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March 13 Abigail Fillmore (First Lady)

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I do not recollect when I had such a mental treat.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abigail_Fillmore

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August 28, 2011 at 12:22 am

March 13 Percival Lowell (Discovered the planet Pluto)

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Imagination is as vital to any advance in science as learning
and precision are essential for starting points.
Percival
Lowell

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August 28, 2011 at 12:20 am

March 13 Walter Annenberg Quotes

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Don’t worry about it. Babe Ruth struck out on occasion,
too.
Walter Annenberg

More Quotes from Walter Annenberg:

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/w/walter_annenberg.html

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August 28, 2011 at 12:17 am

March 12: Jack Kerouac

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All of life is a foreign country.
Jack Kerouac

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http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/j/jack_kerouac.html

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August 28, 2011 at 12:14 am

March 12 Edward Albee Quotes

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Remember one thing about democracy. We can have anything we
want and at the same time, we always end up with exactly what we deserve.

Edward
Albee

More Quotes From Edward Albee:  http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/e/edward_albee.html

 

 

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August 28, 2011 at 12:10 am

March 12 Mitt Romney Quotes

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I would cap the amount of federal government can spend at 20
percent of the economy. Bring it back to 20 percent or lower. And say, we are
not going to spend above that level. Democrats, they want to raise your taxes
and spend more and more and turn us into an economy which is no longer driven by
the private sector.
Mitt Romney

More Quotes from Mitt Romney:

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/m/mitt_romney.html

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August 28, 2011 at 12:04 am

March 13 Charles Krauthamer Quotes

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If Obama has his way, the change that is coming is a new
America: “fair,” leveled and social democratic. Obama didn’t get elected to
warranty your muffler. He’s here to warranty your life.

More Quotes From Mr Krauthamer at :  http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/c/charles_krauthammer.html
Charles
Krauthammer

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August 27, 2011 at 11:57 pm

March 13, 1950 Charles Krauthamer on Mitt Romney March 12, 1947

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Unified Field Theory of 2012, Axiom One: The more the Republicans can make
the 2012 election like 2010, the better their chances of winning.

The 2010 Democratic shellacking had the distinction of being the most
ideological election in 30 years. It was driven by one central argument in its
several parts: the size and reach of government, spending and debt, and, most
fundamentally, the nature of the American social contract. 2010 was a referendum
on the Obama experiment in hyperliberalism. It lost resoundingly.

Of course, presidential elections are not arguments in the abstract but
arguments with a face. Hence, Axiom Two: The less attention the Republican
candidate draws to him/herself, the better the chances of winning. To the extent
that 2012 is about ideas, about the case for smaller government, Republicans
have a decided edge. If it’s a referendum on the fitness and soundness of the
Republican candidate – advantage Obama.

Which suggests Axiom Three: No baggage and no need for flash. Having tried
charisma in 2008, the electorate is not looking for a thrill up the leg in 2012.
It’s looking for solid, stable, sober and, above all, not scary.

Given these Euclidean truths, here’s the early line. (Remember: This is
analysis, not advocacy.)

For more from the article. See:

http://www.dailybreeze.com/ci_17902870

March 11, 2011 Uranus Entrance into Aries Causes Japan Earthquake

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Uranus, the planet most often associated with earthquakes, was in Pisces at the time of the quake, which struck 80 miles offshore of Japan at 05:46 GMT Friday. And Uranus will move into impactful Aries at 4:49 p.m. PST today, further exacerbating the situation.

What we have here is Uranus, the planet of shocks and surprises, on the move toward Aries but still in watery Pisces at the time of the quake. Pisces is the sign of the Oceans, so this transit further helps to explain the quake’s resulting tsunami, which killed at least 1,000 people according to early estimates.

Master Astrologer Rick Levine says it’s important to note that Uranus stays in each sign for seven years, so it can have a significant effect when it changes signs.

“Today, March 11, Uranus zaps its way into Aries, striking like lighting,” Levine said. “Also, Mercury the messenger conjoined Uranus on Wednesday and then blasted into Aries. These catalytic changes that precipitated an 8.9 earthquake, over 20 aftershocks of 5.5 or higher, and a tsunami are all symptoms of the tensions that are being released as Uranus, the quantum planet, surprises us with unexpected events.”

We here at DH are now expecting the unexpected, so stay tuned for updates as we keep an eye on Uranus moving into Aries and the Super Moon on March 19.

http://www.dailyhoroscope.com/horoscope-headlines/uranus-aries-astrology-japan-earthquake

Mitt Romney’s Favorite novel is L Ron Hubbard’s Novel Battlestar Earth

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According to John Dickerson of  Slate.com, Mitt Romney’s favorite novel is   Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard .

For those of you who didn’t study it in school, Battlefield Earth takes place in the year 3000, when the human race is nearly extinct and the planet stripped of its natural resources. Mankind has been enslaved by evil aliens with very bad breath that explodes when it comes into contact with radioactive material. A young slave wielding lasers and draped in a tennis cardigan leads a rebellion and retakes Earth, only to be attacked again by a series of foes including a race of interstellar bankers trying to collect on bad debts. (There may be kung-fu fights and a championship football game, too; I confess that I haven’t read it all.)

Everything about the book is bad. Just a few sentences into the first page, you’re confronted by this sentence: “Terl could not have produced a more profound effect had he thrown a meat-girl naked into the middle of the room.” (A clothed meat-girl apparently gets a big yawn.) Hubbard’s soundtrack for the book, when played, either attracts mice or repels dogs, or both. The movie, which starred John Travolta, is what therapists show to the producers of Ishtar and Glitter to help them feel good.

The whole tumbling horror of the Battlefield Earth experience is so profound it nearly comes out the other side and achieves a kind of perfection of awfulness. Is Romney being ironic, then, like those people who buy clown art? Unlikely. There’s not a big irony bloc in the GOP and Battlefield Earth is a thousand-page book. No one can sustain irony for that long. (At 13,000 words per dollar it is a great value, though, which might appeal to notoriously frugal New Hampshire voters.) Romney was quick to point out that he disagreed with Scientology, so he wasn’t going for that vote, or the smaller, untapped, creepy-Hubbard-ascotfetish vote. Is Romney trying to act like he’s a regular guy? Only 8 percent of the words in the book are considered “complex,” so he can’t be labeled an elitist, but no one trying to look like a common Joe would pick this book. You simply need a deep level of weird to like Battlefield Earth. The speed with which some of his aides tried to distance the governor from his remarks suggests they think he now looks a little too weird.

For more from the article, check out Mr Dickerson’s page at Slate.com:

http://www.slate.com/id/2165373/