Friday, January 29, 2010

Quintessential Quote For Today

Old birds are not caught with chaff.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Quintessential Quote For Today

You can't communicate an inspiration.


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Quintessential Quote For Today

When he was a boy and a neighbor complained about his sloppy dress BEETHOVEN replied:

"When I'm famous no one will notice."

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Kerrigans fight over dog food money

Kerrigans Sued Son in 2008

Domestic troubles in the Kerrigan family began well before the Olympic figure skater's older brother was charged in the assault of their 70-year-old father early Sunday morning. In March 2008, Nancy Kerrigan's parents sued their son to recover $105,000 they had lost paying for everything from his mortgage to food for his pets. Daniel and Brenda Kerrigan claimed in court papers that their son Mark had agreed to reimburse them once his house in Wilmington, Massachusetts, sold, but "failed, refused, and neglected to make full payment on demand." That's while Mark was serving a two-year sentence on an assault, drug, and property-destruction conviction. The 47-year-old plumber was divorced by his wife in 2007 over "cruel and abusive treatment." The parents' attorney said in December 2008 that the family feud "had been resolved" and the civil action was dismissed—but only after the Kerrigans laid out in excruciating detail what their son owed them (including $40 for dog food). Daniel Kerrigan collapsed and died of a massive heart attack after Sunday's incident, according to his wife, who is legally blind.

Read it at The Boston Herald
Posted at 7:37 PM, Jan 25, 2010

Monday, January 25, 2010

Quintessential Quote For Today

Schadenfreude is one of the commonest and detestable failings.


NBCC Announces Book Nominees

The National Book Critics Circle announced its finalists for its 2009 awards on Monday. Women rule the fiction nominations, with Bonnie Jo Campbell, Michelle Huneven, Hilary Mantel, and Jayne Anne Phillips being nominated in addition to Marlon James. In non-fiction, nominees include William T. Vollmann for Imperial and Greg Grandin’s Fordlandia: The rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City. Joyce Carol Oates will also receive a lifetime achievement award when the winners are announced on March 11, and Joan Acocella will be rewarded for excellence in reviewing.

Read it at Library Journal
Posted at 12:32 PM, Jan 25, 2010

Quintessential Quote For Today

The prospect of death wonderfully concentrates the mind.

Dr. Johnson.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Be not like Benjamin the "Animal Farm" donkey.

Benjamin the donkey in the "Animal Farm" never laughed. If asked why, he would say he saw nothing to laugh at. God had given him a tail to keep the flies off, but he would sooner have had tail and no flies.


A rich man complained to his pastor, "why is it everybody is always criticizing me for being miserly, when they all know that I have made provision to leave everything I possess to charity?

"Well" replied the minister, "Let me tell a story about a pig and a cow. The pig was lamenting to the cow that people were always talking about the cow's gentleness and kind eyes, whereas his name was used as an insult. The pig admitted that the cow gave milk and cream, but maintained that pigs gave more. "Why," the animal complained, "We pigs give bacon and ham and bristles and people even pickle our feet. I don't see why you cows are esteemed so much more."

"The cow thought awhile and said gently: "May be it's because we give while we're still living"
Holy Cow :-)))

Conventional tidbit from the Garden of Eden;
"Adam, do you love me?"
"Who else?"

The professor had called at nine stores in town for his lost walking stick and had found it in the tenth.
"Thank you so much, indeed," he beamed, as he took possession of it.
"Do you know, this must be one of the few honest places in town? I've asked at nine other places, and in each I was told they didn't have it."

Library patrons beware..

For him that stealeth, or borroweth and returneth not, this book from the owner...let him be struck with palsy, and all his members blasted... Let bookworms gnaw his entrails in token of the worm that dieth not and when at last he goeth to his final punishment, let the flames of hell consume him forever.

Found in a medieval manuscript from the monastery of San Pedro in Barcelona.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Dodgy John Edwards comes "clean"

How the Enquirer Exposed Edwards

It took two years for former presidential candidate John Edwards to tell the truth about his affair with Rielle Hunter that resulted in a daughter, but the former editor in chief of the National Enquirer was surprised. He thought it’d take longer. In The Wall Street Journal, David Perel offers behind-the-scene details of its battle with Edwards, which the mainstream press ignored. When the Enquirer published a photo of an obviously pregnant Hunter, Edwards derided the report as “tabloid trash.” The media bought it, but the tabloid didn’t give up the hunt. Following a tip that Edwards would be visiting Hunter and her newborn, the tabloid sent reporters to stake out the hotel, catching the pair on video. When Edwards left her room the next morning, reporters chased him down the hallway till he ducked into the men’s bathroom. “Behind the scenes we sent him a message—deny the affair and we will release the video and prove you a liar,” Perel writes. Still Edwards denied being the kid’s dad, evading the question even as sources told the Enquirer that he was arguing over child support with Hunter. Edwards finally admitted paternity, Perel triumphantly says, “[t]wo years and three months after the Enquirer first reported on his affair with Rielle Hunter.”

Read it at The Wall Street Journal

Friday, January 22, 2010


Jet Diverted Over In-Flight Prayer

Oy vey. A Jewish teen aboard a New York to Kentucky flight caused the captain to divert the plane to Philadelphia when the young man tried to pray using small black boxes containing prayers, known as "tefillin." The young man explained the ritual—during which the praying person straps the boxes to his arm and head—to the crew, who claimed later that they "did not receive a clear response." The boy, who was traveling with his sister on their way to visit their grandmother, was "more alarmed" than the police who greeted him, according to Philadelphia Police Lt. Frank Vanore.

Read it at Associated Press

Quintessential Quote For Today

Never spoil a ship for a ha'p'orth of tar.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

What Krugman has to say:

Krugman: 'I'm Pretty Close To Giving Up On Mr. Obama'

Quintessential Quote For Today

Money is like a sixth sense without which you could not make the most of the other five.

Somerset Maugham.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Quintessential Quote For Today

When I have my own office, my chair will be higher than those of the visitors, so they will always feel intimidated by my presence.

Azar Nafisi's husband in
"Reading Lolita in Tehran."

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Quintessential Quote For Today

Simplicity and naturalness are the trust marks of distinction.

Somerset Maugham.

Monday, January 18, 2010


'Jesus Codes' on U.S. Weapons

What would Jesus shoot? An ABC News investigation has found that high-powered rifle scopes sold to the U.S. military by Trijicon, a Michigan-based company, are inscribed with coded references to New Testament passages about Jesus Christ. The inscription 2COR4:6, for example, stands for Second Corinthians 4:6, which reads, "For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." Military rules prohibit any kind of proselytizing. Trijicon has a $660 million contract to provide up to 800,000 rifle scopes.

Read it at ABC News

Quintessential Quote For Today

Religion often is based not on the love of God but on the fear of hell.

Somerset Maugham.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The N.Y. Guv and the "Leggy Latina"..:-(((

Gov. Paterson's Mystery Date

Could there be more problems in the pipeline for New York Governor David Paterson? Paterson was spotted over the weekend dining with a woman described by the New York Post as a “leggy Latina in her 20s” at a steak restaurant in New Jersey. “I saw him kissing her neck,” said a fellow diner. “He was right on her neck, nudging, like back and forth.” Paterson later claimed that the woman “works with me” but another witness said, “They were very close together. He was leaning over and very touching. They were like teenagers.” A spokeswoman for Paterson, who has admitted to extramarital affairs in the past, told the Post “any insinuation of improper behavior is absolutely false.”

Read it at New York Post

Friday, January 15, 2010

Quintessential Quote For Today

The goat must browse where she is tied.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Quintessential Quote For Today

From the child of five to myself is but a step. But from the new-born baby to the child of five is an appalling distance.

Leo Tolstoy.

Quintessential Quote For Today

"I don't keep all my goods in the shop window."

Just for kicks. :-)))

A married couple was invited to a Halloween party. That night, as they were getting ready to go out, the wife said she had developed a migraine headache and had to stay home. She told her husband to go to the party without her. "Don't let me spoil a good time for you," she said. After further discussion, the husband put his costume on and went to the party. The wife took some aspirin and went to bed.

After sleeping for a while, she woke feeling much better and decided to go to the party and surprise her husband. As she was getting ready, she thought to herself, "I wonder what my husband really does when I'm not around." She then got into a different costume, so her husband wouldn't recognize her, and went to the party. Getting there, she stood off to the side and watched.

There was her husband dancing with one girl after another and getting very physical with them. She decided to see just how far he would go. She went up to him and started dancing with him, got very close and whispered that they should go outside. Going to one of the cars, they made love. Prior to the midnight unmasking, she left and went home to wait for her husband to return so she could confront him.

He arrived home about 1:00 a.m. and climbed into bed. She sat up and asked "Well, how was the party?" He replied, "It was no fun without you honey." She said, "I don't believe you. I bet you had lots of fun!" He replied, "Really, Honey. When I got to the party, some of the guys and I got bored and we went downstairs and played poker all night. But you know, that guy I loaned my costume to had one hell of a great time."

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Just for kicks. :-)))

A butcher in his shop, and he's real busy, and he notices a dog in the shop. He shoos him away. But later, he notices the dog is back again. So he goes over to the dog, and notices he has a note in his mouth. He takes the note, and it reads "Can I have 12 sausages and a leg of lamb, please. The dog has money in his mouth, as well."

The butcher looks inside and, lo and behold, there is a ten pound note there. So he takes the money, and puts the sausages and lamb in a bag, placing it in the dog's mouth. The butcher is well impressed, and since it's close to closing time, he decides to shut up shop and follow the dog. So off he goes.

The dog is walking down the street, when he comes to a level crossing. The dog puts down the bag, jumps up and presses the button. Then he waits patiently, bag in mouth, for the lights to turn. They do, and he walks across the road, with the butcher following him all the way.

The dog then comes to a bus stop, and starts looking at the timetable. The butcher is in awe at this stage. The dog checks out the times, and then sits on one of the seats provided. Along comes a bus. The dog walks around the front, looks at the number, and goes back to his seat. Another bus comes. Again the dog goes and looks at the number, notices it's the right bus, and climbs on. The butcher, by now open-mouthed, follows him onto the bus.

The bus travels through the town and out into the suburbs, the dog looking at the scenery. Eventually he gets up, and moves to the front of the bus. He stands on 2 back paws and pushes the button to stop the bus. Then he gets off, his groceries still in his mouth.

Well, dog and butcher are walking along the road, and then the dog turns into a house. He walks up the path, and drops the groceries on the step. Then he walks back down the path, takes a big run, and throws himself -Whap!- against the door. He goes back down the path, runs up to the door and -Whap!- throws himself against it again. There's no answer at the house, so the dog goes back down the path, jumps up on a narrow wall, and walks along the perimeter of the garden. He gets to the window, and beats his head against it several times, walks back, jumps off, and waits at the door.

The butcher watches as a big guy opens the door, and starts laying into the dog. Kicking him and punching him, and swearing at him.

The butcher runs up, and stops the guy. "What the hell are you doing? The dog is a genius. He could be on TV, for heaven's sake !", to which the guy responds... "Genius me butt - this is the second time this week that he's forgotton his key!"

The handsome young bachelor noticed the tears in the eyes of his girl friend. "Honey, let me kiss away those tears," he offered.
She fell into his arms, but the tears continued unabated. "Won't anything I do stop those tears?" he consoled.
"No," She answered. "It's hay fever. But please go on with the treatment."

Sign on a barber shop: Twenty Barbers - Continuous conversation.

Kitty: "Helen is a terrible gossip, isn't she?"
Kathy: "yes- she's always letting the chat out of the bag."

The rocket engineer and his wife were introducing their small son to visitors. "Now, Junior," said the proud father,"show how you can count."

"Five, four, three, two, one, damn."

Monday, January 11, 2010

Quintessential Quote For Today

"You cannot feel my tooth ache"

Quintessential Quote For Today

Life is truly known only by those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.
Anais Nin.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Toulouse,the midget who dwarfed the art world

He became a cripple at the age of 14.
The last affectionate words of the dying painter were addressed to his mother, his only love: " you."
Of Toulouse Lautrec..".. among the painters of his time, he will leave the mark of his curious and evil talent; the talent of a distorted human being who sees everything around him ugly, and exaggerates life's ugliness"
Toulouse Lautrec has revealed to us that world of painted faces, provocative under clothes, costume jewelery and paste diamonds, all gaudy finery of the tart whose wan smiles hide bitter tears.
"Lautrec went down to hell to paint the damned."

Obama carrying coffee for Clinton. Would have.

"–In lobbying the late Sen. Edward Kennedy to endorse his wife, former President Clinton angered the liberal icon by belittling Obama. Telling a friend about the conversation, Kennedy recalled Clinton had said “a few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee,” the authors paraphrase. A spokesman for the former president declined to comment on the claim."

Read more:In the politico.

True nature of one erupts uncontrolled into the open when his progress and well-being is threatened. Until then one can be magnanimous

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Meryl Streep looking like an unmade bed?

Stone: "I Didn't Insult Streep"..when she said Streep looked like an unmade bed.

Sharon Stone would like everyone to know that when she said Meryl Streep looked like "an unmade bed" she didn't mean it in a bad way. The Basic Instinct star told PopEater that the quote she gave during an interview with Tatler magazine was taken out of context: "It is not ok [sic] with me for someone to take a statement I made with good-natured intent and to try and make it in to [sic] something politically incorrect." Stone's publicist defended the actress, saying "Sharon greatly admires Meryl as a person, an actress and a friend."

Read it at PopEater

What she must have meant was an unmade bed is comfortable to lie in. :-))))

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Quintessential Quote For Today

It is but a waste of emotion to feel strongly about what you could not alter.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Quintessential Quote For Today

I remain an agnostic, and the practical outcome of agnosticism is that you act as though God did not exist.

W. Somerset Maugham.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Quintessential Quote For Today

The Gods never make any of their gifts without adding to it a draw back.


Khamenei's Six Palaces

This may be worth bringing Cribs back for: According to Mohsen Makhmalbaf, a celebrated filmmaker and spokesman for the Iranian opposition, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, lives in six palaces, and owns eight private airplanes, five helicopters, and more than 1,000 cars. Makhmalbaf puts Khamenei’s personal wealth at $30 billion and his family’s wealth at an additional $6 billion. Makhmalbaf says Khamenei also employs 10,000 individual guards and has a cane collection worth more than $1 million.

Read it at

Monday, January 04, 2010

Quintessential Quote For Today

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage."

Quintessential Quote For Today

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."

Sunday, January 03, 2010


Obama Effigy Found in Georgia

A doll resembling President Barack Obama was found in Plains, Georgia, with a rope around its neck. The effigy was hung from a brick building on Main Street, in a popular tourist area dedicated to former President Jimmy Carter, with a sign bearing Obama's name. A few passers by snapped photos before the object was removed. Although the city is proud of its Carter patriotism, resident Trevor Sims says he wasn't surprised to hear about the incident. "It's a nice place to live and visit but some out there don't like it," he said. It is unclear whether the doll was a prank or a serious gesture. The Secret Service is investigating, but said they will not comment until next week.

Read it at WALB News