We go on long car trips where Mr. Carolina drives the whole way and I amuse myself doing things like writing and addressing all my Christmas cards, reading, crosswords. I was fine on our boat also, when we used to live on board for days at a time at the marina. I did have a lingering "land sickness" sort of sensation when I was back on land and no longer compensating for the motion of the boat.  

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


-- Oscar Wilde


fossils is a good point (2.00 / 9)
you are clever to think of that.  

[ Parent ]
Oldest thing... (2.00 / 11)
...is a slightly battered 18th-century candlestick. It's beautiful to me :-)

I've been called "Scooter," Scooter Pie," "Professor," and (by one boyfriend) "Hot Scott." I didn't especially care for any of them.

Best categories: History, and Art and Literature.

Hobbies: Reading, listening to music, teasing people on the internet.

I don't get carsick OR seasick. Once smoked a cigar on a yacht in choppy water to prove it. ;-p

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


Is that Grace Kelly (2.00 / 11)
in the Givenchy pic? What a gracefully long neck.
***
Does my baby book and the news book from 1966 count? I have a Tshirt that's 18 years old that's become so threadbare you can poke a finger in it and it'll make a hole.

In high school, the called me 76C for the year I graduated and my...ahem...bosom. They used to be more, shall we say, prominent, but I grew into them.

I have a family nickname that I use as my FB name, and it has to do with my mispronunciation of Tugboat, my original nickname, and that stuck. And my real name came from a tugboat from my mom's favorite TV show called Waterfront. I only found out about this at my mom's funeral last year. I wasn't aware that both my nickname and real name were connected, and I think it's kinda cool. Oh, they sometimes called me King Tut when I was little for my tantrums. LOL.

Man, I haven't played Trivial Pursuit for years. I think I sucked most at Sports, and was best at Entertainment, though music and TV quotes often stumped me. Do y'all know that closed captioning didn't come into being until the early 1980's? That means I grew up watching TV without CC.

I like to sew and do all sorts of crafts, in other words, I like to make things. I also love doing jigsaw puzzles. It's good for zoning out, and settling your nerves.

No to motion sickness.


Not Grace Kelly. (2.00 / 11)
Just one of the models from back then, maybe Dovima? Not Suzy Parker or her sister, not Lisa Fonssagrives. Jeebus, the fact that I know who some of these people are now is cracking me up! More useless knowledge! ;-)  I blame having to do this diary, it fills my head with all kinds of stuff.

I wonder if I'd be any better at Trivial Pursuit now? I was pretty good, except Science and Nature and the Sports part of Sports and Leisure (it turns out Leisure includes cocktail recipes).

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


[ Parent ]
Sure looks like Dovima to me. (2.00 / 6)
Based on a quick Google image search, anyway. I'm not quite as well-versed in '50s fashion models as you are, though. :-)

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

[ Parent ]
I really only know her from (2.00 / 6)
her appearance in "Funny Face." Who does not love that movie?

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

[ Parent ]
Oh, I love it a LOT! (2.00 / 6)
"Think Pink!" became a catchphrase for my group of friends whenever faced with life's little unpleasantnesses. :-)



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


[ Parent ]
Dang it, how do you get the hovers to come up on a tablet? (2.00 / 10)
I forget most of the questions

Oldest thing - 16mm home movies
Best Trivial Pursuit:  science & nature or literature
Worst- entertainment & geography


Sadly, no way (2.00 / 8)
to see hovers on a tablet at the present time.

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

[ Parent ]
I was afraid of that. Oh well. (2.00 / 5)
Gets me to come back & check it when I'm at a real PC. ;-)

[ Parent ]
Jackson Browne - "Something Fine" (2.00 / 7)

Good morning!

Love is the lasting legacy of our lives


Morning, all y'all. (2.00 / 8)
All y'all refers to the entire group of y'all.

And forgive me for always being late to the party.

It is raining like crazy here; temp in the 50s. Storms for later. I hope they don't get nasty like the last round.

Oh well...

Answers:

Oldest thing? A half-dime with a hole in it. The date is 1850. That was a leap year, and that is important. This was acquired in a small bag of old coins I received from a relative in New Orleans. I am told the coin is gambler's mojo, worn for luck. I wear it on my charm necklace, along with other weird things.
Nickname? Nope, never was popular enough with friends for a nick; my family didn't give them out because they were basically humorless...
Category in Trivial Pursuit? Pretty good at all categories. I used to make maps, so geography was a strong suit.
Hobbies? Fiber, metal, ceramics, some wood. I also collect salt cellars.
Seasick/carsick? Seasick? Nope. But I cannot read in a moving car. Makes me nauseous in about thirty seconds.  


My mom LOVED salt cellars. (2.00 / 7)
She had tiny crystal ones, with itty-bitty spoons. We only saw them at Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. :-)

p.s. I always think I'M late to the party (or parties) around here. You have to get up real early in the morning to fool a Moose, I guess. ;-)

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


[ Parent ]
My current passion is colored glass. (2.00 / 7)
I first started collecting when I could get a single salt cellar for five dollars or so. Now I'm happy if I can get a good one (meaning one I don't already have) for less than twenty.

Spoons are extra, but I have a few of those too. Lucky for your mom that she had the opportunity to actually use her cellars. Heck, I never entertain to that degree, and I don't really have a dining room!

Maybe one day... :-)

(As for late, you have the wonderful excuse of being on the west coast - I'm just a very slow starter in the central time zone...)


[ Parent ]
Sounds like... (2.00 / 8)
...you need a pep talk from JanF about how Central Time rulez the universe. ;-)

Colored glass sounds wonderful. Mom also loved cranberry glass and had some beautiful old cordial glasses, which never got used because my family didn't drink. But they were pretty to look at!

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


[ Parent ]
I wondered why my ears were burning ... (2.00 / 8)
YOU AGAIN!!!

Central Time is preferable for most things. We can easily communicate with both coasts without having to get up too early or stay up too late. Many call centers are located in Iowa and whichever Dakota has the lowest tax rates and most lax labor rules for that very reason.


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


[ Parent ]
LOL (2.00 / 8)
When I get hold of a tease meme, I'm like a terrier with a chew toy. ;-p

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

[ Parent ]
It is very "endearing" ... (2.00 / 8)
;-p

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


[ Parent ]
Har!™ (2.00 / 8)
I'm so glad you "appreciate" my little attempts at humor.

;-p

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


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Love that Meissonier painting of the first bloggers (2.00 / 5)
The oldest thing I own is a rock that one of my sisters threw at me.

Depending on your faith that thing is between 5,000 and 3,500,000,000 years old.  


AP "Style Book" change for referring to people who are in same-sex marriages (2.00 / 4)
AP To Use 'Husband, Wife' Regardless Of Sexual Orientation
The Associated Press on Thursday updated its stylebook so that married individuals will be referred to as husband and wife, regardless of whether they are in a same-sex marriage. The change comes a week after the AP received criticism for an internal memo designating the word "partners" for individuals in same-sex marriages.

So the married couple George and Fred will be referred to as "husband and wife, George and Fred Smith"? Do those being referred to or interviewed get to choose whether they are the husband or the wife? Or are they randomly assigned by the reporter throughout the story? For example, if they are referring to Fred, is he George's "wife" or George's "husband"?

Really, guys, what is wrong with "spouses" and "spouse" if you are so upset about "partners"? Both "husband" and "wife" are gender specific and using them that way is wrong.

Oh wait!! It's the AP ... "wrong" is not important to them.    

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


LOL (2.00 / 4)
Reminds me of my mother 30 years ago, asking me which one of a gay couple of my friends (and one of whom worked with Mom) was the "husband" and which the "wife."

Mom progressed beyond that before too long. Too bad the AP is so behind the times.

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


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It is not only stilted and confusing, it is inaccurate. (2.00 / 4)
Husband: "1. a married man, especially when considered in relation to his partner in marriage"
Wife: "1. a married woman, especially when considered in relation to her partner in marriage"

You can't just go changing people's genders around to suit the style boys at the AP.

(p.s. Not all dictionaries are this neutral ... some insist on having the husband married to a woman. But that is a rant for another day.)

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


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BTW, or... (2.00 / 4)
...While We're On The Subject, I just saw this quoted on Sully's blog:

While serving as governor of Utah, I pushed for civil unions and expanded reciprocal benefits for gay citizens. I did so not because of political pressure-indeed, at the time 70 percent of Utahns were opposed-but because as governor my role was to work for everybody, even those who didn't have access to a powerful lobby. Civil unions, I believed, were a practical step that would bring all citizens more fully into the fabric of a state they already were-and always had been-a part of.

That was four years ago. Today we have an opportunity to do more: conservatives should start to lead again and push their states to join the nine others that allow all their citizens to marry. I've been married for 29 years. My marriage has been the greatest joy of my life. There is nothing conservative about denying other Americans the ability to forge that same relationship with the person they love.

~ Jon Huntsman

Thus proving that the world, including some conservatives, is leaving the AP in the dust.

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


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I saw that on my newsfeed this morning. (2.00 / 4)
It is pointless to stand in the way of progress on human rights. Although my guess is that there were many many people who were unwilling to accept interracial marriage just because the ruling in Loving v Virginia nullified the miscegenation laws. My guess is that you will find those laws still on the books in some states ... just like Mississippi did not get around to ratifying the 13th amendment banning slavery until 1995, it is probably something they were hoping was just a momentary lapse in judgment.

SCOTUS will rule on marriage equality this year and it will most likely show that Jon Huntsman is on the right side of history.

 

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


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From your mouth... (2.00 / 4)
...to John Roberts' ears!!

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

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How about from this guy's mouth to John Roberts' ear? (2.00 / 5)
Obama weighs stepping in on gay marriage case
... the Obama administration is considering urging the Supreme Court to overturn California's ban on gay marriage - a move that could have a far-reaching impact on same-sex couples across the country.

The administration has one week to file a friend-of-the-court brief with the justices outlining its opinion on the California ban, known as Proposition 8. While an administration brief alone is unlikely to sway the high court, the government's opinion does carry weight with the justices.

Seeking to capitalize on growing public support for gay marriage, advocates are calling on the administration to file a broad brief not only asking the court to declare California's ban unconstitutional but also urging the justices to make all state bans illegal.

"If they do make that argument and the court accepts it, the ramifications could be very sweeping," said Richard Socarides, an attorney and advocate.

The administration could also file a narrower brief that would ask the court to issue a decision applying only to California. Or it could decide not to weigh in on the case at all.



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


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From premier gay blogger... (2.00 / 4)
...Joe. My. God. :

For the last week the LGBT blogosphere has been battling the Associated Press over a direction to  their reporters that they should not automatically refer to people in legal same-sex marriages as "husband" or "wife."  I left the story alone because I figured the AP would immediately correct such as obviously wrong position. Today they finally did.

So, as I understand it, a gay man's spouse can be called "husband," and a lesbian's spouse, "wife." And I find that satisfactory.

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


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Ah! So the correction was to allow them more leeway in identifying people properly? (2.00 / 4)
Then the guy who writes their news releases needs to learn how to write clearly because that is not what I got out of it.

I am not too thrilled about the husband/wife designation because those words are imbued with history involving ownership and servitude but that is not as bad as requiring the couple to be called "husband and wife".

And I still prefer spouse: "A marriage partner"

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


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Well, I hear ya. (2.00 / 4)
And I've always been somewhat conservative about use of language. But I've gotten so used to hearing "husband" and "wife" from my les/gay friends in relationships that I'm comfortable with that. Spouse would certainly work for me as well. If I had one. ;-)

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

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Or if you were reading about one! :) (2.00 / 4)
I have always been prickly about the use of language and as a humorless feminist, I bristle at the words chosen for women and family relationships and the history of those words.

I have a love/hate relationship with words. Sometimes I wish I only knew a few because it would be much easier to select one if the options were limited. But I love having available that one word which describes something in perfect way.

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


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Please forgive me. (2.00 / 5)
It's only just dawned on me that I was missing your point about the words in question. This is why I tend to avoid serious discussions, my mind gets so addled nowadays. Under more normal circumstances I like to think that I'm a bit quicker on the uptake!

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

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My fault!! (2.00 / 5)
I was feeling all serious today. I was hoping to find time to write something Important and alas I was too busy so it leaked out in my bantering.

Here!! Maybe this will help:



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


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It's not your fault, but nice of you to say so. (2.00 / 4)
And a sleeping puppy is ALWAYS welcome! :-)

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

[ Parent ]
Do you follow (2.00 / 3)
Fake AP Stylebook on Twitter?

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

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No. Is it new or have they been doing this crap for a while? (2.00 / 3)


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


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I meant AP doing this ... not the twitter account. (2.00 / 3)


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


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I am now ... (2.00 / 2)

Fake AP Stylebook@FakeAPStylebook        
CORREX: "Husband" or "wife" is correct in all references to married same-sex individuals. Hetero couples are now "Brood Unit 1 and 2."


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


[ Parent ]
In Honor of Brother Malcolm (2.00 / 4)


"I honor the place in you where Spirit lives
I honor the place in you which is
of Love, of Truth, of Light, of Peace,
when you are in that place in you,
and I am in that place in me,
then we are One."  Namaste Friends!


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