The Daily F Bomb, Saturday 2/23/13

by: Floja Roja

Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 08:37:37 AM EST



Happy Saturday, kiddies! Remember to take some time out of your busy day to remember dog biscuits.

Interrogatories

Do you play a musical instrument? What instrument do you wish you played, and who do you wish you played like? Who do you wish you could sing like? What's the best Saturday morning cartoon of all time? Should there be nuts in banana bread? Who is your favorite lyricist?

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On This Day

In 532, Byzantine Emperor Justinian I ordered the building of a new Orthodox Christian basilica in Constantinople - the Hagia Sophia, which still stands today.

In 1836, the siege of the Alamo began in San Antonio, Texas.

In 1861, President-elect Abraham Lincoln arrived secretly in Washington to take office after an assassination plot was foiled in Baltimore.

In 1903, Cuba leased Guantánamo Bay to the United States "in perpetuity".

In 1927, President Calvin Coolidge signed a bill creating the Federal Radio Commission (later replaced by the Federal Communications Commission) which was to regulate the use of radio frequencies in the United States.

In 1941, plutonium was first produced and isolated by Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg.

In 1954, the first mass inoculation of children against polio with the Salk vaccine began, in Pittsburgh. There were anti-vaxxers then, too.

In 2011, the Obama administration said it would no longer defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law banning recognition of same-sex marriage.

Born on This Day

1417 - Pope Paul II (d. 1471)

1633 - Samuel Pepys, English naval administrator and man of letters, posthumously famous as a diarist (d. 1703)

1817 - George Frederick Watts, British painter (d. 1904)

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1831 - Hendrik Willem Mesdag, Dutch marine painter, (d. 1915)

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1850 - César Ritz, Swiss hotelier (d. 1918)

1868 - W. E. B. Du Bois, American civil rights leader (d. 1963)

1878 - Kazimir Malevich, Ukrainian painter and art theorist (d. 1935)

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1884 - Hermann Courtens, Belgian painter (d. 1956)

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1884 - Frank Cellier, English actor (d. 1948)

1886 - Antonio Alice, Argentine portrait painter (d. 1943)

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1889 - Victor Fleming, American director (d. 1949)

1889 - Musidora, French actress and director (d. 1957)

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1901 - Edgar Ende, German painter (d. 1965)

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1932 - Majel Barrett, American actress (d. 2008)

1938 - Diane Varsi, American actress (d. 1992)

1940 - Peter Fonda, American actor

1944 - Johnny Winter, American musician

1946 - Rusty Young, American country-rock guitarist (Poco)

1952 - Brad Whitford, American musician (Aerosmith)

1958 - David Sylvian, English musician (Japan and Nine Horses)

1967 - Chris Vrenna, American musician, producer and sound engineer (Nine Inch Nails and Tweaker)

1973 - Lars-Olof Johansson, Swedish musician (The Cardigans)

1976 - Kelly Macdonald, British actress

1983 - Emily Blunt, British actress

Died on This Day

1447 - Pope Eugene IV (b. 1383)

1507 - Gentile Bellini, Italian painter (b. 1429)

The funny hat conceals his antennae very well.

1792 - Joshua Reynolds, English painter (b. 1723)

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1930 - Horst Wessel, Nazi ideologue and composer (b. 1907)

1930 - Mabel Normand, silent film star (b. 1892)

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1944 - Leo Hendrik Baekeland, Flemish-American chemist and inventor of the first synthetic plastic, Bakelite (b. 1863)

1965 - Stan Laurel, British actor and comedian (b. 1890)

1974 - Florence Rice, American actress (b. 1907)

1995 - Melvin Franklin, American singer (The Temptations) (b. 1942)

1995 - James Herriot, English writer (b. 1916)

1997 - Tony Williams, American jazz drummer (b. 1945)

Today is

National Banana Bread Day
Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
Play Tennis Day

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"Play Tennis Day" (2.00 / 16)
Isn't that every day for lulu57?

No ... NO ... a thousand times NO and NOBazillion: nuts do NOT belong in any kind of bread. But since I hate banana bread (have you ever smelled it??!!??) feel free to load it up with nuts because I won't eat it anyway.

Back after a banana-bread-free breakfast to read ...

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


What, no "FRIST!!!" ?? (2.00 / 7)


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

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No! I decided to claim that it was because he was mentioned in yesterday's diary. (2.00 / 7)
He is not in the diary today because he was one day old ... hardly worth noting even for someone as famous as he thought himself to be.

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


[ Parent ]
nice outbrust! such a charmer, srsly sp (2.00 / 7)
My certified sister was at school with eric bazilian. Phila, you know. Hotter. Not her. The band named +s. He used to play in the park on those free all day Sat concerts. Broke a string (guitar) once, midsong. Unfazed. Good musician. Smot boy. I likeded him.
I don't bananas either. Date nut bread i think could be an xception, can u find it.

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oh, drat. Hooters (band, not girly club) cx shux. fui. (2.00 / 6)


[ Parent ]
Lulu and I had a Watch Golf Day today. (2.00 / 3)
The weather's been chilly and wet all day.  Indoor activities ruled.

I'm lucky.

[ Parent ]
National Dog Biscuit Day? (2.00 / 13)

Answers:
Do you play a musical instrument? Guitar
What instrument do you wish you played, and who do you wish you played like? Piano, like Rick Wakeman
Who do you wish you could sing like? What's the best Saturday morning cartoon of all time? The Adventures of Rocket J. Squirrel and Bullwinkle the Moose, of course!
Should there be nuts in banana bread? Sure.  Why not?
Who is your favorite lyricist?  Tough one.  I'll go with Lennon, but Dylan, Patti Smith, Pete Sinfield and Carole King are all up there.


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


Oops! Missed answering the (2.00 / 7)
Who do you wish you could sing like? John Lennon.

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

[ Parent ]
Morning everyone (2.00 / 13)
I love the "be nicer to democrats" tweet.  That tickles me.

Do you play a musical instrument? What instrument do you wish you played, and who do you wish you played like? Who do you wish you could sing like? What's the best Saturday morning cartoon of all time? Should there be nuts in banana bread? Who is your favorite lyricist?

Instrument:  piano

Wish I played:  banjo
Like:  whoever is playing on my "three pickers" album

I wish I could sing like:  cat stevens

Best cartoon:  Tom and Jerry

Nuts?  Hell yes, though I am a recent convert

Lyricist:  I can't answer this question.  To many to name.


Mmmmm.....Banana Bread (2.00 / 12)
Do you play a musical instrument? I used to play flute, but I haven't picked it up in years.

What instrument do you wish you played, and who do you wish you played like? I wish I played piano, and I wish I played like my grandmother did. She played jazz, ragtime, blues, hymns, blue grass, mountain music, serious stuff and fun stuff. She was an amazing woman--one of those who could hear something just once and then play it.

Who do you wish you could sing like? Wow-so many! If I had to choose, I'm going to say Gladys Knight.

What's the best Saturday morning cartoon of all time? Bugs Bunny, of course! Aaaaaa....what's up, Doc?

Should there be nuts in banana bread? Mini-chocolate chips.

Who is your favorite lyricist? Adam Duritz--Counting Crows.  

Peace, Hope, Faith, Love


Hullo, Bomb-lobbers! (2.00 / 11)
I used to play violin, piano and recorder (the flute, not the machine). And there's a ukulele sitting in my living room just waiting for me to continue lessons. Also, I sang, classical music and showtunes. I'd be happy these days if I could sing like Hugh Jackman, or almost anyone, but I've let myself get way out of practice.

Best cartoon has to be Mighty Mouse, though I loved Rocky and Bullwinkle's 'Fractured Fairy Tales.'

Banana bread (and brownies) are fine with nuts or without. I have no real preference.

Favorite lyricist is a three-way split, between Cole Porter, Lorenz Hart and Stephen Sondheim, the latter gentleman being responsible for this hilarious and witty snippet:

What's that muddle
In the middle?
That's the puddle where the poodle did the piddle.

Not one of his more intellectual efforts, but I've always loved it. :-)

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


Now I feel guilty... (2.00 / 8)
...for not mentioning the many other fine lyricists of The Great American Songbook. Even Oscar Hammerstein II, never the wittiest of writers, could pen some truly lovely verses like this:

Out of my dreams and into your arms
I long to fly
I will come, as evening comes
To woo a waiting sky.

My tolerance for romance is fairly high, but it does have limitations. So I'm always up for the more biting and sarcastic lyrics of the first three I mentioned. :-)

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


[ Parent ]
Fractured Fairy Tales!!! (2.00 / 8)
Do yourself a favor and take the 5 minutes to watch this:

"I am a 'has been' before I was even a 'was'."

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


[ Parent ]
LOL, that delighted me. (2.00 / 8)
J. B. Hogfat indeed.

And may I say that Edward Everett Horton is the Best Narrator of All Time? No one else to this day can equal him. :-)

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


[ Parent ]
Good morning. These are tough questions. (2.00 / 11)
Do you play a musical instrument? No, but my kids all play various instruments. they were all in orchestra from 4th through 12th grade. Ron actually played at Carnegie Hall.

What instrument do you wish you played, and who do you wish you played like? I would love to play the piano.

Who do you wish you could sing like? I just wish that I could carry a tune.

What's the best Saturday morning cartoon of all time? Agree with ITSCS--Rocky and Bullwinkle

Should there be nuts in banana bread? Yes, nuts improve most foods.

Who is your favorite lyricist? I don't have a good answer for this one.


There are two sorts of foods (2.00 / 9)
1. Foods that can be improved by adding whipped cream
2. Foods that can be improved by adding garlic

(This isn't COMPLETELY true. Sushi should have neither, for instance. But it's close to true.  

"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 ]
Back from breakfast ... then off to the salt mines ... (2.00 / 9)
This makes me grind my teeth:
   Republicans say it's raining; Democrats say it's sunny. Rather than go outside and see for themselves, the media reports the controversy.
   - Top Conservative Cat (@TeaPartyCat) February 23, 2013

Shortest "honeymoon" ever for a president. They couldn't even wait for him to be inaugurated before they came after him:

In 1861, President-elect Abraham Lincoln arrived secretly in Washington to take office after an assassination plot was foiled in Baltimore.

That must have been an incredibly difficult time. I look at how awful the state of our country is now with the House of Representatives clearly not representing the will of the people but intent on demonstrating (for the second biennial in a row) what happens when people who hate the government are elected to run the government.

Stay out of trouble, all y'alls!!



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


Don't forget FDR. Three weeks before his (2.00 / 9)
first inauguration, an assasination attempt in Miami resulted in the death of the Mayor of Chicago
http://www.history.com/this-da...

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

[ Parent ]
He was another one not much loved for his ideas and his plans to implement them. (2.00 / 10)
When the right-wing is unhappy about election results, they very often resort to violence. When the rest of us feel thwarted at the polls, we focus on the next election.

The DCCC's Steve Israel has a plan for 2014

"Both the minimum wage and reducing gun violence are priority issues in the districts we need to win," Israel said. "Both are a reminder to suburban independent voters that House Republicans are extreme, and out of touch. On both, House Republicans have rejected solutions and have embraced obstructionism, turning their backs on millions of hard working American families." Israel said Dems would use both issues in TV advertising against GOP candidates.

Here is another issue to run on: the Violence Against Women Act:

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), a leadership member and prominent VAWA advocate, declared that "House Republican leadership just doesn't get it" and that the added protections for women "are not bargaining chips ... to appease the far right in their party."

At least one House Republican, Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) is worried about the optics of Republicans being on the wrong side of domestic violence: "Republicans are for passing the Violence Against Women Act, too," he whined.

Prove it.


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


[ Parent ]
I'd like to see a concerted effort towards local (2.00 / 9)
and state initiatives on raising the minimum wage -- all directed at referenda in Nov 2014.  

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

[ Parent ]
State referenda on popular issues are a good idea for 2014. (2.00 / 8)
They drive people to the polls. We saw how the Republicans leveraged fears about teh gay into driving their voters to the polls in 2004 with referenda on constitutional amendments  banning same-sex marriages. George W. Bush was not all that popular, people were losing confidence in his prosecution of the Iraq war and his shifting rationale and Republicans needed a way to generate voter enthusiasm. Nothing like a little hating-on-people to GOTRV.

Raising the minimum wage is very popular and the 2014 midterms are going to be as challenging to GOTDV as the 2010 midterms were. I don't hold out hope that people will have learned any lessons from 2010. If people learned political lessons, Republicans would not have been elected to the presidency after Nixon resigned in disgrace. Instead they elected Reagan after being "in exile" for all of 4 years.


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


[ Parent ]
Nate says a good chance to lose the Senate (2.00 / 5)
in 2014. Most of the seats that are up that year are Dems in Repub-leaning states. A very scary thing.

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

[ Parent ]
:( (2.00 / 5)
Democrats who coattailed in with Obama in 2008 won't have Obama's coattails in 2014, will they? I was also reading, though, that the first round of teapartiers elected in 2010 will be in quite a bit of trouble in 2016 when a lot of people will go to the polls.

I am not sure how worried I am about 2014 senate. Republicans have a way of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. For example, they have a good chance of picking up the Harkin seat in Iowa, but not if they run Steve King.

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


[ Parent ]
The man responsible for the winning strategy will be returning.... (2.00 / 4)
Democrats' Man for Battles Will Lead New Senate Charge

- After two grueling election cycles, Guy Cecil, the brains behind the Democrats' improbable Senate showings in 2010 and 2012, was expected to set aside his political combat boots for tasseled loafers and a sinecure somewhere in this city that pays handsomely for success.
Then his old boss, Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado, reluctantly took the helm of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, looking at another brutal map for Democrats eager to stay in control of Congress's upper chamber. He had one demand: Keep Guy Cecil aboard.


Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

[ Parent ]
Excellent news! (2.00 / 5)
Michael Bennet barely got re-elected but his skin-of-his-teeth victory in 2010 set the stage for a Blue Colorado in 2012. He is a guy who understands winning strategies in Purple states and how to run against a Tea Partier. We will need to do both in 2014.

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


[ Parent ]
Answers for Feb 23 (2.00 / 10)
Do you play a musical instrument?

I play a few notes of piano.

What instrument do you wish you played, and who do you wish you played like?

Piano. Oh, so many choices. Murray Perahia, maybe? Mitsuko Uchida? Glenn Gould! Or, perhaps best of all, Art Tatum.

Who do you wish you could sing like?

Almost any good singer would be nice. My voice is awful.

What's the best Saturday morning cartoon of all time?

In this age of YouTubes and NetFlix and 5000000000 channels, I don't know what's on when. But of the recent stuff (that I watched with my kids) SpongeBob SquarePants!

Should there be nuts in banana bread?

As you wish.

Who is your favorite lyricist?

I can't decide.  

"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


Mitsuko Uchida is fabulous. (2.00 / 8)
I have a stunning recording of her doing the famous Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2.

I'd be happy if I could play like Mr. Tatum, too!

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


[ Parent ]
I have Uchida playing the Mozart Piano sonatas (2.00 / 6)
absolutely amazing.

OTOH, my favorite composer is Bach and no one beats Glenn Gould for Bach, as far as I'm concerned  

"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 ]
Bach is my absolute favorite as well. (2.00 / 7)
And I seriously admire Gould, a true original, but I do prefer Bach's keyboard stuff on a harpsichord or organ. Just a quirk of personal taste.

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

[ Parent ]
I love the harpsichord for Bach (2.00 / 5)
who is your favorite harpsichordist?

Bach, though, does well transcribed to almost any set of instruments. I think it's because the counterpoint comes through anyway (and that's one thing that makes playing Bach (or other similar) on the keyboard so interesting - it's a totally different feel from non-contrapuntal music.


"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 used to play Wanda Landowska a lot at work when I (2.00 / 5)
was concentrating. However, the guy in the next office complained that she was "too over the top" and added that perhaps I was too. Sigh.

[ Parent ]
There are plenty of good ones nowadays... (2.00 / 4)
...but I have a special love for Gustav Leonhardt, who just died last month. I also like Ton Koopman, but I think he's more of an acquired taste. They were/are both great conductors of early music as well. :-)

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

[ Parent ]
Oh, and I just saw on Wikipedia... (2.00 / 4)
...that Koopman studied with Leonhardt. So I guess I'm consistent. :-)

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

[ Parent ]
I'm sitting in a railway station got a ticket for my destination. (2.00 / 6)
A few hours to a flight that will take 24 to be a vague and sweaty memory. Comfortable on the floor of Doha International until security made me go sit in the coffee shop (folks worry about appearances too much here, I've slept on the floor of airports around the world :~P ).

Do you play a musical instrument?

- guitar, badly

What instrument do you wish you played, and who do you wish you played like?

- sax, anyone who plays sax

Who do you wish you could sing like?

- Bobby Darin

What's the best Saturday morning cartoon of all time?

- Roadrunner

Should there be nuts in banana bread?

- I'm sorry, I am going to have to ask you to take that offense to soft buttery banana bread outside.

Who is your favorite lyricist?

- Simon Garfunkel



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


Good afternoon, fans of Lemony Sneckit! (2.00 / 4)
Eberhard Weber is playing now.  If I played bass, he'd be a good person to play like.

Do you play a musical instrument? What instrument do you wish you played, and who do you wish you played like? Who do you wish you could sing like? What's the best Saturday morning cartoon of all time? Should there be nuts in banana bread? Who is your favorite lyricist?

I play guitar.  Strum, mostly.
I wish I played guitar better.  Playing like Jorma Kaukonen would work for me.

I wish I could sing like Jack Bruce.

Rocky & Bullwinkle, and anything connected to them.

Nuts are fine in banana bread.  But banana bread is also fine without 'em.

Favorite lyricist of my era would be Joni Mitchell, with honorable mention to Randy Newman.  Favorite lyricist of the next era is David Byrne, hands down.  I don't think there's another.  Well, Elvis Costello is clever, but David beats him by a mile, for me.

I'm lucky.


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