24JAN11

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Win one for the Gipper!

The Super Bowl will air on the 100th birthday anniversary of President Ronald Wilson Reagan. Thirty years ago he was sworn in as our fortieth President.

If the age of Reagan is over, why is President Obama, in an (admittedly well crafted) editorial in USA Today praising him as an inspiration the day before the STFU address?

When the future looked darkest and the way ahead seemed uncertain, President Reagan understood both the hardships we faced and the hopes we held for the future. He understood that it is always "Morning in America." That was his gift, and we remain forever grateful. ~ Barack Obama

It's called moving hard to center in the wake of what Obama himself calls the biggest shellacking in 38 years.

I served President Reagan in the Cold War. Barack Obama is no President Reagan.

During the first months of his administration Barack Obama announced that the United States would no longer seek to implement the missile defense shield which eventually brought Russia back to START negotiations and the signing of the Treaty.

This was right after Medvedev announced in March of 2009 that Russia would begin a large scale INCREASED rearmament and renewal of Russia’s nuclear arsenal by 2011.

"Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong." ~ Ronald Reagan


  • I'm a Libertarian, and to me "individual mandate" is like showing a Catholic a commercial about the Blessed Sacrament being a Dorito
  • Jimmy Carter quietly celebrated his ascension to number 43 on the list of all-time greatest Presidents
  • The way he's going, Obama could lose all 57 states in 2012
  • There's no park and ride near light-rail terminals because you're supposed to ride your carbon-neutral bike to the train from your commune.
  • My girlfriend thinks I'm too nosy, she said so in her diary.
  • You put your hand on the Bible and swear to uphold the Constitution. You don't put a hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible.
  • If so strong in the ways of the Force Yoda is, construct a sentence with words in the proper order then why can't he?
  • Seven lesbians walked into a bar, which was really stupid because the second one should have seen it .
  • We borrow $65 million dollars from China every year and turn around and give it to them in aid. That's frakkin brilliant.


Births for January 24

  • 76 Publius A Hadrianus, 14th Roman Emperor (117-138)
  • 1664 Sir John Vanbrugh, London, dramatist, architect (baptized)
  • 1705 Farinelli "Carlo Broschi", Andria Italy, castrato
  • 1712 Frederick II (the Great), king of Prussia (1740-86)
  • 1732 Pierre de Baumarchais, France, playwright (Barber of Seville)
  • 1746 Gustav III, king during Swedish Enlightenment (1771-92)
  • 1776 Earnest TA Hoffmann, German writer/judge/composer (Undine)
  • 1778 Charles F, duke of Berry
  • 1798 Karl von Staudt, German math professor (projective geometrician)
  • 1800 Sir Edwin Chadwick, British social reformer
  • 1820 John Milton Thayer, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 190
  • 1828 Adam Jacoby Slemmer, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1868
  • 1832 John Pegram, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1865
  • 1852 Joseph JC Joffre+, marshal of France (battle of Marne)
  • 1862 Edith Wharton(-Jones), US, novelist (Ethan Frome, House of Mirth)
  • 1874 Arthur Shomburg, famous African
  • 1880 Elisabeth Achelis, creator (World Calendar)
  • 1883 Estelle Winwood, (Goodwin), England, actress (Miracle on 34th Street)
  • 1888 Ernst Heinrich Heinkel, German inventor (1st rocket-powered aircraft)
  • 1888 Henry King, US, director (Jesse James, 12 O'Clock High)
  • 1891 Walter Model, German Field Marshall
  • 1895 Joseph Schildkraut, Austria, actor (Idiot's Delight)
  • 1902 Walter Keirnan, New Havens Ct, TV panelist (I've Got a Secret)
  • 1903 Robert Gwathmey, artist (Arts & Letters)
  • 1907 Alfonse Vranckx, Belgian lawyer/politician
  • 1907 Maurice Couve de Murville, France minister of foreign affairs
  • 1909 Ann Todd, Hartford England, actress (Paradine Case, 7th Veil)
  • 1911 C(atherine) L(ucille) Moore, US, sci-fi author (Judgment Night)
  • 1913 Mark Goodson, TV game-show producer (Goodson-Toddman)
  • 1913 Norman Dello Joio, (Dello Ioio), NYC, composer
  • 1915 Ernest Borgnine, Hamden Ct, actor (Ice Station Zebra, McHale)
  • 1915 Robert B Motherwell, US, painter (Elegies tt Spanish Republic)
  • 1918 Gottfried von Einem, Bern Switzerland, Austrian composer
  • 1918 John McLiam, Alberta, actor (Parker-Men From Shiloh)
  • 1918 Oral Roberts, Televangelist; needs $8,000,000 (Oral Roberts College)
  • 1919 Leon Kirchner, Brooklyn NY, opera composer (Lily)
  • 1920 Don Saddler, Van Nuys Calif, dancer (Holiday Hotel)
  • 1921 Bernard J Dwyer, (Rep-D-NJ, 1981- )
  • 1922 Ava Gardner, US, actress (Barefoot Contessa, Night of the Iguana)
  • 1924 Marvin Kaplan, NYC, actor (Top Cat, Henry-Alice)
  • 1924 Robert W Kastenmeier, (Rep-D-WI, 1959- )
  • 1925 Maria Tallchief, Fairfax Ok, ballerina
  • 1925 William Hudson, Calif, actor (I Led 3 Lives)
  • 1927 Paula Hawkins, (Sen-R-FL, 1981-86)
  • 1931 Kees Z˜lstra, Dutch 2nd Chamber member (PvdA)
  • 1936 Doug Kershaw, La, plays electric fiddle
  • 1936 Jack Scott, Canada, rocker (My True Love)
  • 1939 Ray Stevens, Clarksdale Ga, singer (Ahab the Arab, The Streak)
  • 1940 Flip Buurme˜er, Dutch 2nd Chamber member (PvdA)
  • 1941 Michael Chapman, Leeds England, rocker (Looking for 11)
  • 1941 Neil Diamond, Brooklyn NY, singer/actor (Jazz Singer)
  • 1943 Sharon Tate, Dallas Tx, actress (Valley of the Dolls)
  • 1944 David Gerrold, (Jerrold David Friedman), author (World of Star Trek)
  • 1946 Michael Ontkean, Vancouver BC, actor (Rookies, Slap Shot)
  • 1947 Giorgio Chinaglia, soccer star (Lazio of Italy, NY Cosmos)
  • 1947 Warren Zevon, Chicago, rocker (Excitable Boy)
  • 1948 Elliott Abrams, asst secretary of state/supplied arms to the Contras
  • 1949 Bart Gordon, (Rep-D-TN, 1985- )
  • 1949 John Belushi, Chicago Ill, comedian/actor (SNL, Blues Brothers)
  • 1951 Yakov Smirnoff, Russia, comedian (It's a wonderful country)
  • 1952 William F Readdy, Quonset Point Rhode Island, astronaut (STS 42)
  • 1953 Brian Matthews, Phila, actor (The Burning)
  • 1955 James Montgomery, 100m swimmer (Olympic-3 gold-1976)
  • 1958 Frank Ullrich, East Germany, world biathlon champion
  • 1960 Nastassja Kinski, Berlin Germany, actress (Tess, Cat People)
  • 1964 Rob Dibble, Bridgeport Ct, pitcher (Cin Reds)
  • 1968 Mary Lou Retton, Fairmont WV, gymnist (Olympic-gold-1984)
  • 1971 Tonya Crowe, Long Beach Calif, actress (Olivia-Knots Landing)
  • 1979 Tatyana Ali, NYC, actress (Sesame St, Fresh Prince of Bel Air)

Passings for January 24

  • 41 Caligula, Roman emperor (37-41), assassinated
  • 772 Stefanus III, (IV), pope (768-72), dies
  • 817 Stefanus IV, (V/Colonna?), pope (816-17), dies
  • 1336 Alfonso IV de Goedaardige, king of Aragon (1327-36), dies
  • 1473 Conrad Paumann, German blind organist/composer, dies
  • 1547 Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, executed for treason
  • 1639 George Jenatsch, Grisons leader, is assassinated
  • 1885 Martin R Delany, politician & black nationalist, dies at 72
  • 1924 Thephilo Braga, Portugeese poet, dies
  • 1929 Willem Royaards, theater directeor (Adam in Ballingschap), dies
  • 1943 John Burns, English bank worker, dies
  • 1947 Felix Timmermans, Flemish writer/painter (Gift from St Nicholas), die
  • 1953 Karl RG von Rundstedt, German gen-field marshal (Normandy), dies at 7
  • 1961 Willem J M van Eysinga, people rights scholar, dies at 82
  • 1962 Tom Shirley, actor/TV announcer (They're Off), dies at 62
  • 1964 Joseph Schildkraut, actor (Joseph Schildkraut Presents), dies at 68
  • 1965 Winston Churchill, PM of Britain (C) (1940-45, 51-55), dies at 88
  • 1969 Tom Zachary, baseball pitcher (Wash Senators), dies at 72
  • 1972 Jerome Cowan, actor (Mr Dithers-Blondie), dies at 74
  • 1973 J Carroll Naish, actor (Charlie Chan-Adv of Charlie Chan), dies at 66
  • 1979 Jerry Damon, comedian (That Was The Week That Was), dies at 51
  • 1983 George Cukor, director, dies of stroke & heart attack at 83
  • 1986 Gordon MacRae, singer (Oklahoma, Carousel), dies at 44
  • 1986 L(aFayette) Ron(ald) Hubbard, author (Death Quest), dies at 84
  • 1988 Charles Glenn King, biochemist (discovered vitamin C), dies at 91
  • 1989 Ted Bundy, serial killer of up to 100 women, executed in Florida
  • 1991 George Gobel, comedian, dies of a heart attack at 71
  • 1992 Charles Moulin, French actor (French Tarzan), dies
  • 1992 Tina Chow, model, dies of AIDs at 41
  • 1993 Thurgood Marshall, US supreme court justice (1967-91), dies
  • 1993 Ugur Mumcu, Turkish journalist (Cumhuriyet Murder), dies

Holidays for January 24

  • (Aymara Indians, Bolivia) Alacitis Fair

Interesting events for January 24

  • 97 (old RC) Commemoration of St Timothy, bishop/martyr (now 1/26)
  • 1256 (RC) Memorial of St Francis de Sales, bishop/doctor

Special events for January 24

  • 772 Stephen III ends his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 817 St Paschal I begins his reign as Catholic Pope succeeding Stephen IV
  • 1118 Giovanni Caetani elected Pope Gelasius II
  • 1328 King Edward III of England marries Philippa of Henegouwen
  • 1568 In the Netherlands, Duke of Alva declares William of Orange an outlaw
  • 1634 Emperor Ferdinand II declares Wallenstein a traitor
  • 1656 1st Jewish doctor in US, Jacob Lumbrozo, arrives in Maryland
  • 1722 Edward Wigglesworth appointed 1st US divinity professor (Harvard)
  • 1742 German leaders elect Charles VII Albert Emperor
  • 1764 Gov Winthrop Telescope, is destroyed in a Harvard fire
  • 1847 1,500 New Mexican Indians & Mexicans defeated by US Col Price
  • 1848 James Marshall finds gold in Sutter's Mill in Coloma, Calif
  • 1861 Arsenal at Augusta, Ga seized by Confederacy
  • 1861 Federal troops from Ft Monroe are sent to Ft Pikens
  • 1874 The opera "Boris Godounow" is produced (St Petersburg Russia)
  • 1899 Rubber heel patented by Humphrey O'Sullivan
  • 1900 Newcastle Badminton Club, world's oldest, formed in England
  • 1901 1st games played in baseball's American League
  • 1902 Denmark sells Virgin Islands to USA
  • 1906 M Wolf discovers asteroid #2443 Tomeileen
  • 1908 Gen Baden-Powell starts Boy-Scouts
  • 1913 Franz Kafka stops working on "Amerika"; it will never be finished
  • 1914 A Massinger discovers asteroid #776 Berbericia
  • 1914 F Kaiser discovers asteroid #777 Gutemberga
  • 1914 The opera "Madeleine" is produced (NYC)
  • 1915 German-British sea battle at Doggersbank & Helgoland
  • 1922 -54ø F (-48ø C), Danbury, Wisconsin (state record)
  • 1922 Eskimo Pie patented by Christian K Nelson of Iowa (not an Eskimo)
  • 1922 Lehman Caves National Monument established
  • 1923 Aztec Ruins National Monument, NM established
  • 1924 Mussolini disallows non-fascists work union
  • 1925 Moving picture of a solar eclipse taken from dirigible over Long Is
  • 1925 Sandler follows Branting as premier of Sweden
  • 1930 K Reinmuth discovers asteroid #1142 Aetolia
  • 1933 E Delporte discovers asteroid #1276 Ucclia
  • 1935 Beer 1st sold in cans, Richmond, Va
  • 1939 30,000 killed by earthquake in Concepcion Chile
  • 1939 Eddie Collins, Willie Keeler & George Sisler elected to Hall of Fame
  • 1939 Spanish govt moves to Figueras
  • 1941 British troops march into Abyssinia
  • 1947 NFL adds 5th official (back judge) & allows sudden death in playoffs
  • 1948 Dutch Liberal Party forms-People's party for Freedom & Democracy (VVD
  • 1951 Cabinet-Drees-of Schaik falls
  • 1952 1st NFL team in Texas, the Dallas Texans formerly NY Yanks
  • 1952 Fire in main building of French Port Martin Antarctic base
  • 1956 96.5 cm precipitation at Kilauea Plantation, Hawaii (state record)
  • 1959 WHCT TV channel 18 in Hartford, CT (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1960 Algeria uprises against French president De Gaulle
  • 1961 Lazard Brothers Ltd draw a check for $334,867,807.68
  • 1962 28 refugees escape from East to West Germany
  • 1962 Brian Epstein signs management contract with the Beatles
  • 1962 Jackie Robinson is 1st Black elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1964 CBS purchases 1964 & 1965 NFL TV rights for $28.2 million
  • 1964 Martin Kresses final comic strip of Eric the Viking
  • 1966 WDIO TV channel 10 in Duluth, MN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1969 Queen Juliana appointed honarary citizen of Addis Ababa
  • 1969 Spanish Gen Franco announces state of emergency
  • 1971 NFC beats AFC 27-6 in 1st Pro Bowl after NFL-AFL merger
  • 1972 WRIP (now WDSI) TV channel 61 in Chattanooga, TN (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 1975 "Hot l Baltimore" situation comedy premiers on ABC TV
  • 1975 Fastest Earth-bound object, 7200 kph, in vacuum centrifuge, England
  • 1976 Cleve Cavaliers biggest margin victory-43 pts (beat Milwaukee 132-89)
  • 1976 George Foreman KOs Ron Lyle in 5th round of a real slugfest
  • 1981 Islanders scored 5 power play goals against Nordiques
  • 1983 Hulk Hogan pins the Iron Sheik for World Wrestling Federation title
  • 1985 15th Space Shuttle (51-C) Mission-Discovery 3 is launched
  • 1986 NY Islander Mike Bossy scores his 1,000th point
  • 1986 Voyager 2 makes 1st fly-by of Uranus (81,593 km), finds new moons
  • 1989 1st reported case of AIDS transmitted by heterosexual oral sex

Facts for January 24

  • 24th day of the year with 341 remaining
  • 1882 -6F lowest temperature for January in NYC
  • 1967 68F highest temperature for this date in NYC

Songs for date January 24

  • 01/24/41 --- You Walk By (Duchin, Eddy)
  • 01/24/41 --- Perfidia Tonight (Cugat, Xavier)
  • 01/24/46 --- I'm Always Chasing Rainbows (Como, Perry)
  • 01/24/53 --- Doggie In The Window, The (Page, Patti)
  • 01/24/53 --- Side By Side (Starr, Kay)
  • 01/24/70 --- Psychedelic Shack (Temptations)
  • 01/24/81 --- Crying (McLean, Don)
  • 01/24/81 --- Best Of Times, The (Styx)
  • 01/24/87 --- You Gotta Fight For Your Right To Party (Beastie Boys)
  • 01/24/87 --- Big Time (Gabriel, Peter)
  • 01/24/87 --- Somewhere Out There (Ronstadt, Linda)
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