Monthly Archives: July 2012

Guns for Hackers

The Daily Caller web site is offering a free gun to anyone who can help them track down a hacker.

From the site:

First, if you’re the first person to find our hacker and turn his name over to us, we’ll give you a gun. We realize this may seem like a daunting task, but we believe it can be done.

You’ll have only 2 weeks to complete your mission, and we wish you good luck.

For all of you readers out there who aren’t Internet sleuths we have a second way to win: Write an essay telling us what you think we should do with the hacker when we find him. We’ll give a prize to the person with the funniest and most inventive ideas for how TheDC should repay this jerk. Enter your essay in the box on this form, and please note that the winning essay will be published on The Daily Caller at the end of the contest.

I sort of hope it’s an inside job.

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July 31 Notable Birthdays

If today is your birthday, “Happy Birthday!”


Actor Don Murray (Bus Stop, Knots Landing, The Outcasts, Baby the Rain Must Fall, Peggy Sue Got Married, Advice and Consent) is 83.

Actress France Nuyen (Vannga; The Joy Luck Club, South Pacific, Diamond Head, St. Elsewhere) is 73.

Actress Susan Flannery (Days of Our Lives, The Bold and the Beautiful, Dallas, Anatomy of a Seduction) is 69.

Actress Geraldine Chaplin (Nashville, Rosalind, Chaplin, Dr. Zhivago, The Wedding) is 68.

Tennis champion Evonne Goolagong (Australian Open [1974, 1975, 1976, 1977]; Wimbledon [1971, 1980]; French Open [1971]; International Tennis Hall of Fame) is 61.

Actor Barry Van Dyke (Diagnosis Murder, The Van Dyke Show, Foxfire Light, It Happened at Lakewood Manor, Casino) is 61.

Alan Autry (actor: In the Heat of the Night, Proud Men, Blue De Ville, At Close Range; mayor of Fresno, CA, 2001 – 2009) is 60.

Actor Michael Biehn (The Rock, Breach of Trust, Blood of the Hunter, Tombstone, A Taste for Killing, Timebomb, Aliens, The Terminator, The Fan, Coach, The Runaways) is 56.

Drummer Bill Berry (R.E.M.) is 54.

Actor Wesley Snipes (Demolition Man, Rising Sun, Major League, Sugar Hill, White Men Can’t Jump, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, One Night Stand, U.S. Marshals) is 50.

Author J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter series) is 47.

Actor Dean Cain (Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman) is 46.

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On July 31…

1928 – MGM’s Leo the lion roared for the first time.  He introduced MGM’s first talking picture, White Shadows on the South Seas.  Leo’s dialogue was more extensive than the film’s, whose only spoken word was, “Hello.”

1964 – Ranger 7, an unmanned U.S. lunar probe, took the first close-up images of the moon.

1971 – Apollo 15 astronauts David R. Scott and James B. Irwin became the first men to ride in a LRV (lunar rover vehicle) on the moon.  They rode for about 5 miles on the lunar surface.  Their first stop at the rim of Elbow Crater was televised back to Earth to millions of viewers.

1975 – Former labor leader Jimmy Hoffa disappeared from a parking lot in a Detroit restaurant and has never been seen since.  His disappearance remains unsolved.

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Cartoon of the Day

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Picture of the Day

A cousin of mine in Detroit posted this photo on his Facebook pages.  Supposedly, this sign is located on Fort Street and Outer Drive, somewhere within the city limits.  There are some parts of Dallas that need a similar sign.

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Quote of the Day

“While many people, particularly younger people, rely more on social messaging than email, email is still the preferred method for long-form communication.  Microsoft wants desperately to run away from Hotmail…. Hotmail got very stale with its feature set and needed to be replaced for this decade’s use of richer media, like photos and video, social connected accounts, video communications and chat.”

– Patrick Moorhead, an analyst with Moor Insights & Strategy, on the demise of Hotmail.

I had a Hotmail account – waaaaay back in 2003.  Wow!  That was so long ago.

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July 30 Notable Birthdays

If today is your birthday, “Happy Birthday!”


Actor Jacques Sernas (55 Days at Peking, La Dolce Vita, Superfly T.N.T.) is 87.

Actor Edd Byrnes (Breitenberger; 77 Sunset Strip, Darby’s Rangers) is 79.

Singer – blues guitarist Buddy (George) Guy (Stone Crazy, LPs: A Man and His Blues, This is Buddy Guy, Hold That Plane, Hot and Cool, Buddy and the Juniors, In the Beginning; in films: The Blues is Alive and Well in Chicago, Out of the Blacks and into the Blues) is 76.

Film director Peter Bogdanovich (What’s Up Doc?, Paper Moon, Nickelodeon; director/writer: The Last Picture Show, Texasville) is 73.

Paul Anka (songwriter: Johnny’s Theme [Tonight Show Theme], My Way, She’s a Lady, Diana; singer: Diana, You Are My Destiny, Lonely Boy, Put Your Head on My Shoulder, Puppy Love, You’re Having My Baby) is 71.

Saxophonist – flutist – composer David Sanborn (Voyeur, Sanborn, David Sanborn Band, Heart to Heart, Hideaway, As We Speak, Backstreet, Straight to the Heart, Love and Happiness) is 67.

Actor William Atherton (Bio-Dome, Saints and Sinners, The Pelican Brief, Die Hard series, Ghostbusters, Looking for Mr. Goodbar, The Day of the Locust, Class of ’44, Centennial) is 65.

Arnold Schwarzenegger (actor: Eraser, The Terminator, Predator, Twins, Conan the Barbarian, Total Recall, Kindergarten Cop, True Lies, Last Action Hero; 5-time Mr. Universe; Governor of California [2003 – 2011]) is 65.

Actor Jean Reno (Le Grand bleu, Les Visiteurs, Léon, Mission: Impossible, Godzilla, Just Visiting) is 64.

Actor Frank Stallone (Rocky series, Staying Alive, Ten Little Indians, Hudson Hawk, Tombstone, Doublecross On Costa’s Island) is 62.

Actor Ken Olin (Hill Street Blues, Falcon Crest, Thirtysomething) is 58.

Actress Delta Burke (Delta, Designing Women, Filthy Rich, Chisholm; Miss Florida) is 56.

Law professor Anita Hill, Brandeis University, is 56.

Actor Laurence Fishburne (Two Trains Running; Apocalypse Now, Bad Company, Boyz N the Hood) is 51.

Actress Lisa Kudrow (Friends, Mad About You, The Opposite of Sex, Analyze This, Dr. Dolittle 2) is 49.

Actress Vivica A. Fox (Days of Our Lives, The Young and the Restless, Independence Day, Booty Call, Hollywood Squares, City of Angels) is 48.

Actress Hilary Swank (Growing Pains, Evening Shade, The Next Karate Kid, Boys Don’t Cry, Million Dollar Baby) is 38.


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On July 30…

1619 – In Jamestown, VA, the first European elected legislative assembly in the Western Hemisphere convened in the town church.

1818 – Author Emily Brontë (Wuthering Heights) was born in Thornton, England.

1863 – Automobile manufacturer Henry Ford was born in Greenfield, MI.

1932 – The Games of the Xth Summer Olympiad opened in Los Angeles, CA.

1942 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed legislation creating the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services (WAVES), an auxiliary of the U.S. Navy.

1945 – The U.S.S Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine and sank into shark-infested waters near Guam.  Only 317 of the 1,196 men aboard survived.

1965 – President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Social Security Act of 1965 into law.

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5 Dumbass Statements by Ann Romney

In case anyone feels this broad doesn’t have a clue what real working people experience, just read through these gems that came from Ann Romney’s perfectly-manicured lips.  Damn!  She gives Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin some tough competition!  Just remember, Ann Romney’s dressage horse gets a $77,000 tax credit, while the average child – including those of many Republicans who’ll probably vote for her husband – gets a paltry $1,000.

“We can be poor in spirit, and I don’t even consider myself wealthy, which is an interesting thing.  It can be here today and gone tomorrow.”

– To Fox News.

“Why are you here?  What made you come out of your house today to this event?  And what do you think about the future?  I love the fact that there are women out there who don’t have a choice and they must go to work and they still have to raise the kids.  Thank goodness that we value those people, too.  And sometimes life isn’t easy for any of us.”

– Commenting on the average American woman at the Connecticut Republican Party’s Prescott Bush Awards Dinner in Stamford this past April.

“We were happy, studying hard.  Neither one of us had a job because Mitt had enough of an investment from stock that we could sell off a little at a time.”

– In a 1994 interview with the Boston Globe, when Mitt was running for the U.S. Senate.

In an interview with a Baltimore radio station, Queen Ann pressed the audience to believe that, despite her husband’s stiff demeanor and penchant for human and canine bullying, he was really lots of fun, adding that “we better unzip him and let the real Mitt Romney out.”

“We’ve given all you people need to know.”

– In an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America,” when asked why more of Mitt’s latest tax returns won’t be released publicly.

I know there’s more from Queen Ann, but this is about all I could stomach for now.  Hostile comments welcome.


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