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VA-07 district is carefully crafted to exclude large cities (but includes suburbs)...

Just throwing this out there:

Notice how it rings around Richmond, but doesn't include it...

Paging Mr Mandering, Mr G. Mandering.

Did you know that Tony Randall was on Nixon's enemies list?

I was reading about Nixon's Enemies List on Wikipedia this morning and was a bit stunned to see Tony Randall included!

I can understand seeing John Lennon or Jane Fonda on the list, but Tony.Fucking.Randall, of all people? Was Nixon afraid he'd make him clean his bedroom or something?


Carol Channing, actress
Bill Cosby, comedian
Jane Fonda, actress and political activist
John Lennon, singer and songwriter
Steve McQueen, actor
Joe Namath, former New York Jets Quarterback
Paul Newman, actor
Gregory Peck, actor
Tony Randall, actor
Barbra Streisand, actress and singer
Dick Gregory, comedian

A bit stunned, so I thought I'd share.

On edit: On Tony's Wikipedia page, it says he supported Dems in 1972:


Randall was an advocate for the arts. During the summer of 1980, he served as the celebrity host of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra's concerts in Central Park, New York City.

He was politically liberal. During the U.S. presidential primaries in 1972, he appeared as the featured celebrity at numerous fundraising house-parties for Democratic candidate George McGovern.

It started in a flying boat ... a century of commercial aviation


Great Pictures w/ captions at link - AND not a single mention of MH370!!!

Heads up! A new Cosmos is on tonight!!!!


Proof that Michael Stipe has mastered Time Travel:


‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Tall Ship Sinks Off St. Lucia


An iconic two-masted, square-rigged tall ship famously featured in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies has sunk off St. Lucia.

According to reports, the TS Brig Unicorn sank early Saturday morning as it sailed from St. Lucia to St. Vincent & the Grenadines for dry docking, a short journey of about 18 miles.

St. Lucia Times reports that the ship sank within a matter of minutes of first taking on water. So far there is no official determination as to the cause of her sinking.

All 10 crew members including the captain abandoned ship and were rescued by the St. Vincent & the Grenadines coast guard some time later. No injuries were reported.

In an interview with the St. Lucia Times, a spokesman for the St. Vincent & the Grenadines coast guard said the ship had already sunk upon their arrival at the scene.

The 138-foot long Brig Unicorn was built in the late 1940’s in Finland. The ship was featured in at least three of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies (although not as the Black Pearl), as well as in the 1970’s TV series Roots.

Reminds me of when the replica of the HMS Bounty was lost during Hurricane Sandy...

People Start Pollution. People can stop it.

This PSA had a profound effect on me as a child in the early 70's. The great Iron Eyes Cody... especially the tear running down his cheek. I have never chucked my litter out onto a public thoroughfare because of it.

Perhaps it's time to bring it back...

Shipyard Personnel Freed with Fire Axe as $10M Motor Yacht Capsizes at Launch [IMAGES]


The 85-foot expedition style motor yacht Bäden took two and a half years to build in meticulous detail, but it was all for nothing as she capsized and sank last Sunday night after being launching at Northern Marine Industries in Anacortes, Washington.

Reports indicate there were four or possibly five shipyard personnel on board the vessel at the time of the incident who became trapped on board as the vessel rolled over. They were subsequently rescued through a portlight after breaking it with a fire axe.

Roddan Engineering, a firm which had been engaged “to review build progress, track weight and prepare an Intact Stability analysis” notes in a letter dated 19 July 2013 that the vessel was “lighter than other Northern Marine builds of similar length, thus requiring more ballast to sit on a desired waterline.” The firm recommended “that partial ballasting be done currently, with final ballasting for trim and desired waterline to be performed at launch.”

What exactly occurred during and after launch however, is still unclear.


GM's banned words in new Ad (John Oliver):



DETROIT – What do the words "safety," "chaotic" and "problem" have in common?

They're all on General Motors' list of banned words for employees who were documenting potential safety issues.

The revelation of the 68-word list is one of the odder twists in GM's ongoing recall of 2.6 million older-model small cars for defective ignition switches.

On May 16, the U.S. government slapped GM with a $35 million fine for failing to report the deadly defect for more than a decade. The government also released a 2008 GM training document that includes the list and warns employees to stick to the facts and not use language that could hurt the company down the road.

The word "defect," for example, "can be regarded as a legal admission" and should be avoided, the company document says.

I took the plunge...


...there's NO WAY anyone's gonna know that's me!
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