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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

March 19, 2014: Gambling, bookmarks, the awesome Pointer Sisters...

March 19: today in history (from Wikipedia)

1918 – "The U.S. Congress establishes time zones and approves daylight saving time." Time zones make sense; daylight savings makes sense how?

1931 – "Gambling is legalized in Nevada." But it's STILL a novel idea in most other states that people should be able to spend their own money as they please.

1943 – "Frank Nitti, the Chicago Outfit Boss after Al Capone, commits suicide at the Chicago Central Railyard." I thought Eliot Ness through him off a building. Does this mean the movie The Untouchables wasn't true?!

1966 – "Texas Western becomes the first college basketball team to win the Final Four with an all-black starting lineup." And genius administrators stole the victory by renaming the school Texas-El Paso, disconnecting the name of the school from its most historic moment. Morons.

2011 – "Libyan civil war: After the failure of Muammar Gaddafi's forces to take Benghazi, French Air Force launches Opération Harmattan, beginning foreign military intervention in Libya." How's that working for the West?

Notable quotes

"But, if you believe we should go around the world overturning regimes to make little United States, I don't agree with that, because I don't think we're capable of doing that." - Brent Scowcroft (born March 19, 1925)

"Is an intelligent human being likely to be much more than a large-scale manufacturer of misunderstanding?"

"The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress."

- Philip Roth (born March 19, 1933

With the hugely talented women I've worked with or observed, it's not a question about temperament or ego; it's a question about getting it right. If they've got a reputation for being difficult it's usually because they just don't suffer fools." - Glenn Close (born March 19, 1947)

"Why pay a dollar for a bookmark? Why not use the dollar for a bookmark?" - Fred Stoller (born March 19, 1965) SOURCE


Song of the Day

Happy birthday Ruth Pointer!

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