IS nearing the weekend, and yes, I finally got me a DVD (under $10 bucks, too) of the movie "THOR", and with the weekend comes a lot more "Summer" in our weather.
Today will follow in step with yesterday (somewhat), and that means less sunshine with highs in the mid-80s, and toss in plenty of humidity coming along for the ride which that will make it feel more like the tropics than the Midwest, but hey, it IS August, right?
Oh, and we might have a very good chance of some "stormy weather" (break out the vinyl and sing along).
Now, I've got my cup of java, so you go get something you prefer and together we'll take a look at what's been going on elsewhere in this crazy world.
*** First out of the broom closet is the answer to yesterday's WHO SAID THAT? quote of the week:
"There comes a time when deceit and defiance must be seen for what they are. At that point, a gathering danger must be directly confronted. At that point, we must show that beyond our resolutions is actual resolve."
Dick Cheney (born 30 Jan, 1941) who was our 46th V.P.
And here is his WIKI:
His lineage goes back to 17th century America and although he was born in Lincoln Nebraska, his family moved to Casper Wyoming (former Momma Fargo territory) where he attended Natrona County High school.
He went to Yale, but had trouble adjusting to college life and failed out TWICE.
He later attended the Univ. of Wyoming, and earned a Bachelor of Arts and a master of Arts in political science.
Having been arrested in 1962 and 1963 for DWI, he decided he was on a bad path and turned from such behavior. In 1964, he married his high school sweetheart, Lynne Vincent.
I'll leave it up to all of you to read further about his life both in and out of politics.
Suffice it to say, that although he might not have been the best student, he certainly was no quitter, and that mindset extended far into his later life and times.
Hell, I'd go hunting with him...lol.
*** Next up is the daily edification for the month of August that we've come to know as:
"What the hell happened today, Bob?"
1770 – James Cook formally claims eastern Australia for Great Britain, naming it New South Wales.
1831 – Nat Turner leads black slaves and free blacks in a rebellion.
1863 – Lawrence, Kansas is destroyed by Confederate guerrillas Quantrill's Raiders in the Lawrence Massacre.
1883 – An F5 tornado strikes Rochester, Minnesota, leading to the creation of the Mayo Clinic.
1897 – Oldsmobile, a brand of American automobiles was founded.
1911 – The Mona Lisa is stolen by a Louvre employee.
1944 – Dumbarton Oaks Conference, prelude to the United Nations, begins.
1959 – United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order proclaiming
Hawaii the 50th state of the union. Hawaii's admission is currently commemorated by Hawaii Admission Day
1968 – James Anderson, Jr. posthumously receives the first Medal of Honor to be awarded to an African American U.S. Marine.
1979 – Soviet dancer Alexander Godunov defects to the United States.
1992 – Ruby Ridge Standoff in Idaho
2013 – Hundreds of people are reported killed by chemical attacks in the Ghouta region of Syria.
1904 – Count Basie, American pianist, composer, and bandleader (Count Basie Orchestra) (d. 1984)
1906 – Friz Freleng, American animator, director, and producer (d. 1995)
1924 – Chris Schenkel, American sportscaster (d. 2005)
1924 – Jack Weston, American actor (d. 1996)
|Look, ma...NO tatts!|
1938 – Kenny Rogers, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor
(The New Christy Minstrels and The First Edition)
1951 – Harry Smith, American journalist
1954 – Archie Griffin, American football player
|And more MMmmmmm|
1980 – Paul Menard, American race car driver
|And DITTO again...|
|Age is supposed to be JUST a number, right?|
(great, something ELSE to make ME feel older...just what I need...lol)
*** The Ferguson media fiasco seems to be winding down a bit more with each day...let's wait until the funeral of Michael Brown before we call it over and done, though.
|Muse be getting "bored"...nothing left to loot.|
It was nice to see that a lot of other people thought along the lines as what I said when I mentioned the manner in which the governor spoke to a "vigorous prosecution" of the police officer.
|A real "oops" moment.|
Kinda like BULLETS from a gun, hmm?
Anyone that says that words do NOT have power is a fool.
"Words are the enunciation of truth" - another quote from V For Vendetta.
At least the police didn't have to dodge bullets, bottles, rocks and the occasional Molotov from angry rioters.
There continues to be a good number of arrests, however, with a MAJORITY of them being people NOT from Ferguson...imagine that.
|I thought they were ALL good boys?|
Not hardly... mankind, the ONLY species on the planet that exclusively chooses to PREY UPON ITSELF.
Gotta love that.
*** Last back to the hangar, and speaking of mankind...all this week is the run-up to this SATURDAY night...when BBC America will premiere the new season of one of my all-time favorite shows...
And to welcome this season in, we also have a NEW "doctor"...one Peter Capaldi.
BBCA has been airing episodes with the last two doctors, David Tennant and Matt Smith...practically 24/7 (time out for news now and then).
If you woke up nice and EARLY today, you got to see the final episode of David Tennant and the changeover (regeneration) into Matt Smith.
|All twelve of them.|
Later on, PBS aired episodes in their entirety, as the show caught on like crazy over here (it was an "import" during those days). Even got to meet a few cast members from the show at various conventions, when they used to have GOOD ones in Philly.
And, during one Halloween, I dressed up as Tom Baker's doctor (a curly wig and very long scarf helped) and my buddy was a very convincing "Master" (another Time Lord with evil intent). I miss those days.
So, I've been in "WHO-HEAVEN" this week...kinda view it as a nice birthday gift of sorts.
|From The Day of the Doctor special.|
The hero's journey becomes OUR journey (through the eyes of his companions), and many of the plots have to do with staying true to oneself, doing what is right, even f it seems wrong to everyone else, never giving in or giving up, and always a case of good defeating evil...classic mythology...with very cool special effects.
LEARN from life, rather than go through the motions of existence...and yes, there IS a significant difference.
When we learn, we move forward...we become better...smarter...wiser.
And of course, the willingness to WANT to learn is a CHOICE...just as wanting to do nothing is also a choice.
But, in the end, that which we learn can be applied, can be passed on, and can be utilized to make OUR lives, as well as the lives of those around us more fulfilled...more complete...
Not a bad thing to latch onto, is it?
Stay SAFE out there, America.