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Answwers.Com on another birthday

The same birthday as another important man:
Happy 87th birthday to the man who broke the sound barrier, Chuck Yeager. In 1947, Yeager showed that he had the right stuff when he flew his Bell X-1 aircraft at a speed of about 662 mph/1,066 km/h and an altitude of over 40,000 ft/12,000 m, becoming the first to travel faster than the speed of sound. A couple of days before the flight, Yeager had broken some ribs in a horseback riding accident. He was so afraid of being grounded, he avoided his regular doctor and had a veterinarian treat him.

Quote: "You don't concentrate on risks. You concentrate on results. No risk is too great to prevent the necessary job from getting done." — Chuck Yeager

What is 1383?

The number of times who The Sporting News called the 5th Greatest Player in Baseball of All Time Struck OUT. Happy 78th Birthday to Henry Lewis (Hank) Arron. Hank surely understood what Nigel Tufnel meant when he said "take it to eleven." Nigel aka Christopher Guest is 64 today.

Path Is Found for the Spread of Alzheimer’s

Snomass

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/science/jan-june12/novaiceage_02-01.html
this was a piece on newshour this evening that is really a promo for tonights Nova
really cool

birthdays!

Many of the readers of this blog have never heard of Irene Kennan Jr. Check her out: www.myspace.com/irenekeenan She played for my birthday two ago and has a vocal range from Elvis Presley to Stevie Nicks.
Perhaps you have heard of Phil Collins born this day in 1951
FDR born this day in 1892 and five years and one day later Julies Hecht was born. The same day, but a few years later as Micheal Beltz and Molly Janes, respectively my closest male and female friend here in WausVegas!

This Is Not Written By Someone From the Left Wing

The New American Divide
By CHARLES MURRAY

America is coming apart. For most of our nation's history, whatever the inequality in wealth between the richest and poorest citizens, we maintained a cultural equality known nowhere else in the world—for whites, anyway. "The more opulent citizens take great care not to stand aloof from the people," wrote Alexis de Tocqueville, the great chronicler of American democracy, in the 1830s. "On the contrary, they constantly keep on easy terms with the lower classes: They listen to them, they speak to them every day."
if you can't get to the link, email me, I will send you the link that will allow you to read the article.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405297020430140457717073381718164...

Too Cute

From this mornings CQ Roll Call:
NO SIR, THAT’S JUST A MONEYBOMB: The TSA may have picked the wrong senator for a full-on pat-down. Rand Paul is a member of the Homeland Security Committee, has a reputation for doggedness when it comes to defending civil liberties — and is eager to start distinguishing his own version of tea party Republicanism from that of his father (because the senator is already thinking about a presidential run four years from now, when his dad will be 80 and has promised to be out of public life). The senator says his experience at the Nashville airport yesterday — when he was prevented from getting on his first-choice flight after he triggered a magnetometer alarm and then refused to be touched by TSA agents — could spur him to offer legislation requiring the agency to allow airport passengers a second chance to go through screening machines.

The Time Is Now!

http://www.newt.org/
send him $5
Do it for America. Do it for the world!

So Now that Newt has won the SC Primary

What do the Comedians/Publicans stand for when the party of family values boos a man who has been happily married for 41 years and applauds the candidate who has the morals of Newt?

Quote of The Day from the Daily Dish

20 Jan 2012 11:52 AM Quote For The Day
"Predictions are dangerous, but I'm going to go ahead and make one right now: By November, the Obama campaign will have torn Mitt Romney into tiny little pieces, put those pieces into a wood chipper, and fed the dust that came out the other end to the worms. He'll end up the kind of failed nominee that no one wants to associate themselves with when it's over. Think Bob Dole after 1996, or Michael Dukakis after 1988," - Paul Waldman, The American Prospect.

Kodak

Another news story today is the bankruptcy of Kodak. Another piece on ATC compared Fuji and Kodak. Kodak was slow to change. Was worried that they would eliminate their cash cow, film, if they jumped to strongly into digital. Fuji didn't, they ran to the high end of digital photography. They soon realized that they couldn't replace all their film profits with just digital and expanded their business into imaging, printing, medical and even cosmetics.
The company that George Eastman founded was wise enough to keep out unions by paying their employees more than they would get if they were unionized was not smart enough to realize times change.

Johnny Otis

Johnny Otis died Tuesday, if you are not into music I would understand that you haven't heard of him-though you have check out my links below. I had heard of him, I always thought he was black. He wasn't. He was raised in a black neighborhood and chose to identify as black. Then end of the NPR ATC piece says a lot:
"Johnny Otis Story, says the Ku Klux Klan once burned a cross in Otis' yard. But that didn't stop Otis from later writing a book about the Watts riots, arguing they were a logical reaction to police brutality and slumlords in the ghetto. Lipsitz thinks that's why Johnny Otis isn't better known today.
"It's as if he took a match and lit the rest of his career on fire," Lipsitz says, "because once you took a public stance like that, you weren't going to be the curator of rock 'n' roll like Dick Clark or Casey Kasem. You were somebody who was going to be outside commercial culture in the society."
Still, Otis' legacy and influence lasted. Bob Dylan put it this way: "Johnny's career just dazzles the mind."
Lipsitz wrote a book on him "Midnight at the Barrelhouse: The Johnny Otis Story."

Why Are Obama's Critics So Dumb?

That btw is the cover of this weeks newsweek cover story by Andrew Sullivan. http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/01/15/andrew-sullivan-how-oba...
"The attacks from both the right and the left on the man and his policies aren’t out of bounds. They’re simply—empirically—wrong." says andrew, but if enough people believe it, does it matter?
as i have often said, facts are irrelevant more often than not as perception is far more important!

An Interesting Web Site

Was using the google machine to do get some background on the term "Matthew 25 Christian" meant and stumbled into this web site: http://www.right-wing-pseudo-christians.com/
It really is worth taking a look.
On a totally different subject, another good day to be a performing music artist. Today is the Birthday of Jim Croce, Rod Stewart, right wing lyricist Donald Fagen and Pat Benatar

100 Years Ago Today

Carl Rogers was born. “A person cannot teach another person directly; a person can only facilitate another's learning” (Rogers, 1951). and more really deep stuff can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Rogers
Probably a more profound impact on society than what follows. Outside of music Charles Osgood born in 1933 Who caught my attention years ago with a satirical take on Christopher Marlowe's poem http://2000clicks.com/graeme/LangPoetryFunnyPOSSLQ.htm Check it out 40 years later it is still cute. But with the birthdays of Bill Graham 1931, Elvis Presley 1935, Robbie Krieger 1946 and David Jones, who changed his name to Bowie in the mid 60's to avoid confusion with David Jones of the Monkeys, it is a good day to be born if you are in the music industry.

AM Confesses: I AM my mothers and fathers

Today. 4 January, the 11th day of Christmas, the 12th day since broadcast I am finally listening to A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/radio3/2011/12/the-festival-of-nine-lessons-a...
My Dad's curiosity that Kings College and everyone else call it "A Festival," But it is Beeb that calls it "The Festival."
But also my mother's child because i just spent the past hour and a half crying.

Retail

Like dead tree newspapers they have lots of things working against them, but like newspapers why are they speeding their death with self inflicted wounds?
I am writing this outside a RadioShack that was for all intent and purposes my baby. I ran the place for more than 45% of the time the place was open. While manager the store generated more than 60% of the revenues the profit center ever received. I literally helped build the store in not only its original location but the new one it moved to in '96. It is closing. Part of that is the downtown mall, with more and more of retail moving to Rib Mountain, part is the demise of retail, but I would be willing to bet 5¢ that if RadioShack had a vision things would be better for the company.
Down the hall is a Sears, another troubled company, my rant about the Shack was mostly personal, but I am wondering what Snears is up to. Sales were down all last year, ok fair enough. Sales were down in December so on Saturday the 23rd of December they decided to keep all stores open till Midnight. More hours, more potential sales.

The Sun Is All Ready Setting Later!

The Sun Is All Ready Setting Later! Solstice Schmolstice! Hanukkah begins at 4:19 pm local time here tomorrow. The Solstice 11.30pm the next day. So what is the Winter Solstice? The shortest day of the year. But check this out: http://www.sunrisesunset.com/calendar.asp?comb_city_info=Wausau%252C%252...

You can type in your local location at the web site as well. The point is that the earliest sunset here in WasVages is a period from the 7th of December to the 15th. Since then the days may still be getting shorter, but the sun sets later.
Interesting?

THIS IS TOO FUNNY

So many of you may be wondering why for 20 months I have been sporting the skin head look. It really is lower maintenance and it doesn't look like a bad comb over. Well it also helps people remember me. Tonight I was smoking a cigarette outside the mall and there was a cute young lady, no more than 20, who was asking me if I supported the Scott Walker Recall. Being diplomatic, I was in work clothes, I asked her why she asked. She went on to say that she voted for Scott Walker. She took voting very seriously and researched why she should vote for Walker. Now however she being a smart girl is realizing that she should research the recall.
She told me that Wisconsin needed a change, that is why she voted for Walker but in doing her research she realized that Scott Walker went far further than anyone thought he would and now was in favor of the recall. I continued to ask why. She went on to say that she is so much smarter than her friends who tell her the recall doesn't matter because the world is going to end 12-21-2012.

Christmas Music

Many wonder how I can deal with listening to Christmas Music 60 hours a week. Truth be told after I go home I listen to Soma.Fm Xmas In Frisco for a different take on Christmas music. Luckily they mix the songs up so while you do here the same song 8 hrs later the mix today is quite different than the mix from two weeks ago. So tonight they played Annie Lennox's most popular song out side of the Eurythimcs. A duet she sang with Al Green. So the copy write police that run this place dont get upset it is copyrighted and i have only quoted some of the lyrics. Is this a Christmas song?:
Put A Little Love In Your Heart
(Annie Lennox duet with Al Green)

Think of your fellow man
Lend him a helping hand
Put a little love in your heart

You see it's getting late
Oh please don't hesitate
Put a little love in your heart

And the world will be a better place
And the world will be a better place
For you and me
You just wait and see

Another day goes by
And still the children cry
Put a little love in you heart
If you want the world to know
We won't let hatred grow
Put a little love in your heart

Isn't that the real meaning of Christmas?

Radio Shack

It is with great sadness that I have learned that the Wausau Center Radio Shack will close at the end of the year. Opened the day the Wausau Center Mall opened in 1983. For more than 40% of that time I was the manager, not only longer than any other, but longer than any five managers ran the place. Longer than any ten managers that have run the place since.
So glad I have moved on. Still personally sad for me none the less.

So Long Col. Sherman Potter

http://www.npr.org/2011/12/07/143296020/harry-morgan-m-a-s-hs-col-potter...

http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Latest-News-Wires/2011/1207/Harry-M...

totally unrelated, sans i just heard this news on KMXT, NPR from Kodiak Island Alaska so I can listen from 9-11pm my time it is a lot warmer on the Kodiak Island than Anchorage, but even warmer there than it is here.

Good News And Bad News

In the remote hard drive thread on the bong I mentioned Happy St Nicks Day. As this holiday is not celebrated many places in the USA outside of Wis Con Sin I thought I would add a little background. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Nicholas

So on this festive day a direct precursor to Santa Claus via Father Christmas and Sinterklaas. I still believe.

With that being said I have some bad news via Smooth E. You see I really believe in all of this. Since the 80's I have, in an attempt to be ecumenical, have expanded my belief system to include Hanukkah Harry. Now here is the sad part. According to Smooth E www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3ubVzb1ZMg Hanukkah Harry is dead. So sad. But at least Harry was a smart man who trained his bird to carry on his traditions.

Happy Happy.

Blackberry and Hechtmail.com

Everyday I google "blackberry" crackberry.com and related sites
today on the first page on google when i searched just for blackberry I got this:

Blackberry Playbook | hechtmail.com
hechtmail.com/node/1329
Nov 9, 2011 – If you own a Blackberry you are crazy not to pick one up at this price. If you want a good tablet even if you don't think about it. Love mine. ...
Peter Hecht Peter Hecht shared this

Not one of the top 20 hits, but one of the top 50, on the first page. Lets up the contacts boys and girls, we might get some readers outside of our inner circle.

A Banker Speaks, With Regret

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/01/opinion/kristof-a-banker-speaks-with-r...

If you want to understand why the Occupy movement has found such traction, it helps to listen to a former banker like James Theckston. He fully acknowledges that he and other bankers are mostly responsible for the country’s housing mess.

Theckston, who has a shelf full of awards that he won from Chase, such as “sales manager of the year,” showed me his 2006 performance review. It indicates that 60 percent of his evaluation depended on him increasing high-risk loans.

two of the interesting paragraphs from Nick's article, well worth the read

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