Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Did we lose you to a summer love?

Hey  - summer's over (yeah I know that there are three more weeks but you know what I mean.)  If you haven't had a chance to check in here in the past few months - Welcome Back.  Hope you had a good time.

Psst, some of you kids don't have school til Thursday. You still have time to read that book you were supposed to read.

September 4, 1942 -
Warner Brothers reunited most of the cast of The Maltese Falcon for John Huston's war drama, Across the Pacific, which premiered on this date.

Though the film's plot was changed from Rick Leland foiling a Japanese plot to blow up Pearl Harbor to a Japanese plot to blow up the Panama Canal (necessitated when the Japanese actually attacked Pearl Harbor without Leland being there to stop them), the title wasn't, so the film is called Across the Pacific though the characters never even get TO the Pacific, much less across it.

September 4, 1971 -
Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey by Paul & Linda McCartney topped the charts on this date.

While Linda McCartney was credited as a co-writer on this song with Paul and she sang background and contributed some of the vocal ideas: how much she actually wrote on the song is questionable. Under a deal he signed with The Beatles, songs Paul wrote until 1973 were owned by Northern Songs publishing and Maclen Music. By splitting the credits with his wife, McCartney could keep half the royalties in the family. The publishers brought a lawsuit against Paul for this practice, which was settled out of court.

Today in History:
September 4, 1781 -
Captain Rivera y Moncada (good friend of Uncle Porky) on the behest of the Mexican Provincial Governor, Felipe de Neve, led eleven Mexican Pobladores and their families, 46 settlers in all, established Our Pueblo by the River of Our Lady of the Angels of Uncle Porky near the the river they had seen 11 years earlier - El Rio de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula.)

Los Angeles was founded on this date.

September 4, 1882 -
Thomas Edison displayed the first practical electrical lighting system on this date.

He successfully turned on the lights in a one square mile area of New York City (NY's Pearl Street Station).

September 4, 1885 -
The world's first cafeteria, The Exchange Buffet, catering to an exclusively male clientele, opens in New York at 7 New Street, on this date.

And if you hurry, there's still some of the original luncheon special available.

September 4, 1886 -
Geronimo was a prominent Native American leader of the Chiricahua Apache who warred against the encroachment of the United States on his tribal lands and people for over 25 years.  While outnumbered, Geronimo fought against both Mexican and United States troops and became famous for his daring exploits and numerous escapes from capture from 1858 to 1886.

At the end of his military career, he led a small band of 38 men, women, and children. They evaded 5,000 U.S. troops (one fourth of the army at the time) and many units of the Mexican army for a year. His band was one of the last major forces of independent Indian warriors who refused to acknowledge the United States Government in the American West. This came to an end on this date, when Geronimo surrendered to United States Army General Nelson A. Miles at Skeleton Canyon, Arizona.

Dubya's grandpappy, the anti-Indiana Jones, somehow figures into this story (you knew he would). In 1918, certain remains of Geronimo were apparently stolen in a grave robbery. Three members of the Yale secret society of Skull and Bones served as Army volunteers at Fort Sill during World War I; one of those three members was Prescott Bush, grandfather of the forty-third President of the United States George W. Bush. They reportedly stole Geronimo's skull, some bones, and other items, including Geronimo's prized silver bridle, from the Apache Indian Prisoner of War Cemetery. The stolen items were alleged to have been taken to the society's tomb-like headquarters on the Yale University campus, and are supposedly used in rituals practiced by the group, one of which is said to be kissing the skull of Geronimo as an initiation.

September 4, 1888 -
George Eastman received patent #388,850 for the first roll-film camera and registers "Kodak" on this date

Remember, You press the button, we do the rest.

September 4, 1972 -
American swimmer Mark Spitz became the first athlete to win seven Olympic gold medals .

For his all of his effort, he is forced to walk around in a Speedo for years - the constant jock itch was horrible.

September 4, 1976 -
George W Bush was arrested in Kennebunkport, Maine for driving with a blood-alcohol level of 0.10 percent. He pays the $150 fine and has his driving privileges suspended for a month.

Years later, during Bush's 2000 campaign for President, a WPXT-TV reporter from Portland, Maine uncovers the arrest record just one week prior to election day. It is also revealed that Bush's V.P. candidate, Dick Cheney, had arrests for drunken driving in 1962 and 1963.

September 4, 2006 -
Crocodile HunterSteve Irwin was killed by a stingray’s barb piercing his chest and heart. He was snorkeling in shallow water at the Great Barrier Reef, filming some scenes for a segment in a television show

A similar incident in Florida a month later in which a man survived a stingray barb through the heart showed that Irwin may have caused his own death by removing the barb.

And so it goes

I promised myself that I wasn't going to comment on it but Paul Ryan is such a tool.

Besides lying about his marathon running time, it appears that massively brain cavity lite, Sarah Palin ran two minutes faster than Ryan (and to add insult to injury, Palin was 21 years older that Ryan at the time of her marathon run.)

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