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The Fig Newton is not named for Isaac Newton.

In Fun, Weird stuff on September 25, 2011 at 7:43 AM

SEPTEMBER 25, 2011

BRUCE A.
BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

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

September 25
is … National Comic Book Day

Below is an email I
received. I thought it was interesting. I did not do a fact check but it sounds
good to me.

ONE FACT ABOUT EVERY STATE

ALABAMA … Was the first place to have 9-1-1, started in 1968.

ALASKA … One out of every 64 people has a pilot’s license.

ARIZONA … Is the only state in the continental U.S. that doesn’t follow
Daylight Savings Time.

ARKANSAS … Has the only active diamond mine in the U.S.

CALIFORNIA … Its economy is so large that if it were a country, it
would rank seventh in the entire world.

COLORADO … In 1976 it became the only state to turn down the Olympics.

CONNECTICUT … The Frisbee was invented here at Yale University.

DELAWARE … Has more scientists and engineers than any other state.

FLORIDA … At 874.3 square miles, Jacksonville is the U.S.’s largest
city.

GEORGIA … It was here, in 1886, that pharmacist John Pemberton made the
first vat of Coca-Cola.

HAWAII … Hawaiians live, on average, five years longer than residents
in any other state.

IDAHO … TV was invented in Rigby, Idaho, in 1922.

ILLINOIS … Has a Governor in jail. one pending jail & the most
corrupt state in the union!

INDIANA … Home to Santa Claus, Indiana, which gets a half million
letters to Santa every year.

IOWA … Winnebago get their name from Winnebago County. Also, it is the
only state that begins with two vowels.

KANSAS … Liberal, Kansas, has an exact replica of the house in The
Wizard of Oz.

KENTUCKY … Has more than $6 billion in gold underneath Fort Knox.

LOUISIANA … Has parishes instead of counties because they were
originally Spanish church units.

MAINE … It’s so big, it covers as many square miles as the other five
New England states combined.

MARYLAND … The Ouija board was created in Baltimore in 1892.

MASSACHUSETTS …The Fig Newton is named after Newton, Massachusetts.

MICHIGAN … Fremont, home to Gerber, is the baby food capital of the
world.

MINNESOTA … Bloomingtons Mall of America is so big, if you spent 10
minutes in each store, you’d be there nearly four days.

MISSISSIPPI … President Teddy Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear here
… that’s how the teddy bear got its name.

MISSOURI … Is the birthplace of the ice cream cone.

MONTANA … A sapphire from Montana is in the Crown Jewels of England.

NEBRASKA … More triplets are born here than in any other state.

NEW HAMPSHIRE … Birthplace of Tupperware, invented in 1938 by Earl
Tupper.

NEW JERSEY … Has the most shopping malls in one area in the world.

NEW MEXICO … Smokey the Bear was rescued from a 1950 forest fire here.

NEW YORK … Is home to the nation’s oldest cattle ranch, started in 1747
in Montauk.

NORTH CAROLINA … Home of the first Krispy Kreme doughnut.

NORTH DAKOTA … Rugby, North Dakota, is the exact geographic center of
North America.

OHIO … The hot dog was invented here in 1900.

OKLAHOMA … The grounds of the state capital are covered by operating
oil wells.

OREGON … Has the most ghost towns in the country.

PENNSYLVANIA … The smiley, 🙂 was first used in 1980 by computer
scientists at Carnegie Mellon University.

RHODE ISLAND … The nation’s oldest bar, the White Horse Tavern, opened
here in 1673.

SOUTH CAROLINA … Sumter County is home to the world’s largest gingko
farm.

SOUTH DAKOTA … Is the only state that’s never had an earthquake.

TENNESSEE … Nashville ‘s Grand Ole Opry is the longest running live
radio show in the world.

TEXAS … Dr. Pepper was invented in Waco back in 1885. The Hamburger was
invented in Arlington, Texas in 1906.

UTAH … The first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant opened here in 1952.
(WHY NOT KENTUCKY?)

VERMONT … Montpelier is the only state capital without a McDonald’s.

VIRGINIA … Home of the world’s largest office building… The Pentagon.

WASHINGTON … Seattle has twice as many college graduates as any other
state.

WASHINGTON D.C. … Was the first planned capital in the world.

WEST VIRGINIA … Had the world’s first brick paved street, Summers
Street, laid in Charleston in 1870.

WISCONSIN … The ice cream sundae was invented here in 1881 to get
around Blue Laws prohibiting ice cream from being sold on Sundays.

WYOMING … Was the first state to allow women to vote.

Like Rooster Cogburn said in the movie of the same name, “God help us if
we ever give them the vote.”

Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too or at least think
about.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB,
IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

VISIT ANY OF THE
SITES LISTED FOR REVIEW, RESEARCH, ORDERING MY WRITING PRODUCTS OR TO CONTACT
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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 any of my
books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book is now
available. The title is Public EneMe?

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

www.smashwords.com
Do a Title or author search.

www.kobo.com

https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/dashboard

Book Titles:

Holmes the
Ripper

 

A Revengeful
Mix of Short Fiction

 

Public EneMe?

“A man has honor
if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient,
unprofitable or dangerous to do so.” – Walter Lippmann

Do you have any good ideas I can have?

In Crime, Fun, Government not working again. on September 10, 2011 at 6:39 AM

SEPTEMBER 10, 2011

BRUCE A.
BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

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

September 10
is … Swap Ideas Day

I am sorry; I forgot
to include this on the 3rd of September. Click and enjoy.

http://grooveshark.com/#/s/Papa+Was+A+Rolling+Stone/3SXk43?src=5

Did the President try to swap his ideas with
Congress Thursday evening? This will be the same Democrat vs. Republican fight.
Many of the ideas seem good on the first reading. The true test is in the
details.

I can support a
massive public works program. Why pay people not to work? The people hired must
be legal citizens without felony records. We need to put the good people to
work first.

I do not believe the
program sketched by President Obama is revenue neutral. That would be a first
in the history of American politics. Obama spoke of setting up at least two
different agencies to implement his program. That is just making bigger
government and putting people to work putting people to work. That is like
looking at a mirror of yourself looking at a mirror of yourself. It can theoretically
go on forever. That is not a good idea.

President Obama
talked about how important this is and how it needs to be done now. Why did he
announce the speech six weeks ago and then negotiate when he would give it if
it is that important. His constant scolding of Congress during the speech did
not go over well and will hurt his chances of successfully pushing a meaningful
plan through Congress.

President Obama is
clearly in over his head. He is not prepared to lead this country and has not
improved during his three years in office. It takes more than a community
organizer to properly lead the United States of America. What does a community
organizer do and who pays his salary?

The latest rumors on Casey Anthony’s whereabouts say that she’s headed to a
Mexican ranch owned by a wealthy man from California who wants to shield her
from the intense public scrutiny. She met the man when he wrote to her as she
sat in jail waiting for her murder trial to begin. This guy must not get out
much or he wants to get her out of the country in case something happens to
her.

The search for missing Maryland school teacher Alice Davis took an
unexpected turn Thursday night, when authorities found her husband dead inside
their home. The body of Jesse Davis, a 58-year-old taxidermist, was found in
the living room of the couple’s home in Allen at 8:30 p.m. last night,
according to the Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis.

“We had his home under surveillance because he was a suspect in this
investigation,” Lewis told The Huffington Post. “A vehicle
pulled up into the yard [and] two occupants entered the rear of the home.
Moments later they ran out of the home and hollered there was blood all over
the house.” A cause of death has not yet been released but Davis’ death
does appear to be a suicide, according to the sheriff.

“He died from what appears to be self-inflicted razor wounds to his left
arm — he severed his artery,” Lewis said.

The discovery was made not long after authorities had executed a search
warrant on the Davis home in regard to the unsolved disappearance of Alice
Davis. A 55-year-old English teacher at Parkside High School in Salisbury,
Alice Davis was last seen at about 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. According to her
husband, she left their Allen home to go shopping at a Walmart in nearby
Fruitland, Md.

This guy apparently could not take the heat and did not see any other door
that would let him out.

It wasn’t amateur hour at the Baby Dolls Lounge, and Natalie Behnke found
out the hard way. The 25-year-old Florida woman was taken into custody after
allegedly stripping, asking customers for money, and becoming aggressive with
dancers at the Clearwater strip club, Cecilia Barreda, a spokesperson for the
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, told The Huffington Post.

“The manager told her to redress and told her she was causing a
disturbance with the other girls,” Barreda said, as she summarized the
police report.

Deputies responded to a call for possible disorderly conduct at 11:48 p.m.
on Sept. 6. When officers arrived, Behnke was standing outside the
establishment in what appeared to be her underwear, Barreda said. The suspect
was emotional, and deputies deemed her intoxicated.

The club manager told police that Behnke was asked to get dressed and leave
the premises after she began disrobing and asking patrons for cash. When
employees confronted Behnke about her behavior, she became aggressive and was
escorted out, according to the arrest summary. Behnke was charged with
disorderly intoxication, a misdemeanor. She pleaded no contest in a court
appearance Sept. 7, and was order to pay a fine totaling $525, according to
Pinellas court records. An office manager at Baby Dolls said the incident isn’t
anything new.

The man, who declined to give his name, has worked at several clubs over 19
years, and said “stuff like that happens all the time.”

Sometimes it is hard to remember this woman is someone’s daughter, sister
and/or, heaven forbid, mother. I do not frequent strip clubs but I have been to
a few. This does happen quite a bit. Rarely, are the rookies as good as the
old-timers.

Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too or at least think
about.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB,
IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

VISIT ANY OF THE
SITES LISTED FOR REVIEW, RESEARCH, ORDERING MY WRITING PRODUCTS OR TO CONTACT
ME.

Email: brucebrennanlaw@aol.com

www.brucebrennanlaw.com

www.lawyerbruce.wordpress.com

www.brucebrennanattorney.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 any of my
books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be
available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

www.ebookmall.com (Do search by my name or
book Title)

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

www.smashwords.com
Do a Title or author search.

www.kobo.com

https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/dashboard

Book Titles:

Holmes the
Ripper

 

A Revengeful
Mix of Short Fiction

“The world has
never had a good definition of the word liberty, and the American people, just
now, are much in want of one.” – Abraham Lincoln

President Obama has made the wrong nut mad.

In current events, Fun, politics on September 6, 2011 at 12:52 AM

SEPTEMBER 6, 2011

BRUCE A.
BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

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

September 6
is … Fight Procrastination Day

From last week. When
President Obama loses the support of Keith Olbermann, it has to be a proper
decision that will sit well with the Republicans. This is another example of
many showing our President has no guts, no backbone and no clue. He gave in
before the fight even started. Later, he will apologize to the polluters.

Keith Olbermann excoriated President Obama on his Friday show for halting
the impending toughening of environmental regulations against smog. The
announcement from the White House that it would keep widely criticized 2006
regulations in place until at least 2013 did not sit well with Olbermann. In
the voiceover introduction to his show, he thundered, “what the hell is
going on in the White House?”

Olbermann said that Obama had given a huge gift to polluters and
corporations, and had delivered an equally large “whack across the
knees” to his base.

“It seems, in short, to reduce his campaign logic to ‘what are you
going to do, vote for Rick Perry?'” Olbermann said. He noted that Obama’s
EPA administrator had called the 2006 standards “not legally defensible,”
and scoffed at the president’s stated excuse for not updating them — that,
since the standards were going to be reviewed in 2013, he did not want to ask
states and businesses to undergo two rounds of tinkering with their
environmental policies.

“So, if you’re having trouble breathing, or if you just occasionally
do breathe, kindly help the president out and hold your breath until the year
2013 or later,” Olbermann said. Later, speaking to a guest about the
issue, he was equally scornful. “Who on earth in the White House thinks
this is a positive for them and in which delusional parallel universe do they
live?” he asked.

Where did you come up with your computer password or your ATM PIN?

Common
Passwords:

ncc1701 The ship number for the Starship Enterprise

thx1138 The name of George
Lucas’s first movie, a 1971 remake of an earlier student project

qazwsx Follows a simple pattern
when typed on a typical keyboard

666666 Six sixes

7777777 Seven sevens

ou812 The title of a 1988 Van
Halen album

8675309 The number mentioned in

the 1982 Tommy Tutone song. The song supposedly caused an epidemic of people
dialing 867- 5309 and asking for “Jenny”

Approximately
one out of every nine people uses at least one password on the list shown in
Table 9.1! And one out of every 50 people uses one of the top 20 worst
passwords.

Below
is a list the top 500 worst passwords of all time, not considering character
case. Don’t blame me for the offensive words; you were the ones who picked
these, not me.

NO Top 1-100 Top 101–200 Top 201–300 Top 301–400 Top 401–500
1 123456 porsche firebird prince rosebud
2 password guitar butter beach jaguar
3 12345678 chelsea united amateur great
4 1234 black turtle 7777777 cool
5 pussy diamond steelers muffin cooper
6 12345 nascar tiffany redsox 1313
7 dragon jackson zxcvbn star scorpio
8 qwerty cameron tomcat testing mountain
9 696969 654321 golf shannon madison
10 mustang computer bond007 murphy 987654
11 letmein amanda bear frank brazil
12 baseball wizard tiger hannah lauren
13 master xxxxxxxx doctor dave japan
14 michael money gateway eagle1 naked
15 football phoenix gators 11111 squirt
16 shadow mickey angel mother stars
17 monkey bailey junior nathan apple
18 abc123 knight thx1138 raiders alexis
19 pass iceman porno steve aaaa
20 fuckme tigers badboy forever bonnie
21 6969 purple debbie angela peaches
22 jordan andrea spider viper jasmine
23 harley horny melissa ou812 kevin
24 ranger dakota booger jake matt
25 iwantu aaaaaa 1212 lovers qwertyui
26 jennifer player flyers suckit danielle
27 hunter sunshine fish gregory beaver
28 fuck morgan porn buddy 4321
29 2000 starwars matrix whatever 4128
30 test boomer teens young runner
31 batman cowboys scooby nicholas swimming
32 trustno1 edward jason lucky dolphin
33 thomas charles walter helpme gordon
34 tigger girls cumshot jackie casper
35 robert booboo boston monica stupid
36 access coffee braves midnight shit
37 love xxxxxx yankee college saturn
38 buster bulldog lover baby gemini
39 1234567 ncc1701 barney cunt apples
40 soccer rabbit victor brian august
41 hockey peanut tucker mark 3333
42 killer john princess startrek canada
43 george johnny mercedes sierra blazer
44 sexy gandalf 5150 leather cumming
45 andrew spanky doggie 232323 hunting
46 charlie winter zzzzzz 4444 kitty
47 superman brandy gunner beavis rainbow
48 asshole compaq horney bigcock 112233
49 fuckyou carlos bubba happy arthur
50 dallas tennis 2112 sophie cream
51 jessica james fred ladies calvin
52 panties mike johnson naughty shaved
53 pepper brandon xxxxx giants surfer
54 1111 fender tits booty samson
55 austin anthony member blonde kelly
56 william blowme boobs fucked paul
57 daniel ferrari donald golden mine
58 golfer cookie bigdaddy 0 king
59 summer chicken bronco fire racing
60 heather maverick penis sandra 5555
61 hammer chicago voyager pookie eagle
62 yankees joseph rangers packers hentai
63 joshua diablo birdie einstein newyork
64 maggie sexsex trouble dolphins little
65 biteme hardcore white 0 redwings
66 enter 666666 topgun chevy smith
67 ashley willie bigtits winston sticky
68 thunder welcome bitches warrior cocacola
69 cowboy chris green sammy animal
70 silver panther super slut broncos
71 richard yamaha qazwsx 8675309 private
72 fucker justin magic zxcvbnm skippy
73 orange banana lakers nipples marvin
74 merlin driver rachel power blondes
75 michelle marine slayer victoria enjoy
76 corvette angels scott asdfgh girl
77 bigdog fishing 2222 vagina apollo
78 cheese david asdf toyota parker
79 matthew maddog video travis qwert
80 121212 hooters london hotdog time
81 patrick wilson 7777 paris sydney
82 martin butthead marlboro rock women
83 freedom dennis srinivas xxxx voodoo
84 ginger fucking internet extreme magnum
85 blowjob captain action redskins juice
86 nicole bigdick carter erotic abgrtyu
87 sparky chester jasper dirty 777777
88 yellow smokey monster ford dreams
89 camaro xavier teresa freddy maxwell
90 secret steven jeremy arsenal music
91 dick viking 11111111 access14 rush2112
92 falcon snoopy bill wolf russia
93 taylor blue crystal nipple scorpion
94 111111 eagles peter iloveyou rebecca
95 131313 winner pussies alex tester
96 123123 samantha cock florida mistress
97 bitch house beer eric phantom
98 hello miller rocket legend billy
99 scooter flower theman movie 6666
100 please jack oliver success albe

Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too or at least think
about.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB,
IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

VISIT ANY OF THE
SITES LISTED FOR REVIEW, RESEARCH, ORDERING MY WRITING PRODUCTS OR TO CONTACT
ME.

Email: brucebrennanlaw@aol.com

www.brucebrennanlaw.com

www.lawyerbruce.wordpress.com

www.brucebrennanattorney.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 any of my
books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be
available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

www.ebookmall.com (Do search by my name or
book Title)

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

www.smashwords.com
Do a Title or author search.

www.kobo.com

https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/dashboard

Book Titles:

Holmes the
Ripper

 

A Revengeful
Mix of Short Fiction

“Whenever
morality is based on theology, whenever right is made dependent on divine authority,
the most immoral, unjust, infamous things can be justified and
established.” – Ludwig
Feuerbach

What did Iowa tell us? Not much.

In current events, Fun, politics on August 15, 2011 at 6:40 AM

AUGUST 15, 2011

BRUCE A.
BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

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

August 15 is
… National Relaxation Day and National Failures Day

Why don’t we just
relax and fail, kind of like President Obama is about to do on Martha’s
Vineyard.

The PGA Championship
was decided later Sunday afternoon. The final golfing Major clearly showed there
is life after Tiger Woods. Keegan Bradley was four shots back with four holes
to play. He rallied in his finishing holes while the leader, Jason Dufler
limped to the finish, bogeying 15, 16 and 17. He wound up in a tir with Keegan
Bradley.

The PGA Championship
uses a three-hole aggregate score playoff to determine a winner. Bradley took
an early lead in the playoff and won by one. The final hour and forty-five
minutes of the television broadcast was probably the only 105 minute time
period Tiger Woods did not dominate the broadcast chatter. It was good,
exciting, entertaining television.

There is unfinished
business from the weekend news. The Iowa Straw Poll did not hold many surprises
although Ron Paul did better than expected. Republican presidential candidate
Michele Bachmann emerged the winner in the widely-anticipated Ames Straw Poll
in Iowa on Saturday.

The conservative congresswoman came out on top in the event with 4,823
votes. U.S. Rep. Ron Paul came in second place. Here’s a breakdown of the
results:

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.): 4,823 votes

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas): 4,671 votes

Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty: 2,293 votes

Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.): 1,657 votes

Former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain: 1,456 votes

Texas Governor Rick Perry: 718 votes

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney: 567 votes

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich: 385 votes

Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman: 69 votes

U.S. Rep Thad McCotter (R-Mich.): 35 votes

Romney, Gingrich and Huntsman did not actively campaign for support in the
straw poll despite their names appearing on the ballot. Perry, who announced
his candidacy for president on Saturday, did not aggressively look to lock up
votes in the event. His name did not appear on the ballot; however, write-in
votes were allowed in the straw poll.

The outcome is the first indication of what Iowans think of the field of
Republicans competing for the chance to challenge President Barack Obama next
fall. But it’s hardly predictive of who will win the winter Iowa contest, much
less the party nod or the White House.

The results of this nonbinding vote, held on the Iowa State University
campus, came just hours after Texas Gov. Rick Perry entered the race.

“I full well believe I’m going to win,” Perry told South Carolina
voters on a conference call before delivering his first speech as a candidate. Despite
Perry’s best efforts to overshadow the day, the epicenter of the presidential
contest was in this Midwestern town, where Iowans cast ballots during a daylong
political festival, a late-summer ritual held every four years.

The only thing
decided in Iowa is that Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman and Thad McCotter had
better start looking for another job. Herman Cain and Rick Santorum are on life
support. Please pull the plug so we can get to the serious, viable candidates
and away from the dog-and-pony show. At least Tim Pawlenty was smart enough to
leave the race while he still had a bit of respectability.

Not much going on
during the dog days of August. Sox are playing better; Bears are gearing up for
season; Cubs are playing out the string but will win a few to keep the Cubs’
fans coming to the City’s largest bar. Same stuff, different year.

Just a couple of
thoughts I had and you should think about.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB,
IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

VISIT ANY OF THE
SITES LISTED FOR REVIEW, RESEARCH, ORDERING MY WRITING PRODUCTS OR TO CONTACT
ME.

Email: brucebrennanlaw@aol.com

www.brucebrennanlaw.com

www.lawyerbruce.wordpress.com

www.brucebrennanattorney.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 any of my
books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be
available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

www.ebookmall.com (Do search by my name or
book Title)

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

www.smashwords.com
Do a Title or author search.

www.kobo.com

https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/dashboard

Book Titles:

Holmes the
Ripper

 

A Revengeful
Mix of Short Fiction

“If you can’t change your fate, change your
attitude.” – Amy Tan

If I could only hit a curveball or throw one.

In Fun, Greed in our world, Sports on July 18, 2011 at 4:34 AM

JULY 18, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

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

July 18 is … National Ice Cream Day and National Caviar Day nice combination

Want to know the value and perks in a baseball player’s contract. Just go to;

http://mlbcontracts.blogspot.com

You can find out things like Fukidome of the Cubs getting 8 first-class round trip airline tickets from Japan for his family. He also gets a car during spring training and the season as well as an interpreter. Each Major League Baseball team is reported on as well as the management.

According to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com, some of the more interesting contract clauses for the 2011 season are: Always check out the small print. If your mom and dad never told you that, once upon a time, then hopefully your lawyer did.

Why? Because there’s some fascinating stuff going on down there at the bottom of the page, after your eyes have started doing somersaults. And you’d sure hate to miss it. Luckily for you, we’ve been combing through the small print of as many baseball contracts from this winter as we could get our hands on. So here they come, the Most Creative Contract Clauses of the Offseason (so far):

Don’t Lose That Number

Jayson Werth isn’t the first player in history with a powerful attachment to his uniform number. Jayson Werth has a special affection for No. 28. Rickey Henderson once paid Turner Ward $25,000 to get No. 24. Doug Glanville once bought Jimmy Rollins a laptop in exchange for No. 6. And many a Rolex — not to mention a beverage or 20 — has changed hands over the years after players switched teams and found their favorite numbers on somebody else’s back.

But Werth, baseball’s newest $126 million man, might have taken uniform-bartering to a whole new level when he signed with the Nationals this winter: He went to the trouble of getting his uniform number — which would be 28, in case you don’t have this sort of thing memorized — written into the contract.

So what’s up with that? Ever since he switched to No. 28 (in 2004) from the No. 13 he once wore with Toronto, his teams have gone to the postseason five times, Werth told us. So why would he take any chances on losing his hold on a number with that much winning in it?

For the record, No. 28 was worn last year in Washington by utility man Mike Morse. But he’ll now be switching to No. 38. Which might come as news to him …

Unless he’s read the small print.

Silver Lining

If Albert Pujols has a Silver Slugger incentive clause, we get it. If Josh Hamilton has a Silver Slugger incentive clause, no big deal. Heck, even if Corky Miller has a Silver Slugger clause, there’s some semblance of logic in there someplace. But Chien-Ming Wang? The sweet-swinging ex-Yankees pitcher has all kinds of incentive clauses included in the contract he signed with Washington last month. And in the case of most of them, that makes sense, considering he hasn’t been healthy in 2½ years.

But a Silver Slugger clause? Well, he has one, all right. It’ll pay him $50,000 if he out-swats every pitcher in the National League this year. But let’s just say the Nationals probably don’t need to put that money in an escrow account so they have it handy in case he wins. How many hits has Wang gotten in his career? That would be zero — in 15 journeys to home plate. He’s 0-for-14 — with eight strikeouts, one GIDP and one sac bunt. So he actually owns more career outs (16) than plate appearances (15) — which isn’t easy. But that isn’t all. Wang’s whole career took a major U-turn south thanks to his offensive misadventures. On June 15, 2008, during interleague play, he failed to get a decent bunt down, bunted into a forceout and wound up spraining a ligament in his foot trying to run the bases. His career has never been the same since.

So maybe that Silver Slugger clause is about revenge. Or incentive. Or a private joke. At any rate, once again, it paid to read THAT small print.

Captaincy

Derek Jeter’s new contract might be the most inventive deal of the whole winter. He doesn’t just have incentive clauses. His whole deal is like one of those falling-dominoes tricks, in which everything that happens in the first three seasons helps determine his salary for the 2014 season — assuming he’s still playing in the 2014 season.

But the clause that caught our attention wasn’t any of the numerous trigger clauses splattered all over the contract.

Instead, it’s this:

The language in the contract Derek Jeter signed last month is rather interesting. In 2014, Jeter holds a player-only option clause worth $8 million (or possibly a lot more than that, depending on those other clauses), unless …

He chooses not to pick up his own option. In which case … He still gets a $3 million buyout clause. Good deal, huh?

OK, so technically, this isn’t that unique. Teams sometimes structure contracts like this in order to backload some of the money. But this isn’t just anybody’s contract. This is Derek Jeter’s contract. So every time we think of Derek Jeter cashing in the buyout of HIS OWN OPTION, we think: Is there anything that sums up what a crazy contract he wound up negotiating for himself better than that?

Thinking Big

You don’t have to rummage through Bing Crosby’s basement to know it has been more than half a century since Bill Mazeroski’s most famous home run trot. And you don’t have to be Andy Van Slyke to know this year will be the 19th season since the last time the Pirates played a postseason game — or even had a winning season, for that matter. But that doesn’t mean it’s no longer legal to think big thoughts or dream big dreams inside the Pittsburgh city limits. Heck, no. In fact, it’s encouraged.

And not just about the Steelers, the Penguins and the Pitt Panthers, either. No sir. That positivity goes for the Pirates, too. And all the proof you need can be found in the contracts the Buccos have handed out this winter. They’ve signed five established players as free agents this offseason — Matt Diaz, Lyle Overbay, Garrett Atkins, Kevin Correia and Scott Olsen. And all five of them (plus holdover shortstop Ronny Cedeno) had World Series MVP clauses included in their new contracts.

So here’s the irony:

You know how many World Series MVP incentive clauses the Yankees have given out to their current roster? That would be nada. (And no, clauses they inherited from other teams don’t count — and neither does the base-salary trigger in Jeter’s new deal.) But the Pirates have doled out six WS MVP clauses in one offseason. There’s a subplot in there someplace.

For Starters

All teams have what their accountants like to refer to, catchily, as “the standard awards package,” so they can throw that package into contracts for veteran players when the haggling over deals mounts at crunch time. But every once in a while, those “standard” awards packages aren’t as standard as the accountants might have thought when they drew them up. For instance: We ran across three free-agent pitchers who signed deals this winter that will pay them between $10,000 and $25,000 if they’re chosen to start the All-Star Game. Now, that sounds pretty standard, right?

Except the three pitchers in question are Will Ohman (White Sox), Jesse Crain (White Sox) and Takashi Saito (Brewers). And what do those three have in common?

(A) They’re all RELIEF pitchers. And (B) none of them has ever started a single game in the big leagues — not ONE. See for yourself:

Ohman: 392 appearances — 0 starts.

Crain: 376 appearances — 0 starts.

Saito: 292 appearances — 0 starts.

So if one of those three guys starts the All-Star Game in July, why do we have a feeling the biggest story of the day will NOT be his incentive clause?

Five Other Classic Clauses

Dunn

• Adam Dunn got a $25,000 Gold Glove incentive from the White Sox. Like his chances to be the best-fielding DH in the American League?

• The Orioles tossed a $25,000 Silver Slugger clause into Cesar Izturis’ contract. In case they didn’t know (and we’re guessing they did), he owns the second-lowest career OPS (.619) of any player with 2,000 or more plate appearances who is currently on a 40-man roster.

• You can’t say the Dodgers aren’t doing everything possible to help Hiroki Kuroda’s family adjust to the life and culture on this side of the Pacific. They’re giving his family more interpreters (two) than they’re supplying him (one).

Romero

• Phillies reliever J.C. Romero got a $50,000 Silver Slugger incentive in his new deal. OK, so he may not be in Wang’s offensive class. But Romero’s most recent at-bat was in 2007, he’s gotten one at-bat since 2003, and June 15 will mark the 10th anniversary of his last (and only) hit — a double off Julian Tavarez.

• Finally, we know exactly what kind of vehicle Takashi Saito will be driving in his first spring training with the Brewers. It’ll be an SUV. And how do we know? It’s right there in the small print of his contract — of course.

This stuff is fun to read and learn about until you realize this is why a ticket costs $50.00, parking costs $30.00, a beer is $7.50 and a hot dog is $6.00.

Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

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Go to web sites below to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase any of my books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

www.ebookmall.com (Do search by my name or book Title)

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Holmes the Ripper

 

A Revengeful Mix of Short Fiction

“Myth must be kept alive. The people who can keep it alive are the artists of one kind or another. The function of the artist is the mythologization of the environment and the world.” – Joseph Campbell

Perhaps a Budget Aid would work?

In Fun, Good people on July 14, 2011 at 4:09 AM

JULY 14, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

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

July 14 is … National Nude Day

I hope I don’t run into Glenn today, but he probably won’t be too far from a Playboy magazine. Luckily we do not have many nude beaches around where I live. I am not afraid or ashamed to say you do not want to see me in the nude. I do not want to see me in the nude. I do not want to see many people I know, if any, in the nude. Clothes are a good thing. I would rather let my imagination show me a nude friend than have reality rear its ugly head and show me.

I do not think that gravity is a law, more like a guideline, but it does exist and exert its power on everything including the human body.

That damn rock-n-roll did some good. Today is the anniversary of Live-Aid. The year was 1985. The event was the Live Aid concert for African famine relief. The place was Philadelphia, PA and it was also, London, England. Electrifying performances from Philly’s JFK Stadium, London’s Wembley Stadium and other venues were telecast world-wide.

The all-day and much-of-the-night concert featured some of the biggest names in rock music including Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Madonna, Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney. The audience was equally as big – 162,000 attended the concert and another 1.5 billion viewed it on TV.

Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof organized the Live Aid concert, gathering the big name stars, all of whom performed without pay.

Live Aid ran for some sixteen hours and raised over $100 million. Willie Nelson followed Live Aid with his version for American farmers called Farm-Aid.

Farm Aid started as a benefit concert on September 22, 1985, in Champaign, IL, held to raise money for family farmers in the United States. It was about time we worried about our own before we worried about the world. The concert was organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young, spurred on by Bob Dylan’s comments at Live Aid earlier in that year that he hoped some of the money would help American farmers in danger of losing their farms through mortgage debt.

The first concert was at University of Illinois’ Memorial Stadium in Champaign on September 25 before a crowd of 80,000 people. Performers included Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, B.B. King, Roy Orbison, among others, and raised over $9 million for America’s family farmers.

Nelson and Mellencamp then brought family farmers before Congress to testify about the state of family farming in America. Congress subsequently passed the Agricultural Credit Act of 1987 to help save family farms from foreclosure. Today, Farm Aid is an organization that works to increase awareness of the importance of family farms, and puts on an annual concert of country, blues and rock music with a variety of stars. The board of directors includes Nelson, Mellencamp, Young, and Dave Matthews. Young’s speeches about the environment are a highlight of the annual shows.

After the initial concert, the organization established emergency hot lines for farmers and farm associations. Farm Aid holds a farm disaster fund for farmers who lost their belongings and crops through natural disasters, such as the victims of Hurricane Katrina and the 2011 tornadoes. The funds raised are used to pay the farmer’s expenses and provide food, legal and financial help, and psychological assistance.

The 2005 concert, marking the 20th anniversary of Farm Aid, took place at the Tweeter Center in Tinley Park, Illinois, with events in downtown Chicago as well. The 2007 Concert took place at Randall’s Island in New York City (1st Farm Aid in New York) and was recorded in High Definition to be broadcast on HDNet as a 2 Hour Special highlighting many of the performances from the Allman Brothers and Counting Crows to John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson.

Way to go boys. Hail, hail Rock-n-Roll.

Today is Harrison Ford’s birthday. He was born in 1942. Also on July 13th over the years:

In 1832 Source of Mississippi River discovered (Henry R Schoolcraft)
In 1836 US patent #1 (after 9,957 unnumbered patents), for locomotive wheels.

Just a couple of thoughts I had and things you should think about.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

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Go to web sites below to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase any of my books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

www.ebookmall.com (Do search by my name or book Title)

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

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Holmes the Ripper

 

A Revengeful Mix of Short Fiction

  “I touch the future. I teach.” – Christa McAuliffe

WHITE SOX 2 CUBS ZILCH

In Fun, Sports, White Sox on July 3, 2011 at 4:55 AM

JULY 3, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

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

July 3 is … Stay Out Of The Sun Day and Compliment Your Mirror Day

 

Mr. Brennan is on assignment for a few days. He will return July 4, 2011.

GO WHITE SOX

YOU WILL READ FROM ME TOMORROW. STAY COOL.

 Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

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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 any of my books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

www.ebookmall.com (Do search by my name or book Title)

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

www.smashwords.com Do a Title or author search.

www.kobo.com

https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/dashboard

Book Titles:

Holmes the Ripper

 

A Revengeful Mix of Short Fiction

“He is a self-made man and worships his creator.” – John Bright

Weiner is not a man of grit.

In Dirty politicians!, disgraced public figures, Fun on June 7, 2011 at 6:07 AM

JUNE 7, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

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

June 7 is … National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

Grab some Chocolate Ice Cream for tomorrow evening. Then, on the way home, stop by Walmart and buy the Jeff Bridges version of True Grit. It comes out on DVD Tuesday. It is a fine movie, true to the John Wayne version and well worth your time. Escape to the Wild West for a couple of hours, just have enough Chocolate Ice Cream on hand. The movie has typical western violence in it but nothing to offend children or embarrass mom and dad while watching it with the kids.

The $64,000 Question, a 1955 summer replacement show, with host Hal March, premiered on this day. The first show became the most watched and talked about program on TV. Contestants had to answer 10 questions correctly beginning at $64 and doubling the amount with each correct answer upward to the $4,000 category. Getting this far got you a return trip to the show the following week. The consolation prize for an incorrect answer, after reaching the $8,000 plateau, was a new Cadillac. At this level, you got a free trip to the Revlon isolation booth where you literally sweated your way from $8,000 to $16,000 to $32,000, and finally, the big one. An expert was permitted to accompany the contestant at the $64,000 mark. If neither of them could answer the question correctly, the contestant received a consolation prize of $4,000. Questions were compiled by Dr. Bergen Evans.

This, the first of the big-money TV shows, attracted guests with unusual interests. Some of the better-remembered were Gino Prato, a Bronx, New York shoemaker who used his knowledge of opera to win $32,000, Jockey Billy Pearson, an art expert and one of the first to win $64,000, and psychologist Joyce Brothers, an expert in boxing, who won big not only in cash, but in her new career as media personality.

The biggest winner was 11-year-old Robert Strom, who won $192,000. The $64,000 Question had added three new plateaus by now and several spin-off quiz shows: The $64,000 Challenge and The Big Surprise.

On November 2, 1958 we witnessed the demise of The $64,000 Question as the quiz-show-rigging scandal ended this type of show. The real $64,000 question will always be: was the show rigged or not?

Is Dr. Joyce Brothers still around and is she still a boxing expert?

On this date in 1969 the rock group Blind Faith made its British debut at a free concert at London’s Hyde Park. Over 100,000 fans attended what was called “the most remarkable gathering of young people ever seen in England.” The group was composed of Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Stevie Winwood and Rick Grech. Cream had several of the same members. They played in a White Room, with no curtains at the station.

The German government and their ‘experts’ in infectious diseases is as incompetent as ours is. First they blamed Spain but that was wrong. Sunday they said it was from sprouts grown on an organic farm in Northern Germany. On Monday, the government officials reversed course and said it was not from the sprouts. Like most of these events, by the time our ‘experts’ tell us where it came from, it will have run its course and be over with anyway. Then they will say we need to know the source to prevent another outbreak even though this has never happened before and will never happen again, most likely.

The bimbos are coming out of the woodwork in the Weinergate scandal. Mare photos and sexting messages are coming out as well as evidence Rep. Weiner has at least one alias Yahoo account. He had a press conference and admitted all the photos and messages are his. He admitted lying for the last week. He then asked for sympathy to protect his loved ones, the same ones he was behaving badly on. He said this activity has been going on for three years. This guy will not survive this scandal. He should resign now and move on. He is not sorry. He is sorry he got caught. His family should walk away from him.

In my research of Anthony Weiner, named one of the fiftieth most influential Jewish people in America, I went to his web site. It is not much of a web site. When I tried to download the Congressman’s bio, I was directed away from the site. It must be under construction, like removing all references to his wife and family values and his trustworthiness. At least that is my guess. We are watching another weirdo implode in his own ego and self-importance. I have seen this movie before. Weiner appears to be the only one who does not know how it ends.

Just a couple of thoughts I had.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

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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 any of my books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

www.ebookmall.com (Do search by my name or book Title)

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

www.smashwords.com Do a Title or author search.

www.kobo.com

https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/dashboard

Book Titles:

Holmes the Ripper

 

A Revengeful Mix of Short Fiction

 

“Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” – William Faulkner

Ode to Billie Joe and Weinergate; it is always something.

In Dirty politicians!, disgraced public figures, Fun, remember? on June 3, 2011 at 2:02 AM

JUNE 3, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

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

June 3 is … Repeat Day

June 3 is Repeat Day

 

“Weinergate” rises again for the married Congressman from New York who posted his own picture or someone like him with an erection. He is denying he posted the picture but few people believe him. He has made several conflicting statements about this scandal meaning he cannot even keep his lies straight. “Weinergate” is still being cooked up by Congressman Weiner (D-NY). Do they put catsup on hot dogs in New York? Is the Congressman still looking for a bun to put his Weiner in? Do you think Congressman Weiner would like to throw that photo off the Tallahatchie Bridge, like Billie Joe did?

It was a dirty, dusty, delta dawn day.

“Ode Billie Joe” is a 1967 song written and recorded by Bobbie Gentry, a singer-songwriter from Chickasaw County Mississippi. The single, released in late July, was a number-one hit in the United States, and became a big international seller. The song is ranked #412 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”. The recording of “Ode to Billie Joe” generated eight Grammy nominations, resulting in three wins for Gentry and one win for arranger Jimmie Haskell. The song has sold over three million copies.

The song is a first-person narrative that reveals a quasi-Southern Gothic tale in its verses by including the dialog of the narrator’s family at dinnertime on the day that “Billie Joe McAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge.” Throughout the song, the suicide and other tragedies are contrasted against the banality of everyday routine and polite conversation. The song begins with the narrator and her brother returning, after morning chores, to the family house for dinner. After cautioning them about tracking in dirt, “Mama” says that she “got some news this mornin’ from Choctaw Ridge” that “Billie Joe McAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge,” apparently to his death.

At the dinner table, the narrator’s father is unsurprised at the news and says, “Well, Billie Joe never had a lick o’ sense; pass the biscuits, please” and mentions that there are “five more acres in the lower forty I got to plow.” Although her brother seems to be taken aback (“I saw him at the sawmill yesterday…. And now you tell me Billie Joe has jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge”), he’s not shocked enough to keep him from having a second piece of pie. Late in the song, Mama questions the narrator’s complete loss of appetite (“Child, what’s happened to your appetite? I been cookin’ all mornin’ and you haven’t touched a single bite,”) and then recalls a visit earlier that morning by Brother Taylor, the local preacher, who mentioned that he had seen Billie Joe and a girl who looked very much like the narrator herself and they were “throwin’ somethin’ off the Tallahatchie Bridge.” In the song’s final verse, a year has passed, during which the narrator’s brother has married and moved away. Also, her father died from a viral infection, which has left her mother despondent. The narrator herself now visits Choctaw Ridge often, picking flowers there to drop from the Tallahatchie Bridge onto the murky waters flowing beneath.

Questions arose among the listeners: what did Billie Joe and his girlfriend throw off the Tallahatchie Bridge, and why did Billie Joe commit suicide? One possible interpretation is that the narrator had an abortion, and what she and Billie Joe throw off the bridge is the aborted baby, after which Billie Joe kills himself out of remorse. When Herman Raucher met Gentry in preparation for writing a novel and screenplay based on the song, she confessed that she had no idea why Billie Joe killed himself. Gentry has commented on the song, saying that its real theme was indifference.

Those questions are of secondary importance in my mind. The story of Billie Joe has two more interesting underlying themes. First, the illustration of a group of peoples’ reactions to the life and death of Billie Joe, and its subsequent effect on their lives, is made. Second, the obvious gap between the girl and her mother is shown when both women experience a common loss (first Billie Joe, and later, Papa), and yet Mama and the girl are unable to recognize their mutual loss or share their grief.

The bridge mentioned in this song collapsed in June 1972.  It crossed the Tallahatchie River at Money, about ten miles north of Greenwood, Mississippi and has since been replaced. The November 10, 1967 issue of Life Magazine contained a photo of Gentry crossing the original bridge. Even the Tallahatchie Bridge is gone. What’s left in life?

Just a couple of thoughts I had.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

VISIT ANY OF THE SITES LISTED FOR REVIEW, RESEARCH, ORDERING MY WRITING PRODUCTS OR TO CONTACT ME.

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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 any of my books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

www.ebookmall.com (Do search by my name or book Title)

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

www.smashwords.com Do a Title or author search.

www.kobo.com

https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/dashboard

Book Titles:

Holmes the Ripper

 

A Revengeful Mix of Short Fiction

“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?” – Ernest Hemingway

Happy Birthday Patty, No Triple Crown Winner this year.

In Fun, history, Preakness on May 22, 2011 at 6:32 AM

May 22, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

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

May 22 is … Buy-A-Musical-Instrument Day

 

I think I’ll buy a horn and toot it for my sister’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Patty.

My horse finished fifth in the Preakness. Shackelford won meaning no Triple Crown Winner again this year; it has been 33 years since a horse won the Triple Crown, clearly making it one of the hardest things to do in professional sports unless you are the Chicago Cubs. A hprse ran in the Preakness Saturday that was blind in its right eye. This happens now and again but these horses cannot run in Australia or Ireland and a few other places that run the races clockwise. A horse blind in its right eye can see the rail running counter-clockwise, like we run in America but it could not see the rail running clockwise. This also prevents the horse from seeing the crowd in the seats and the railbirds thus not spooking it.

Birthdays – May 22
1813 – Wilhelm Richard Wagner (composer: Tristan, Isolde, Lohengrin; died Feb 13, 1883)

1844 – Mary Cassatt (artist: The Bath; died June 14, 1926)

1859 – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (physician; writer: Sherlock Holmes: 56 short stories, 3 novels: The Sign of Four, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Valley of Fear; died July 7, 1930)

1907 – Sir Laurence (Kerr) Olivier (Academy Award-winning actor: Hamlet [1948]; War Requiem, The Boys from Brazil, Brideshead Revisited, Carrie, The Jazz Singer, Peter the Great, Richard III, Spartacus, The Merchant of Venice, Marathon Man, Khartoum; Emmy Award-winning actor: The Moon and Sixpence [1960], A Long Day’s Journey into Night [1973], Love Among the Ruins [1975], Brideshead Revisited, King Lear [1984]; died July 11, 1989)

1914 – Vance Packard (writer: The Hidden Persuaders; died Dec 12, 1996)

1914 – Sun Ra (Herman Blount) (jazz musician: piano, organ, synthesizer; died May 30, 1993)

1922 – Judith Crist (Klein) (TV critic: TV Guide, Saturday Review, Today Show)

1924 – Charles Aznavour (Shahnour Varenagh Aznavurjian) (actor: Edith & Marcel, The Tin Drum, Twist, Ten Little Indians, Candy, Shoot the Piano Player; singer, songwriter)

1926 – Elaine Leighton (drummer: played w/Billie Holiday)

1927 – Michael Constantine (Constantine Joanides) (Emmy Award-winning actor: Room 222 [1969-70]; Sirota’s Court, Hey Landlord, The Hustler)

1928 – Jackie (Jacqueline) Cain (singer: duo: Jackie & Roy [Kral]: Flamingo, Over the Rainbow, Euphoria, I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles)

1931 – Kenny Ball (musician: trumpet: bandleader: Midnight in Moscow)

1934 – Al Brown (entertainer: group: Al Brown & The Tunetoppers: LP: The Madison Dance Party)

1934 – Peter Nero (Nierow) (pianist: Theme from the Summer of ’42)

1938 – Richard Benjamin (actor: Goodbye Columbus, Diary of a Mad Housewife, He and She, Portnoy’s Complaint, Love at First Bite, The Sunshine Boys, Westworld; director: The Money Pit, Little Nikita, Made in America, Milk Money)

1938 – Frank Converse (actor: Brother Future, Tales of the Unexpected, Home at Last, Cruise into Terror, N.Y.P.D., Movin’ On, The Family Tree, Coronet Blue, Dolphin Cove)

1938 – Susan Strasberg (actress: The Marriage, Toma, Picnic, Rollercoaster, Delta Force; died Jan 21, 1999)

1939 – Larry Siegfried (basketball: Boston Celtics)

1939 – Paul Winfield (actor: Tyson, Breathing Lessons, Carbon Copy, Cliffhanger, Dennis the Menace, Presumed Innocent, Sounder, The Terminator, Star Trek 2; died Mar 7, 2004)

1940 – Michael Sarrazin (actor: Lena’s Holiday, They Shoot Horses Don’t They, The Reincarnation of Peter Proud, The Flim Flam Man, For Pete’s Sake, Mascara, The Seduction)

1940 – Mick Tingelhoff (football: Minnesota Vikings center: All-Pro team [1964, 65, 66, 67, 68, 68])

1942 – Barbara Parkins (actress: Peyton Place, Captains and the Kings, Valley of the Dolls, Calendar Girl Murders, The Deadly Trap)

1943 – Tommy (Thomas Edward) John (baseball: pitcher: Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox [all-star: 1968], LA Dodgers [World Series: 1977, 1978/all-star: 1978], NY Yankees [all-star: 1979, 1980/World Series: 1981], California Angels, Oakland Athletics)

1950 – Bernie Taupin (lyricist: Your Song, Friends, Rocket Man, Honkey Cat, Crocodile Rock, Daniel, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me; Elton John’s lyricist)

1951 – Patricia Brennan born in Streator, IL

1955 – Iva Davies (musician: guitar, singer: group: Icehouse)

1959 – Morrissey (Stephen Morrissey) (singer: group: The Smiths: Hand in Glove, This Charming Man, What Difference Does It Make, Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now, William It Was Really Nothing, Reel Around the Fountain, Suffer Little Children, Bigmouth Strikes Again, That Joke isn’t Funny Anymore, Shakespeare’s Sister, Boy with the Thorn in His Side, The Queen is Dead, Frankly Mr. Shankly, Cemetry Gates)

1970 – Naomi Campbell (model; writer: Swan; actress: Miami Rhapsody)

Other important events on this date throughout history:

1906 Wright Brothers patent an aero plane
1909 1st San Francisco fireboat, David Scannell, launched
1911 Braves pitcher, Cliff Curtis, loses his 23rd game in a row
1915 Local train collides with troop train killing 226 (Gretna Scotland)
1916 French troops occupy parts of Fort Douaumont Verdun
1923 Stanley Baldwin succeeds Andrew Bonar Law as British premier
1924 In Chicago, Nathan Leopold & Richard Loeb kidnap Robert Franks
1926 “Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue” by Gene Austin hits #1
1926 Chiang Kai-shek replaces communists in Guomindang China
1927 8.3 earthquake strikes Nan-Shan China, 200,000 killed
1927 Dodgers beat Phillies, 20-4
1928 US Congress accept Jones-White Merchant Naval Act
1930 Ruth hits 3 consecutive homeruns (8th-10th of 60 in 1930)
1930 Yankee “Bronx Bombers” hit 14 homeruns in a game
1931 Canned rattlesnake meat 1st goes on sale in Florida
1933 Loch Ness Monster is 1st reportedly sighted by John Mackay
1933 World Trade Day/National Maritime Day 1st celebrated
1938 Dodgers announce contracts to install lights at Ebbets Field
1939 Hitler & Mussolini sign “Pact of Steel”
1940 Dutch Premier De Geer begins working with Nazis
1940 Prime Minister Winston Churchill flies to Paris
1941 British troops attack Baghdad
1942 México declares war on Nazi-Germany & Japan
1943 1st jet fighter is tested
1943 RAF scatters 1st copies of “The Flying Hollander”
1943 Stalin disbands Komintern
1945 6th Marine division reaches suburbs of Naha Okinawa
1945 NSB-Führer Rost van Tonningen attempts & fails at suicide
1946 Yankees turn triple-play & defeat Tigers’ 5-3
1947 “Truman Doctrine” goes into effect, aiding Turkey & Greece
1947 1st US ballistic missile fired
1950 Celal Bayar elected president of Turkey
1950 Dutch poet Gerrit Achterberg wins PC Hooft prize
1950 Richard Strauss’ “4 Last Songs” (4 letzte Lieder) in London

1951 Patricia Lynn Brennan born in Streator, Illinois
1953 President Eisenhower signs Offshore Oil Bill
1953 Yankee Irv Noren hits into a triple-play, Yankees beat Washington 12-4
1954 80th Preakness: Johnny Adams aboard Hasty Road wins in 1:57.4
1954 KREX TV channel 5 in Grand Junction CO (CBS) begins broadcasting
1954 Robert Zimmerman aka Bob Dylan is Bar Mitzvahed
1955 Oldest man to drive in the Grand Prix (aged 55) finishes 6th
1956 “Bob Hope Show” last airs on NBC-TV
1956 KRIS TV channel 6 in Corpus Christi TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
1957 KBTX TV channel 3 in Bryan TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
1957 Red Sox set American League record by smashing 4 homeruns in 6th inning in 11-0 win
1957 South Africa Government approves race separation in universities
1959 Benjamin O Davis Jr becomes 1st black general-major in USAF
1960 Virtually all coastal towns between 37th & 44th parallels severely damaged by tsunami that strikes Hilo HI at 01:04 AM
1961 “Mother-In-Law” by Ernie K-Doe hits #1
1961 “Touchables In Brooklyn” by Dickie Goodman hits #42
1961 1st revolving restaurant (Top Of The Space Needle in Seattle), opens
1962 14th Emmy Awards: Bob Newhart Show, E G Marshall & Shirley Booth
1962 Netherlands telephone net becomes completely automated
1962 Robert A Rushworth, USAF major, takes X-15 to 30,600 meters
1962 Roger Maris walks 5 times (record 4 intentionally) in a 9 inning game
1963 Mickey Mantle hits a ball off Yankee Stadium’s facade
1964 LBJ presents “Great Society”
1965 “Super-cali-fragil-istic-expi-ali-docious” hits #66
1965 Beatles’ “Ticket to Ride” single goes #1
1966 18th Emmy Awards: Fugitive, Dick Van Dyke & Mary Tyler Moore
1967 “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” debuts on NET (now PBS)
1967 Egyptian president Nasser closes Straits of Tiran to Israel
1967 Fire at L’Innovation department store kills 322 (Brussels, Belgium)
1968 Pittsburgh Pirate Willie Stargell hits 3 homeruns, a double & a single
1969 Stafford & Cernan pilot Apollo 10 LEM 9.4 miles (15km) above lunar surface
1970 Arab terrorists kill 9 children & 3 adults on a school bus
1970 Mel Stottlemyre sets record by walking 11, but wins 2-0
1972 US President Nixon begins visit Moscow
1973 Emmy News & Documentaries Award presentation
1973 President Nixon confesses his role in Watergate cover-up
1974 Ruffian begins her racing career as a filly & dies 14 months later
1974 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1975 8th ABA Championship: Kentucky Colonels beat Indiana Pacers, 4 games to 1
1976 NASA launches space vehicle S-179
1976 St Louis Cardinal Reggie Smith hits 3 homeruns
1977 Final European scheduled run of the Orient Express (94 years)
1977 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic
1977 Red Sox (6) & Brewers (5) tie single game homerun record of 11
1979 Canadians elect conservatives, Joseph Clark replaces Pierre Trudeau
1980 Marlo Thomas & Phil Donahue marry
1981 Soyuz 40 returns to Earth
1983 Toronto Blue Jay Cliff Johnson hits record 18th pinch hit homerun
1985 Pete Rose 2,108th run passes Hank Aaron as National League run scoring leader
1985 US sailor Michael L Walker arrested for spying for USSR
1987 30 killed in a Texas tornado
1990 Andre Dawson sets record being intentionally walked 5 times
1990 Dow Jones average hits a record 2,852.23
1990 Microsoft releases Windows 3.0
1991 NFL Owners agree to add 2 teams in 1994
1992 California Angels are involved in a bus crash in New Jersey
1992 Johnny Carson’s final appearance as host of the Tonight Show
1993 Riddick Bowe TKOs Jesse Ferguson in 2 for heavyweight boxing title
1994 Toronto NBA franchise unveils name “Raptors” & logo
1995 Laverne & Shirley 20th anniversary reunion special, televised
1996 Emmy 23rd Daytime Award presentation – Susan Lucci loses for 16th time

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