It is now officially summer. You are hereby commanded to kick back and enjoy yourselves. Leave any negativity at the door and bask in a little lighthearted silliness for a while. It will do your heart mind and body good. Bathing suits optional.
In addition, all of you who stop by late and see that comment activity has ceased, just say something! Comments beget comments, and I miss all of you.
What about yourself would you like your friends to remember you for when you are gone?
What would you prefer that they forget?
If you had your own country that you were ruler of, what would it be like?
What nicknames did your friends/not friends give you in school?
The Twitter Emitter
“Nature abhors a vacuum” came from space-illiterate people. In fact, Nature just loves a vacuum. It's most of the universe.— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) June 17, 2013
When people rage that God is being insulted, it's their egos that were insulted.— Chris Dashiell (@cdashiell) June 20, 2013
Laughter is the best medicine. Which is why Pfizer has now patented it.— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) June 20, 2013
The Dream Act isn't "Amnesty;" you're thinking of what Ronald Reagan did.— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) June 20, 2013
Nothing motivates me to keep doing jumping jacks as much as feeling the flab on my stomach bounce when I’m doing them.— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) June 20, 2013
Barney Frank: "We're making progress. It's now more socially acceptable to be gay than a Congressman." #nn13— Zacharia Wahls (@ZachWahls) June 20, 2013
Paula Dean was simply setting herself up to win the South Carolina GOP presidential primary— Gen JC Christian (@JC_Christian) June 20, 2013
Hell hath no fury like a wingnut scorned.— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) June 21, 2013
What happens in Vegas usually isn't very interesting.— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) June 21, 2013
North is exactly what i'd name my kid if my last name was West. either that or Wild Wild.— Mychal Denzel Smith (@mychalsmith) June 21, 2013
"Paula Deen Used a Slur Because 'She Was Born 60 Years Ago" http://t.co/... I don't buy this because I wasn't born yesterday.— Ben Greenman (@bengreenman) June 21, 2013
On This Day
In 1877, 10 union organizing Irish immigrants called the Molly Maguires were hanged for alleged murder in Pennsylvania.
In 1964, in Mississippi, civil rights workers Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Mickey Schwerner were abducted and murdered by the KKK. Their bodies were found 6 weeks later.
In 1982, Reagan's would-be assassin John Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity.
In 1985, Brazilian scientists announced that recently exhumed remains were indeed those of Josef Mengele, infamous Nazi war criminal. It was confirmed again after a 1992 DNA analysis.
In 1997, the WNBA was formed.
Born on This Day
1002 – Pope Leo IX (d. 1054)
1639 – Increase Mather, American minister and author (d. 1723)
1732 – Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, German composer (d. 1791)
1834 – Elizabeth Jane Caulfield, Countess of Charlemont (d. 1882)
1845 - Luis Jiménez Aranda, Spanish Impressionist painter (d. 1928)
1847 - Wilhelm Velten, German painter (d. 1929)
1850 - Johann Hamza, Austrian genre and portrait painter (d. 1927)
1859 – Henry Ossawa Tanner, American painter (d. 1937)
1882 – Rockwell Kent, American painter, printmaker and illustrator (d. 1971)
1883 – Daisy Turner, American storyteller, centarian, and daughter of ex-slaves (d. 1988)
1903 – Al Hirschfeld, American caricaturist (d. 2003)
1905 – Jean-Paul Sartre, French philosopher and writer (d. 1980)
1906 – Helene Costello, American actress (d. 1957)
1921 – Judy Holliday, American actress (d. 1965)
1921 – Jane Russell, American actress (d. 2011)
1925 – Maureen Stapleton, American actress (d. 2006)
1932 – Lalo Schifrin, Argentine composer, pianist, and composer
1932 – O. C. Smith, American singer (d. 2001)
1944 – Ray Davies, English singer-songwriter and musician (The Kinks)
1947 – Joey Molland, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Badfinger and Natural Gas)
1951 – Nils Lofgren, American singer-songwriter and musician (E Street Band and Crazy Horse)
1953 – Benazir Bhutto, Pakistani politician (d. 2007)
1959 – Marcella Detroit, American singer-songwriter and musician (Shakespeare's Sister)
1959 – Kathy Mattea, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1973 – Juliette Lewis, American actress and singer
1976 – Mike Einziger, American guitarist and songwriter (Incubus and Time Lapse Consortium)
1981 – Brandon Flowers, American singer-songwriter and musician (The Killers)
1986 – Lana Del Rey, American singer-songwriter and model
Died on This Day
1521 – Leonardo Loredan, Italian noble, 76th Doge of Venice (b. 1436)
1527 – Niccolò Machiavelli, Italian historian and author (b. 1469)
1547 – Sebastiano del Piombo, Italian painter (b. 1485)
1652 – Inigo Jones, English architect, designed the Queen's House and Wilton House (b. 1573)
1661 – Andrea Sacchi, Italian painter (b. 1599)
1812 - Johann Friedrich August Tischbein, German painter (b. 1750)
1900 - Francesco Beda, Italian artist (b. 1840)
1908 – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian composer (b. 1844)
1920 - Gaetano Previati, Italian artist (b. 1852)
1940 – Smedley Butler, American general (b. 1881)
1940 - Jean Édouard Vuillard, French painter (b. 1868)
1949 - Edward Alexander Wadsworth, English painter (b. 1889)
1970 – Sukarno, Indonesian politician, 1st President of Indonesia (b. 1901)
1975 - Émile Grau-Sala, French painter (b. 1911)
1985 - Werner Drewes, German-born US abstract painter (b. 1899)
1997 – Fidel Velázquez Sánchez, Mexican labor leader (b. 1900)
2001 – John Lee Hooker, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1916)
2001 – Carroll O'Connor, American actor (b. 1924)
2003 - Moshe Kupferman, Israeli abstract painter (b. 1926)
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