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101 Dalmations, I’m a Believer

In Uncategorized on January 31, 2011 at 6:08 AM

January 31, 2011

January 31 is … National Popcorn Day and Child Labor Day

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

The news as I see it and the views as I want them

 

 I accidentally posted this blog yesterday along with the one meant for yesterday. I am sorry about that. I have made a few changes and additions but much may seem familiar.

It appears the Egyptian protesters and rioters want to destroy the few things the country has the world cares about. They are attacking, looting, setting fires to and destroying artifacts at The Egyptian Museum. This Museum holds King Tut artifacts including the gold death mask. The military is now protecting museums around the trouble spots, the Pyramids, the Sphinx and other burial places of Egyptian rulers. The Pyramids and Sphinx have been around a long time to be damaged or destroyed now.

Just for the fun of it, the following was reprinted from Moviefone’s website address (with permission);

            http://blog.moviefone.com/2011/01/27/101-dalmatians-facts/?icid=main%7Chtmlws-main-n%7Cdl2%7Csec1_lnk3%7C198009      

I always enjoy a children’s movie that has a plot centering on stealing and skinning dogs by the main character that is named the cruel devil.

101 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘101 Dalmatians’

By Eric Larnick (Subscribe to Eric Larnick’s posts)

Posted Jan 27th 2011 3:30PM
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Disney animated classic ‘101 Dalmatians.’

If you’ve somehow forgotten, the 1961 movie focuses on Pongo and Perdita, two proud Dalmatian parents, and their search for their 15 puppies, which have been kidnapped by the nasty Cruella De Vil.

De Vil wants to skin the dogs for her luxurious new fur coat but gets no help from her bumbling sidekicks, Jasper and Horace. Along their adventure, Pongo and Perdy team up with a countryside full of farm animals, rescue 84 additional stray Dalmatian pups, and return to the home of their owners, the Dearlys, with a family in the triple digits.

You may think you know everything about the beloved family film, but did you know about the dogs’ alien adventures or their connection to the rock band Styx? With sequels, TV shows, remakes and a stage show under its belt, ‘101 Dalmatians’ has amassed a long and impressive history, full of surprising nuggets of trivia.

In celebration of the film’s 50th anniversary, we present you with 101 things you didn’t know about ‘101 Dalmatians.’ But first, refresh your memory by watching a trailer for the classic movie.

1. Technically, the official title is ‘One Hundred and One Dalmatians,’ but since it’s a chore to write that out, it often gets shortened to ‘101 Dalmatians.’

2. The film is based on the 1956 book ‘The Hundred and One Dalmatians’ by English novelist Dodie Smith.

3. Dodie Smith herself was the proud owner of nine Dalmatians, including one named Pongo.

4. At one point, Pongo did have a litter of 15 puppies. One of them was stillborn, but Smith managed to revive it.

5. Smith was inspired to write the book after a friend told her “Those dogs would make a lovely fur coat.”

6. Smith’s story was first serialized in ‘Ladies’ Home Journal’ as ‘The Great Dog Robbery.’

7. In the book, Pongo and Perdita are not the parents of the puppies. In the book, the couple is Pongo and Missis Pongo; Perdita is a stray, who had her puppies sold away, and she becomes the wet nurse for Missis’ 15 pups.

8. Perdita’s long-lost love is named Prince.

9. In 1967, Smith published ‘The Starlight Brigade,’ a sequel.

10. In ‘The Starlight Brigade,’ the Dalmatian family teams up with a few strays and some “honorary dogs” (aka cats) to investigate the mystery of why every human in the country,  including their owners and even Cruella De Vil,  has fallen into a deep sleep, unable to wake up.

11. Then they are visited by Sirius, Lord of the Dog Star, an extraterrestrial dog who appears as the breed of whatever dog is speaking to him.

12. He explains that he has come to Earth to rescue all dogs from the threat of nuclear war and owner abuse, by taking them to outer space with him.

13. A council of dogs, led by Pongo, must deliberate on whether to leave the planet or not.

14. They decide to remain on Earth. To ensure their safety, Sirius has all pets returned safely to their owners and gets every stray dog into the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.

15. Battersea is the United Kingdom’s oldest animal shelter. Established in 1860, the shelter survives entirely on public donations; it took in almost $20 million in 2009.

16. One reason Smith wrote the sequel is because Walt Disney kept sending her letters urging her to make more Dalmatian stories they could adapt.

17. ‘101 Dalmatians’ has the distinction of being the first animated Disney film to take place in a contemporary setting.

18. A newspaper gag in the film about Captain Henrik Kurt Carlsen and the Flying Enterprise freighter, which sank into the Atlantic, places the movie’s events in 1952.

19. Getting ‘Dalmatians’ made into a movie was not easy; Disney was undergoing a budget crisis after their previous film, ‘Sleeping Beauty,’ had been deemed a commercial failure.

20. Prior to the production of this movie, Disney’s animation staff had been cut from over 500 to less than 100 animators.

21. Production was finally made possible due to the development of Xerography.

22. Xerography-based animation was developed when legendary Ub Iwerks began experimenting with Xerox photography. In 1959, he developed a Xerox camera that could transfer animator’s drawings directly to cells, forgoing the need for inking.

23. The xerography style resulted in hard, scratchy outlines on the final drawings, which then forced Disney animators to change the look of their characters from softer and rounder to more angular and stylized.

24. This new style became the Disney standard, used all the way up until 1977’s ‘The Rescuer’s when updated technology allowed them to change the look.

25. Walt Disney reportedly disliked the Xerox-based style.

26. Still, the Xerox technique allowed the film to come in on budget.

27. All of the moving cars in the movie are based on live-action footage of cars painted black and white.

28. Then they were Xeroxed onto animation cells and re-colored.
29. Animators painted all the Dalmatian spots by treating them as constellations, forming a fixed pattern design.

30. Pongo sports 72 spots, Perdita sports 68, and each of the 99 puppies has exactly 32 spots.

31. For the movement of dogs in background shots, animators created a handful of animation loops and Xeroxed them in differing sizes and directions.

32. Individually animating each of the 101 Dalmatians would have more than doubled the film’s cost.

33. Due to a continuity goof, the final scene of the movie features more than 101 Dalmatians; there’s at least 150 animated in the background.

34. Walt Disney hired actors to perform live-action scenes of all the human characters to serve as a reference for the animators and to find out if those scenes were feasible to animate.

35. The animators didn’t like working this way; they thought it limited their creativity.

36. Traditionally, Disney’s top team of animators, known collectively as “the Nine Old Men” each animated a single lead character for the entire movie. This was the first production where they teamed up on characters together.

37. Seven of the nine animated Perdita.

38. The only one of the Nine Old Men who worked on his own individual character was Marc Davis, who animated Cruella De Vil.

39. Cruella De Vil’s look and personality was inspired by manic Golden Age actress Tallulah Bankhead.

40. Bankhead had caused a scandal in 1932 when she told ‘Motion Picture Magazine’: “I haven’t had an affair for six months. Six months! Too long … If there’s anything the matter with me now, it’s not Hollywood or Hollywood’s state of mind. The matter with me is I want a man. Six months is a long, long while. I want a man!”

41. Another one of her famous quotes: “There have been only two geniuses in the world: Willie Mays and Willie Shakespeare. But, darling, I think you’d better put Shakespeare first.”

42. Tallulah Bankhead’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is located at 6141 Hollywood Blvd.

43. Cruella was ranked 31st on the American Film Institute’s List of 100 Greatest On-Screen Heroes and Villains.

44. In Italy, she is known as “Crudelia De Mon” — a play off the word “demon.” In France, she is known as “Cruella D’Enfer” — meaning “From Hell.”

45. Synth-metal band Deadsy wrote a tribute song to her entitled, ‘Cruella.’

46. The thunder that claps when she first appears is a sound effect from ‘Bambi.’

47. Cruella was voiced not by Bankhead but by actress Betty Lou Gerson; she was honored as a “Disney Legend” in 1996.

48. After Gerson retired from showbiz, she used her voice for a telephone answering service at her husband’s company.

49. The film was different from previous Disney films in that it featured only three songs, just one of which, Cruella’s theme song,  was performed in its entirety. Several more songs were composed by Mel Leven that has never been heard.
50. Captain the Horse (the equine friend of Tibbs the Cat and Colonel the Sheepdog) is voiced by Thurl Ravenscroft. You might know Thurl as the voice of Tony the Tiger, and as the uncredited singer of ‘You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.’

51. Clarence Nash, who was famous as the voice of Donald Duck, provided all the dog barks used in the movie.

52. J. Pat O’Malley provides the voices of the Colonel and Jasper, meaning when they come face to face with each other, O’Malley is talking to himself.

53. This is the first Disney animated feature to be credited to one writer: Bill Peet, who also helped write: ‘The Jungle Book,’ ‘The Sword in the Stone,’ ‘Sleeping Beauty,’ ‘Peter Pan,’ ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ ‘Cinderella,’ ‘Mickey and the Beanstalk,’ ‘Song of the South,’ ‘The Three Caballeros,’ ‘Dumbo,’ ‘Fantasia’ and ‘Pinocchio.’

54. Lady, the Tramp, Jock, Peg and Bull from 1955’s ‘Lady and the Tramp’ all make cameos during the “Twilight Bark” sequence.
55. Roger Dearly and Pongo make a cameo in Disney’s Dickens-by-way-of-canines 1988 hit,  ‘Oliver & Company.’

56. ‘101 Dalmatians’ was released on Jan. 25, 1961.

57. The film premiered at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

58. The movie maintains a 97 percent “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

59. ‘Dalmatians’ became the 10th-highest-grossing film of 1961, earning $6,400,000 domestically that year.

60. It was re-released in theaters in January 1969, June 1979, December 1985, and July 1991.

61. The 1991 re-release brought in $60 million and was the 20th-highest-grossing movie of the year.

62. Over its lifetime of theatrical screenings, it has amassed a worldwide box office take of $215,880,014.

63. Adjusted for inflation, it’s roughly $145 million domestic draw equates to $794 million, good for 11th on the all-time list, according to Box Office Mojo. This even puts it ahead of ‘Avatar’ in terms of total number of tickets sold.

64. The film was released on VHS on April 10, 1992, as part of the “Walt Disney Classics” video series.

65. Then, it was re-released on video tape on March 9, 1999, as part of the “Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection” video series.

66. Then, it was released on DVD on Dec. 19, 1999, as part of the “Disney’s Limited Issue” DVD series.

67. Then, it was released on DVD for a second time, on March 4, 2008, as part of the “Walt Disney Platinum Edition” two-disc DVD series.

68. There is no official release date yet for the release of the film as part of the “Walt Disney Diamond Edition” three-disc DVD/Blu-ray Combo series.

69. The movie is officially out of the “Disney Vault” for the time being, but once it returns to its fortified holding cell, it will not be available for sale at any commercial outlets for a minimum of seven years.

70. Selena Gomez performed ‘Cruella De Vil’ for a bonus music video, included on the Platinum Edition DVD.
71. During the first VHS release, a large number of tie-in merchandise was sold to the public with the misspelling “Dalmations.”

72. The movie got an official sequel 40 years later on Jan. 21, 2003, with the direct-to-video/DVD film ‘101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London Adventure.’ It was not based on Smith’s ‘The Starlight Brigade.’

73. In the new story, puppy Patch is accidentally left behind during a Dalmatian relocation. He finds his family with the help of Thunderbolt, a canine television star. Think ‘Home Alone’ meets ‘Bolt.’

74. ‘Patch’s London Adventure’ was re-released on Sept. 16, 2008, as a special-edition DVD.

75. In 1996, ‘Dalmatians’ was remade as a live-action modern-day film. The official title this time around, was simply ‘101 Dalmatians.’

76. In the remake, Jeff Daniels’ Roger Dearly is a struggling video-game designer, instead of a struggling jazz songwriter, and the Dalmatians cannot talk.

77. Glenn Close portrays the iconic Cruella De Vil, while Hugh Laurie stars as her bumbling henchman Jasper. The film was written and produced by John Hughes.

78. The 1996 version used 20 adult Dalmatians and 230 puppies.

79. Glenn Close’s first day on set in the full Cruella costume genuinely scared the dog playing Perdita.

80. In order to get the puppies to lick him on cue, crew members had to rub raw hot dogs on Jeff Daniels’ face.

81. John Hughes’ contract for this movie allowed him to gain a cut of the merchandising profits.

82. Over 17,000 pieces of merchandise were made for the film.

83. Not surprisingly, then, ‘101 Dalmatians’ turned out to be John Hughes’ most profitable writing assignment.

84. The 1996 version grossed over $320 million worldwide, but has received a “rotten” rating of 41 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes.

85. That movie’s success led to the November 2000 sequel, ‘102 Dalmatians.’ Even though Close was the only star to return, the installment still grossed over $183 million worldwide.

86. One of the characters in ‘102 Dalmatians’ is Oddball, a completely spotless dalmatian. The puppy-actor’s spots had to be digitally removed, one by one, by a team of 55 computer artists.

87. A spin-off animated series, ‘101 Dalmatians: The Series,’ was launched in September of 1997, as part of the Disney Afternoon syndicated block, and blends elements of the original novel, the animated feature and the live-action remake.

88. The TV show stars three puppies in the lead: Lucky the leader, Rolly the fat one (he’s smart, too!) and New Age-y sister Cadpig. The trio, along with their brothers, sisters and farm animal friends, contend once again with Cruella De Vil, who has now become a corporate villain.

89. The dogs have been the stars of two video games: ‘101 Dalmatians: Escape from De Vil Manor’ for the PC, and ‘102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue’ for the Sega Dreamcast and Sony Playstation. Both games mash-up the animated and live-action versions.

90. The canine family also appears in the wildly successful original ‘Kingdom Hearts’ game. Pongo and Perdita ask Sora to help locate their 99 puppies, which have been lost among the worlds of the universe since their home planet was destroyed by darkness.

91. According to the ‘Kingdom Hearts’ wiki: “It is not a requirement to find all of the puppies in ‘Kingdom Hearts,’ but doing so yields various rewards, which includes unlocking the secret ending, an Aero upgrade, as well as a full Gummi Block collection.” We have no idea what that means

92. In 2009, Purina Dog Chow sponsored a live theatrical musical based on Dodie Smith’s original novel; first premiered at Minneapolis’s Orpheum Theater, before embarking on a national tour that culminated with a 2010 engagement at Madison Square Garden.

93. ‘The 101 Dalmatians Musical’ featured lyrics from Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung, 15 actual Dalmatians and simulated dog perspective via the use of stilts.

94. The production received mixed reviews.

95. Dalmatian breeds have experienced a continuous boost in domestic popularity since the movie phenomenon began.

96. Dalmatians are active dogs that require a large amount of outdoor activity. Their loyal and athletic dispositions have made them ideal for rescue and guarding.

97. Unfortunately, many Dalmatian owners are undereducated about proper breeding responsibilities. Because many homes are not capable of raising such high-energy dogs, massive numbers of Dalmatians have been abandoned to animal shelters.

98. Many Dalmatian rescue organizations have arisen to take care of unwanted Dalmatians and find proper housing for them.

99. The breed of dogs originated in the Dalmatia region of the Republic of Croatia, and then was brought to England. They served as guard dogs and guides for horses and firefighters.

100. There are 113,760 frames of film in the original ‘101 Dalmatians.’

101. The final tally of Dalmatian spots in all those frames of film: 6,469,952.

What we were listening to on January 31st over the years;

1951 My Heart Cries for You – Guy Mitchell
Tennessee Waltz – Patti Page
A Bushell and a Peck – Perry Como & Betty Hutton
The Shot Gun Boogie – Tennessee Ernie Ford

1959 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes – The Platters
Donna – Ritchie Valens
The All American Boy – Bill Parsons
Billy Bayou – Jim Reeves

1967 I’m a Believer – The Monkees
Tell It Like It Is – Aaron Neville
Georgy Girl – The Seekers
There Goes My Everything – Jack Greene

1975 Please Mr. Postman – Carpenters
Laughter in the Rain – Neil Sedaka
Fire – Ohio Players
(I’d Be) A Legend in My Time – Ronnie Milsap

1983 Down Under – Men at Work
Africa – Toto
Sexual Healing – Marvin Gaye
Talk to Me – Mickey Gilley

1991 The First Time – Surface
Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) – C & C Music Factory
featuring Freedom Williams
Sensitivity – Ralph Tresvant
Forever’s as Far as I’ll Go – Alabama

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Kucinich must be the Stoned Ranger.

In Uncategorized on January 30, 2011 at 7:07 AM

 

January 30, 2011

January 30 is … Escape Day

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

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One of the main morons in Congress has apparently listened to someone on his staff or in his family with a brain. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) said Friday he has settled his legal action against Compass Group, the operator of a congressional cafeteria, over a sandwich that broke his tooth when he bit into an olive pit. Details of the settlement were not released, but both sides “have resolved the matter for an amount all parties believe reflects the actual out-of-pocket expenses related to this incident,” the congressman said in a statement on his website. “I feel the defendants have responded fairly and reasonably,” Kucinich said.

In my business, the wording of the statement by the Congressman is code for “I wised up and decided this wasn’t going anywhere. I dismissed the lawsuit.” I would bet he got nothing except for bad press and several jokes made about him. Kucinich said, he underwent three dental surgeries, none of which was covered by his insurance. He did not say they were not covered by insurance just not his insurance. The restaurant’s insurance likely covered the cost if not his wife’s or some Congressional perk.

The famous radio western, The Lone Ranger, was heard for the first time on this day in 1933. The program ran for 2,956 episodes and came to an end in late 1954.

George Seaton (Stenius) was the first voice of the Lone Ranger. Jack Deeds and Earle Graser followed in the role. However, it was Brace Beemer who is best remembered as former Texas Ranger, John Reid. He played the part of the black-masked ranger, fighting for frontier justice for thirteen consecutive years.

Riding alongside the Lone Ranger was Tonto, the Indian who had rescued him from death and nursed him back to health after an outlaw ambush had massacred his entire company. The part of Indian scout, Tonto, was played for almost the entire run by a bald-headed Irishman named John Todd. Jim Jewell also fondly referred to the Lone Ranger as ‘kemo sabe’. Jewell produced and directed the series for many years. Silver played the part of the ranger’s horse, while Scout was Tonto’s steed.

(Clayton Moore [1949-1952 & 1954-1957] and John Hart [1952-1954] as the Lone Ranger, and Jay Silverheels as his faithful Indian companion, Tonto, took to the TV airwaves for years. Moore and Silverheels would also make 1956 and 1958 film versions of The Lone Ranger.)

Created by Fran Striker (of The Lone Ranger comic-book character fame) and George Trendle, this Western radio adventure series had an interesting twist. The Lone Ranger had a nephew, Dan, who was the father of Britt Reid, another avenger of crime known as The Green Hornet. There was no coincidence that Striker and Trendle also were the creators of The Green Hornet.

But no show began as dramatically as The Lone Ranger with Rossini’s William Tell Overture and the voice of announcers, Fred Foy, Harold Golder, Bob Hite, Brace Beemer, Harold True or Charles Woods proclaiming, “A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty ‘Hi-yo, Silver!’ The Lone Ranger rides again!”

And, at the end of each show, with a “Hi-yo, Silver, away!” and the sound of hoof beats fading into the distance, you would almost believe that there was a silver bullet lying by your radio.

Lack of civility by politicians is not a new concept.   On this date in 1798 the first brawl in the U.S. House of Representatives was witnessed by legislators. Congressmen Matthew Lyon and Roger Griswold duked it out right there on the House floor. The spat occurred when Lyon spit in Griswold’s face.

In 1894, C.B. King of Detroit, MI, interested in all things pneumatic, earned himself a patent for the pneumatic hammer, the heavy jackhammer that runs on air and makes quite a racket.

 A key member of a Miami-based marijuana-smuggling ring was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service on Thursday, more than 31 years after skipping out of a federal trial. Mark Steven Phillips, 62, was arrested in his apartment at Century Village, a senior’s community where he had been living in recent months, according to a press release by the U.S. Marshals Service. Along with 13 others, Phillips was charged in May 1979 in what was then the country’s largest marijuana importation prosecution in history. The ring, known as the “Black Tuna Gang,” derived its name from the radio moniker for the group’s Colombian source for marijuana. Phillips, who faces sentencing for a racketeering conviction and adjudication of fugitive charges, told U.S. Magistrate Edwin Torres that he has no property, $600 in a bank account and receives $667 in monthly Social Security benefits, the Miami Herald reported. According to the U.S. Marshals Service, Phillips was sleeping when deputies went to his apartment on Monday and was told the “judge wants to see you, Mark” by the lead deputy marshal. “The judge wants to see me from 30 years ago,” Phillips replied. Authorities estimate that the ring smuggled 500 tons of marijuana into the U.S. in the mid-’70s. These days, this is a daily event that doesn’t even make the national news.

I assume the authorities were not looking too hard for this guy. He was receiving Social Security benefits from the government looking for him. They had his address. They must have had it for years. He apparently was filing tax returns to establish his entitlement to Social Security. A simple cross-checking computer program should be able to catch these sorts of things. It is probably cheaper to give him $667.00 a month in Social Security than house him in a Federal Prison but either he is a fugitive from justice or he isn’t. Assuming he has been reasonably law-abiding for the past thirty years, just leave him alone. Have a Federal Judge quietly quash all warrants and close the case satisfactorily. There is law and there is justice. I went to law school not fair school and not justice school.

Top of the Music charts through the years on this date:

1950 Dear Hearts and Gentle People – Bing Crosby
The Old Master Painter – Richard Hayes
A Dreamer’s Holiday – Perry Como
Take Me in Your Arms and Hold Me – Eddy Arnold

1958 At the Hop – Danny & The Juniors. Let’s get down and rock n roll at the sock-hop.
Don’t/I Beg of You – Elvis Presley
Stood Up/Waitin’ in School – Ricky Nelson
The Story of My Life – Marty Robbins

1966 We Can Work It Out – The Beatles
Barbara Ann – The Beach Boys
No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach’s In) – The T-Bones
Giddyup Go – Red Sovine

1974 You’re Sixteen – Ringo Starr
The Way We Were – Barbra Streisand
Love’s Theme – Love Unlimited Orchestra
I Love – Tom T. Hall

1982 I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do) – Daryl Hall & John Oates
Centerfold – The J. Geils Band. Who can forget Centerfold, Glenn?
Harden My Heart – Quarterflash
The Sweetest Thing (I’ve Ever Known) – Juice Newton

1990 How Am I Supposed to Live Without You – Michael Bolton
Downtown Train – Rod Stewart
Just to Make It Right – Seduction
Nobody’s Home – Clint Black

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101 Dalmations; the world isn’t spotless.

In Uncategorized on January 30, 2011 at 6:06 AM

January 31, 2011

January 31 is … National Popcorn Day and Child Labor Day

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

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It appears the Egyptian protesters and rioters want to destroy the few things the country has the world cares about. They are attacking, looting, setting fires to and destroying artifacts at The Egyptian Museum. This Museum holds King Tut artifacts including the gold death mask. The military is now protecting museums around the trouble spots, the Pyramids, the Sphinx and other burial places of Egyptian rulers. The Pyramids and Sphinx have been around a long time to be damaged or destroyed now.

Just for the fun of it, the following was reprinted from Moviefone’s website address (with permission);

            http://blog.moviefone.com/2011/01/27/101-dalmatians-facts/?icid=main%7Chtmlws-main-n%7Cdl2%7Csec1_lnk3%7C198009      

I always enjoy a children’s movie that has a plot centering on stealing and skinning dogs by the main character that is named the cruel devil.

101 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘101 Dalmatians’

By Eric Larnick (Subscribe to Eric Larnick’s posts)

Posted Jan 27th 2011 3:30PM
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Disney animated classic ‘101 Dalmatians.’

If you’ve somehow forgotten, the 1961 movie focuses on Pongo and Perdita, two proud Dalmatian parents, and their search for their 15 puppies, which have been kidnapped by the nasty Cruella De Vil.

De Vil wants to skin the dogs for her luxurious new fur coat but gets no help from her bumbling sidekicks, Jasper and Horace. Along their adventure, Pongo and Perdy team up with a countryside full of farm animals, rescue 84 additional stray Dalmatian pups, and return to the home of their owners, the Dearlys, with a family in the triple digits.

You may think you know everything about the beloved family film, but did you know about the dogs’ alien adventures or their connection to the rock band Styx? With sequels, TV shows, remakes and a stage show under its belt, ‘101 Dalmatians’ has amassed a long and impressive history, full of surprising nuggets of trivia.

In celebration of the film’s 50th anniversary, we present you with 101 things you didn’t know about ‘101 Dalmatians.’ But first, refresh your memory by watching a trailer for the classic movie.

1. Technically, the official title is ‘One Hundred and One Dalmatians,’ but since it’s a chore to write that out, it often gets shortened to ‘101 Dalmatians.’

2. The film is based on the 1956 book ‘The Hundred and One Dalmatians’ by English novelist Dodie Smith.

3. Dodie Smith herself was the proud owner of nine Dalmatians, including one named Pongo.

4. At one point, Pongo did have a litter of 15 puppies. One of them was stillborn, but Smith managed to revive it.

5. Smith was inspired to write the book after a friend told her “Those dogs would make a lovely fur coat.”

6. Smith’s story was first serialized in ‘Ladies’ Home Journal’ as ‘The Great Dog Robbery.’

7. In the book, Pongo and Perdita are not the parents of the puppies. In the book, the couple is Pongo and Missis Pongo; Perdita is a stray, who had her puppies sold away, and she becomes the wet nurse for Missis’ 15 pups.

8. Perdita’s long-lost love is named Prince.

9. In 1967, Smith published ‘The Starlight Brigade,’ a sequel.

10. In ‘The Starlight Brigade,’ the Dalmatian family teams up with a few strays and some “honorary dogs” (aka cats) to investigate the mystery of why every human in the country — including their owners and even Cruella De Vil — has fallen into a deep sleep, unable to wake up.

11. Then they are visited by Sirius, Lord of the Dog Star, an extraterrestrial dog who appears as the breed of whatever dog is speaking to him.

12. He explains that he has come to Earth to rescue all dogs from the threat of nuclear war and owner abuse, by taking them to outer space with him.

13. A council of dogs, led by Pongo, must deliberate on whether to leave the planet or not.

14. They decide to remain on Earth. To ensure their safety, Sirius has all pets returned safely to their owners and gets every stray dog into the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.

15. Battersea is the United Kingdom’s oldest animal shelter. Established in 1860, the shelter survives entirely on public donations; it took in almost $20 million in 2009.

16. One reason Smith wrote the sequel is because Walt Disney kept sending her letters urging her to make more Dalmatian stories they could adapt.

17. ‘101 Dalmatians’ has the distinction of being the first animated Disney film to take place in a contemporary setting.

18. A newspaper gag in the film about Captain Henrik Kurt Carlsen and the Flying Enterprise freighter, which sank into the Atlantic, places the movie’s events in 1952.

19. Getting ‘Dalmatians’ made into a movie was not easy; Disney was undergoing a budget crisis after their previous film, ‘Sleeping Beauty,’ had been deemed a commercial failure.

20. Prior to the production of this movie, Disney’s animation staff had been cut from over 500 to less than 100 animators.

21. Production was finally made possible due to the development of Xerography.

22. Xerography-based animation was developed when legendary Ub Iwerks began experimenting with Xerox photography. In 1959, he developed a Xerox camera that could transfer animator’s drawings directly to cells, forgoing the need for inking.

23. The xerography style resulted in hard, scratchy outlines on the final drawings, which then forced Disney animators to change the look of their characters from softer and rounder to more angular and stylized.

24. This new style became the Disney standard, used all the way up until 1977’s ‘The Rescuers,’ when updated technology allowed them to change the look.
25. Walt Disney reportedly disliked the Xerox-based style.

26. Still, the Xerox technique allowed the film to come in on budget.

27. All of the moving cars in the movie are based on live-action footage of cars painted black and white.

28. Then they were Xeroxed onto animation cells and re-colored.
29. Animators painted all the Dalmatian spots by treating them as constellations, forming a fixed pattern design.

30. Pongo sports 72 spots, Perdita sports 68, and each of the 99 puppies has exactly 32 spots.

31. For the movement of dogs in background shots, animators created a handful of animation loops and Xeroxed them in differing sizes and directions.

32. Individually animating each of the 101 Dalmatians would have more than doubled the film’s cost.

33. Due to a continuity goof, the final scene of the movie features more than 101 Dalmatians; there’s at least 150 animated in the background.

34. Walt Disney hired actors to perform live-action scenes of all the human characters to serve as a reference for the animators and to find out if those scenes were feasible to animate.

35. The animators didn’t like working this way; they thought it limited their creativity.

36. Traditionally, Disney’s top team of animators — known collectively as “the Nine Old Men” — each animated a single lead character for the entire movie. This was the first production where they teamed up on characters together.

37. Seven of the nine animated Perdita.

38. The only one of the Nine Old Men who worked on his own individual character was Marc Davis, who animated Cruella De Vil.

39. Cruella De Vil’s look and personality was inspired by manic Golden Age actress Tallulah Bankhead.

40. Bankhead had caused a scandal in 1932 when she told ‘Motion Picture Magazine’: “I haven’t had an affair for six months. Six months! Too long … If there’s anything the matter with me now, it’s not Hollywood or Hollywood’s state of mind. The matter with me is I want a man. Six months is a long, long while. I want a man!”

41. Another one of her famous quotes: “There have been only two geniuses in the world: Willie Mays and Willie Shakespeare. But, darling, I think you’d better put Shakespeare first.”

42. Tallulah Bankhead’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is located at 6141 Hollywood Blvd.

43. Cruella was ranked 31st on the American Film Institute’s List of 100 Greatest On-Screen Heroes and Villains.

44. In Italy, she is known as “Crudelia De Mon” — a play off the word “demon.” In France, she is known as “Cruella D’Enfer” — meaning “From Hell.”

45. Synth-metal band Deadsy wrote a tribute song to her entitled, ‘Cruella.’

46. The thunder that claps when she first appears is a sound effect from ‘Bambi.’

47. Cruella was voiced not by Bankhead but by actress Betty Lou Gerson; she was honored as a “Disney Legend” in 1996.

48. After Gerson retired from showbiz, she used her voice for a telephone answering service at her husband’s company.

49. The film was different from previous Disney films in that it featured only three songs, just one of which — Cruella’s theme song — was performed in its entirety. Several more songs were composed by Mel Leven that has never been heard.
50. Captain the Horse (the equine friend of Tibbs the Cat and Colonel the Sheepdog) is voiced by Thurl Ravenscroft. You might know Thurl as the voice of Tony the Tiger, and as the uncredited singer of ‘You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.’

51. Clarence Nash — who famously voiced Donald Duck — provided all the dog barks used in the movie.

52. J. Pat O’Malley provides the voices of the Colonel and Jasper, meaning when they come face to face with each other, O’Malley is talking to himself.

53. This is the first Disney animated feature to be credited to one writer: Bill Peet, who also helped write: ‘The Jungle Book,’ ‘The Sword in the Stone,’ ‘Sleeping Beauty,’ ‘Peter Pan,’ ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ ‘Cinderella,’ ‘Mickey and the Beanstalk,’ ‘Song of the South,’ ‘The Three Caballeros,’ ‘Dumbo,’ ‘Fantasia’ and ‘Pinocchio.’

54. Lady, the Tramp, Jock, Peg and Bull from 1955’s ‘Lady and the Tramp’ all make cameos during the “Twilight Bark” sequence.
55. Roger Dearly and Pongo make a cameo in Disney’s Dickens-by-way-of-canines 1988 hit, ‘Oliver & Company.’

56. ‘101 Dalmatians’ was released on Jan. 25, 1961.

57. The film premiered at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

58. The movie maintains a 97 percent “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

59. ‘Dalmatians’ became the 10th-highest-grossing film of 1961, earning $6,400,000 domestically that year.

60. It was re-released in theaters in January 1969, June 1979, December 1985, and July 1991.

61. The 1991 re-release brought in $60 million and was the 20th-highest-grossing movie of the year.

62. Over its lifetime of theatrical screenings, it has amassed a worldwide box office take of $215,880,014.

63. Adjusted for inflation, it’s roughly $145 million domestic draw equates to $794 million, good for 11th on the all-time list, according to Box Office Mojo. This even puts it ahead of ‘Avatar’ in terms of total number of tickets sold.

64. The film was released on VHS on April 10, 1992, as part of the “Walt Disney Classics” video series.

65. Then, it was re-released on video tape on March 9, 1999, as part of the “Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection” video series.

66. Then, it was released on DVD on Dec. 19, 1999, as part of the “Disney’s Limited Issue” DVD series.

67. Then, it was released on DVD for a second time, on March 4, 2008, as part of the “Walt Disney Platinum Edition” two-disc DVD series.

68. There is no official release date yet for the release of the film as part of the “Walt Disney Diamond Edition” three-disc DVD/Blu-ray Combo series.

69. The movie is officially out of the “Disney Vault” for the time being, but once it returns to its fortified holding cell, it will not be available for sale at any commercial outlets for a minimum of seven years.

70. Selena Gomez performed ‘Cruella De Vil’ for a bonus music video, included on the Platinum Edition DVD.
71. During the first VHS release, a large number of tie-in merchandise was sold to the public with the misspelling “Dalmations.”

72. The movie got an official sequel 40 years later on Jan. 21, 2003, with the direct-to-video/DVD film ‘101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London Adventure.’ It was not based on Smith’s ‘The Starlight Brigade.’

73. In the new story, puppy Patch is accidentally left behind during a Dalmatian relocation. He finds his family with the help of Thunderbolt, a canine television star. Think ‘Home Alone’ meets ‘Bolt.’

74. ‘Patch’s London Adventure’ was re-released on Sept. 16, 2008, as a special-edition DVD.

75. In 1996, ‘Dalmatians’ was remade as a live-action modern-day film. The official title this time around, was simply ‘101 Dalmatians.’

76. In the remake, Jeff Daniels’ Roger Dearly is a struggling video-game designer, instead of a struggling jazz songwriter, and the Dalmatians cannot talk.

77. Glenn Close portrays the iconic Cruella De Vil, while Hugh Laurie stars as her bumbling henchman Jasper. The film was written and produced by John Hughes.

78. The 1996 version used 20 adult Dalmatians and 230 puppies.

79. Glenn Close’s first day on set in the full Cruella costume genuinely scared the dog playing Perdita.

80. In order to get the puppies to lick him on cue, crew members had to rub raw hot dogs on Jeff Daniels’ face.

81. John Hughes’ contract for this movie allowed him to gain a cut of the merchandising profits.

82. Over 17,000 pieces of merchandise were made for the film.

83. Not surprisingly, then, ‘101 Dalmatians’ turned out to be John Hughes’ most profitable writing assignment.

84. The 1996 version grossed over $320 million worldwide, but has received a “rotten” rating of 41 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

85. That movie’s success led to the November 2000 sequel, ‘102 Dalmatians.’ Even though Close was the only star to return, the installment still grossed over $183 million worldwide.

86. One of the characters in ‘102 Dalmatians’ is Oddball, a completely spotless dalmatian. The puppy-actor’s spots had to be digitally removed, one by one, by a team of 55 computer artists.

87. A spin-off animated series, ‘101 Dalmatians: The Series,’ was launched in September of 1997, as part of the Disney Afternoon syndicated block, and blends elements of the original novel, the animated feature and the live-action remake.

88. The TV show stars three puppies in the lead: Lucky the leader, Rolly the fat one (he’s smart, too!) and New Age-y sister Cadpig. The trio, along with their brothers, sisters and farm animal friends, contend once again with Cruella De Vil, who has now become a corporate villain.
89. The dogs have been the stars of two video games: ‘101 Dalmatians: Escape from De Vil Manor’ for the PC, and ‘102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue’ for the Sega Dreamcast and Sony Playstation. Both games mash-up the animated and live-action versions.

90. The canine family also appears in the wildly successful original ‘Kingdom Hearts’ game. Pongo and Perdita ask Sora to help locate their 99 puppies, which have been lost among the worlds of the universe since their home planet was destroyed by darkness.

91. According to the ‘Kingdom Hearts’ wiki: “It is not a requirement to find all of the puppies in ‘Kingdom Hearts,’ but doing so yields various rewards, which includes unlocking the secret ending, an Aero upgrade, as well as a full Gummi Block collection.” We have no idea what that means
92. In 2009, Purina Dog Chow sponsored a live theatrical musical based on Dodie Smith’s original novel; first premiered at Minneapolis’s Orpheum Theater, before embarking on a national tour that culminated with a 2010 engagement at Madison Square Garden.

93. ‘The 101 Dalmatians Musical’ featured lyrics from Styx front man Dennis DeYoung, 15 actual Dalmatians and simulated dog perspective via the use of stilts.

94. The production received mixed reviews.

95. Dalmatian breeds have experienced a continuous boost in domestic popularity since the movie phenomenon began.

96. Dalmatians are active dogs that require a large amount of outdoor activity. Their loyal and athletic dispositions have made them ideal for rescue and guarding.

97. Unfortunately, many Dalmatian owners are undereducated about proper breeding responsibilities. Because many homes are not capable of raising such high-energy dogs, massive numbers of Dalmatians have been abandoned to animal shelters.

98. Many Dalmatian rescue organizations have arisen to take care of unwanted Dalmatians and find proper housing for them.

99. The breed of dogs originated in the Dalmatia region of the Republic of Croatia, and then was brought to England. They served as guard dogs and guides for horses and firefighters.

100. There are 113,760 frames of film in the original ‘101 Dalmatians.’

101. The final tally of Dalmatian spots in all those frames of film: 6,469,952.

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Have a Frito before we ship them to Egypt.

In Uncategorized on January 29, 2011 at 6:35 AM

 

January 29, 2011

January 29 is … National Cornchip Day. Have a Frito today!

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

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Why isn’t this proposal a Federal law? On Jan. 7, 2011 a bill was introduced into the Kentucky House of Representatives that would require all adults who receive public assistance to participate in a State sponsored and paid for drug testing program. Those who fail to pass the tests must enter into a state sponsored and paid for drug abuse program. If they fail the assistance program or refuse to participate, they lose their welfare benefits. This should be expanded to include those over the age of twelve. All loopholes, and there will be plenty, must be closed.

Many people convicted of a crime or sentenced for the commission of a crime include aspects of the sentence that are designed to embarrass and inconvenience the Defendants i.e. Victim Impact Panels, Drug or alcohol classes, public service hours cleaning the highways, etc. I think welfare recipients should be embarrassed and inconvenienced also. They are not working so they have the time. If you add some duties and responsibilities associated with receiving free money, food, housing, medical care, education and other benefits and you start it at a young age, perhaps some people will see it is not that easy anymore and get off the freebies. If we cannot educate them enough to get them off the welfare gravy train, let’s embarrass them to get them off.

Egypt seems to be having a problem or two. We always seem to back the countries having trouble or countries that need our financial assistance. Who do you think is going to pay to get Egypt back on its feet with a working government? They will not want our help but they will cash our checks. Egypt is already cashing in on United States foreign aid. Egypt has received U.S. foreign aid (since 1979, an average of $2.2 billion per year) and is the third-largest recipient of such funds from the United States following the Iraq war. Its main revenues however come from tourism as well as traffic that goes through the Suez Canal. Egypt produces less than ten per cent of the oil Saudi Arabia produces.

How come we back Egypt and Israel, the two countries in the Middle East that do not survive off of oil exports? If you have oil reserves, we will start a war with you or just always be at odds with you. If you do not have large oil reserves, you are our friend. Please, take our money. Something is wrong with this picture.

Scientists investigating the death of thousands of blackbirds in Arkansas say they’ve identified the cause of death: blunt force trauma. Locals in Beebe, Ark., were mystified when as many as 5,000 red-winged blackbirds dropped out of the sky Dec. 31. Studies commissioned by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission ruled out possible causes such as disease and poison. The tests revealed hemorrhaging “consistent with blunt trauma,” according to a Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study. “In most instances, such traumatic injuries in wild birds are due to flying into stationary objects such as trees, houses, windows, power lines, towers, etc.”

There has been a string of mass animal deaths so far this year, from dead fish in the Detroit River to hundreds of dead starlings in South Dakota. Arkansas blackbirds have poor eyesight and don’t normally fly at night. The AGFC said the birds were probably disturbed by “unusually loud noises” and flew lower than normal due to New Year’s Eve fireworks. The rare night flight was even recorded on radar data.  “The first exodus occurred about 10:20 [p.m.] and contained approximately 6,000 to 7,000 birds per cubic kilometer,” said Sidney Gauthreaux, professor emeritus at Clemson University. “At 11:21 p.m., another pulse of birds with a slightly smaller density left the roost.”

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture admitted it was behind the death of hundreds of starlings in South Dakota. The USDA said it put out poisoned bait for the birds after a local farmer complained they were defecating in his animal feed. A local said that the birds made the streets of Yankton, S.D., look like something out of an Alfred Hitchcock movie. In Arkansas, the mystery of the red-winged blackbirds may be solved, but officials are still mystified as to what killed more than 80,000 freshwater drum in the Arkansas River last December. So far, officials have ruled out bacteria, viruses and parasites as the culprit, according to the Arkansas Times. “Unfortunately, we probably will never know exactly what killed these fish,” said AGFC Assistant Chief of Fisheries Chris Racey.

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Congressman Kucinich is a disgrace to mankind!

In Uncategorized on January 28, 2011 at 6:06 AM

January 28, 2011

January 28 is … National Kazoo Day, Clash Day, Rattle Snake Round-Up Day

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Your thumb is the same length as your nose.

The following headline was in the High Plains Daily Leader & Times. The Leader / TImes is the official newspaper of Seward County, and the City of Liberal, Kansas.

Hooker overcomes illness, slaps Beaver 64-57

According to the newspaper story; Even battling illness, the Hooker High School Bulldogs made a statement. Facing a team they could potentially face again in the next few weeks with the district championship on the line, the Bulldogs held off a charging Beaver Dusters 64-57 Tuesday night. “We had kids sick in there,” Hooker head coach Bud Valerius said. “I really think they did a good job gutting it out.” The win extends Hooker’s winning streak to eight and gives the Bulldogs a 13-5 overall record. Beaver falls to 13-7.

It was on this night in 1940 that Beat the Band made its debut on NBC radio. The band was that of Ted Weems and his 14-piece orchestra, who were joined by Elmo ‘The Whistling Troubadour’ Tanner, Harry Soskind and Country Washington; announcers Marvin Miller and Fort Pearson; emcee, Thomas Garrison Morfit (aka Garry Moore) and Hildegarde; and several noted singers, Marvel Maxwell and Marilyn Thorne. One other star of the show was a barber from Pittsburgh, PA (nearby Canonsburg, actually), who would record many hits for RCA Victor from 1943 right through the dawn of the 1970s. His name was Perry Como.

Beat the Band was a funky show where listeners’ questions were selected in the hopes of stumping the band. If a listener’s question was chosen, he or she received $10. The questions were posed as riddles: What song title tells you what Cinderella might have said if she awoke one morning and found that her foot had grown too large for her glass slipper? If the band played the correct musical answer, Where Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?, the listener lost. When Raleigh cigarettes sponsored Beat the Band, the listener who beat the band won $50 and two cartons of cigarettes … Raleighs, of course. When the sponsor changed to General Mill’s Kix cereal, if the listener beat the band, he/she won twenty bucks and a case of Kix cereal. Crunch. Crunch. Have you ever really played the Kazoo? I have not. I am sure I have blown into one but I do not recall ever trying to make music with it, just sound. I know I have never been on a rattle snake roundup. I have never had any desire to go on one. I am not afeared of snakes but I do not go out of my way to meet any.

Experienced snake charmers and snake wranglers do not die from snake bites because they have built up immunity to the venom. They build up the immunity by being bit multiple times. I have never applied for a job where the job description requires the applicant to intentionally get bit by a snake often enough that the bitten develops an immunity to the deadly snake venom. You better hope the immunity develops before you die.

One of our leaders at work; U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich is suing a restaurant company for $150,000 for selling him a sandwich containing an unpitted olive, the suit alleges. The olive caused Kucinich “serious and permanent injuries” as well as “pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment,” according to a complaint filed in Superior Court in Washington, D.C. The 64-year-old Democrat bit into the sandwich wrap at the Longworth Cafeteria in the House office building in April 2008, according to the complaint. WAY TO GO KUCINICH, LEAD ON? This is one of the reasons you were laughed at when you comedically ran for President. Nobody took you serious then. This is sure to help. He is suing our government for a meal served to him like a king in the House office building. I bet he did not pay for the meal in the first place. What a jackass. Remember, he was a aisle hog! He has managed to make aisle hogs look good compared to him.

Should we worry about this? If the growth is among the fanatics, I will worry. This has happened throughout history; typically to the detriment of the current majority. The global number of Muslims is expected to jump 35 percent in the next 20 years, growing twice as fast as the non-Muslim population, according to a study published today. But Muslims are multiplying at a slower pace than before, and their numbers are expected to level out in the coming decades. That’s according to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, which published on its website today, projections for growth in the Muslim population between 2010 and 2030. The analysis could stoke fears among critics of Islam in Europe and America, who claim the religion clashes with Western values and spreads extremism. But it could also abate those fears, with evidence that Islam is not exploding across the globe as fast as some pundits may have suggested.

Did President Obama steal his latest catch phrase from Newt Gingrich? You decide.

The phrase that President Barack Obama used 10 times in his State of the Union address and at least five more times during a visit to Wisconsin on Wednesday, is also the title of a 2005 book by Newt Gingrich. Wherever they are on the political spectrum, it seems great minds agree that America must “win the future.” Gingrich, the former House speaker and habitual Republican presidential prospect, published “Winning the Future” in January 2005. He subtitled it “A 21st Century Contract With America” and laid out his remedies for terrorism, godlessness, flagging patriotism, too much spending and not enough math and science education. In two days Obama has made the phrase his own and used it to promote his own solutions to the problems he sees. “We weren’t aware at first of the Gingrich tie, but it wasn’t a concern,” White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer told me in an e-mail. He said it wasn’t a concern because the phrase is a common one. The White House became aware of the Gingrich connection “recently,” Pfeiffer said. Before the speech? Yes.

1948 Golden Earrings – Peggy Lee
How Soon – Jack Owens
Ballerina – Vaughn Monroe
I’ll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms) – Eddy Arnold

1956 Memories are Made of This – Dean Martin
The Great Pretender – The Platters
Moritat (A Theme from ’The Three Penny Opera’) – Dick Hyman
Sixteen Tons – Tennessee Ernie Ford

1964 There! I’ve Said It Again – Bobby Vinton
I Want to Hold Your Hand – The Beatles
Surfin’ Bird – The Trashmen
Love’s Gonna Live Here – Buck Owens

1972 American Pie – Don McLean
Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
Day After Day – Badfinger
Carolyn – Merle Haggard

1980 Rock with You – Michael Jackson
Do that to Me One More Time – The Captain & Tennille
Coward of the County – Kenny Rogers
I’ll Be Coming Back for More – T.G. Sheppard

1988 The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson
Need You Tonight – INXS
Could’ve Been – Tiffany
Where Do the Nights Go – Ronnie Milsap

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

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Lincoln; You can’t keep a good guy down.

In Uncategorized on January 27, 2011 at 6:15 AM

January 27, 2011

January 27 is … Punch the Clock Day and Thomas Crapper Day

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

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1910Thomas Crapper, said to be the inventor and developer of the flush toilet mechanism that most of us use, died on this day. Thomas Crapper (baptised 28 September 1836 – died 27 January 1910) was a plumber who founded Thomas Crapper & Co. in London. Contrary to widespread misconceptions, Crapper did not invent the flush toilet. He did, however, do much to increase the popularity of the toilet, and developed some important related inventions, such as the ballcock. He was noted for the quality of his products and received several Royal Warrants.

The manhole covers with Crapper’s company’s name on them in Westminster Abbey are now a minor tourist attraction.

The modern flush toilet was invented by a 19th-century British plumber named Sir Thomas Crapper.

Status: False.

Analysis: Thomas Crapper (1836-1910) did exist and is credited with improving the functionality of the early flush toilet (or “water closet,” as it was then called), but he did not, contrary to popular belief, invent the pseudo-eponymous bathroom appliance from scratch.

Credit for that goes to 16th-century author Sir John Harrington, who not only came up with the idea but installed an early working prototype in the palace of Queen Elizabeth I, his godmother. The first patent for a flushing water closet was issued to Alexander Cummings in 1775, sixty years before Thomas Crapper was born.

I was talking to my older brother, Terrance M. Brennan of Bloomington, Il, the respected Lincoln scholar, about the recent Lincoln forgery that was uncovered. An individual changed the date on a Presidential Pardon signed by Lincoln from April 14, 1864 to April 14, 1865, making it the last document Lincoln ever signed. Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1864. The forger built a career out of this document. He has now admitted his deceit, saying he wanted fame and fortune. During our conversation, Terry mentioned the following;

The Abraham Lincoln Association holds its annual symposium, luncheon and banquet each year on Lincoln’s birthday.  This year February 12 falls on a Saturday.  The luncheon and banquet requires reservations and fees (Banquet at Crowne Plaza Hotel = $75.00 Luncheon at Lincoln Presidential Library = $25), but everything else is free and open to the public.   The symposium events include lectures, book signings, roundtable discussions at various historic sites around Springfield.  This is a great opportunity to rub elbows with the top Lincoln scholars of our time.  The crowds are usually not too large at the lectures and it is easy access to the presenters.  The event begins with the Keynote Address on Friday evening (February 11) at 6:30 at the Lincoln Presidential Library. It is  free and open to the public.

On Saturday morning (February 12) a lecture by Guy Fraker is titled:  Abraham Lincoln in Bloomington, Illinois.  Fraker’s specialty is Lincoln in Bloomington and his activity as a circuit riding attorney on the 8th Judicial Circuit with Judge David Davis of Bloomington.  (Judge Davis was later Lincoln’s Campaign manager in 1860 and he was the man most responsible for getting Lincoln nominated and elected.  Lincoln rewarded him with a seat on the Supreme Court.)  Guy Fraker lives in Bloomington where he is an attorney/Lincoln scholar/A. Lincoln Association board member. For Abraham Lincoln Association Symposium schedule/information: 

                           http://www.abrahamlincolnassociation.org/events.asp

Obama Care for pets, without Tort reform.;
 
Your Duck is Dead–

 A woman brought a very limp duck into a
 veterinary surgeon. As she laid her pet on the
 table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope and
 listened to the bird’s chest.
 
 After a moment or two, the vet shook his head
 and sadly said, “I’m sorry, your duck, Cuddles,
 has passed away.”
 
 The distressed woman wailed, “Are you sure?”
 
 “Yes, I am sure. Your duck is dead,” replied
 the vet.
 
 “How can you be so sure?” she protested. “I
 mean you haven’t done any testing on him or anything.
 He might just be in a coma or something.”
 
 The vet rolled his eyes, turned around and left
 the room. He returned a few minutes later with
 a black Labrador Retriever. As the duck’s owner looked
 on in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put
 his front paws on the examination table and sniffed the
 duck from top to bottom. He then looked up at the vet
 with sad eyes and shook his head.
 
 The vet patted the dog on the head and took it
 out of the room. A few minutes later he returned with
 a cat. The cat jumped on the table and also delicately
 sniffed the bird from head to foot. The cat sat back on
 its haunches, shook its head, meowed softly and strolled

The vet looked at the woman and said, “I’m sorry, but as
 I said, this is most definitely, 100% certifiably, a dead duck.”
 
 The vet turned to his computer terminal, hit a few keys
 and produced a bill, which he handed to the woman..
 
 The duck’s owner, still in shock, took the bill. $150!” she
 cried, “$150 just to tell me my duck is dead!”
 
 The vet shrugged, “I’m sorry. If you had just taken my
 word for it, the bill would have been $20, but with the
 Lab Report and the Cat Scan, it’s now $150.”

 Music at the top of the charts on this date throughout history;

1947 For Sentimental Reasons – Nat King Cole
A Gal in Calico – Johnny Mercer
Ole Buttermilk Sky – The Kay Kyser Orchestra (vocal: Mike Douglas & The
Campus Kids)
Rainbow at Midnight – Ernest Tubb

1955 Mr. Sandman – The Chordettes
Let Me Go, Lover! – Teresa Brewer
Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine) – The Penguins
Loose Talk – Carl Smith

1963 Walk Right In – The Rooftop Singers
Hey Paula – Paul & Paula
Tell Him – The Exciters
The Ballad of Jed Clampett – Flatt & Scruggs

1971 Knock Three Times – Dawn
Lonely Days – Bee Gees
Stoney End – Barbra Streisand
Rose Garden – Lynn Anderson

1979 Le Freak – Chic
Y.M.C.A. – Village People
Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? – Rod Stewart
Why Have You Left the One You Left Me For – Crystal Gayle

1987 At This Moment – Billy Vera & The Beaters
Open Your Heart – Madonna
Control – Janet Jackson
Cry Myself to Sleep – The Judds

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

Email: brucebrennanlaw@aol.com

www.brucebrennanlaw.com

www.brucebrennanlaws.com

www.lawyerbruce.wordpress.com

www.brucebrennanattorney.com

www.diabetes4all.com

www.eldercare4all.com

www.history4everybody.com

www.bruceabrennananddekalbilandtheworld.blogspot.com

www.lawyerbruce.blogspot.com

www.lawofficeofbruceabrennan.yolasite.com

www.lawyerbruceabrennan.com

http://lawofficeofbruceabrennan.law.officelive.com

http://lawofficeofbruceabrennan.webs.com

http://www.lawyerbruceabrennan.webstarts.com

http://www.linkedin.com/in/attorneybruceabrennan

Go to web sites below to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase an interesting and inexpensive read. My second book should be available by February 15, 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

http://ebooks.ebookmall.com/ebook/497984-ebook.htm

www.barnesandnoble.com (do a quick search, Title, my name)

www.smashwords.com Do a Title or author search, Check this site out.

https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/dashboard NEW SOURCE FOR BOOK

Check out the site below. Paybox is a new site, competing with PayPal, etc. Sign up is free. It seems good for small businesses or ebay users.

http://www.paybox.me/r/lawyerbruce

“A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.”

State of the Union aisle hogs

In Uncategorized on January 26, 2011 at 5:51 AM

January 26, 2011

January 26 is … Australia Day

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

The news as I see it and the views as I want them

Rahm Emmanuel is back in the race for Chicago Mayor. I just don’t get it. No matter what happens, this, once again, makes the State of Illinois and its politics look ridiculous. We can’t even get a mayor’s race done right.

The Illinois Supreme Court granted a stay and told the Chicago Board of Elections to not print any ballots without Rahm’s name on them. They then said they would hear the case in an expedited manner and decide the case on the already filed briefs. No new briefs, evidence or positions will be considered. Do you think the Illinois Supremes will give Chicago the finger with this decision and not let him on the ballot, thereby depriving Chicago voters the chance to elect who they want?

If he ends up on the ballot, Rahm wins big. If he ends up off the ballot, the voters of Chicago are the real losers. They will be prevented from electing who they want, regardless of my position on the election. President Obama chimes in and thinks Rahm should be on the ballot. Obama should not express an opinion on an ongoing Court case. He should be running the country, if he can, and stay out of local politics, even if it is his local politics.

I find it disingenuous to hear people say Rahm left Chicago to serve his country. He left Chicago to make big money and to make bigger money once that job was over. When he took that job, he knew it was not forever. If things worked out swimmingly, the job was for only eight years and nobody stays in that job that long. His upcoming book deal will be a seven figure advance. He did not go to Washington to serve our country; he went for the money and power to serve his own status.

I missed an infamous date from our history yesterday. It was 40 years ago — Jan. 25, 1971 — that a jury returned guilty verdicts against Charles Manson, Susan Atkins and Patricia Krenwinkel, three central figures in the infamous “Helter Skelter” murder spree. The three were found guilty on seven counts of first-degree murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder for their roles in the ghoulish Tate-LaBianca murders in the Los Angeles area. Two other members of Manson’s twisted “family” — Leslie Van Houten and Charles “Tex” Watson” — would be tried later and convicted for crimes related to the killing spree. This crime still captivates this country and true-crime buffs.

The State of the Union address was last night. It is really the ‘boy am I good speech’ by President Obama. The SOTU address was expected to take over sixty minutes, although when I am writing this, Obama is also working on his speech. How many time will the word ‘country’ be said; the word ‘America’, the term ‘USA’, the word ‘strong’, the word ‘inherited’(or something meaning the same thing), God Bless America?

NBC mentioned the video on Salon.com about aisle hogs, members of Congress who get on the aisle to shake the President’s hand every year. Go to the website address below and watch the video. It is pretty cool;

                        http://www.salon.com/news/politics/us_house_of_representatives/index.html?story=/politics/war_room/2011/01/25/aisle_hogs

Some SOTU facts I got off the internet; The State of the Union messages are mandated by Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution, which states that the president “shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” But the Constitution said nothing about making a speech. And while the first two presidents George Washington and John Adams delivered their SOTU messages orally, subsequent presidents delivered them in writing. It wasn’t until Woodrow Wilson in 1913 that the message was delivered orally again. And with a couple of exceptions, speeches have been the SOTU rule ever since.

The shortest speech:  Appropriately enough, the shortest SOTU message was also the first. Delivered by Washington in 1790, it clocked in at just 1,089 words.

The longest speech: Bill Clinton holds the record for the longest SOTU speech. It was the one he gave in 1995, shortly after his party lost control of Congress. Apparently, he felt he had a lot of explaining to do. That speech weighed in at a hefty 9,190 words.

The longest SOTU message: That honor goes to Jimmy Carter, whose last message, delivered in writing just before he relinquished the presidency in 1981, came in at an encyclopedic 33,667 words. To be sure, the state Carter left the country in was pretty bad.

The wordiest president: The fattest president in history, William Howard Taft, also delivered the fattest state of the union messages. His SOTU messages, all delivered in writing, averaged 22,614 words. Most sparing president: That honor goes to John Adams, whose SOTU speeches averaged just 1,790 words.

William Henry Harrison and James Garfield never gave a State of the Union Address while in office. They were not President long enough.

The homeless guy from a few weeks ago shows he lived a life he chose. He was handed life on a silver platter for a do-over and instead grabbed the bottle of booze. He left the rehab center he never wanted to go to in the first place. He received and spent the money he got from Kraft food for the Mac-N-Cheese commercial. It is unlikely he will ever work for the Cleveland Cavaliers. They need someone reliable. He has a lifetime of unreliability. This guy made a fool out of half of the United States population and doesn’t even know it.

Every company that tried to look good by taking advantage of this homeless alcoholic should spend time in life’s penalty box.

Taco Bell meat taco filling is only 35% meat. Who cares? It was never sold to me as a health food and I cannot recall ever hearing about people dying from eating the meat filling, if the meat filling was properly prepared.

Didn’t Taco Bell just pull their sponsorship from a MTV show because of its strong sexual content; apparently too much meat for Taco Bell’s tastes.

At the top of the music charts on this date throughout history;

1946 Symphony – The Freddy Martin Orchestra (vocal: Clyde Rogers)
I Can’t Begin to Tell You – Bing Crosby with the Carmen Cavallaro
Orchestra
Let It Snow – Vaughn Monroe
You Will Have to Pay – Tex Ritter

1954 Stranger in Paradise – Tony Bennett
Oh! My Pa-Pa – Eddie Fisher
At the Darktown Strutters’ Ball – Lou Monte
Bimbo – Jim Reeves

1962 The Twist – Chubby Checker
Peppermint Twist – Joey Dee & The Starliters
Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
Walk on By – Leroy Van Dyke

1970 Raindrop Keep Fallin’ on My Head – B.J. Thomas
Venus – The Shocking Blue
I Want You Back – The Jackson 5
Baby, Baby (I Know You’re a Lady) – David Houston

1978 Baby Come Back – Player
Here You Come Again – Dolly Parton
You’re in My Heart (The Final Acclaim) – Rod Stewart
What a Difference You’ve Made in My Life – Ronnie Milsap

1986 That’s What Friends are For – Dionne & Friends
Burning Heart – Survivor
Talk to Me – Stevie Nicks
Never Be You – Rosanne Cash

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

Email: brucebrennanlaw@aol.com

www.brucebrennanlaw.com

www.brucebrennanlaws.com

www.lawyerbruce.wordpress.com

www.brucebrennanattorney.com

www.diabetes4all.com

www.eldercare4all.com

www.history4everybody.com

www.bruceabrennananddekalbilandtheworld.blogspot.com

www.lawyerbruce.blogspot.com

www.lawofficeofbruceabrennan.yolasite.com

www.lawyerbruceabrennan.com

http://lawofficeofbruceabrennan.law.officelive.com

http://lawofficeofbruceabrennan.webs.com

http://www.lawyerbruceabrennan.webstarts.com

http://www.linkedin.com/in/attorneybruceabrennan

Go to web sites below to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase an interesting and inexpensive read. My second book should be available by February 15, 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

http://ebooks.ebookmall.com/ebook/497984-ebook.htm

www.barnesandnoble.com (do a quick search, Title, my name)

www.smashwords.com Do a Title or author search, Check this site out.

https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/dashboard NEW SOURCE FOR BOOK

Check out the site below. Paybox is a new site, competing with PayPal, etc. Sign up is free. It seems good for small businesses or ebay users.

http://www.paybox.me/r/lawyerbruce

“You’re smart when you only believe half of what you hear, Wise is when you know which half to believe.”

Every one is going postal except the post office.

In Uncategorized on January 25, 2011 at 6:17 AM

January 25, 2011

January 25 is … Opposite Day. The wife and I really enjoy this day.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

The news as I see it and the views as I want them

Chicago mayoral hopeful Rahm Emanuel the frontrunner in next month’s mayoral election was tossed off the ballot by an Illinois appellate court panel Monday on the grounds that he did not meet residency requirements to run for mayor. The case will head to the Illinois Supreme Court on an expedited basis since the non-partisan primary is Feb. 22. I sure didn’t see this coming. I have been resolute in my position a lot of public money was being wasted on this fruitless fight. Ultimately, I do not live in Chicago and cannot vote in the election but the outcome will have real repercussions on my life and taxes and that of all Illinois citizens. I do not want a tax and spend Obama wannabee running Chicago.

The U. S. Postal service is considering closing up to 2,000 post offices across the country. That is in addition to the 491 post offices they announced they were closing last year. The Postal Service is also seeking a postal rate increase and it will review another 16,000 offices currently open, over half of the post offices in this country, that are working at a deficit. to determine which additional offices should be closed. This just shouts patronage jobs. A political payback heaven is being developed.

I find it amazing the post office loses money. It is a Constitutional creation which is still relevant and important. Plenty of mail gets delivered daily by the Post Office. It has a monopoly on home delivery. Reduce costs and raise revenues, business101, would help.

Sell advertising on stamps. I believe many consumer companies would hand out stamps rather than coupons. Give the buyer a price-break. Develop a glue that allows the stamp to be used on mail and then be worth a set amount of money towards the purchase of a product. This makes the coupon multi-use. The post office could sell the product stamps at a reduced postage rate. The purchaser can use the stamp and the mail recipient can then benefit by using the stamp as a coupon. Stamps could be designed to resemble a bottle of Coke, Tide, a Big Mac, the Taco Bell dog. Etc. The possibilities are endless. The company giving out the stamps can advertise their ‘green’ position in giving out reusable products as well as their patriotism in supporting the Postal Service. They may also save money in printing and distributing the coupons they now use.

To cut costs, all Post Offices should also be closed every Tuesday. The savings in overtime, utility expenses and gasoline would justify this position. The inconvenience to the consumer would be reduced by the internet services and vending machine services already offered by the Post Office

Jay Cutler tore his MCL. Not a complete tear or a severe rupture but a significant injury for an athlete. Awful hard to put pressure on a wounded knee but I guess the fans burning his jersey and calling him out as a quitter for failing to reenter the game Sunday are the experts. It isn’t like he was having a Hall of Fame performance during the time he was in the game.

Fitness Guru Jack LaLanne, 96, Dies at Calif. Home. I remember this guy from the fifties and sixties. He invented or at least should be given credit for inventing the exercise video. Jane Fonda, Suzanne Somers, Jillien Michaels, they all owe him a piece of the action. He was going strong until the illness that killed him, of which he was not aware of until several months ago.

Our country and world at war;

A man hiding in the attic of a home opened fire on law enforcement officers trying to arrest him Monday morning, sparking an intense firefight that left two police officers dead and a U.S. marshal wounded, police said in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Detectives are investigating why a man ran from deputies and then opened fire in a Wal-mart parking lot, sparking a shootout that left him and the woman he apparently was with dead and two law officers wounded police in Washington state said.

Our country is actively and openly prosecuting two wars around the world.

A spokeswoman for Moscow’s busiest airport says 35 people have been killed by an explosion in its international arrivals hall.

Police have detained a person of interest in the shooting of Indianapolis police Officer David Moore. Officers said they had been searching for Thomas Hardy, 60, just before 5:30 p.m. Sunday in the 2300 block of Indianapolis Avenue, near 23rd Street and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street. He was taken into custody without incident, Indianapolis police Sgt. Linda Jackson said.

Four Detroit police officers, including a commander, were shot Sunday afternoon inside a station in the department’s Northwest District. The gunman who opened fire was killed when officers returned fire, police said. The station, which services the 6th precinct, is near Plymouth and Warwick roads. Commander Brian Davis suffered the most serious injuries, police said. He was taken to Sinai-Grace Hospital where he was in critical condition.

While the shooting of the two police officers and the U. S. Marshal was occurring in St. Petersburg, Florida, police were gathering for the funeral of a police officer killed there recently.

It is time to get serious and barbaric with individuals brazen enough to kill police officers. They clearly would have no problem shooting non officers. Let’s stop them before it gets worse and it will if we try to be politically correct in this situation instead of correcting the obvious problem. If the justice system won’t do its job, vigilantes will and should.

In Arizona, this is not the same thing. This accused voluntarily moved here and when his daughter started to enjoy her life in America, he took God’s law into his own hands not manmade law. She had shunned an arranged marriage and gone to live with her boyfriend. And Noor Almaleki ended up dying in an “honor killing” carried out by her own father, prosecutors say.

Faleh Almaleki, who had moved the family from Iraq to Arizona, apparently felt his 20-year-old daughter had become too Westernized, according to prosecutors. He allegedly crashed his Jeep into his daughter and her boyfriend’s mother in 2009 as they walked across a parking lot. The daughter died from her injuries after two weeks in a coma. The mother lived.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

Email: brucebrennanlaw@aol.com

www.brucebrennanlaw.com

www.brucebrennanlaws.com

www.lawyerbruce.wordpress.com

www.brucebrennanattorney.com

www.diabetes4all.com

www.eldercare4all.com

www.history4everybody.com

www.bruceabrennananddekalbilandtheworld.blogspot.com

www.lawyerbruce.blogspot.com

www.lawofficeofbruceabrennan.yolasite.com

www.lawyerbruceabrennan.com

http://lawofficeofbruceabrennan.law.officelive.com

http://lawofficeofbruceabrennan.webs.com

http://www.lawyerbruceabrennan.webstarts.com

http://www.linkedin.com/in/attorneybruceabrennan

Go to web sites below to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase an interesting and inexpensive read. My second book should be available by February 15, 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

http://ebooks.ebookmall.com/ebook/497984-ebook.htm

www.barnesandnoble.com (do a quick search, Title, my name)

www.smashwords.com Do a Title or author search, Check this site out.

https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/dashboard NEW SOURCE FOR BOOK

Check out the site below. Paybox is a new site, competing with PayPal, etc. Sign up is free. It seems good for small businesses or ebay users.

http://www.paybox.me/r/lawyerbruce

“While forbidden fruit may be sweeter, it spoils faster.”

Every one is going postal except the post office.

In Uncategorized on January 25, 2011 at 6:15 AM

January 25, 2011

January 25 is … Opposite Day. The wife and I really enjoy this day.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

The news as I see it and the views as I want them

Chicago mayoral hopeful Rahm Emanuel the frontrunner in next month’s mayoral election was tossed off the ballot by an Illinois appellate court panel Monday on the grounds that he did not meet residency requirements to run for mayor. The case will head to the Illinois Supreme Court on an expedited basis since the non-partisan primary is Feb. 22. I sure didn’t see this coming. I have been resolute in my position a lot of public money was being wasted on this fruitless fight. Ultimately, I do not live in Chicago and cannot vote in the election but the outcome will have real repercussions on my life and taxes and that of all Illinois citizens. I do not want a tax and spend Obama wannabee running Chicago.

The U. S. Postal service is considering closing up to 2,000 post offices across the country. That is in addition to the 491 post offices they announced they were closing last year. The Postal Service is also seeking a postal rate increase and it will review another 16,000 offices currently open, over half of the post offices in this country, that are working at a deficit. to determine which additional offices should be closed. This just shouts patronage jobs. A political payback heaven is being developed.

I find it amazing the post office loses money. It is a Constitutional creation which is still relevant and important. Plenty of mail gets delivered daily by the Post Office. It has a monopoly on home delivery. Reduce costs and raise revenues, business101, would help.

Sell advertising on stamps. I believe many consumer companies would hand out stamps rather than coupons. Give the buyer a price-break. Develop a glue that allows the stamp to be used on mail and then be worth a set amount of money towards the purchase of a product. This makes the coupon multi-use. The post office could sell the product stamps at a reduced postage rate. The purchaser can use the stamp and the mail recipient can then benefit by using the stamp as a coupon. Stamps could be designed to resemble a bottle of Coke, Tide, a Big Mac, the Taco Bell dog. Etc. The possibilities are endless. The company giving out the stamps can advertise their ‘green’ position in giving out reusable products as well as their patriotism in supporting the Postal Service. They may also save money in printing and distributing the coupons they now use.

To cut costs, all Post Offices should also be closed every Tuesday. The savings in overtime, utility expenses and gasoline would justify this position. The inconvenience to the consumer would be reduced by the internet services and vending machine services already offered by the Post Office

Jay Cutler tore his MCL. Not a complete tear or a severe rupture but a significant injury for an athlete. Awful hard to put pressure on a wounded knee but I guess the fans burning his jersey and calling him out as a quitter for failing to reenter the game Sunday are the experts. It isn’t like he was having a Hall of Fame performance during the time he was in the game.

Fitness Guru Jack LaLanne, 96, Dies at Calif. Home. I remember this guy from the fifties and sixties. He invented or at least should be given credit for inventing the exercise video. Jane Fonda, Suzanne Somers, Jillien Michaels, they all owe him a piece of the action. He was going strong until the illness that killed him, of which he was not aware of until several months ago.

Our country and world at war;

 

A man hiding in the attic of a home opened fire on law enforcement officers trying to arrest him Monday morning, sparking an intense firefight that left two police officers dead and a U.S. marshal wounded, police said in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Detectives are investigating why a man ran from deputies and then opened fire in a Wal-mart parking lot, sparking a shootout that left him and the woman he apparently was with dead and two law officers wounded police in Washington state said.

Our country is actively and openly prosecuting two wars around the world.

A spokeswoman for Moscow’s busiest airport says 35 people have been killed by an explosion in its international arrivals hall.

Police have detained a person of interest in the shooting of Indianapolis police Officer David Moore. Officers said they had been searching for Thomas Hardy, 60, just before 5:30 p.m. Sunday in the 2300 block of Indianapolis Avenue, near 23rd Street and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street. He was taken into custody without incident, Indianapolis police Sgt. Linda Jackson said.

Four Detroit police officers, including a commander, were shot Sunday afternoon inside a station in the department’s Northwest District. The gunman who opened fire was killed when officers returned fire, police said. The station, which services the 6th precinct, is near Plymouth and Warwick roads. Commander Brian Davis suffered the most serious injuries, police said. He was taken to Sinai-Grace Hospital where he was in critical condition.

While the shooting of the two police officers and the U. S. Marshal was occurring in St. Petersburg, Florida, police were gathering for the funeral of a police officer killed there recently.

It is time to get serious and barbaric with individuals brazen enough to kill police officers. They clearly would have no problem shooting non officers. Let’s stop them before it gets worse and it will if we try to be politically correct in this situation instead of correcting the obvious problem. If the justice system won’t do its job, vigilantes will and should.

In Arizona, this is not the same thing. This accused voluntarily moved here and when his daughter started to enjoy her life in America, he took God’s law into his own hands not manmade law. She had shunned an arranged marriage and gone to live with her boyfriend. And Noor Almaleki ended up dying in an “honor killing” carried out by her own father, prosecutors say.

Faleh Almaleki, who had moved the family from Iraq to Arizona, apparently felt his 20-year-old daughter had become too Westernized, according to prosecutors. He allegedly crashed his Jeep into his daughter and her boyfriend’s mother in 2009 as they walked across a parking lot. The daughter died from her injuries after two weeks in a coma. The mother lived.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

Email: brucebrennanlaw@aol.com

www.brucebrennanlaw.com

www.brucebrennanlaws.com

www.lawyerbruce.wordpress.com

www.brucebrennanattorney.com

www.diabetes4all.com

www.eldercare4all.com

www.history4everybody.com

www.bruceabrennananddekalbilandtheworld.blogspot.com

www.lawyerbruce.blogspot.com

www.lawofficeofbruceabrennan.yolasite.com

www.lawyerbruceabrennan.com

http://lawofficeofbruceabrennan.law.officelive.com

http://lawofficeofbruceabrennan.webs.com

http://www.lawyerbruceabrennan.webstarts.com

http://www.linkedin.com/in/attorneybruceabrennan

Go to web sites below to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase an interesting and inexpensive read. My second book should be available by February 15, 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

http://ebooks.ebookmall.com/ebook/497984-ebook.htm

www.barnesandnoble.com (do a quick search, Title, my name)

www.smashwords.com Do a Title or author search, Check this site out.

https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/dashboard NEW SOURCE FOR BOOK

Check out the site below. Paybox is a new site, competing with PayPal, etc. Sign up is free. It seems good for small businesses or ebay users.

http://www.paybox.me/r/lawyerbruce

“While forbidden fruit may be sweeter, it spoils faster.”

Jay Cutler just needed a good book and an Eskimo Pie

In Uncategorized on January 24, 2011 at 6:26 AM

 

January 24, 2011

January 24 is … Eskimo Pie Patent Day

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

The news as I see it and the views as I want them

 

Now, for the Bear game…

The Chicago Bears allowed the Green Bay Packers to come into their house and beat them in a game that meant going to the Super Bowl or staying home. The game was exciting for the fourth quarter. The rest of the game, for Bears’ fans, was dull and uninspiring.

The first half was terrible. No offense and a defense on occasion. Why is Johnny Knox still on the team? He has to go back to his Pop Warner Football League and learn if you cannot catch the pass, you cannot allow the defender to catch the pass. This happened twice in this game. Johnny Knox was the intended receiver on the last pass by the Bear’s quarterback that was intercepted and an earlier one. This has happened to him all year long unless he dropped the pass or ran the wrong route. Apparently the Bears do not give an intelligence test to the receivers. If they do, they need to change it or hire a better proctor.

There is a running joke in my family that my wife’s favorite singer is Neil Diamond. This is for you, honey.

The lights dimmed, the crowd was hushed, the stage was laden with floral gifts, and the music played. Do you hear it babe? It was Neil. It was a Beautiful Noise. It made me feel good, If You Know What I Mean.

He sang Yesterday’s Songs, with the words that say the songs just don’t stay around long. Not true when it comes to Neil Diamond songs. Neil Diamond started singing and writing songs while a young premed student. He was born on this day in 1941.

A song titled Sunday & Me was his first hit [1965]. He wrote it for Jay and The Americans; then I’m a Believer and A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You followed for the Monkees [1966].

Neil wrote and wrote and sang and sang: 36 hits for you and me to remember from 1966 through 1983; the first, Cherry, Cherry; three #1 smash hits, Cracklin’ Rosie [1970], Song Sung Blue [1972], and You Don’t Bring Me Flowers with Barbra Streisand [1978].

By 1973, Neil Diamond had gone from being a poor premed student to composing soundtracks for seven figures (Jonathan Livingston Seagull and The Jazz Singer, in which he also starred and which also yielded three hits: America, Love on the Rocks and Hello, Again).

The music of Neil Diamond is everlasting poetry, Longfellow Serenade. The concert ended but it will continue, Forever in Blue Jeans. I Am, I Said, sang Neil.

And, we sing to you, Neil Diamond: HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

Tuesday night President Obama gives his State of the Union Address. Be prepared to hear how strong the union is, how strong the country is, how great the economic turnaround is doing, how well respected we are throughout the world, how great a job the politicians are doing, how great the bi-partisan cooperation is in congress, how Congress has spending under control, how well health care is working and how warm and fuzzy we should all feel.

Congressional members are once again showing their respect for our intelligence. They are going to sit together by state rather than sit with their party. They have apparently figured out how to look up old friends and classmates on the internet and want to reconnect with each other. They have not decided who will bring the cookies yet but that is not unusual for Congress to be undecisive.

On this date in history;

1848 – James Marshall finds gold in Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, Calif

1922 – Eskimo Pie patented by Christian K Nelson of Iowa (not an Eskimo)

1935 – 1st canned beer, “Krueger Cream Ale,” is sold by Kruger Brewing Co

Deaths on this date in history;

0041 – Caligula, [G C Germanicus], Roman emperor (37-41), assassinated at 28

1975 – Larry Fine, actor (3 Stooges), dies at 72

1989 – Ted Bundy, serial killer of up to 100 women, executed in Florida at 42

Music at the top of the charts;

1944 My Heart Tells Me – The Glen Gray Orchestra (vocal: Eugenie Baird)
Shoo, Shoo, Baby – The Andrews Sisters
My Ideal – The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (vocal: Bob Eberly)
Pistol Packin’ Mama – Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters

1952 Slowpoke – Pee Wee King
Sin (It’s No) – Eddy Howard
Shrimp Boats – Jo Stafford
Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way – Carl Smith

1960 Running Bear – Johnny Preston
The Big Hurt – Miss Toni Fisher
Go, Jimmy, Go – Jimmy Clanton
El Paso – Marty Robbins

1968 Judy in Disguise (With Glasses) – John Fred & His Playboy Band
Chain of Fools – Aretha Franklin
Green Tambourine – The Lemon Pipers
Sing Me Back Home – Merle Haggard

1976 Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To) – Diana
Ross
Love Rollercoaster – Ohio Players
Love to Love You Baby – Donna Summer
Convoy – C.W. McCall

1984 Owner of a Lonely Heart – Yes
Karma Chameleon – Culture Club
Talking in Your Sleep – The Romantics
In My Eyes – John Conlee

Not a Neil Diamond among the bunch.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

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