Good morning, all. Happy Friday, and happy 3 day weekend to those who get Monday off.
At this moment, how long have you been in front of your computer without getting up? How many hours a day do you average on your computer? If you knew your next meal would be your last, what would you choose to eat and drink? Star Trek or Star Wars? Coke or Pepsi? How is your memory doing these days? What did I just ask? What is your worst habit?
The Twitter Emitter
70% of the earth is now covered in Marco Rubio jokes.— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) February 14, 2013
Dinosaurs pre-date the evolution of flowers. So on Valentine's Day the best they could do is hand each other a bunch of ferns— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) February 14, 2013
This was not a filibuster. Also, this is not a tweet.— daveweigel (@daveweigel) February 14, 2013
The whole "we need more time to vet Hagel" thing kinda blows past the fact that half the GOP caucus worked with the guy— daveweigel (@daveweigel) February 14, 2013
shorter harry reid: lucy promised me she would not pull the football away THIS TIME— Oliver Willis (@owillis) February 14, 2013
Do Republicans still like the Bible after Obama was sworn in on one?— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) February 14, 2013
Republicans would blockJesus if Obama had tried to appoint him for something— DC Debbie (@DCdebbie) February 14, 2013
All this news of people in cramped quarters relieving themselves in the halls and just wanting to go home has me nostalgic for college.— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) February 14, 2013
Hagel nomination could still be derailed if he drinks water on camera or something— daveweigel (@daveweigel) February 14, 2013
The last cruise ship that was worth going on had two of every animal on it.— God (@TheTweetOfGod) February 15, 2013
Optimists see the glass as half-full, but optometrists make that possible.— God (@TheTweetOfGod) February 15, 2013
Reince Priebus: "The 2012 Republican Party platform stated we 'advocate for a strong national defense.' We meant to add 'unless Obama wins'"— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) February 15, 2013
John McCain: "I still need more time to vet the Republican Senator I said was ready to be Secretary of State in 2006" tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/01/republ…— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) February 15, 2013
On This Day
In 1764, the city of St. Louis was established.
In 1879, Rutherford B. Hayes signed a bill that allowed female attorneys to argue cases before the Supreme Court.
In 1933, President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt escaped an assassination attempt in Miami that wounded (and eventually killed) Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak.
In 1972, sound recordings were granted U.S. federal copyright protection for the first time.
In 2001, the first draft of the complete human genome was published in Nature magazine.
In 2002, President George W. Bush approved Nevada's Yucca Mountain as the site for long-term disposal of highly radioactive nuclear waste.
In 2005, Defrocked priest Paul Shanley was sentenced to 12 to 15 years in prison on child rape charges.
In 2011, protesters swarmed Wisconsin's capitol after Gov. Scott Walker proposed cutbacks in benefits and bargaining rights for public employees.
Born on This Day
1471 - Piero di Lorenzo de' Medici, Italian ruler (d. 1503)
1564 - Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer and physicist (d. 1642)
1622 - Adam Pynacker or Pijnacker, Dutch painter (d. 1673)
1705 - Charles-André (or Carle) van Loo, French painter (d. 1765)
1710 - King Louis XV of France (d. 1774)
1797 - Henry E. Steinway, German piano maker (d. 1871)
1812 - Charles Lewis Tiffany, American jeweler (d. 1902)
1817 - Charles-François Daubigny, French painter (d. 1878)
1820 - Susan B. Anthony, American suffragist (d. 1906)
1882 - John Barrymore, American actor (d. 1942)
1899 - Gale Sondergaard, Oscar winning American actress whose career ended when she stood by her "commie" husband during the McCarthy era. (d. 1985)
1904 - Mary Adshead, English artist (d. 1995)
1905 - Harold Arlen, American composer (d. 1986)
1907 - Cesar Romero, American actor (d. 1994)
1910 - Irena Sendler, Polish heroine of the Holocaust (d. 2008)
1911 - Leonard Woodcock, American labor union official and diplomat (d. 2001)
1914 - Kevin McCarthy, American actor (d. 2010)
1918 - Allan Arbus, American actor
1926 - Dad (d. 1997)
1927 - Harvey Korman, American actor and comedian (d. 2008)
1931 - Claire Bloom, British actress
1941 - Florinda Bolkan, Brazilian actress
1944 - Mick Avory, English drummer (The Kinks)
1945 - John Helliwell, English musician (Supertramp)
1947 - Marisa Berenson, American actress
1948 - Art Spiegelman, American cartoonist
1950 - David Brown, American musician (Santana 1967-1971) (d. 2000)
1951 - Melissa Manchester, American singer (Harlettes)
1954 - Matt Groening, American cartoonist
1959 - Ali Campbell, English singer-songwriter (UB40)
1960 - Mikey Craig, English musician (Culture Club)
1961 - Bob Forrest, American singer/songwriter (Thelonious Monster) and TV personality (Celebrity Rehab)
1969 - Josh Marshall, American journalist
1976 - Ronnie Vannucci Jr., American musician (The Killers)
Died on This Day
1145 - Pope Lucius II
1844 - Henry Addington, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1757)
1928 - H. H. Asquith, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1852)
1932 - Minnie Maddern Fiske, American actress (b. 1865)
1939 - Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, Russian painter (b. 1878)
1965 - Nat King Cole, American singer and musician (b. 1919)
1973 - Wally Cox, American actor (b. 1924)
1973 - Tim Holt, American actor (b. 1919)
1978 - Ilka Chase, American actress and writer (b. 1900)
1981 - Mike Bloomfield, American musician (Electric Flag) (b. 1943)
1984 - Ethel Merman, American singer and actress (b. 1908)
1988 - Richard Feynman, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1918)
Susan B. Anthony Day
National Gumdrop Day