Okay, show of hands, Frank…or…Woody? I think Frank.
Okay, show of hands, Frank…or…Woody? I think Frank.
Rocky Russian relations could leave U.S. astronauts without rides to the International Space Station.
Since NASA retired its fleet of space shuttles in 2011, Russia has had a monopoly on flying crews to the orbital outpost. The only other country currently flying people in space is China, which is not a member of the 15-nation space station partnership.
That leaves the United States in a vulnerable position as it ponders options to diffuse a tense standoff between Russia and Ukraine. (more)
As you read the article it’s sad the amount of dependency the US has on other countries to do things that we used to do for ourselves. The Right Stuff is now the Wrong Stuff.
The George Washington Bicentennial Commission, established in 1924, collected this commemorative chart of battles, leaders, and milestones of the Revolutionary War and deposited it in the National Archives.
The Commission, appointed by Calvin Coolidge, worked through the 1920s to plan activities to commemorate the anniversary of Washington’s 1732 birth. As part of this mission, the commission collected graphic materials and photographs related to Washington. We don’t have specific identifying information related to this chart, in the form of a tree, beyond its having been collected by this commission. It’s not clear who the original artist might have been, and when the chart might first have been printed.
The roots of the tree make a historical argument about the causes of the war. “Taxation without representation” is the strongest root, central to the tree’s structure (and showing a jagged rip at the bottom, perhaps a reference to the violence of the war). “Acts of Parliament” and “Colonial Events” form other major parts of the root structure, while the root named “Perversity of George III” dangles, an unrelated wild card.
Your thoughts on the branches that would sprout from a modern day revolutionary tree? I say, ObamaCare, would be the trunk.
*I find it kinda odd that Slate and HuffPoo have relatively unbiased and interesting American History blogs on their sites. What’s with that?
5 years old today.
LEVIN TELLS THE TEA PARTY TO FIGHT OBAMA’S TYRANNY: ‘FIREWALL OF THE CONSTITUTION HAS BEEN BREACHED.’ Conservative radio talk show host Mark Levin spoke at the Tea Party’s fifth anniversary on Thursday morning from the Hyatt Regency in Washington, D.C. about the importance of maintaining the integrity of the U.S. Constitution- see video at Breitbart
Tea Party birthday — movement survives 5 years of outlandish, offensive media attacks - story at FoxNews
It’s just down the block from The Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies.
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Mr. Illustr8r and I just returned from a fun weekend in Montana-that was sandwiched between 2 horrible days of train travel on Amtrak’s Empire Builder.
The train going to Montana started off an hour late. Approximately 3 hours into the trip an announcement was made,” is there a doctor or nurse on board?” The medical request was because someone was passed out in a bathroom. It turned out to be a heroin overdose. He died. Another passenger was found shooting heroin- a friend of the guy who just died. The train stops. It backs to a remote crossing somewhere in eastern Washington. It’s night now and snowing heavily outside. Police and ambulances came. Nothing can be done without the coroner. Officers wait. We wait. The coroner arrives in an official vehicle and along with more police. Time goes by. Someone is loaded into an ambulance. A half hour later, six officers carry a body bag to the medical examiner’s truck. The train can depart now. We are 4.5 hours behind schedule.
At the front our car is a young african american couple who are traveling to Chicago. Throughout the trip there are outbursts of curse words then quiet would return. An hour before we are to get off this crazy train the couple goes into full tilt domestic dispute. Screaming accusations all accented with the F word in its various forms. Then the slapping began along with the throwing of carry on luggage. Different train staff came from all directions and separate them. We found out later that they didn’t make it to Chicago and were ordered off the train one stop after ours.
We were supposed to leave Sunday evening but because of a freight train derailment in North Dakota the train was running 12+ hours behind. Random text updates from Amtrak had different information than if we called Amtrak directly. Sometimes their computers were down and we’d have to call back later. We left Montana Monday at 10am. Every seating area in our car was filthy. The bathrooms were worse. The smell drifted upstairs. The dining car didn’t have enough food for coach seats so we had Subway sandwiches for dinner. The train finally arrives 14.5 hours behind schedule.
One bright spot-we enjoyed talking to a few guys who were returning from working the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota. All were happily employed and encouraging anyone who wants a fresh start to go there. One guy said,” If you can’t find a job in Williston it’s because you don’t want one.”
However, I am never leaving home again.
Are we there yet?
Who will Barry evoke or compare himself to in his next speechifying session?
Sid Caesar, a comic actor who came to prominence with the 1950s variety program Your Show of Shows, has passed away. He was 91. ( more )
A friend of mine mentioned this scene from Dr. Zhivago last night…Dr. Zhivago returns to his beautiful home, but now the government has decided that it was too big for him and his family and determined that there is room for 13 families. They acquired his home and moved in dozens of strangers along with a government supervisor to maintain the Dr.’s cooperation.
“Arizona’s senior senator made sure to call out the Seattle Seahawks’ trash-talking cornerback Richard Sherman as a “loudmouth” and underscored his grudge against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
McCain said he was picking Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos over Sherman’s Seahawks in the Super Bowl.
“I think Denver. You know, everybody is such a Manning fan,” McCain told KFYI radio. ”That loudmouth from Seattle sort of epitomizes the Seattle team to me. … I’m sure I’m going to get in trouble for that one, too.”
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Heh. Go Hawks!
Let’s just call this post Illustr8r’s Pet Peeve.
I have noticed this “amazing” phenomenon before the Red Carpet at the Golden Globes last week. However, that event determined for certain that the world needs a thesaurus desperately. The reporter would say to the star at hand, “You look AH-mazing….” and turn to the next celebrity and repeat it again, “You look AH-mazing!” and so on for over 2 hours.
Amazing is everywhere and everything is amazing. I hear it on the local news to describe people, places and things. Usually it is in regards to someone’s character or some charitable gesture. On TV shows-especially reality type shows- “amazing” describes food, clothing, an event or again someone’s character or talent. Tears and light sobbing are usually involved all for the drama, “They are so amazing…their food is amazing…”
My new thing is to repeat back “Amazing!” when I hear it on news reports or TV shows. It’s “amazing” how many times I do this in one evening. It’s like I have Tourette’s! I may have lost my mind.
Have you heard it too? I hear it’s amazing!
I find this video AMAZING! So, I may not be crazy.
…to the latest foodie craze to hit the Left Coast.
Who the f*@k would charge 6 bucks for toast? These people, that’s who.
The Red Door cafe in San Francisco charges their customers six dollars for toast….yes, you read that right. For those still not following, that’s 3 bucks per slice as a stand alone item.
But the Red Door isn’t the only place serving just toast in San Francisco. Apparently “toast bars” are a hot new trend, and yeah, sure the bread is fancy, but still, it’s just toast! What’s most astonishing is that according to the owners, on a busy Saturday morning The Red Door can make upwards of 400 pieces of 3 dollar toast a day. Not too shabby.
Some critics are saying the expensive toast craze is a reflection of San Francisco flaunting its wealth, but toast bar fans are quick to dismiss the naysayers, all while happily blowing their money on something worth even less than a latte.
If you’re interested in splurging on fancy toast, the Red Door is currently the place to be, so when you show up expect lines. In the mean time, you could always buy an entire loaf of bread for 2 bucks at your local grocery store.
I betya soon there will be a “toast bar” in Seattle. Hipsters know best. I am drawn to any breakfast themed place-maybe I’d try it one time-and then hate myself afterwards. What about a “bacon bar” “oatmeal bar” or a “biscuits and gravy bar” ?
…but I’m sure they will wait to hear what John Stewart on the Daily Show says before they truly have an opinion about Bridgegate.
Food for thought. My Facebook page today is filling up with snarky commentary about Chris Christie from the same lefty leaners who have had misgivings about Hillary in 2016 (too old, too much baggage, no more Clintons, Elizabeth Warren rocks!). Christie was the only Republican they’d ever consider voting for President in 2016 they said preBridgegate.
Now? He’s BuzzFeed fodder.