Monthly Archives: July 2012

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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Dog Found Dead with Mouth Taped Shut

Earlier this month I reported on a dog that someone found with its mouth taped shut in Parker County, Texas, just west of Fort Worth.  The female pug mix was rescued and named Hope.  She’s recovered from her injuries and has been adopted by the couple on whose ranch she was found.  Now, comes yet another horrific case of a dog found with its mouth taped shut, except this one did not survive.  The body of the female pitbull mix was found in Kaufman County, just south of Dallas, on Friday, July 27.  The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas has offered a $5,000 reward leading to information about the animal.

Dogs, like most animals, pant to keep cool; thus, forcing a dog’s jaws shut could cause it to overheat.  In the triple-digit temperatures Texas has been experiencing lately, that could be deadly.  Psychologists also have noted a link between animal cruelty and human violence.  Some of the world’s most notorious serial killers, rapists and / or pedophiles had a reputation for animal abuse.  Fortunately, law enforcement officials – in Texas and elsewhere – now take these matters seriously.

The dog in Kaufman County was taken to the SPCA’s Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas for a necropsy.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department at (972) 932-4337.  It would be wishful thinking to expect that whoever is responsible for either of these abuse cases could suffer the same fate.

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July 29, 2012 – 144 Days Until Baktun 12

For those of you in the Northern Hemisphere planning to leave home in your vehicle, when the apocalypse hits, consider taking a portable heater with you.  If you’re on foot, this would be impractical, since you should learn how to build a fire with tree branches.  A portable heater is relatively inexpensive and – as the name implies – easy to transport.  Make certain it’s battery-operated, as there probably won’t be any electrical outlets available.

Portable heaters use mineral mica as the central element to function.  Mica is invaluable in the electrical industry because of its chemical and thermal properties, low power loss factor and dielectric strength; meaning it doesn’t need electricity to operate.  Remember, the abrupt shift in the Earth’s axes will render power and utility plants useless, so this particular feature is critical.  This also means portable heaters aren’t prone to cause fires, even in an enclosed environment, such as an RV.  That will give you peace of mind, as you struggle to search for food, water, chocolate and to keep your kids from wandering off.  You also won’t have to worry about gathering firewood, which will give you more strength to fend off zombies and any politicians that might survive the upheaval.

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“I don’t do karate. I do crazy!”

This is reality TV at its best.

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Opening Ceremonies of the 1948 Summer Olympics in London

London now has the unique distinction of being the first city in the world to host an Olympic event for the third time.  These photos are courtesy of the BBC Archive.

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