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Thursday, July 10, 2008


This sounds like a variation on "War of the Roses":
I've always been a fan of The Mickey Mouse Club
I think the pic was actually taken in NOLA.

For some reason TV network Standards & Practices didn't clear this ad:

Gawd, I miss this show:

One more banned commercial:

Where I used to live.
Click for a blow-up and you can even see my white Ford Crown Victoria parked in front:

"Let's all be careful out there!"



Today is Thursday, July 10, the 192nd day of 2008. There are 174 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
  • On this day in 1992 INSAT-2A, the first satellite of the indigenously-built second-generation INSAT series was launched.
On this date:
  • In 1850, Vice President Millard Fillmore assumed the presidency, taking the oath of office following the death of President Zachary Taylor.
  • In 1890, Wyoming became the 44th state.
  • In 1908, William Jennings Bryan was nominated for president by the Democratic National Convention in Denver.
  • In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson personally delivered the Treaty of Versailles to the Senate, and urged its ratification.
  • In 1951, armistice talks aimed at ending the Korean War began at Kaesong.
  • In 1962, the Telstar communications satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
  • In 1973, the Bahamas became fully independent after three centuries of British colonial rule.
  • In 1978, ABC-TV launched its reformatted evening newscast, "World News Tonight," with anchors Frank Reynolds, Peter Jennings and Max Robinson.
  • In 1985, bowing to pressure from irate customers, the Coca-Cola Co. said it would resume selling old-formula Coke, while continuing to sell New Coke.
  • In 1991, Boris N. Yeltsin took the oath of office as the first elected president of the Russian republic.
Ten years ago:
  • The Diocese of Dallas agreed to pay $23.4 million to nine former altar boys who said they'd been molested by a priest.
Five years ago:
  • During a visit to Botswana, President Bush pledged to the nation with the world's highest AIDS infection rate that it would have a strong partner in his administration in fighting the disease.
  • Spain opened its first mosque in 500 years.
  • Astronomers announced they had found the oldest and most distant planet yet, a huge, gaseous sphere 13 billion years old and 5,600 light years away.
  • Lord Shawcross, Britain's chief prosecutor at the Nazi war crimes trials in Nuremberg, died in Cowbeech, England, at age 101.
One year ago:
  • China executed the former head of its food and drug agency for approving untested medicine in exchange for cash.
  • A judge in Los Angeles sentenced pizza deliveryman Chester Turner to death for murdering 10 women and a fetus during the 1980s and '90s.
  • The American League defeated the National League 5-4 in the All-Star baseball game.
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Doug Marlette, 57, died in an auto accident near Holly Springs, Miss.
Today's Birthdays:
  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver is 87.
  • Former boxer Jake LaMotta is 87.
  • Writer-producer Earl Hamner Jr. is 85.
  • Former New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins is 81.
  • Actor William Smithers is 81.
  • Broadway composer Jerry Herman is 77.
  • Director Ivan Passer is 75.
  • Actor Lawrence Pressman is 69.
  • Singer Mavis Staples is 69.
  • Actor Mills Watson is 68.
  • Actor Robert Pine is 67.
  • Rock musician Jerry Miller (Moby Grape) is 65.
  • Tennis player Virginia Wade is 63.
  • Actor Ron Glass is 63.
  • Actress Sue Lyon is 62.
  • Folk singer Arlo Guthrie is 61.
  • Rock musician Dave Smalley is 59.
  • Country-folk singer-songwriter Cheryl Wheeler is 57.
  • Rock singer Neil Tennant (Pet Shop Boys) is 54.
  • Banjo player Bela Fleck is 50.
  • Country musician Shaw Wilson (BR549) is 48.
  • Country singer-songwriter Ken Mellons is 43.
  • Rock musician Peter DiStefano (Porno for Pyros) is 43.
  • Country singer Gary LeVox (Rascal Flats) is 38.
  • Actress Sofia Vergara is 36.
  • Actor Adrian Grenier is 32.
  • Actor Thomas Ian Nicholas is 28.
  • Singer-actress Jessica Simpson is 28.
Thought for Today:
"There are only two distinct classes of people on this earth: those who espouse enthusiasm and those who despise it."
Germaine de Stael, French author (1766-1817).

"Let's all be careful out there!"


"Let's all be careful out there!"



Parkfield CA is the most seismic active place on Earth.

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It sits directly over the San Andreas Fault. A new stress measurement device has been developed that just may provide early warning of temblors. Not just minute but hours.

The on going salmonella out break is now being traced to jalapeños and cilantro, along with tomatoes. Add onions and garlic and you will have covered all the ingredients of salsa.

I wonder where the line forms for this one? I always seem to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Need prescription drugs? Turns out you can get just about anything you want, without a prescription, on-line. Even the addictive ones.

The New York Times has decided to make design modifications to the exterior of its building after the attempt mentioned in the above video.

Have you heard about Google's last new project, "Lively"? Its a social network ala "Second Life" with some neat features. Video about it:

When these folks decided to visit the zoo, they must have missed the fine print on their pass that informed that randomly selected individuals would be chosen for a total immersion experience of being caged up with people gawking at them. For hours. In the heat.

As always, I appreciate each of you taking the time out of your busy schedule to spend here.

Have a great day!

"Let's all be careful out there!"