Happy Saturday, bomberinos!  There is some interesting stuff to talk about lately. Governor Moonbeam balances the budget? You know the Republicans will say he has two sets of books! One more Republican politician comes out with stupid sexist crap. Obama's administration answers a few petitions…

Should Obama's face be on Mt. Rushmore? Should Reagan's? Should they have carved up a perfectly fine mountain in the first place to build a hubristic monument to humans? Would Teddy have approved? Does wine cause ovulation? If not, what does it cause? Do you engage in deficit spending? Do you have a personal debt ceiling? Can I borrow $10,000 buck until next payday? (Note: That would be someone else's payday, not mine.)  Who is hotter, Legolas or Aragorn? Eowyn, Arwen, or Galadriel? Quick, what song is stuck in your head right now?

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Now for the history lesson:

On This Day

In 1915, the Rocky Mountain National Park was created by an act of U.S. Congress.

In 1932, Hattie W. Caraway, a Democrat from Arkansas, became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate. Rumors of seediness were unfounded.

In 1948, the Supreme Court ruled that states could not discriminate against law-school applicants because of race. What do you want to bet that if this came up again today, Clarence Thomas would vote the other way?

In 1959,  Berry Gordy Jr. founded Motown Records (originally Tamla Records) in Detroit. He later abandoned Motor City for Hollywood (sellout!).

In 1971, the sitcom "All in the Family" premiered on CBS.

In 1998, Linda Tripp provided Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's office with taped conversations between herself and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

In 2000, the Supreme Court gave police broad authority to stop and question people who run at the sight of an officer.

In 2010, a catastrophic earthquake in Haiti killed an estimated 316,000 and destroyed most of the of the capital city of Port-au-Prince.

Born on This Day

1591 – José Ribera, or Jusepe de Ribera, Spanish painter, nicknamed  Lo Spagnoletto (d. 1652)

 Christopher realized he was delirious when a baby holding a bowling ball appeared on his shoulder.

1599 - Adriaen van Utrecht, Flemish painter (d. 1652)

 This cat was the very definition of ‘Bad Influence’

1628 – Charles Perrault, French folklorist who collected and re-wrote old folk tales (and he was, in turn, borrowed from by the Brothers Grimm). (d. 1703)

1737 – John Hancock, signature guy (d. 1793)

1849 – Jean Béraud, French painter (d. 1935)

 It will be over soon, the fat lady is about to sing.

1856 – John Singer Sargent, American artist who worked in Europe most of his career. (d. 1925)

 It turns out that getting full custody of the kids is only half the battle.

1876 – Jack London, American author (d. 1916)

1882 – Milton Sills, American actor (d. 1930)

 It turns out it WAS a gun in his pocket.

1884 – Texas Guinan, American personality – she started in Vaudeville, then acted in silent films,  then owned a famous speakeasy. (d. 1933)

1904 – Fred McDowell, American blues musician (d. 1972)

1910 – Patsy Kelly, American actress (d. 1981)

Virginia was eager to show Patsy her new planking idea.

1910 – Luise Rainer, the German actress who won back-to-back Best Actress Oscars in 1936 and 1937 for The Great Ziegfeld and The Good Earth, respectively.

The screening process was actually pretty easy.

1917 – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Indian spiritualist (d. 2008)

1923 – Ira Hayes, American serviceman (d. 1955)

1930 – Glenn Yarborough, American singer (The Limeliters)

1937 – Marie Dubois, French actress

She replaced the tobacco with pot; for health reasons, of course.

1937 – Shirley Eaton, British actress

Don’t you think she and the Tin Man would be a cute couple?

1941 – Long John Baldry, British blues singer (d. 2005)

1944 – Joe Frazier, American boxer (d. 2011)

1945 – Maggie Bell, Scottish singer (Stone the Crows)

1946 – George Duke, American musician

1946 – Cynthia Robinson, American musician (Sly & the Family Stone)

1948 – Anthony Andrews, English actor

1949 – Wayne Wang, Hong Kong-born American director

1950 – Sheila Jackson Lee, American politician

1951 – Rush Limbaugh, rabidly wrong headed right-wing radio personality and author.

1952 – Walter Mosley, American author

1954 – Howard Stern, American radio personality and author

1964 – Jeff Bezos, American entrepreneur (Amazon.com)

1965 – Rob Zombie, American musician and director (White Zombie)

1970 – Zack de la Rocha, American musician (Rage Against the Machine)

1987 – Naya Rivera, American actress and singer (Glee)

Died on This Day

1665 – Pierre de Fermat, French mathematician and lawyer (b. 1601)

1705 – Luca Giordano, Italian artist (b. 1634)

He hasn’t even looked up since his copy of ‘Memory of Light’ arrived.

1899 – Hiram Walker, American distiller (b. 1816)

1956 – Norman Kerry, American actor (b. 1894)

It is a little-known fact that Norman had a hair band back in the 20s.

1976 – Agatha Christie, English writer (b. 1890)

2002 – Cyrus Vance, 57th U.S. Secretary of State (b. 1917)

2007 – Alice Coltrane, American jazz musician (b. 1937)

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