Sunday, December 22, 2013
Saturday, December 21, 2013
But, we are sticking with our game plan and quoting former Democratic president Jimmy Carter, whose term lasted from 1977 to 1981; Carter was also the governor of Georgia before becoming president.
He is the only president we've quoted so far in this series who is still alive, and he is the second oldest president behind George H.W. Bush:
"You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it better than you think you can."
Friday, December 20, 2013
Ford's presidency and Nixon's scandals became fodder for the early years of "Saturday Night Live," which premiered in 1975. A young Chevy Chase, who turned 70 in October, frequently made fun of Ford, while his "SNL" co-stars Dan Aykroyd played Ford and John Belushi played Henry Kissinger in skits which were co-written by Al Franken, who is now a Democratic senator from Minnesota.
Here is Ford's quote: "I am acutely aware you have not elected me as your president by your ballots, so I ask you to confirm me with your prayers."
Thursday, December 19, 2013
A poster of Nixon bowling in the Coen Borthers film "The Big Lebowski" has also become a part of pop culture. And, a Lebowski Fest will be taking place in Tampa, Fla., from Jan. 31-Feb.1, 2014.
But, before we quip Nixon, let's throw in one from Al Capone in the hopes that it will increase our hits from Belgium and Slovenia: "Capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling class."
Here is our quote from Nixon: "Only if you have been in the deepest valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain."
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Johnson left a mixed legacy as he was heralded for Civil Rights, but blamed for the failure of the Vietnam War. LBJ is one of three modern-era presidents from Texas: the other two are George Bush and George W. Bush.
The LBJ LIbrary is in Austin, Tex., which is also the capital of Texas and where the University of Texas is.
Here is LBJ's quote:
"Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time."
Monday, December 16, 2013
This is also the 20th anniversary of the release of Oliver Stone's controversial film about the Kennedy assassination "JFK." The year before, then-independent filmmaker Richard Linklater poked fun of Kennedy assassination conspiracy theorists in a segment for his film "Slacker," filmed in Austin, Tex. JFK was killed in Dallas, Tex.
President Kennedy who hailed from Massachusetts is perennially ranked as the most popular 20th Century president, eclipsing both Franklin D. Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan.
Ironically, he has even been praised by conservatives who generally opposed the Democratic Party, which all of the Kennedys (also Sens. Robert and Teddy) were a member of. Sen. Ted Kennedy, who died in 2009, was the last remaining Kennedy brother.
The right-wing spoof film "An American Carol," which generally got bad reviews, from the makers of "Airplane" actually included a positive representation of Kennedy, who was played by character actor Chriss Anglin.
Along with Robert Kennedy, JFK is buried at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Va., just outside of Washington, D.C. and the JFK Presidential Library is located in Boston, Mass.
Here is JFK's quote:
"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolutions inevitable."
Here is Eisenhower's quote:
"Any man who wants to be president is either an egomaniac or crazy."
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The Truman Library is located in Indepedence, Mo., just outside of Kansas City:
"I never did give any body hell. I just told the truth and thought it was hell.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Of course, as always, we like to mention that we ripped off this idea from "Film Comment" magazine. But, in all seriousness, Gavin Smith, Amy Taubin, et al, always make a compelling film journal. And, I imagine neither of them has seen "Sex Kittens Go To College")!
Here is the list:
1. Sex Kittens Go To College (1960. Albert Zugsmith)
2. Alphabte City (1985. Amos Poe)
3. The Italian (Russia. 2005. Andrey Krovchuk)
4. Night of the Creeps (1986. Fred Dekker)
5. Kapo (Italy. 1960. Gillo Pontecorvo)
6. Thief of Paris (France. 1967. Louis Malle)
7. V/H/S (2012. Many directors)*
8. Dallas Buyers Club (2013. Jean-Marc Vallee)
9. The Telephone Book (1971. Nelson Lyon)
10. 12 Years A Slave (2013. Steve McQueen)**
*-It's a terrible film, but it is as a gruesome as advertised
**-Named film of the year by Peter Travers of "Rolling Stone"
1) Mount Jackson, Va. 25 Overcast
2) Bowie, Md. 30 Overcast
3) Chapel Hill, NC 33 Overcast
4) North Myrtle Beach, SC 42 Overcast
5) Danville, Va. 33 Overcast
6) Lewisburg, WVa. 27 Overcast
7) Oxford, NC 32 Overcast
8) Colonial Heights, Va. 33 Overcast
9) Roanoke, Va. 30 Light freezing rain
10) Fayetville, NC 37 Overcast
11) Eden, NC 34 Overcast
12) Hopewell, Va. 33 Overcast
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/ (Capital Weather Gang)
Today, the mid-Atlantic portion of the United States got hit with either ice, snow or rain. Reportedly, the city of Frederick, Maryland, 45 miles northwest of Washington, D.C., got three inches of snow.
NPR is reporting that there are long delays and flight cancellations at Reagan Airport in the nation's capital.
Our favorite foreign language word for snowstorm is the Danish word 'snestorm,' which we actually googled.
Here is the list:
1) schneesturm (German)
2) tempele de neigert (French)
3) kar firtinasi (Turkish)
4) tormento de nieve (Spanish)
5) sno storm (Norwegian, actually one word)
6) zamiec (Polish)
7) vielista (Bulgarian)
8) snestorm (Danish)
Saturday, December 7, 2013
But, nevertheless, the death of this amazing man leaves a void for those you admire him around the world.
Five actors played Mandela on films, including Idris Elba, Morgan Freeman, Terence Howard, Danny Glover and Dennis Haysbert.
Here is his quote:
"Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom on their people."
SIDEBAR: We always like to periodically quote Sunday comic strips. Here is a line from "The Amazing Spiderman" by Stan Lee which was published on Nov. 17th: "How do we know it was Spider-Man who got off that plane from Cape Verde?"
Thursday, December 5, 2013
For Yale (20-4), Kendall Polan (pictured top) is the three-time Ivy League player of the year. Her teammates include fellow all-Ivy League team members Mollie Rogers and Kelli Johnson. For Utah, players to watch include Erin Redd-Brando (wearing number 17, bottom), a senior middle-blocker.
Here are a look at four games on Friday, all times are eastern:
Utah vs. Yale 5:00 p.m. Penn State
Charleston College @ Duke 7:30 p.m.
Univ. of Cal-Santa Barbara @ San Diego 10:30 p.m.
Wichita State @ Kansas 7:30 p.m. on ESPN3
For other games, check out our sister blog: http://www.nocturnalguy38.blogspot.com
NOTE: Incidentally, this is our 2,500th entry!
UNC (27-4) features Serbian stand-out Jovana Bjelica (pictured top) and Page Neuenfeldt, while Cal features Adrienne Gehan, a senior who is an outside hitter.
Here is a list of four highly-anticipated games on Friday, all times are Eastern:
UNC vs. Cal. Madison, Wisc. 6:00 p.m.
New Mexico State vs. Arizona. San Diego. 8:00 p.m.
Madi Kingdon and Penina Snuka are stand-outs for the Arizona Wildcats.
Iowa State vs. Colorado. Minneapolis 5:30 p.m.
Iowa State features Kristen Hahn, the Big 12 Libero of the year; the CU Buffs' line-up includes Nicole Edelman and Taylor Simpson.
Arizona State vs. Brigham Young University. Honolulu. 10 p.m.
For more college volleyball games, go to http://www.nocturnalguy38.blogspot.com
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
In a game that was broadcast on ESPN3 in America, Ajax Amsterdam routed Den Haag in the Hague by a 4-0 score. Danish star Viktor Fsicher scored a goal for Ajax in the 34th minute. Dutch player Quincy Promes scored the game-winner for the visiting squad Twente in their 2-1 win over Roda.
Here are all the scores from weekend domestic play:
Nijmegen 3 AZ Alkmaar 2
Den Haag 0 Ajax Amsterdam 4
Roda 1 Twente 2
Feyenoord 3 PSV 1
Vitesse 3 Canbury 0
Heracles 1 Utrecth 2
Zwolle 1 Waalwijk 1 (tie)
Heerenveen 3 Go Ahead Eagles 1
Breda 2 Gronigen 2 (tie)
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Wanda ends causing friction to Rat, one of the strip's central characters, and his Uncle Dan, without intention.
Here are our top 10 comic strips from this Sunday's "Roanoke Times" (Roanoke, Va.):
1. Pearls Before Swine
4. Get Fuzzy
6. Speed Bump
7. Funky Winkerbean
10. Jump Start
Here is his quote: "In politics nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way."