Monday, February 28, 2011

Making fun of old people, like me.

February 28, 2011
The news as I see it and the views as I want them.
February 28 is … Public Sleeping Day
We don’t use it this year but, February 29 is … National Surf and Turf Day
This is the last day of the second month of 2011. Just 300 shopping days left before Christmas. If you do not go shopping, go to the post office and grab a few winks.

M*A*S*H became the most watched television program in history, as the final original episode of the fictitious, but uncommonly real, 4077th M*A*S*H (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) unit of the Korean conflict aired this night in 1983. An estimated 125-million people in the U.S. tuned in to see the broadcast on CBS. The program earned a 60.3 rating and a 77 percent share. According to Nielsen Media Research, the 60.3 rating was the average audience rating or the percent tuned to M*A*S*H during the average minute, while the share measured the percentage of TV households whose sets were turned on that night and were tuned to the 2 1/2 hour special of M*A*S*H. Goodbye, Farewell and Amen (the title of this last original episode) was a fitting farewell to Capt. Benjamin Franklin Pierce (Hawkeye, played by Alan Alda), Maj. Margaret Houlihan (Hot Lips: Loretta Swit), Cpl. Maxwell Klinger (Jamie Farr), Capt. B.J. Hunnicut (Mike Farrell), Col. Sherman Potter (Harry Morgan) and the rest of one of television’s most endearing ensembles. Audience's other favorite regular M*A*S*H players, Capt. John McIntyre (Trapper John: by Wayne Rogers), Major Frank Burns (Larry Linville), Cpl. Walter O’Reilly (Radar: Gary Burghoff), and Lt. Col. Henry Blake (McLean Stevenson) bid adieu between 1975-1977. Radar, Blake and Trapper were discharged, Major Burns was transferred after being AWOL. The TV version of M*A*S*H first aired on September 17, 1972 and followed the popular movie of the same title. Gary Burghoff was the only actor to take his movie role to TV. The movie had followed the novel, also of the same name, by author Richard Hooker, a doctor who had actually served in an M.A.S.H. unit in Korea. The 251 episodes of M*A*S*H will always be regarded as eleven years of television’s finest moments.

I wonder how the NAACP, the White House and the United Negro College Fund are going to like this scholarship program? A new non-profit group in Texas is offering college scholarships to a demographic it says has fewer scholarship options than other groups: white men. The group, called the Former Majority Association for Equality, was started by a Colby Bohannon, a student at Texas State University. He's an Iraq war veteran who decided to return to school and said he had trouble finding college scholarships for which he qualified. He said he found many programs willing to grant money to female or minority students, but not white males like him. "I felt excluded," Bohannan told The Austin American-Statesman. "If everyone else can find scholarships, why are we left out?" So Bohannan and some friends founded the FMAE group, which plans to begin handing out $500 scholarships this summer. Only white men with at least a 3.0 grade point average can qualify.

This has been tried before but not in Texas. It was tried for a brief period of time in 2004-6 in the liberal northeast. It may get a different reception in Texas.

The only Oscar nominated movie I saw from 2010 was True Grit and I only saw that because I like John Wayne and westerns in general. Jeff Bridges did a fine job but you cannot beat the best. Bridges was in a no win situation. Apparently, so was True Grit. It did not win any awards. In looking at a list of the winners, I realize how old I am. I barely recognize any of the names and none of the faces that go with them. Life goes on.

A little senior humor;

No one believes seniors . . . everyone thinks they are senile.
An Elderly couple was celebrating their sixtieth anniversary. 
 The couple had married as childhood sweethearts and had 
 moved back to their old neighborhood after they retired. 

Holding hands they walked back to their old school.
I t was not locked, so they entered, and found the old desk 
 they'd shared where Andy had carved 'I love you, Sally.' 

On their way back home, a bag of money fell out of 
 an armored car, practically landing at their feet.
Sally quickly picked it up, but not sure 
 what to do with it, they took it home. 
 There, she counted the money:  
fifty-thousand dollars! 

Andy said, 'We've got to give it back.'  

Sally said, 'Finders keepers.'  

 She put the money back in the bag and hid it in their attic.
The next day, two FBI men were canvassing the neighborhood 
 looking for the money and knocked on the door.

'Pardon me, but did either of you find a bag 
 that fell out of an armored car yesterday?'
Sally said, 'No.'  

Andy said, 'She's lying. She hid it up in the attic.'  

Sally said, 'Don't believe him, he's getting senile.'

The agents turn to Andy and began to question him.  

One says:  'Tell us the story from the beginning'  

Andy said, 'Well, when Sally and I were walking home from school yesterday’

 The first FBI guy turns to his partner and says, 'We're outta here.' 

Slaughter in America, Chicago style; A fight inside a club in south suburban Richton Park led to a shooting late Saturday that injured four people, including a juvenile, police said. At 11:28 p.m., Richton Park police responded to a shooting at Kingdom Cafe, 22119 Governor's Highway, a police statement said. The shooting was preceded by a fight, witnesses told police. A man left the club, returned with a gun and began firing, police said. When officers arrived, three men and a boy were found shot and in serious condition. The victims were taken to St. James Hospital and Health Centers in Olympia Fields and Chicago Heights, the release said. The Kingdom Cafe is a nonalcoholic club, according to a sign posted on the front door. A neighboring business owner said it had been open for about a year and catered to teenagers

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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. (do a quick search, Title, my name) Do a Title or author search, Check this site out.
“The heart is wiser than the intellect.”

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Who's mad now?

February 27, 2011
February 27 is … International Polar Bear Day
The news as I see it and the views as I want them.
On this date in 1970;  Simon and Garfunkel received a gold record for the single, Bridge Over Troubled Water. The duo was so impressed with their deserved achievement that they played the gold disc on their stereo. But they heard Mitch Miller’s Bridge on the River Kwai instead, and on the same Columbia label they recorded for! Go figure.
OOPS! A former president of the defunct local chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving was arrested recently by the Gainesville Police Department on a DUI charge. Debra Oberlin, 48, was arrested after she had difficulty on a field sobriety test. She registered a .234 and .239 on breath alcohol tests. Florida's legal limit for driving is .08. Oberlin, a Realtor, had no comment when contacted Thursday by The Sun. On Feb. 18 at 1:10 a.m., an officer spotted Oberlin driving erratically on Northwest 19th Street, swerving and crossing lanes, an arrest report states. Oberlin was pulled over in the 3600 block of Northwest 39th Avenue. The officer wrote that Oberlin smelled of alcohol and had watery, bloodshot and dilated eyes. The report states that Oberlin told the officer she had four beers. Gainesville's MADD chapter existed for several years in the 1990s before closing in 1996 because of lack of financial support. Oberlin was the chapter president for three years. Guilty or Not Guilty, I think that part of her life is over, since she admitted to drinking and then driving.
Police in Tennessee have charged a teenager with aggravated assault for allegedly dousing a 12-year-old boy with cologne and setting him on fire during a sleepover. The boy is recovering from second- and third-degree burns that could scar him for life, the victim's mother said. Trudy Smith said her son, James Whalen, was spending the night at a 13-year-old friend's house last Saturday when she received an unexpected call from the teen's mom. "I got the phone call at 2:10 in the morning telling me there had been a minor incident," Smith told AOL News. "She said my son was OK and wanted to know if he could have ibuprofen." Smith said the call concerned her enough that she drove over to the home where her son was staying. Once there, she said she was shocked to discover he had severe burns to several areas of his body. The burned boy is autistic. This was the first time in over two years the boy had spent the night away from home. The boy that started him on fire had never bothered him before although he had been bullied in the past by others. He was urinated on in one incident and had a tooth broken in another incident.

I may be the last person on earth not to know about The Rainbow Bridge. A friend was mentioning it to me the other day so I looked it up. I am reprinting it below. I did not write it or any part of it. The poem was allegedly inspired by a Norse Legend. The author is unknown. Below is just one version. I found different versions with slightly different words but the gist is the same. Grab a Kleenex;

By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,
Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
Where the friends of man and woman do run,
When their time on earth is over and done.
For here, between this world and the next,
Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.
On this golden land, they wait and they play,
Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.
No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,
Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.
They romp through the grass, without even a care,
Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.
All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,
Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.
For just at that instant, their eyes have met;
Together again, both person and pet.
So they run to each other, these friends from long past,
The time of their parting is over at last.
The sadness they felt while they were apart,
Has turned into joy once more in each heart.
They embrace with a love that will last forever,
And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.

Events on this date in History;

1901 NL Rules Committee decrees that all fouls are to count as strikes except after two strikes
1908 Sacrifice fly adopted (repealed in 1931, reinstated 1954)
1908 Star #46 was added to US flag for Oklahoma
1946 4th "Road" film, "Road to Utopia" premieres (New York NY)
1947 Paul-Emile Victor French polar expeditions organized
1949 Chaim Weizmann becomes 1st Israeli President
1950 General Chiang Kai-shek elected President of Nationalist China
1951 22nd amendment to the Constitution is ratified, limiting President to 2 terms in office
1956 Elvis Presley's releases "Heartbreak Hotel"
1956 Female suffrage in Egypt
1957 Mao's speech "On the Correct Handling of Contradictions Among People"
1957 Premiere of only prime-time network TV show beginning with an "X" "Xavier Cugat Show" on NBC (until X-Files)
1970 New York Times (falsely) reports US army has ended domestic surveillance
1972 President Nixon & Chinese Premier Chou En-lai issued Shanghai Communique
1973 American Indian Movement occupy Wounded Knee in South Dakota
1973 Dick Allen signs a record $675,000 3-year contract with White Sox
1973 Pope Paul VI publishes constitution motu proprio Quo aptius
1974 "People" magazine begins sales
1982 Earl Anthony becomes 1st pro bowler to win more than $1 million
1982 Wayne Williams found guilty of murdering 2 of 28 blacks in Atlanta GA
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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. (do a quick search, Title, my name) Do a Title or author search, Check this site out.
 “Let a fool hold his tongue and he will pass for a sage.”

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Do it Charlie; get it over with!

February 26, 2011
February 26 is … National Pistachio Day
The news as I see it and the views as I want them.

Well, it’s Saturday. What do you want to read about or think about. I am just sitting here with a computer in one hand and a pistachio nut in the other, but that is a story for another day. I have to come up with something or this will not take long. I got the beginning.

Charlie Sheen, your fifteen minutes are so up. I think you should just taste the bullet now. Stop the bullshit. It seems obvious you have a higher regard for yourself than anyone else. I am not alone in believing this is going to end with your suicide. Go ahead, do it now, please. I am tired of your distasteful attitude and rants. By the way, what does an eight ball go for in Hollywood?

On Wednesday afternoon I saw gas at $3.13 a gallon. On Thursday, while on my way to the doctor’s office, I noticed it was $3.17 a gallon. I needed gas but decided to wait until after the doctor. Less than ninety minutes later, I stopped at the same station and paid $3.29 a gallon. Today, gas is $3.45 a gallon. Why? There is no way the gas we are purchasing in DeKalb, IL this week or even next week was mined or processed in the Libya in the last thirty days. Why is the price going up on gas the distributor purchased weeks ago? What’s next? Are they going to send me a bill for the gas I bought last week that is already in my tank to cover the price increase difference?

I would bet the oil companies have a record or near record profit this year. The only winners are stockholders, including money market holders, pension plans, investment bankers and insurance companies. That is a lot of people but even they will complain about the price of gas. The $5.00 a gallon price I mentioned earlier this week seems more likely. The federal government is sitting on huge strategic gas reserves in case of emergencies. I think we are getting intimately close to an emergency. What are we waiting for, a nuclear attack when no one could drive anyway and the infrastructure cannot deliver basic needs?

How about the Grand Canyon? The Grand Canyon was established as a National Park on this day in 1919 by an act of the U.S. Congress. The gigantic gorge that cuts through the high plateaus of the northwest corner of Arizona was formed by thousands of years of erosion. The raging Colorado River was the culprit. Called one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon National Park covered 1,218,375 acres ... and still does. It measures 18 miles across, over two hundred miles long, and is a mile from its rim to the Colorado River below. The Grand Canyon, home to American Indian tribes for many hundreds of years, was first discovered by European explorers on the Coronado expedition of 1540. An inspiration for artists, musical compositions, amusement park attractions, novels and more, it remains one of nature’s most magnificent displays, attracting over two million sightseers a year.

From the Grand Canyon Web site run by the National Park Service:

The Grand Canyon we visit today is a gift from past generations. Take time to enjoy this gift. Sit and watch the changing play of light and shadows. Wander along a trail and feel the sunshine and wind on your face. Attend a ranger program. Follow the antics of ravens soaring above the rim. Listen for the roar of the rapids far below. Savor a sunrise or sunset. As the shadows lengthen across the spires and buttes, time passing into the depths of the canyon, understand what this great chasm passes to us - a sense of humility born in the interconnections of all that is and a willingness to care for this land. We have the responsibility to ensure that future generations have the opportunity to form their own connections with Grand Canyon National Park.

Births on this date throughout history;

1802 Victor Hugo France, author (Hunchback of Notre Dame, Les Miserables)
1846 William F "Buffalo Bill" Cody Davenport IA, killed 4000 buffaloes
1852 John Harvey Kellogg surgeon, inspired flaked cereal industry
1928 Antoine "Fats" Domino New Orleans LA, rhythm & blues pianist/singer (Blueberry Hill)
1931 Robert D Novak Joliet IL, news reporter (CNN-Evans & Novak)
1932 Johnny Cash Kingsland AR, country singer (I Walk The Line, Folsom Prison Blues, Boy Named Sue)
1943 Bob "The Bear" Hite California, singer (Canned Heat-Going Up the Country)
1945 Mitch Ryder rocker (Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels-Devil With the Blue Dress)
1954 Michael Bolton New Haven CT, rock vocalist (How Am I Supposed To Live Without You, That's What Love Is All About)

Events on this date throughout history, at least recently;

1993 - Six people were killed and more than a thousand injured in New York City. A van packed with a 1,210-pound bomb exploded in the parking garage underneath the World Trade Center. The explosion left a gigantic crater 200 feet wide and caused over 591 million dollars in damage. Fourteen of his followers and Dr. Sheik Omar Abdul Rahman were accused of the bombing. Rahman is now serving a life sentence in a U.S. prison.

1998  A jury today rejected a lawsuit by Texas cattlemen who claimed Oprah Winfrey’s televised comments about mad-cow disease caused the beef market to plummet and cost them millions of dollars.

Deaths on this date;

1903 Richard J Gatling US inventor (Gatling Gun) dies at 84
1959 Lou Costello actor (Abbott & Costello) dies at 52

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“Let he who takes the plunge remember to return it by Tuesday.”

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Space Shuttle Discovery is about to retire and just start "Sittin by The Dock of the Bay"

February 25, 2011
February 25 is … Pistol Patent Day (Samuel Colt)
The news as I see it and the views as I want them.

The Bulls beat the mighty LeBron James last night and the Blackhawk are actually starting to look good. It might be too late for the Hawks but it isn’t for the Bulls.

The end of the troubled space shuttle program officially started yesterday. Discovery, the world's most traveled spaceship, thundered into orbit for the final time Thursday, heading toward the International Space Station on a journey that marks the beginning of the end of the shuttle era.  Two more space flights will be made before the program actually ends, one more by Atlantis and one by Endeavor. Those two ships, along with Discovery comprise the entire remaining Space Shuttle fleet.

The program has accomplished quite a bit but will be remembered for the two shuttles that exploded in air, killing all on board. NASA is not sure where it is headed. Mars is an option as is back to the moon. Wherever NASA takes us, it will be an exciting ride that will ultimately contribute to man’s development, if we don’t kill ourselves first.

Check out this web site. Why do we give a damn about the Middle East?


Check out the short story about my most recent book in The Midweek on February 23, 2011. You can find The Midweek at;

The Normalite, a weekly newspaper in Normal, IL also ran a story about my books in the February 17th edition. I lived in Normal. IL and graduated from Normal Community High School and Illinois Wesleyan University. Normal is a twin city to Bloomington, IL. My wife and her family are from Bloomington, IL. She graduated from Bloomington High School and Illinois State University. That publication can be found at;

Another web site well worth your time is the official 911 web site. They just put up a timeline page that is interesting, informative and heart wrenching. Go to;


Mr. Magoo was born on this day in 1913, well, not really. It’s the birthday of Mr. Magoo’s voice, actor Jim Backus. The actor, who bore no resemblance to the extremely nearsighted, Rutgers College pennant-waving, elderly Magoo, brought him to life once John Hubley created him in 1949. Jim Backus’ raspy Mr. Magoo voice is immediately recognizable to ’toon aficionados the world over.
Mr. Backus entire persona is also immediately recognizable to Gilligan’s Island fans. From 1964 to 1967 (with reruns, it seems much longer than 4 seasons), He played the role of Thurston Howell III in CBS-TV’s popular Gilligan’s Island series; and returned for several sequels, the first, Rescue from Gilligan’s Island aired in 1978 and was a big hit. (Later versions did not fare as well; although one can catch them in reruns on late-night TV.)
Jim (James Gilmore) Backus starred in I Married Joan from 1952 through 1955; was the first host of Talent Scouts in 1962 and played the role of Dagwood’s boss, Mr. Dithers, in the 1968 version of Blondie. Jim Backus appeared in many films including: The Great Lover in 1949, Rebel Without a Cause in 1955, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World in 1963, Angel’s Brigade in 1979 and Slapstick of Another Kind in 1984.
This is just a sampling of the entertainment brought to us by the man whose career spanned several decades of radio, film and TV until his death on July 3, 1989. We miss you, Mr. Quincy Magoo.

Slaughter in America, at least Ohio caught the guy. Ohio also executed a killer last week. Hopefully this guy, if guilty, dies also. Authorities in Ohio have made an arrest in the double homicide of a young couple who were found shot in the head over the weekend. According to the Ashtabula County Sheriff's Office, investigators have arrested 20-year-old James Leider of Geneva Township in the slayings of Cord Cox, 23, and his 25-year-old girlfriend, Betheny Mehall.

Ashtabula County Prosecutor Thomas Sartini announced the arrest at a 4 p.m. news conference. Sartini said Leider was identified as a person of interest in the case early on. During police questioning, he allegedly admitted he had been at the scene of the crime, Sartini said. The bodies of Cord Cox, 23, left, and his 25-year-old girlfriend, Betheny Mehall, were discovered on Sunday. Police announced on Thursday that investigators have arrested James Leider, 20, in connection with their slayings. "The evidence against Mr. Leider is very, very significant and it includes a statement by him implicating himself in the murders," Sartini said.
The bodies of Cox and Mehall were discovered Sunday afternoon in a vehicle parked on a remote road in Ashtabula County, about 50 miles northeast of Cleveland. Coroner's investigator Richard Mongell said the preliminary autopsy indicates Cox and Mehall each died from a single bullet to the back of the head.
The killings are believed to have occurred between 7:45 and 8:15 p.m. Saturday. According to Mongell, authorities believe both victims were killed with the same weapon. Forensic evidence also indicates the killer was in the back seat at the time of the slayings. Sartini did not elaborate on an alleged motive but did say Leider and Cox had known each other for about four years. "There was a relationship between the male victim and Mr. Leider that involved a past history of drug transactions," he said. Investigators believe Mehall was killed because she was a witness to Cox's slaying, Sartini said. According to Sartini, Leider has no prior criminal history. He has been charged with two counts of aggravated murder and is being held at the county jail on a $5 million bond.

1836 - Sure as shootin’, Samuel Colt received a patent for a pistol that used a revolving cylinder containing powder and bullets in six individual tubes. (Pre-assembled loads [cartridges] came later.) Up to that time, the single-shot flintlock pistol had been the fastest firearm around. Colt’s Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company was incorporated in 1855 and some 30 million Colt pistols and rifles have been sold since.
1924 - Ty Cobb, one of the legends of baseball, issued an edict to his team, the Detroit Tigers that outlawed the playing of golf during training camp. A report in the Detroit Free Press said that Cobb went so far as to confiscate players’ golf clubs! Wow! Talk about being a little ‘teed off’, huh?

 1964 - Twenty-two-year old Cassius Clay won the world heavyweight boxing title by defeating Sonny Liston in the seventh round in Miami, FL. Clay had been an 8-1 underdog. In fact, only 8,297 fans showed up for the bout.

1966 - Nancy Sinatra was high-stepping this day with a gold record award for the hit, These Boots are Made for Walkin’. When she cracked open the wooden-framed award to check out the gold disk inside, she heard Pink Shoe Laces by Dodie Stevens. Nancy was reported to have been incensed.

Music at the top of the charts on this date in certain years;

1944 Besame Mucho - The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (vocal: Bob Eberly & Kitty
My Heart Tells Me - The Glen Gray Orchestra (vocal: Eugenie Baird)
Shoo, Shoo, Baby - The Andrews Sisters
Ration Blues - Louis Jordan
1952 Cry - Johnnie Ray
Slowpoke - Pee Wee King
Anytime - Eddie Fisher
Give Me More, More, More (Of Your Kisses) - Lefty Frizzell
1960 The Theme from "A Summer Place" - Percy Faith
Handy Man - Jimmy Jones
What in the World’s Come Over You - Jack Scott
He’ll Have to Go - Jim Reeves
1968 Love is Blue - Paul Mauriat
(Theme From) Valley of the Dolls - Dionne Warwick
(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
Skip a Rope - Henson Cargill
1976 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover - Paul Simon
Theme from S.W.A.T. - Rhythm Heritage
Love Machine (Part 1) - The Miracles
Good Hearted Woman - Waylon & Willie
1984 Jump - Van Halen
99 Luftballons - Nena
            Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
Stay Young - Don Williams
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Check out the site below. Paybox is a new site, competing with PayPal, etc. Sign up is free. It seems good for small businesses or ebay users.

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