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Music Calendar...

In 1822 At age 11, Franz Liszt makes his piano-playing debut in Vienna. In 1879 Gilbert & Sullivan's operetta, "H.M.S. Pinafore" opens. In 1940 Glenn Miller is informed by ASCAP that he couldn't use "Moonlight Serenade" as his band's theme song. He had to use "Slumber Song" instead, because of an ASCAP ban. In 1945 Burl Ives makes his concert debut at New York's Town Hall. In 1950 "Frosty The Snowman" by Gene Autry debuts on the U.S. chart. In 1954 Nashville music publisher Fred Rose dies. Rose wrote the Country standard "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain." In 1956 The Leonard Bernstein musical "Candide," based on "Voltaire," opens on Broadway. In 1957 Sam Cooke, Buddy Holly & the Crickets, and the Rays make their national television debut on the "Ed Sullivan Show." In 1958 The Rodgers & Hammerstein musical "Flower Drum Song" opens on Broadway. In 1958 Neil Sedaka signs with

Today In History...

In 1824 The presidential election is turned over to the U.S. House of Representatives when a deadlock occurs. John Quincy Adams is declared the winner. In 1903 The first Christmas Club payment is made, to the Carlisle Trust Company Company in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. In 1913 The first drive-in gasoline station opens in Pittsburgh, PA. In 1918 Iceland becomes an independent state under the Danish crown. In 1919 Lady Astor is sworn in as the first female member of British Parliament. In 1929 Bingo is invented by Edwin S. Lowe. In 1934 Sergi M. Kirov, a collaborator of Josef Stalin, is assassinated at the Leningrad party headquarters. In 1939 Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer makes his first appearance in a Montgomery Ward advertising brochure. In 1942 During World War II, nationwide gasoline rationing goes into effect in the United States. In 1943 President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin conclude their Tehran conference during

Born On This Day...

In 1743 German chemist, Martin Klaproth (discovered uranium) In 1761 Madame Marie Tussaud (created wax museum) In 1872 General Electric president, Gerard Swope (1922-39, 1942-44) In 1886 Mystery writer, Rex Stout (Nero Wolf) In 1896 Songwriter, Ray Henderson (DeSylva, Brown & Henderson) In 1897 Actor, Cyril Ritchard (Captain Hook-Broadway's Peter Pan) In 1899 Robert Welch, founded the John Birch Society In 1910 English ballerina, Alicia Markova [d: 12-2-04] In 1911 Baseball Hall-of-Famer, Walter Alston (Dodgers) [d: 10-1-84] In 1912 Architect, Minoru Yamasaki (World Trade Center) [d: 2-6-86] In 1913 Actress/singer, Mary Martin (Peter Pan) [d: 11-3-90] In 1920 Actress/writer, Mary K. Wells (Edge of Night) [d: 8-14-00] In 1921 Actor, Ralph Manza (Jay Drury-Banacek, Bud-Newhart) [d: 1-31-00] In 1922 Actor, Paul Picerni (Agent Lee Hobson-The Untouchables) [d: 1-12-11] In 1923 Actor, Dick Shawn (Producers, Maid To Order, Angel) [d: 4-17-87] In 1923 Former CIA Director, Stansfield Tu

FUN WAYS TO GET RID OF TELEMARKETERS

Pretend you don't speak English. Say "Hold on," then scream to a nonexistent person: "If you try to take the knife out, it'll just hurt worse!" Burst into tears when money is mentioned. Ask if the deal is good for all your personalities. Tell them you'll accept their offer if they can guess the color of your socks. Repeat everything they say in the form of a question. As soon as they identify themselves, say, "You guys are still in business? I thought you went under after the scandal at your company." Tell them the restraining order applies to phone calls as well as physical distance. Mutter: "Oh, no. Not another one. The last one almost got me the death penalty." Hang up the phone!

National Chocolates Day --

Forrest Gump was right -- life is like a box of chocolates. The king of bonbon that pleases your sweet tooth provides a telling insight into the flavor of your personality. "An extensive survey proved the theory that chocolate is one of those foods that taps a wellspring of childhood memories," says psychologist Dorothy Maples, of Detroit, MI. "Kids don't bother with facades. What you see is what you get. And that same core truth about your personality is revealed by your choice of chocolate." Chocolate-Covered Nuts  -- You're the mainstay of your family, always there to support your loved ones. And they know that you can be depended on to solve most any problem. Caramel Center  -- You're the Peter Pan in your circle of loved ones -- beneath your adult shell beats the heart of a youngster. Your genuine enjoyment of everything life has to offer is contagious. Creme-Filled  -- You take pride in an old-fashioned lifestyle that's a mirror of your parents

Music Calendar...

In 1924 Italian composer Giacomo Puccini dies in Brussels. In 1941 "Chattanooga Choo Choo" by Glenn Miller is #1 on the charts. In 1947 Louis Armstrong performs at Carnegie Hall in New York City. In 1959 Frank Sinatra wins Best Album for "Come Dance With Me" at the second annual Grammy Awards. Bobby Darin wins Best Record for "Mac The Knife." In 1963 The Beatles release "I Want To Hold Your Hand" in the UK. In 1963 "Sugar Shack" by Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs is certified gold. In 1965 Governor John A. Love declares Rolling Stones Day in Colorado. In 1968 John Lennon is convicted for marijuana possession in London and fined $360. In 1969 Bob Dylan appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. In 1969 "Don't Cry Daddy" by Elvis Presley enters the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1969 "Something" b/w "Come Together" by the Beatles is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1972 "I'd Love You To Want Me"

Today In History...

In 1530 Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, onetime advisor to England's King Henry VIII, dies. In 1864 The Colorado militia kills 150 peaceful Cheyenne Indians in what becomes known as the "Sand Creek Massacre." In 1877 Edison makes the first sound recording: "Mary Had a Little Lamb." In 1887 The U.S. receives rights to Pearl Harbor on Oahu, Hawaii. In 1890 The first Army-Navy football game is played, at West Point, New York. Navy defeats Army, 24-0. In 1897 The first oval-track motorcycle races are run in Surrey, England. In 1929 Navy Lt. Commander Richard E. Byrd radios to say that he had made the first airplane flight over the South Pole. In 1934 Chicago beats Detroit in the first nationally broadcast NFL game. In 1945 The monarchy is abolished in Yugoslavia and a republic proclaimed. In 1947 The U.N. General Assembly passes a resolution calling for the partitioning of Palestine between Arabs and Jews. In 1951 First underground atomic explosion at Frenchman Flat, Nevada

Born On This Day...

In 1729 Writer, Charles Thomson (America's first official record keeper) In 1803 Physicist, Christian Doppler (discovered Doppler Effect color shift) In 1811 Wendell Phillips, women's suffrage, antislavery, prison reformer In 1816 Morrison R. Waite, seventh Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court In 1818 Canadian publisher, George Brown (Toronto Globe) In 1832 American author, Louisa May Alcott (Little Women) In 1849 Engineer, Sir Ambrose Fleming (invented the diode) In 1866 British astronomer, Ernest William Brown (motion of the moon) In 1876 First female governor, Nellie Taylor Ross (Wyoming) In 1895 Actor/director, Busby Berkeley In 1898 English scholar/sci-fi writer, C.S. Lewis In 1900 Propaganda broadcaster, Mildred E. Gillars (Axis Sally) [d: 6-25-88] In 1906 Actor, Luis Van Rooten (One Man's Family) [d: 6-17-73] In 1908 Congressman/minister, Adam Clayton Powell Jr. [d: 4-4-72] In 1915 Jazz pianist/composer, Billy Strayhorn [d: 5-3-67] In 1916 Actress, Fran Ryan (Dori

Music Calendar...

In 1899 The first jukebox is installed in San Francisco's Palais Royal Hotel. In 1903 Singer Enrico Caruso makes his American debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. In 1938 Bob Hope and Shirley Ross record "Thanks For The Memory," which would become Hope's theme song. In 1940 "Blueberry Hill" by Glenn Miller is #1 on the charts. In 1959 The musical "Fiorello!" opens on Broadway. In 1959 An RCA spokesman denies the army will change Elvis Presley's style. In 1962 Joan Baez appears on the cover of Time magazine. In 1963 "I'm Leaving It Up To You" by Dale & Grace hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks. In 1964 The Beatles' single "I Feel Fine" b/w "She's a Woman" is released in the U.S. In 1964 After the group shows up late for 2 interviews, the BBC bans the Rolling Stones' music. In 1965 Dusty Springfield and Little Richard perform on TV's "Where The Acti

Today In History...

In 1765 Frederick County, Maryland, repudiates the British Stamp Act. In 1863 A patent is granted for the process of making color photographs. In 1919 The first play-by-play football game broadcast in the UnitedStates. Texas A&M defeated the University of Texas, 7-0. In 1936 The first edition of "Life Magazine" created by Henry R. Luce is published. In 1942 The world record for survival at sea is set when Poon Lim is rescued 133 days after being blown off a torpedoed ship. In 1943 U.S. forces seize control of Tarawa and Makin from the Japanese during the Central Pacific offensive in the Gilbert Islands during World War II. In 1945 Most wartime rationing of foods ends in the United States. In 1948 F.G. Back patents the zoom lens effect. In 1963 President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaims November 25th, an international day of mourning following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In 1963 "Dr. Who" premieres on British television. In 1971 People's Republ

Born On This Day...

In 1221 King Alfonso X [the Wise] of Castile (1252) In 1616 Mathematician, John Wallis (introduced the infinity math symbol) In 1749 Attorney, Edward Rutledge (signed the Declaration of Independence) In 1804 Franklin Pierce, 14th U.S. president (1853-1857) In 1837 Physicist, Johannes Van Der Waals (liquid states of matter) In 1859 Outlaw, Billy the Kid [William H. Bonney] In 1860 Swedish diplomat, Karl Branting (Nobel-1921) In 1869 Inventor, Valdemar Poulson (first magnetic recordings) In 1887 Actor, Boris Karloff (Frankenstein, Mummy's Curse, The Raven) In 1888 Actor/comedian, "Harpo" Marx (The Marx Brothers) In 1894 Government official, Marion Folsom (wrote 1935 Social Security Act) In 1902 Actor, Victor Jory (Gone With The Wind) [d: 2-11-82] In 1912 Trombonist, Tyree Glenn (Duke Ellington band) [d: 5-18-74] In 1915 Actor, John Dehner (Boys From Brazil, Winds of War) [d: 2-4-92] In 1915 Actress, Ellen Drew (Christmas In July) [d: 12-3-03] In 1916 Bandleader, Perez Prado

Music Calendar...

In 1943 Stan Kenton & his Orchestra record "Artistry in Rhythm." In 1948 "All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)" by Spike Jones enters the U.S. charts. In 1954 Sammy Davis, Jr. is involved in a serious auto accident in San Bernardino, CA. 3 days later, Davis lost the sight in his left eye. In 1957 WCFL in Chicago is picketed by the local Elvis Presley fan club when it bans Presley's records. In 1964 Gary Lewis & the Playboys record "This Diamond Ring." In 1965 The Who's lead singer Roger Daltry walks out of a performance in London's Glad Rags Ball because of sound problems. In 1966 "That's Life" by Frank Sinatra and "(I Know) I'm Losing You" by the Temptations both enter the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1966 "You Keep Me Hangin' On" by the Supremes hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks. In 1968 The Supremes play a royal command performance before QueenElizabeth II in

Today In History...

In 1493 Christopher Columbus discovers Puerto Rico. In 1620 The Mayflower pilgrims reach Cape Cod. In 1794 The U.S. and Britain sign the Jay Treaty resolving matters leftover from the Revolutionary War. In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address as he dedicated a national cemetery at the site of the Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania. In 1887 American poet Emma Lazarus, who'd written "The New Colossus" to help raise money for the Statue of Liberty's pedestal, dies at age 38. In 1895 The pencil is invented. In 1919 The U.S. Senate rejects the Treaty of Versailles. In 1942 During World War II, Russian forces launch their winter offensive against the Germans along the Don front. In 1954 New Jersey's Garden State Parkway installed the first automatic toll collectors. In 1959 Ford Motor Company cancels production of the Edsel. In 1969 Apollo XII astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan Bean made man's second landing on the moon. In 1977 Egyptian

Born On This Day...

In 1600 Charles I, king of England (1625-49) In 1752 American soldier, George Rogers Clark In 1805 French diplomat, Ferdinand de Lesseps (built Suez Canal) In 1831 James A. Garfield, 20th U.S. president (March 4-Sept 19, 1881) In 1895 Actress, Mae Marsh (Birth of a Nation) In 1902 Actor, Trevor Bardette (Old Man Clanton-Wyatt Earp) [d: 11-28-77] In 1904 Actress, Nancy Carroll (Alice-The Aldrich Family) [d: 8-6-65] In 1905 Bandleader/songwriter, Tommy Dorsey [d: 11-26-56] In 1917 Indian Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi (1966-77, 80-84) [d: 10-31-84] In 1919 Announcer/TV host, George Fenneman (Dragnet) [d: 5-29-97] In 1919 Actor, Alan Young (Time Machine, Wilbur Post-Mr. Ed) [d: 5-20-16] In 1921 Baseball Hall-of-Famer, Roy Campanella (Dodgers) [d: 6-26-93] In 1926 Former U.S. ambassador, Jeane Kirkpatrick [d: 12-7-06] In 1933 TV/radio talk show host, Larry King (Larry King Live) [d: 1-23-21] In 1934 Folk singer, Dave Guard (Kingston Trio) [d: 3-22-91] In 1935 G.E. chairman, John Francis Wel

Music Calendar...

In 1928 George Gershwin finished writing "An American in Paris." In 1936 Ella Fitzgerald, 18, makes her first recording, "My First Affair." In 1952 Bill Haley marries his pregnant girlfriend, 4 days after a divorce became final from his first wife. In 1954 "Mambo Italiano" by Rosemary Clooney is banned by ABC Radio and TV for so-called offensive lyrics. In 1956 Fats Domino performs "Blueberry Hill" on the "Ed Sullivan Show." In 1957 Ricky Nelson's records "Stood Up." In 1964 The Supremes appear on TV's "Shindig!" singing "Baby Love" and"Come See About Me." In 1967 "Daydream Believer" by the Monkees enters the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1968 Spiral Staircase record "More Today Than Yesterday." In 1968 After the cover is redesigned, the Rolling Stones' album "Beggars Banquet" is released. In 1968 The Jimi Hendrix Experience's third album, "Electric Ladyl

Today In History...

In 1820 Antarctica is discovered by U.S. Navy Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer. In 1865 Using the pen name "Mark Twain," Samuel L. Clemens publishes "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" in the New York Saturday Press. In 1883 The U.S. and Canada adopt Standard Time Zones to avoid confusion across the continent. In 1886 Chester A. Arthur, the 21st U.S. president, dies at age 56. In 1902 Inspired by Teddy Roosevelt, Morris Michtom invents the Teddy Bear. In 1903 The U.S. and Panama sign the Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty giving the U.S. the rights to build the Panama Canal. In 1909 The U.S. invades Nicaragua and later overthrows President Zelaya. In 1913 Lincoln Deachey performs the first airplane loop-the-loop. In 1928 Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse debuts in "Steamboat Willie," the first sound-synchronized animated cartoon at the Colony Theatre in New York. In 1932 "Flowers and Trees" receives the first Academy Award for a cartoon. In 1942 &quo

Born On This Day...

In 1787 Civil rights leader, Sojourner Truth (women's and black's rights) In 1789 Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre, developed a method of photography In 1801 Businessman, John Butterfield (founded American Express) In 1832 Finnish explorer, Nils Nordenskjold (Northeast Passage) In 1836 Playwright/lyricist, Sir W.S. Gilbert (Gilbert and Sullivan) In 1836 Italian founder of criminology, Cesare Lombroso In 1874 Humorist/essayist, Clarence Day (Life With Father) In 1881 Hockey player, Percy Lesueur (invented large goalie glove) In 1889 Italian operatic soprano, Amelita Galli-Curci In 1897 Pianist/songwriter, Jules Buffano (Jimmy Durante Show) In 1899 Conductor, Eugene Ormandy (Philadelphia Orchestra) In 1901 Pollster, George H. Gallup (Gallup Poll) [d: 7-28-84] In 1906 Biochemist, George Wald (vitamin A in retina) [d: 4-13-97] In 1908 Actress, Imogene Coca (Your Show of Shows) [d: 6-2-01] In 1909 Lyricist, Johnny Mercer (Moon River, Old Black Magic) [d: 6-25-76] In 1912 Actor, Arthur P

Mike Lindell’s Historic Interview with President Trump Coming on November 16th

Music Calendar...

In 1918 "Oh How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning" by Arthur Fields is #1 on the the charts. In 1937 Bob Crosby and his Orchestra record "South Rampart Street Parade." In 1940 "Only Forever" by Bing Crosby is #1 on the charts. In 1950 "Harbor Lights" by Swing & Sway with Sammy Kaye is #1 on the charts. In 1951 "Cry" by Johnnie Ray enters the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1955 Johnny Cash debuts on the Country chart with "Cry Cry Cry." In 1959 The Rodgers & Hammerstein musical "The Sound Of Music" opens on Broadway with Mary Martin as Maria von Trapp. In 1959 Mitch Miller's album "Sing Along With Mitch" is certified gold. In 1959 "Mr. Blue" by the Fleetwoods is #1 and "Mack The Knife" by Bobby Darin is #2 on the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1963 "Deep Purple" by Nino Tempo & April Stevens is #1 on the U.S. top40 chart. In 1964 Bobby Rydell is a guest panelist on TV's "To

Today In History...

In 1776 British troops capture Fort Washington during the American Revolution. In 1864 Union General William T. Sherman begins his "March to the Sea" through Georgia during the Civil War. In 1885 Canadian rebel Louis Riel is executed for high treason. In 1901 Three race cars break the 60mph "barrier" in the same race at Brooklyn's Ocean Parkway. In 1907 Oklahoma becomes the 46th U.S. state. In 1914 The twelve Federal Reserve Banks open. In 1926 Ohio State University honors Maurine Ormsby, an award-winning purebred Holstein cow, as homecoming queen. In 1933 The U.S. establishes diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union. In 1933 Brazil's President Getulio Vargas assumes dictatorial powers. In 1941 Nazi Germany launches a second assault on Moscow during World War II, again doomed to failure. In 1950 The U.N. gets U.S. government approval to issue postage stamps. In 1955 The first speed-boat to exceed 200 mph (D.M. Campbell). In 1961 House Speaker Samuel T. Ray

Born On This Day...

In 1766 French composer/violinist, Rodolphe Kreutzer In 1873 American composer, William Handy ("Father of the Blues") In 1889 Playwright, George Kaufman (The Man Who Came To Dinner) In 1890 Author/correspondent, George Seldes In 1895 Composer, Paul Hindemith In 1896 Radio actor, Jim Jordan (Fibber McGee & Molly) In 1897 Actor, Halliwell Hobbes (Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde) In 1899 Radio interviewer/TV host, Mary Margaret McBride In 1901 Singer/songwriter, Jesse Stone (Shake, Rattle & Roll) [d: 4-1-99] In 1904 Bandleader/guitarist, Eddie Condon [d: 8-4-73] In 1906 Trumpeter, Wallace Jones (Duke Ellington band) [d: 3-23-83] In 1907 Actor, Burgess Meredith (The Penquin-TV's Batman, Rocky) [d: 9-9-97] In 1916 Cartoon voice, Daws Butler (Elroy Jetson, Yogi Bear) [d: 5-19-88] In 1922 Actor, Royal Dano (How the West Was Won) [d: 5-15-94] In 1928 Actor, Clu Gulager (Virginian, The Last Picture Show) (93) In 1931 Folk singer/musician, Bob Gibson [d: 9-28-96] In 1933 Actor, G

What the What?

In Alberta, Canada, 17-year-old Jesse Bradford has earned himself a spot in the Guinness World Records Book after solving 300 Rubik's cubes while riding a unicycle. Bradford said, "They just sent me an email and I checked their website and I was up on it. I couldn't really believe it. It was crazy!" Bradford, a senior at Brooks Composite High School, beat the previous record of 250. The feat took him about 2 hours and 13 minutes. (UPI)

You've Been Publicly.. What the Heck?

A Phoenix dad was mortified over a book his 15-year-old daughter read as part of the school's curriculum. The book "So You've Been Publicly Shamed" was a summer reading option for juniors in an AP class at Horizon High School. It explores how people are shammed on the internet and at times is quite graphic in its examples which sometimes use profanity and graphic sexual references. "Thomas Morton said, "It is hard to preserve a child's childhood these days. Part of my child's childhood is probably gone now." One page in the book details a pornographic shoot, while another references a woman having sex with an animal. So how did the book even end up in the student's hands? The Paradise Valley Unified School District said AP teachers could choose books off the approved reading list if they met board requirements. It is now removed from the list and is no longer an option in the class. (AZ Family)

The Tiger King Has Cancer

There's renewed urgency to Joe Exotic's push to be freed from prison in Florida: The Tiger King star, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, says he's been diagnosed with a "very" aggressive form of prostate cancer. In a letter provided by his attorney, Joe says, "It is with a sad face that I have to tell you ... that my prostate biopsy came back with an aggressive cancer." He also writes that he's still awaiting another test result but believes animal rights activist Carole Baskin, his longtime rival and victim in a murder-for-hire plot, "will have her own party over this." Maldonado-Passage is awaiting re-sentencing after his 22-year sentence in the murder-for-hire plot was overturned in July. An appeals court found two separate 2019 convictions should've been grouped together, meaning Joe Exotic is likely to receive a shorter sentence. But the 58-year-old calls instead for compassionate release in his letter, asking for "t

450K for Border-Separated Families? Biden Says No Way!

You may have heard reports that the Justice Department is negotiating with attorneys regarding paying families separated at the border under the Trump administration $450,000 in compensation per person. Well, President Biden has now weighed in and he says bluntly: "That's not going to happen." At a White House press briefing Biden described reports of the payments as "garbage," though sources told multiple outlets last week that the Justice Department was in settlement talks with lawyers for affected families. ACLU executive director Anthony Romero said that while Biden may not have been fully briefed on negotiations, he will be abandoning "a core campaign promise to do justice for the thousands of separated families" if he follows through on his remarks. (New York Times)

Wait - There's Already a Meta?

Talk about a colossal Facebook screw up! You probably know the company rebranded as Meta last month. There's just one little problem with that. There's already a PC company called Meta who filed to trademark the word "Meta" back in August. That company is Meta PC and it sells computers, laptops, tablets, and software. Founders Joe Darger and Zack Shutt said that they've been operating Meta PC for a little over a year now, but only recently filed to trademark the "Meta" brand. One caveat - the Meta trademark hasn't been granted yet, so whether the company gets it instead of Facebook is still to be decided. However, Darger and Shutt also said that they will relent on the trademark if Mark Zuckerburg is willing to pay at least $20 million. They also have quite a sense of humor. Meta PC's Twitter account posted a meme of Zuckerburg holding one of the company's products and presenting its logo. Additionally, Schutt posted a joke video of him annou

"I'm Never Going to Jail" Said the Woman Going to Jail

Jennifer Leigh Ryan is the Texas realtor who participated in the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. She later famously boasted that she'd never be sent to jail. Turns out she was very wrong and was just sentenced to 60 days in jail which she will serve. Ryan made no secret of her participation, posting multiple photos of herself on social media and proclaiming it "one of the best days of my life." Her attorney maintains that she spent only two minutes in the Capitol building, but Ryan apparently didn't help her own case with a tweet to her critics on March 26 when she wrote: "Definitely not going to jail!" She continued, "Sorry I have blonde hair white skin a great job a great future and I'm not going to jail. Sorry to rain on your hater parade. I did nothing wrong." Previously, Ryan publicly requested a pardon from former President Trump but that plea apparently fell on deaf ears. She is expected to begin her sentence in January right after the holid

Dying Unvaccinated May Mean Your Family is Left Destitute

Those refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19 are already facing financial repercussions like higher health insurance premiums and even the loss of their jobs. But now the financial fallout could continue beyond the grave. New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority will no longer pay a 500,000 death benefit to the families of subway, bus and commuter rail workers if they die of COVID and were unvaccinated at the time of death. Mark DeBofsky, a lawyer at DeBofsky Sherman Casciari Reynolds in Chicago who represents workers in benefit disputes says, "It strikes me as needlessly cruel." But Carol Harnett, president of the Council for Disability Awareness counters that "there's a frustration level, particularly at this point when these vaccines are fully approved. You're trying to protect yourselves and your employees, both from themselves and the general public." While others have taken similar actions, the New York Transportation Authority is the

Break Up with No Make Up

In Egypt, a man has filed for divorce from his wife-of-one-month after seeing her with no makeup for the first time. The two apparently met on Facebook, where the woman always uploaded lovely images of herself. The trouble actually started the morning after the wedding when our shallow friend saw his bride without makeup for the first time. He told the Heliopolis Family Court, "I was shocked... since she looked nothing like the person I met multiple times before marriage." Egyptian media reports that the scorned husband told the court that he had tried to overcome his wife's unattractive looks, but after a month of marriage he decided to file for divorce. (Oddely)

No More Real Guns for The Rock

When it comes to Hollywood action stars, it doesn't get much bigger than Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson who tells Variety that he is done using real guns in the movies. Johnson says his production company will now only use rubber guns - a response tied directly to the fatal shooting on the set of the Alec Baldwin film Rust. Johnson said, "I can't speak for anyone else, but I can tell you, without an absence of clarity here, that any movie that we have moving forward with Seven Bucks Productions-any movie, any television show, or anything we do or produce-we won't use real guns at all." He added, "We're going to switch over to rubber guns, and we're going to take care of it in post." (Variety)

We're in the Money!

In Genesee County Michigan, a 65-year-old grandmother was in a Marathon gas station when she overheard another customer complaining about how they had just bought a few $500 Fever Scratch Off lottery tickets and didn't win a thing. So she said, "When I got to the counter, I asked the clerk to give me the next ticket on the roll." She immediately scratched off the ticket and won $500,000 on the spot. She said she was hesitant at first adding, "I knew what I was seeing but I didn't want to get too excited until I called the Lottery and confirmed." The jackpot will allow her to retire and make investments. (UPI)

Music Calendar...

In 1942 "Praise The Lord & Pass The Ammunition!" by Merry Macs enters the U.S. charts. In 1955 "Love & Marriage" by Frank Sinatra enters the U.S top 40 chart. In 1960 Country singer Johnny Horton dies in a car crash near Austin, TX, after performing at the Skyline Club, the same club where Hank Williams made his final appearance. Coincidentally, Horton's widow was once married to Williams. In 1963 The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein flies to New York with a copy of "I Want To Hold Your Hand." He met with Capitol Records, who had turned down previous British singles. However, this time the song would become the label's first Beatles' single. In 1965 The Who's single "My Generation" is released, but it wouldn't chart in the U.S. until the following January. In 1966 "Hazy Shade of Winter" by Simon & Garfunkel enters the U.S. top 40 chart. In 1966 "Last Train To Clarksville" by the Monkees is #1

Today In History...

In 1605 The "Gunpowder Plot" fails as Guy Falkes is seized before he could blow up the English Parliament. In 1782 The Continental Congress elects John Hanson of Maryland its chairman, giving him the title of "President of the United States in Congress assembled." In 1875 Susan B. Anthony is fined $100 for attempting to vote in the presidential election for Ulysses S. Grant. In 1895 George B. Selden of Rochester, New York, receives the first U.S. patent for an automobile. In 1911 Calbraith P. Rodgers arrives in Pasadena, CA, having completed the first American coast-to-coast flight in 49 days. In 1912 Woodrow Wilson is elected president, defeating Progressive Republican Theodore Roosevelt and incumbent William Howard Taft, who ran on the regular GOP ticket. In 1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt wins an unprecedented third term as the U.S. President defeating Republican Wendell L. Willkie. In 1942 American showman George M. Cohan dies in New York at age 64. In 1944 British o