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Monday, August 11, 2008



Today is Monday, August 11, the 224th day of 2008.
There are 142 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
  • On August 11, 1949, President Truman nominated Gen. Omar N. Bradley to become the first chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
On this date:
  • In 1919, Germany's Weimar Constitution was signed by President Friedrich Ebert.
  • In 1934, the first federal prisoners arrived at the island prison Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay.
  • In 1942, during World War II, Pierre Laval, prime minister of Vichy France, publicly declared that "the hour of liberation for France is the hour when Germany wins the war."
  • In 1954, a formal peace took hold in Indochina, ending more than seven years of fighting between the French and Communist Vietminh.
  • In 1956, abstract painter Jackson Pollock, 44, died in an automobile accident on New York's Long Island.
  • In 1962, the Soviet Union launched cosmonaut Andrian Nikolayev on a 94-hour flight.
  • In 1965, rioting and looting that claimed 34 lives broke out in the predominantly black Watts section of Los Angeles.
  • In 1984, President Reagan joked during a voice test for a paid political radio address that he had "signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes."
  • In 1992, the Mall of America, the biggest shopping mall in the U.S., opened in Bloomington, Minn.
  • In 1993, President Clinton named Army Gen. John Shalikashvili to be the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, succeeding the retiring General Colin Powell.
Ten years ago:
  • One of the shooters in the Jonesboro, Ark., schoolyard massacre, Mitchell Johnson, pleaded guilty to murder and battery and the other, Andrew Golden, was convicted. (The boys, ages 14 and 12, were detained by Arkansas juvenile authorities until they turned 18, then transferred to federal custody. Federal authorities released the two when they turned 21.)
  • British Petroleum announced it was purchasing Amoco for $49 billion.
Five years ago:
  • President Bush chose Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • NATO took command of the 5,000-strong peacekeeping force in Afghanistan.
  • Charles Taylor resigned as Liberia's president and went into exile in Nigeria.
  • Herb Brooks, who coached the U.S. Olympic hockey team to the "Miracle on Ice" victory over the Soviet Union in 1980, died in a car wreck near Minneapolis at age 66.
One year ago:
  • President Bush welcomed French President Nicolas Sarkozy to his family's estate in Kennebunkport, Maine.
  • Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won an easy and expected victory in a high-profile Iowa Republican straw poll.
  • Funeral services were held in Newark, N.J., for three college students shot to death in a schoolyard during an apparent robbery attempt.
  • Big Ben's bongs fell silent as workers began a month of maintenance work on the iconic London clock and its world-famous bell.
Today's Birthdays:
  • Actress Arlene Dahl is 80.
  • Actress Anna Massey is 71.
  • Songwriter-producer Kenny Gamble is 65.
  • Rock musician Jim Kale (Guess Who) is 65.
  • Country singer John Conlee is 62.
  • Singer Eric Carmen is 59.
  • Wrestler-actor Hulk Hogan is 55.
  • Singer Joe Jackson is 54.
  • Playwright David Henry Hwang is 51.
  • Actor Miguel A. Nunez Jr. is 44.
  • Actress Viola Davis is 43.
  • Actor Duane Martin is 43.
  • Actor-host Joe Rogan is 41.
  • Rhythm-and-blues musician Chris Dave is 40.
  • Actress Anna Gunn is 40.
  • Rock guitarist Charlie Sexton is 40.
  • Hip-hop artist Ali Shaheed Muhammad is 38.
  • Actor Will Friedle is 32.
  • Rapper Chris Kelly (Kris Kross) is 30.
  • Singer J-Boog is 23.
Thought for Today:
"Some people think that doctors and nurses can put scrambled eggs back into the shell."
Dorothy Canfield Fisher, American author (1879-1958).

"Let's all be careful out there!"


"Let's all be careful out there!"



This is straight from Star-Trek. UC Berkeley researchers have had success in the development of technology that renders 3 dimensional objects invisible in ordinary light. A true "cloaking" device. Portions of the funding for this came from the US Army. Well, DUH!

And speaking of Star Trek. They have a new on-line game that should be going "live" in the very near future. Click image to beam to the home page.

Below is a trailer for the game.

The graphics are pretty impressive.

Sadly, the last video game I played was on an Atari 2600. The new controlers are a bit beyond my comprehension, which is why the grandkids get frustrated with me.

Think squirrels are dumb?:

If you can't parallel park, you don't deserve to drive:

Well, it was either an earthquake or the fat lady downstairs has a new boyfriend.

The genome of our cousin, the Neanderthal, has been mapped. Maybe this will help explain why we're here and they aren't.

Those of you in the States. Did you watch the opening ceremony of the Olympics? Well, first off, what you saw occured about 12 hours earlier. Its just that NBC-TV didn't carry it live during the hours when the Today Show was running. No, they held the program until primetime to generate the maximum number of viewers (and ad $$s). Second, a cop always has a credo of believing none of what you hear and only half of what you see. That holds true with those very unique shots of the fireworks. Those camera angles that made you say "No frakking way" were actually CGI. Eat your heart out, George Lucas. Oh, that pic above is just a normal smog filled night in Beijing. Or not.

Terrorists enter into unlocked cars. Turn on the interior dome lights. Leave. The owners of the vehicles feel so violated the next day to find their auto batteries are dead. Police, in concert with Homeland Security and the FBI, are working on obtaining $8.7 million in funding to learn how to prevent those low down worthless scum from doing this again. Special community discussions are being held to garner input as to possible solutions and preventions. One 8 year old girl who suggested people should just lock their cars at night was arrested and shipped to Gitmo as a possible undocumented aide to terrorism.

You think those sprinters in Beijing have it rough? Try doing that 100m in highheels (3.5" or 9cm minimum) like these ladies in Moscow on Saturday. BTW - What happened in the 90s to change Russian women from fat ugly ol' ducks into beautiful long-legged cuties?

Coney Island, in NYC, now features a "waterboarding" attraction for the tourists.

Forget about law rnforcement, firefighting or fishing for crab in the Bering Sea of Alaska. The world's most dangerous job has to be the guy who guesses weight and age along the midways of county and state fairs nation wide.

Hell hath no fury like a woman whose griffin has been pilferred. That almost sounds obscene, doesn't it?

Well, its Monday. I hope this view of our world has lightened the load of your day a wee bit.
Thanks for visiting.

"Let's all be careful out there!"