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The Daily F Bomb, Tuesday 1/22

Good morning, Effers! Yesterday was pretty cool, no? I rather enjoyed it.

Let me try to focus my nosiness on yesterday’s festivities: Is Obama a good dancer? What was your favorite part of his speech? Are you prepared for the inevitable backlash against Michelle for rolling her eyes at Boehner? How many pairs of Jimmy Choo shoes do YOU own? What was the best musical interlude of the day? Does crab with clam chowder sauce sound edible to you?

Twitter is Troublesome Tonight, but I will Try:

Time for the history lesson below the fold:

On This Day

In 1890, the United Mine Workers of America was founded.

In 1905, Russian troops opened fired on marching workers in St. Petersburg, killing more than 100 in what became known as “Bloody Sunday.”

In 1968, “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” premiered on NBC.

In 1973, the Supreme Court handed down its Roe vs. Wade decision, which legalized abortion.

In 1984, the Apple Macintosh, the first consumer computer to popularize the computer mouse and the graphical user interface, was introduced during Super Bowl XVIII with its famous “1984” television commercial.

In 1997, the Senate confirmed Madeleine Albright as the nation’s first female secretary of state.

In 1998, Theodore Kaczynski pleaded guilty in Sacramento, Calif., to being the Unabomber in return for a sentence of life in prison without parole.

In 2008, Jose Padilla, once accused of plotting with al-Qaida to blow up a radioactive “dirty bomb,” was sentenced by a U.S. federal judge in Miami to more than 17 years in prison on terrorism conspiracy charges.

Born on This Day

1690 – Nicolas Lancret, French painter (d. 1743)

Nicolas Lancret - Lovers in a Landscape

1788 – George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron (Lord Byron), English poet (d. 1824)


1820 – Joseph Wolf, German artist (d. 1899)


1849 – August Strindberg, Swedish writer (d. 1912)

1875 – D. W. Griffith, American film director (d. 1948)

1878 – Constance Collier, English actress (d. 1955)

COLLIER, Constance_GD&D

1879 – Francis Picabia, French-born painter and poet (d. 1953)

FRANCIS PICABIA ~ The Spanish Revolution (1936-1937)

1890 – Fred M. Vinson, 13th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1953)

1891 – Moise Kisling, Polish painter (d. 1953)


1893 – Conrad Veidt, German actor (d. 1943)


1904 – George Balanchine, Russian choreographer (d. 1983)

1906 – Robert E. Howard, American author (Conan the Barbarian) (d. 1936)

1906 – Willa Brown, African-American aviator (d. 1992)

1907 – Douglas Corrigan, American pilot (d. 1995)

1909 – Porfirio Rubirosa, Dominican diplomat and international playboy (d. 1965)

1909 – Ann Sothern, American actress (d. 2001)

Ann Sothern

1909 – U Thant, Burmese diplomat and 3rd United Nations Secretary General (d. 1974)

1917 – Albert “Pud” Brown, jazz reed player (d. 1996)

1931 – Sam Cooke, American singer (The Soul Stirrers) (d
. 1964)

1932 – Piper Laurie, American actress

1934 – Bill Bixby, American actor (d. 1993)

1934 – Graham Kerr, British-born chef

1935 – Seymour Cassel, American actor

1939 – Jeff Smith, American chef, The Frugal Gourmet (d. 2004)

1940 – John Hurt, English actor

1946 – Malcolm McLaren, British music manager (d. 2010)

1949 – Phil Miller, English guitarist (National Health, In Cahoots, Matching Mole)

1949 – Steve Perry, dreadful American singer and musician (Journey) (DON’T YOU DARE!) ;-P

1953 – Jim Jarmusch, American director

1959 – Linda Blair, American actress

1960 – Michael Hutchence, Australian singer (INXS and Max Q) (d. 1997)

1965 – Steven Adler, American drummer (Guns N’ Roses)

1965 – DJ Jazzy Jeff, American rapper and actor

1965 – Diane Lane, American actress

1975 – Balthazar Getty, American actor

1981 – Ben Moody, American guitarist (Evanescence and We Are the Fallen)

Died on This Day

1892 – Joseph Philo Bradley, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1813)

1901 – Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom (b. 1819)

1930 – Stephen Mather, American entrepreneur and conservationist (b. 1867)

1931 – Alma Rubens, American actress (b. 1897)


1950 – Alan Hale, Sr., American actor (b. 1892)

1950 – Corinne Luchaire, French actress (b. 1921)

1966 – Herbert Marshall, English actor (b. 1890)

1967 – Jobyna Ralston, American actress (b. 1899)


1971 – Harry Frank Guggenheim, American businessman and publisher, co-founded Newsday (b. 1890)

1973 – Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States (b. 1908)

1994 – Telly Savalas, American actor (b. 1924)

1995 – Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, matriarch of the Kennedy family (b. 1890)

2000 – Craig Claiborne, American writer and editor (b. 1920)

2003 – Bill Mauldin, American World War II cartoonist (b. 1921)

2004 – Ann Miller, American actress and dancer (b. 1923)

2005 – Rose Mary Woods, American Watergate scandal figure who had her 18 minutes of fame (b. 1917)

2008 – Heath Ledger, Australian actor (b. 1979

2010 – Jean Simmons, English-American actress (b. 1929)

Today is

National Blonde Brownie Day

National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day

Celebration of Life Day

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  1. Floja Roja

    I have to finish exercising, get ready to go, and then go, so I will see you in a bit. Please, talk amongst yourselves. And don’t forget the hovers!

  2. blue jersey mom

    I am so interested in what Charles Krauthammer has to say about PBO’s speech, also what the Kardashians think about molecular biology.

  3. iriti

    …would be a great meme a la “that’s good news for John McCain.” Usage example: I’ve got a wicked case of poison ivy. In January! I blame Obama.

    For the record, I can totally get behind National Blonde Brownie Day. I would advocate, in fact, for a National Blonde Brownie Month.  

  4. JG in MD

    Looks like sunny and not real cold again Here Near DC. Happy I am today, what with the guy down the street getting to keep his house and all. Loved the non-foreclosure kept-his-job bash.

  5. kirbybruno

    this was an interesting piece, particularly this part because I have been thinking the same thing:

    by specifically taking on the divisive rhetoric of “A Nation of Takers,” he has started his second term on a note that, while communitarian, is no longer post-partisan; perhaps he is more knowing and wily about the ways of his opponents than he was four years ago.

  6. Via Chicago

    It’s F’ing cold outside, the clock is indefatigable – marching along like a smug little soldier, and I gotta go.

    Happy Tuesday, F’ers.

  7. JG in MD

    How many times must I remind myself, Twitter before Moose except after sea chanties…

    8 am temp in DC 20 degs, coldest of winter. Wind chill is a brutal 8 degrees. Dress warmly.

  8. kirbybruno

    Today, Obama all but declared ideological victory. That was the hidden meaning of Obama’s frequent invocation of “we, the people” – he was effectively rooting his vision of the proper balance of individual and collective responsibility, and the need for the sort of collective action the right all-too-cavalierly denounces as tyranny, in their authority.

    Should I be putting this in the inaugural thread???

  9. Its the Supreme Court Stupid

    While you are discussing, my answers:

    Is Obama a good dancer? Yup

    What was your favorite part of his speech? “Seneca Falls to Selma to Stonewall”

    Are you prepared for the inevitable backlash against Michelle for rolling her eyes at Boehner? Nope.  I don’t watch Fox

    How many pairs of Jimmy Choo shoes do YOU own? Just one shoe.  That would be a choo

    What was the best musical interlude of the day? When they distincltly cut off “Copacabana”

    Does crab with clam chowder sauce sound edible to you? That would depend on whether one a) keeps kosher; or b) is allergic to shellfish.

  10. slksfca

    I thought it was LOBSTER with clam chowder sauce. Who changed the menu on me?

    Good morning, Bombikinder. Looks to be a pleasant day forming here by the Pacific shores, once it warms up a bit. My Big Goal for today is to walk over to the de Young Museum and make use of my membership, if I can hobble that far. Otherwise I’ll stick closer to home (like within the small triangle traced between bed, computer desk and kitchen).

    Carry on, delightful peeps!

  11. jlms qkw


    seneca falls – selma – stonewall; plus the bit about the poor little girl.

    fey on teh backlash against michelle

    what do those shoes look like?

    lawrence used james taylor for a playout  w/ clips from the day and i cried both times.  


  12. JG in MD

    **Jill raises hand, stands at her desk**

    When I punch the Moose, I get an old diary from 1/20 instead of the latest diaries. Why is this?  

  13. LeftOverFlowerChild

    Well so far it’s a happy Tuesday…And that’s all Obama’s fault! :o)

    Is Obama a good dancer? I think so..He does puts quite a shine on that high school prom shuffle–Nothing like a bazillion people watching you as you’re dancing while tryin’ to be all romantic and suave. Nothing awkward about that at all!

    What was your favorite part of his speech? Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall

    Are you prepared for the inevitable backlash against Michelle for rolling her eyes at Boehner? Oh please, backlash is so much the norm now it’s expected…usually goes with a countdown..Blow back in 3..2..1..Hello Fox and Drudge!!

    How many pairs of Jimmy Choo shoes do YOU own? I am not a shoe person, in fact my sisters question our blood ties because I’m not a shoe person nor do I like to shop…Now if you wanna talk about yarn…oh baby!!

    What was the best musical interlude of the day? Wow..I don’t know I was just happy all day

    Does crab with clam chowder sauce sound edible to you? That’s fish..anything fishy sounds inedible  to me.  

  14. Mnemosyne

    on Ann Miller. And I realize now where people got that gif of a formally-clad audience applauding — look at the last few seconds.

  15. fogiv

    A museum which kept ancient artefacts on display believing they were early gaming pieces has discovered they were actually used as a primitive form of toilet paper.

    The Roman artefacts, deliberately shaped into flat discs, have been in the collection at Fishbourne Roman Palace since the 1960s.

    And up until now the museum thought the items were used for early games, such as draughts.

    But, a British Medical Journal article has now proposed they have a very different function.

    The broken pieces range in size from 1 inch to 4 inches in diameter and were excavated near to the museum in Chichester, West Sussex in 1960.

    It is well publicised that Romans used sponges mounted on sticks and dipped in vinegar as an alternative to toilet paper.

  16. raina

    I only caught snippets of the speech online and on TV so I’m not really familiar with all that went on. Based on past experience, is Obama a good dancer? Eh, he’s passable- he doesn’t really have the “moves” but Michelle does.

    I would totally eat crab in clam chowder.

    Not that anyone cares, but I got a couple projects going offline, so my appearances here are iffy. Ready to start gardening, but apparently the stores aren’t. I blame Obama.

    Also I just learned to knit with a loom and I’m in the process of making a baby blanket for my expectant niece. I’m thinking good old fashioned knitting hooks would be a lot easier. I say this as someone who never knitted in my life.

    Photobucket Hat is my first project. I happened to have white yarn on hand and used it to practice. A bit loose. Baby blanket on gigantic loom. LOL. Not exactly portable, is it?

    later, effers.

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