Monthly Archives: March 2012

On March 30…

1842 – Dr. Crawford W. Long performed the first operation on a patient using ether.


1853 – Vincent Van Gogh was born in Groot-Zundert, Holland.


1858 – Hyman L. Lipman of Philadelphia, PA patented the pencil.


1867 – Secretary of State William H. Seward negotiated the purchase of “Russian America” – better known as Alaska – for 2 cents an acre.


1870 – The 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting African-American men the right to vote, was ratified.

1909 – The Queensboro Bridge, the first double-decker bridge, opened in New York City.


1948 – Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin ordered all road and rail access to Berlin, Germany blocked, in what later became known as the “Berlin Blockade.”


1965 – A bomb exploded in a car parked in front of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, killing 22 people, injuring 183 others and virtually destroying the building.

1981 – President Ronald Reagan was shot by John W. Hinckley, Jr., as the President walked to his limousine in Washington, D.C.  Press Secretary James Brady and two police officers were also wounded in the attack.

1987 – Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers brought $39.85 million, more than triple the record for an auctioned painting.


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Board Game for Home-Schoolers

Conquer the world for Christ – again!  This board game not only challenges home-schooled (brain-washed) kids’ geographic and navigational skills, it also commands them to conquer the world once more in the name of religion.  Yes, there’s nothing like enslaving Negroes and killing Indians to make a Christian feel whole and complete.  Source: Christian Nightmares.


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Cartoon of the Day


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Picture of the Day

South Korea’s mountainous Yeosu peninsula’s contains 300-plus jagged islands, two protected national marine parks and a rich maritime heritage.  Photograph by Topic Photo Agency.


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Quote of the Day

“Rick Santorum is from God and will win with Christians and Catholics uniting for Santorum.” 

– Pastor Steven Andrew, USA Christian Ministries

Christians AND Catholics?  I think he’s insinuating that Catholics aren’t Christians, a claim I’ve heard before from the usually self-righteous evangelicals.  I should know.  I’ve worked around plenty of them.  I hate to break the pastor’s heart – then again, not really – but the Catholic Church was the first Christian church, and everything is descended from there.  Some evolved rather nicely; e.g. Methodists and Lutherans.  Others not so much; e.g. Baptists and Pentecostals.


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Eisenhower in Video Color

While yesterday marked the 43rd anniversary of the death of Dwight D. Eisenhower, here’s one little known fact about the nation’s 34th U.S. President – he was the first Chief Executive to be photographed on videotape; in both black and white, of course, but more interestingly, in color.  Charles Ginsburg had led the development of videotape at the Ampex Corporation in 1951.  Ampex had been founded two years earlier by Alexander M. Poniatoff,  a Russian immigrant.  The earliest realistic model of a videotape recorder was called the “Quadruplex” machine, or “Quad.”  Some TV stations began utilizing the new technology by 1954, but it was cumbersome and expensive.  This is the oldest known color videotape recording, which is highlighted by a speech Eisenhower gave on May 22, 1958 on WRC-TV in Washington, D.C.


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March 29, 2012 – 266 days Until Baktun 12


Survivalist Tip:  Vitamin B should be another essential element in your stockpile of supplies, whether in capsule form or in your overall food cache.  Vitamin B is actually a complex of 8 water soluble vitamins, meaning they go good with water.  I’m sure they also go good with chocolate and beer, but that’s for another discussion.  Here’s a basic breakdown of Vitamin B:


B1 helps prevent heart swelling, leg cramps and muscular weakness.  These are ailments you definitely don’t need to endure, in case you have to fight intruders and in-laws over food supplies.  Rich food sources include liver, heart and kidney meats; eggs, leafy green vegetables, nuts, legumes, berries, wheat germs and cereals.  Some believe thiamine helps protect against alcoholism, which is good for depression, stress and anxiety.  It is also said to improve mental ability and to help indigestion.  Of course, chocolate also guards against depression and anxiety, but try to have some B1 on hand.

B2, or riboflavin, helps metabolize fats, carbohydrates and respiratory proteins, and prevents skin lesions and light sensitivity.  In the aftermath of the apocalypse, with the axes shifting and bodies decaying later on, air and natural light may be problematic.  Riboflavins are abundant in mushrooms, milk, meat, liver, dark green vegetables and enriched cereals, pasta and bread.

B3, also known as niacin, vitamin P, or vitamin PP, helps release energy from nutrients.  It can reduce cholesterol and prevent and treat arteriosclerosis.  Deficiency can result in pellagra, a disease with symptoms that include sunburn, diarrhea, irritability, swollen tongue and mental confusion.  You’ll be irritable enough after the upheaval and you certainly don’t want to grow confused while trying to survive. Food sources rich in B3 are chicken, salmon, tuna, liver, nuts, dried peas, enriched cereals and dried beans.

B5 helps metabolize fats, carbohydrates and proteins.  Deficiency can result in fatigue, allergies, nausea and abdominal pain.  I don’t think allergies will be a problem in the new Baktun.  The ancient Mayans didn’t suffer much from them and neither do their contemporaries.  One benefit to the shift in axes will include a refreshed environment.  B5 is most abundant in eggs, whole grain cereals, legumes and meat.

B6 helps the body to absorb and metabolize amino acids, to use fats and to form red blood cells.  Deficiency may result in skin disorders, dizziness, nausea, anemia, convulsions and kidney stones.  Amidst all the crap you’ll be dealing with, dizziness and kidney stones shouldn’t be among them.  Whole grains, bread, liver, green beans, spinach, avocadoes, and bananas are rich food sources for B6.

B7, also known as Biotin or vitamin H, helps form fatty acids and assists in the release of energy from carbohydrates.  Although B7 deficiency is unknown in humans, you can never have enough energy at the start of the new Baktun.

B9, known as folic acid, vitamin M or vitamin B-c, enables the body to form hemoglobin, which helps treat anemia.  Food sources include leafy green vegetables, nuts, whole grains, legumes and organ meats, such as liver and pig’s tongue.  Although B9 deficiency is rare, folic acid is lost when foods are stored at room temperature or cooked.  It’s especially important to pregnant women; therefore, if anyone in your posse is pregnant, make sure they’re consuming plenty of B9-rich foods.  This doesn’t include people who feel or look pregnant, in other words fat asses. 

Vitamin B12, also known as Cobalamin or Cyanocobalamin, assists the function of the nervous system and the formation of red blood cells.  Some in your household may be nervous in the immediate aftermath of the apocalypse, but instead of shooting them, make sure they start consuming large quantities of B12.  They could then turn into productive members of the group.  If they refuse, then it’s okay to shoot them.  B12 can only be found in animal sources such as eggs, milk, fish, meat and liver.  Vegetarians are at particular risk for B12 deficiencies.  Although I’m somewhat carnivorous in nature, I love vegetarians.  I eat one every day!

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Stupidity in Motion

Conservative commentator and author Michelle Malkin – a darker, shorter, but much more attractive version of Ann Coulterapparently posted the item above to “Twitchy,” her Twitter-based project with the following caption:


“Recognize these two people?  If you don’t we’ll help you out.  The man on the left is George Zimmerman, the man accused of murdering the boy on the right, Trayvon Martin.  The mainstream media won’t show you these two photos because they convey a message that no one else wants to take into consideration.”


There is one glaring error: the “boy on the right” is not Trayvon Martin.  Who he is, I don’t know and I’m not certain if Malkin herself composed the poster.  Twitchy has since retracted their “mistake,” an honorable admission in a business that doesn’t like to let truth get in the way of hyperbole.  This is not the first time Malkin has made outrageous statements. 

Like any good right-wing American, she supported Bill Clinton’s 1998 impeachment trial and thought the U.S. Supreme Court got it right in Bush v. Gore.  But, she criticized former Congressman Dennis Kucinich for wanting to impeach Vice-President Dick Cheney in 2007.  You know Dick Cheney – the man who used every excuse under the sun to avoid the military draft, then sent thousands of real heroes into a war based on lies.  But, like most conservatives, Malkin feels lying about a tryst with a two-bit overweight intern is worst than lying about a war.  Not surprisingly, Malkin waded into the Obama “birther” controversy; first advising conspiracy theorists to approach the issue with caution, but then saying they have a legitimate concern

Malkin has had her moments of clarity.  In 2007, she criticized the New York Times for not covering the Medal of Honor ceremony for Lte. Michael P. Murphy, a Long Island native and Navy SEAL who had been killed in Afghanistan two years earlier.  Murphy was the first Navy SEAL since the Vietnam War to receive the honor and the first in the current War on Terror.  In 2008, she rightfully dubbed the Bush Administration as “illegal alien-enabling” and the banking industry as “crime-enabling.”  But then, she threw “ethnic lobbyists” into the same mix.  “Ethnic lobbyists?”  That could only mean Negroes and Mexicans who’ve historically been the subject of unfair housing and banking practices. 

As a first generation Filipino – American, Malkin should know a thing or two about race relations in America.  Like Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, Malkin is a rare (token) Asian in the Caucasian-dominated Republican Party.  Christianized to look more Americanized and therefore, made more palatable to a base that acts as if bigotry is akin to Black slavery itself – it disappeared decades ago, and any inclination of its presence is just an overreaction from bitter, fragile souls.  I don’t know what Malkin’s personal experiences are with racism, but if she’s like many non-White people in this country, she’s either fortunate never to have endured much of it, or floats in some sort of bubble of denial.  I’ve met both types. 

Regardless, the picture above is another example of the covert racism of the ultra-conservative crowd.  It intimates that crime always has a dark complexion.  I can’t say if Malkin is directly responsible for its presence on her web site.  But, it’s still a site she established, and ultimately, she bears some accountability.  I wouldn’t expect her to apologize; extremists – conservative or liberal – rarely admit they’re wrong.


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Today’s Famous Birthdays

If yours is today also, “Happy Birthday!”

TV host – news editor – columnist John McLaughlin (McLaughlin – CNBC Network) is 85.

Actor Eric Idle (Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Casper) is 69.


Singer Bobby Kimball (Toto) is 65.


Actor Bud Cort (Harold and Maude, Brewster McCloud) is 64.


Jazz musician Michael Brecker (The Brecker Brothers) is 63.


Pro Football Hall of Famer Earl Campbell (1977 Heisman Trophy winner; Houston Oilers [1978-1984], New Orleans Saints [1984-1985]) is 57.


Gymnast – TV sports commentator Kurt Thomas (first American male to win a world champion gymnastics event since 1932, floor exercise – 1978, 1979) is 56.


Actor Christopher Lambert (Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes; To Kill a Priest) is 55.


Supermodel – actress Elle MacPherson (South Kensington, A Girl Thing, Batman & Robin) is 48.


Tennis champion Jennifer Capriati (1990 Wimbledon winner, 1992 Olympic gold-medalist) is 36.



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On March 29…

1790 – John Tyler, the 10th President of the United States, was born in Charles City County, VA.


1848 – For the first time in recorded history, Niagara Falls stopped flowing.  An ice jam in the Niagara River above the rim of the falls caused the water to stop.


1867 – Baseball pitcher Cy Young was born in Gilmore, OH.


1882 – The Knights of Columbus organization was granted a charter by the state of Connecticut.

1914 – Seven newspapers joined together to distribute the first rotogravure, or picture, section.

1929 – Herbert Hoover became the first U.S. president to have a telephone installed at his desk in the Oval Office.


1967 – The first nationwide strike in the 30-year history of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) began and lasted for 13 days.

1973 – Two months after signing a peace agreement, the last U.S. combat troops leave South Vietnam.

1974 – The unmanned U.S. space probe Mariner 10, launched by NASA in November 1973, became the first spacecraft to visit the planet Mercury.


1982 – An earthquake struck southern México at the same time the El Chichon volcano erupted, killing approximately 2,000 people.


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