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February 27th

God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right even though I think it is hopeless. – Chester William Nimitz, (1885-1966), American admiral


58th day of the year with 307 to follow (308 in leap years).

Holidays for Today:
~ International Anosmia Awareness Day (Anosmia is loss of the sense of smell)
~ International Polar Bear Day
~ National Kahlua Day
~ National Retro Day
~ National Strawberry Day
~ No Brainer Day (a day for doing something that is simple, easy, obvious, and/or totally logical)
~ World NGO Day (Non-governmental organizations active in humanitarian, educational, healthcare, public policy, social, human rights, environmental, etc.)


  • 1807 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Portland, Maine, poet (Paul Revere’s Ride, The Song of Hiawatha)
  • 1899 Charles Best, West Pembroke, Washington County, Maine, Canadian medical scientist (one of the co-discoverers of insulin)
  • 1902 John Steinbeck, Salinas, California, author (The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, Of Mice and Men/ Nobel for literature in 1962)
  • 1910 Clarence “Kelly” Johnson, Ishpeming, Michigan, aerospace engineer (1st team leader of Lockheed Skunk Works, leading role in design of over 40 aircraft, winner of Collier Trophy)
  • 1913 Irwin Shaw, New York, New York, author (The Young Lions; Rich Man, Poor Man; Beggarman, Thief)
  • 1930 Joanne Woodward, Thomasville, Georgia, actress (The Three Faces of Eve; Rachel, Rachel; Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams; Sybil; Empire Falls)
  • 1930 Paul von Ragué Schleyer, Cleveland, Ohio, organic physical chemist (as of 1997 world’s third most cited chemist, with over 1100 technical papers produced)
  • 1932 Elizabeth Taylor, British-American actress (Lassie Come Home, National Velvet, Butterfield 8, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?)
  • 1934 Ralph Nader, Winsted, Connecticut, author, activist and political figure
  • 1937 Barbara Babcock, Fort Riley, Kansas, actress (Hill Street Blues, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman)
  • 1944 Ken Grimwood, Dothan, Alabama, author (Replay, Breakthrough, Two Plus Two)
  • 1962 Adam Baldwin, Winnetka, Illinois, actor (Full Metal Jacket, My Bodyguard, The X-Files, Angel, Firefly, Serenity, Day Break, Transformers: Prime)
  • 1981 Josh Groban, Los Angeles, California, singer, songwriter (first 4 solo albums multi-platinum, in 2007 charted as #1 best selling artist in U.S.)


Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. –Albert Einstein



  • 1801 Pursuant to the District of Columbia Organic Act of 1801, Washington, D.C. is placed under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Congress.
  • 1860 Abraham Lincoln makes a speech at Cooper Union in the city of New York that is largely responsible for his election to the Presidency.
  • 1922 A challenge to the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, allowing women the right to vote, is rebuffed by the Supreme Court of the United States in Leser v. Garnett.
  • 1939 The U.S. Supreme Court rules that sit-down strikes violate property owners’ rights and are therefore illegal.
  • 1940 Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben discover carbon-14.
  • 1951 The Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution, limiting Presidents to two terms, is ratified.
  • 1973 The American Indian Movement occupies Wounded Knee, South Dakota.
  • 1986 The United States Senate allows its debates to be televised on a trial basis.
  • 1991 Gulf War: U.S. President George H. W. Bush announces that “Kuwait is liberated”.
  • 2007 The Chinese Correction: the Shanghai Stock Exchange falls 9%, the largest drop in 10 years.


As a jet was flying over Arizona on a clear day, the copilot was providing his passengers with a running commentary about landmarks over the PA system.

“Coming up on the right, you can see the Meteor Crater, which is a major tourist attraction in northern Arizona. It was formed when a lump of nickel and iron, roughly 150 feet in diameter and weighing 300,000 tons, struck the earth 50,000 years ago at about 40,000 miles an hour, scattering white-hot debris for miles in every direction. The hole measures nearly a mile across and is 570 feet deep.”

The lady sitting next to me exclaimed: “Wow, look! It just missed the highway!”


Some guy bought a new fridge for his house. To get rid of his old fridge, he put it in his front yard and hung a sign on it saying “Free to good home, You want it, you take it”.

For three days the fridge sat there without even one person looking twice at it. He eventually decided that people were too un-trusting of this deal, looks to good to be true, so he changed the sign to read “Fridge for sale $50”. The next day someone stole it.


ONE-LINERS: Wisdom from Dogs
~ The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue. -Anonymous
~ Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful. -Ann Landers
~ If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. -Will Rogers

~ There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face. -Ben Williams
~ A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. -Josh Billings
~ We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It’s the best deal man has ever made. -M. Acklam

~ Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate. -Sigmund Freud
~ I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult. -Rita Rudner
~ A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down. -Robert Benchley

~ Dogs need to sniff the ground; it’s how they keep abreast of current events. The ground is a giant dog newspaper, containing all kinds of late-breaking dog news items, which, if they are especially urgent, are often continued in the next yard. -Dave Barry
~ Anybody who doesn’t know what soap tastes like never washed a dog. -Franklin P. Jones
~ If your dog is fat, you aren’t getting enough exercise. -Unknown

~ My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to $3.00 a can. That’s almost $21.00 in dog money. -Joe Weinstein
~ Ever consider what our dogs must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul — chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we’re the greatest hunters on earth! -Anne Tyler
~ Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. -Robert A. Heinlein

~ Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. -Groucho Marx
~ Speak softly and own a big, mean Doberman. -Dave Miliman
~ If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man. -Mark Twain

~ Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. -Roger Caras
~ If you think dogs can’t count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them. -Phil Pastoret
~ My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks I am.


The staff at our office was hosting a farewell luncheon for a retiring colleague. As we prepared to go to the restaurant, we discovered that the giant balloon we purchased for the retiring ‘guest of honor’ wouldn’t fit in the car.

Determined to bring it along, we simply held the balloon out the window as we drove to the luncheon location.

However we weren’t prepared for the glares and dirty looks we were getting from pedestrians and adjoining cars at every intersection.

As the long line of traffic in front of our vehicle began to turn, we discovered that our car was right behind a long funeral procession.

There was really nothing we could do but hold on to our balloon with its large farewell message:



The bride came down the aisle and when she reached the altar, the groom was standing there with his golf bag and clubs at his side.

She said, “What are your golf clubs doing here?”

He looked her right in the eye and said, “This isn’t going to take all day, is it?”


pic of the day: In honor of International Polar Bear Day

polar bear

I was helping a buddy of mine, who was an orthopedic surgeon, move to his new office, and using my car to help transport some of his office equipment.

I had decided to position his somewhat fragile display skeleton strapped into the back seat of my car, his bony arm across the back of my seat…

At one traffic light, the stares of the people in the car beside me became quite obvious. I looked across and explained, “I’m delivering him to a doctor’s office.”

The other driver leaned out of his window. and commented, “I hate to tell you, but I looks like you may be a bit too late!”

A young American tourist goes on a guided tour of a creepy old castle. At the end of the tour, the guide asks her how she enjoyed it. She admits to being a bit worried about seeing a ghost in some of the dark, cob-web filled, rooms and passages.

“Don’t worry,” says the guide. “I’ve never seen a ghost all the time I’ve been here.”

“How long is that?” asks the girl.
“About three hundred years.”

~ I’m a Frisbeeterian. When I die my soul goes up to the roof and gets stuck there.
~ A Californian man has invented a robotic parking attendant. He calls it … The Silicon Valet
~ Q: If there is H2O on the inside of a fire hydrant, what is on the outside?
A: K9P
~ Mike walks into a bar with a newt on his shoulder. The barmaid looks at the creature and asks the man what he calls it.
‘Tiny,’ answers Mike.
‘Why’s that?’ inquires the barmaid.
‘Because he’s my newt.’ concludes Mike.

In a shop that sold religious items was a display of baseball caps with “WWJD” printed on them.
Customer: “WWJD? What does that mean?”

Clerk: “WWJD stands for ‘What Would Jesus Do’ ”
Customer: “Well, I’m pretty sure Jesus wouldn’t pay $23.95 for one of these baseball caps.”

I had been teaching my seventh-graders about World War II, and a test question was, “What was the largest amphibious assault of all time?”

Expecting to see “the D-Day invasion” as the answer, I found instead on one paper, “Moses and the plague of frogs.”

In promulgating your esoteric cogitations or articulating your superficial sentimentalities and amicable philosophical or psychological observations, beware of platitudinous ponderosity.

Let your conversational communications possess a compacted conciseness, a clarified comprehensibility, a coalescent cogency and a concatenated consistency.

Eschew obfuscation and all conglomeration of flatulent garrulity, jejune babblement and asinine affectations.

Let your extemporaneous descants and unpremeditated expatiations have intelligibility and voracious vivacity without rodomontade or thrasonical bombast.

Sedulously avoid all polysyllabic profundity, pompous prolificacy and vain vapid verbosity.

If you are really interested to know, the above means: “Be brief and don’t use big words.”


Questions of Logic . . .

~ Why are a wise man and a wise guy opposites?
~ Why do overlook and oversee mean opposite things?
~ If horrific means to make horrible, does terrific mean to make terrible?

~ “I am.” is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language.
How is it, then, that “I do,” is the longest sentence?

~ If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn’t it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models deposed, tree surgeons debarked and drycleaners depressed?

~ Why is it that if someone tells you that there are one billion stars in the universe, you’ll believe it, but if you’re told a wall has wet paint, you’ll have to touch it to be sure?


TODAY’S TRIVIA: What causes anosmia? (pronounced an-OHZ-me-uh) The most common reasons for the loss of smell are upper respiratory or sinus/nasal infections or diseases. This is usually a short term problem.

~ What are causes of long-term anosmia? Injury, some medications, nasal polyps, cocaine abuse, radiation treatment of head and neck cancers, and certain medical conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, nutritional deficiencies, congenital conditions, and hormonal disturbancesToxic chemicals, such as pesticides or solvents can also cause anosmia.

~ How does losing the sense of smell affect a person? It affects being able to enjoy the flavor of foods or using the sense of smell as an early warning system for danger. Our olfactory sense has a powerful effect on memories and emotions.

~ Is there any treatment for anosmia? Sometimes the sense of smell will gradually come back on its own. Treating the underlying cause can also help restore this sense. Retraining the sense of smell sometimes work. However, sometimes the loss of smell is permanent. Also, there is no cure for congenital anosmia.

QUIP OF THE DAY: You look into his eyes, and you get the feeling someone else is driving – David Letterman


Thought for the day. . . How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one finds darkness not only in one’s culture but within oneself? There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light. – Barry Lopez, Arctic Dreams

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