Bag of Randomness for Thursday, July 14, 2016


  • Here’s the story behind that picture. In short, a Catholic woman and her protestant husband couldn’t be buried next to each other.
  • Fox News anchor Bret Baier was a guest on Colbert the other night and was wearing an American flag lapel pin. My first thought, “What office are you running for?” He also stated that Fox News reporters in Cleveland for the Republican National Convention have all been issued gas masks in case things get out of control.
  • Yesterday I was looking at a Dallas Morning News article on my mobile device and was taken to a beta version of their website. I sure hope they don’t keep that logo, the “D” resembles the old Arizona Diamondbacks logo.
  • I appreciate those of you who left a comment regarding President Obama’s speech in Dallas, and I’m in agreement he delved into political territory at a memorial service. Not to be an Obama apologist (though many of you see me only as such), but even though he was at a memorial service, I think he felt a responsibility to address the issues which lead to the protest, which lead to the shooting. Many will see that as opportunistic, and others will see it as an act of courage or service. That’s one thing about being president, can’t make everybody happy, you’re damned if you do and you are damned if you don’t. There’s no way he can get any meaningful legislation passed with his time left in office, so I’m leaning on the side that he didn’t do it for political gain.
  • The Atlantic Weighs In on George W. Bush Dancing to ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic’
    • I’ll save you guys a click and post their response here. Ready? You may want to be seated for this . . . .
      • Eh, let the guy be.
  • Hip-hop icon Chuck D on why Public Enemy won’t play in Dallas Saturday
    • “It was the perfect storm,” the man born Carlton Douglas Ridenhour said Wednesday. “The worst thing that ever could happen happened after the worst thing that ever could happen happened after the worst thing that ever could happen happened.
    • Ridenhour said the decision was made — by the promoter  — to stay away from Dallas simply to give the city and the police department time to catch their breath. 
    • “There’s nothing can be said here. We have to let it rest for a while. It’s beyond music and a concert. To go in there Saturday? It would be inappropriate.”
  • Yoko Ono gives Dallas a gift: ‘Imagine Peace Forever’
  • PatGraph is a tool designed to help patent lawyers, entrepreneurs, and other IP enthusiasts better find patents in the topic they’re interested in.
  • On her Facebook page, WifeGeeding posted a picture of me wearing her jean shorts.
  • I was surprised to see Morgan Fairchild in a new commercial. But then again, I was also surprised to see Dominique Wilkins in a new commercial.
  • I haven’t read nor watched “The Man in the High Castle” but it gave me an idea for a story. Instead of the U.S. dropping the bomb, the Soviet Union invades mainland Japan along with the other allies and Japan becomes split just like Berlin.
  • I think I’m a much different person than what this blog makes me out to be. If you really got a chance to know me, I’d surely disappoint you.
  • NBC will have a ‘Shark Tank’ like show but with Tyra Banks.
  • Tempting GIF of the day – A bug coming out of a person’s ear
  • Half of all US food produce is thrown away, new research suggests
  • All the Presidents’ Watches – From pocket watches to sporty digital watches to special edition Jaeger-LeCoultre timepieces, U.S. presidents have always had time on their side.
    • George Washington, Thomas Jefferson (favored fine French timepieces), and Abraham Lincoln (a big customer of Tiffany and a lover of engraving) all carried pocket watches, of course, as that was the fashion.
    • George W. Bush wore a Timex Easy Reader with both gold and silver crowns, and Bill Clinton wore an early model of the Timex Ironman to his inaugural ball. Barack Obama wore a relatively inexpensive (under $2,000) TAG Heuer 1500 Two-Tone Diver watch while campaigning in 2008, and afterward his Secret Service detail gave him a $200 stainless steel Jorg Gray 6500 Chronograph, which he wore during the inaugural proceedings.
    • Gerald Ford, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, and John Kennedy were all fans of the Swiss Hamilton Watch Company
  • “Too often we judge other groups by their worst examples while judging ourselves by our best intentions.” – Former President George W. Bush
  • FiveThirtyEight – The Ultimate Workout Playlist
    • I declare any workout playlist without one song from the Rocky IV soundtrack is not worthy of using the “Ultimate” moniker.
    • It just doesn’t get any better working out and pretending you are Rocky with this music blasting. I don’t get to run in the snow often, but when I do, I always pretend I’m going to lose a couple KGB agents.

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One Response to Bag of Randomness for Thursday, July 14, 2016

  1. Andy says:

    Hearts on Fire from Rocky IV is by far my favorite training montage ever. Good call.

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