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Good morning, Bomber and Meeses and everyone else. These Mondays really come around inexorably, don't they?

Questions of the day: Of all the liberal causes out there (and they are legion), which is nearest and dearest to your heart? What is your favorite spot in your home to sit and relax? What is your preferred snack food for big televised events (from inaugurations to award shows to sporting events or the new season of whatever show)? Gardens: Wild or formal? Pets: Purebred or mutt?

Twitter Tornado

Most of you implied you did not care who won the Super Bowl last night, but perhaps some watched for the commercials. Or maybe not. Still, it was quite a night, and I have a gazillion tweets that I would love to post, 99% having to do with either the game (some tying it in to politics) or the ads.

There was a Dodge ad with the tag line, "God made a farmer" that was narrated by Paul Harvey. Very rah-rah, isn't white rural America the best thing ever." Here are a couple inspired by that ad:

There was a power outage at the Super Dome mid game, right after the half time show. San Francisco was losing badly before the outage. They came back strongly after the outage, though not enough to win. Maybe more later in the comments.

On This Day

In 1783, Britain declared a formal cessation of hostilities in the American Revolutionary War.

In 1789, The Electoral College unanimously chose George Washington to be the first president of the United States.

In 1861, delegates from six southern states met in Montgomery, Ala., to form the Confederate States of America.

In 1938, the first feature-length film to use cel animation, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, was released in the United States by some company called Disney.

In 1941, the United Service Organizations (USO) was formed.

In 1974, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was kidnapped in Berkeley, CA by a group calling themselves the Symbionese Liberation Army.

In 1997, a civil jury found O.J. Simpson liable for the deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.

In 1999, four plainclothes New York City cops fired 41 bullets at Amadou Diallo in front of his Bronx home after mistaking his wallet for a gun. The unarmed West African immigrant was killed.

In 2004, the Massachusetts high court declared that gays were entitled to marry.

In 2004, the social networking website Facebook was launched.

Born on This Day

1688 – Pierre de Marivaux, French writer (d. 1763)

1829 - Gustave Léonard de Jonghe, Belgian painter (d. 1893)


1881 – Fernand Léger, French painter (d. 1955)


1889 - Walter Catlett, American actor (d. 1960)


1895 – Nigel Bruce, English actor (d. 1953)


1900 – Jacques Prévert, French poet and lyricist (d. 1977)

1902 – Charles Lindbergh, American pilot and right wing activist (d. 1974)

1905 – Hylda Baker, English comedy actress (d. 1986)

1913 – Rosa Parks, American civil rights activist (d. 2005)

1918 – Ida Lupino, English film actress and director (d. 1995)


1921 – Betty Friedan, American feminist (d. 2006)

1925 – Gerald Sim, English actor

1941 – John Steel, British musician (The Animals)

1947 – Dennis C. Blair, American admiral and intelligence official

1947 – Dan Quayle, ot-nay oo-tay ight-bray former Vice President of the United States

1948 – Alice Cooper, American musician

1951 – Patrick Bergin, Irish actor

1952 – Jerry Shirley, Drummer (Humble Pie)

1959 – Lawrence Taylor, American football player

1960 – Tim Booth, British singer (James)

1971 – Rob Corddry, American actor and comedian

1973 – Oscar de la Hoya, Mexican-American boxer

Died on This Day

1640 - Hendrick C Vroom, Dutch seascape painter (b. 1652)


1694 – Nataliya Kyrillovna Naryshkina, Russian noble (b. 1651)

1921 - Xavier Mellery, Belgian painter/illustrator (b. 1845)

Xavier Mellery

1959 – Una O'Connor, Irish actress (b. 1880)


1968 – Neal Cassady, American writer (b. 1926)

1975 – Louis Jordan, American musician (b. 1908)

1982 – Alex Harvey, Scottish musician (b. 1935)

1983 – Karen Carpenter, American singer and drummer (The Carpenters) (b. 1950)

1987 – Liberace, American musician (b. 1919)


1992 – Lisa Fonssagrives, 1950s supermodel (b. 1911)


2003 – Charlie Biddle, Canadian jazz bassist (b. 1926)

2005 – Ossie Davis, American actor, activist (b. 1917)

2009 – Lux Interior, American musician (The Cramps) (b. 1946)


Today is

World Cancer Day
National Stuffed Mushroom Day
Homemade Soup Day
Create a Vacuum Day
Thank a Mailman Day

This Week is

Great American Pizza Bake
Jello Week

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