The Horrors say they won't stop at whipping up holiday meals this winter.
They will host a holiday food drive on at 9 p.m. Dec. 13 at The Dubliner Irish Pub, 796 Main St. in Poughkeepsie. Promised are raffles, prizes and giveaways. Music will be provided by DJ Noops throughout the evening.
Admission is 5 cans of food or $5 at the door.
All proceeds will go to the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley.
To make contributions in advance, food drive boxes will be located at the following local businesses: Hyde Park Roller Magic, 4178 Albany Post Rd./Rt. 9 in Hyde Park; and Joe's Italian Marketplace, 1083 Route 9 #44 in Fishkill.
* The History Channel, which airs "Modern Marvels: The Turkey" (?) today, has a pretty cool Thanksgiving site, with stories of such historical significance like "The History of Turducken." At least it's a break from the channel's never-ending features on Hitler. Other shows today include "Home for the Holidays: The History of Thankgsiving" and "Desperate Crossings: The Untold Story of the Mayflower," because nobody's ever heard of the Mayflower.
* A must-visit for anybody interested in real Thanksgiving history is the Plimoth Plantation, home of the Wampanoag's Homesite, ahem, site. There is interesting information about the Pilgrims, too, like this gem written by by Carolyn Freeman Travers, Research Manager at Plimoth:
"The Separatists who founded Plymouth Colony observed three holy days; the weekly Sabbath, the Day of Humiliation and Fasting, and the Day of Thanksgiving and Praise."
I've been saving this Thankgsviging photo since 2001, waiting for a good excuse to use it. You can make your own caption, but I'm not going there.
Thankfully for you, twisted readers, UK's The Guardian did. Not only did the paper featured the story on its front page, it hosted a caption contest. Here are the winners:
Bush: "I know the human being and turkey can coexist peacefully." First man: "What's that turkey doing?" Second man: "He thinks he's running the country." Bush: "I don't know why you're laughing, one of you two has to go second." Bush: "Somebody get this ... ermmm ... squirrel off me." Bush: "I did not have sexual relations with that bird." "Close, but no cigar ..." "The president made a mental note to sack whoever it was that hired the 'Rod Hull and Emu' tribute act." "No Tony, I said later." ...
For an idea of what the early 17th Century was like, I present this map.
The captain with the original name, John Smith, made this famous 1616 map of New England, which shows what Smith found in the New World, things like a sea monster, lines in the ocean, a floating coat of arms, beasts larger than mountains and other 17th Century staples, like the unicorn on top right.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dr Pepper is making good on its promise of free soda now that the release of Guns N' Roses' "Chinese Democracy" is a reality.
The soft-drink maker said in March that it would give a free soda to everyone in America if the album dropped in 2008. "Chinese Democracy,"infamously delayed since recording began in 1994, goes on sale Sunday.
"We never thought this day would come," Tony Jacobs, Dr Pepper's vicepresident of marketing, said in a statement. "But now that it's here,all we can say is: The Dr Pepper's on us.
"Beginning Sunday at 12:01 a.m., coupons for a free 20-ounce soda will beavailable for 24 hours on Dr Pepper's Web site. They'll be honored untilFeb. 28.Dr Pepper is owned by Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc.
As noted in the column, some of the scams involve "notices" from the agencies themselves.
In one, an e-mail "advises the recipient that they are the beneficiary of a large sum of money which they will be permitted to access once fees are paid and personal banking information is provided. The appearance of the e-mail leads the reader to believe that it is from FBI Deputy Director John S. Pistole."
The other one is an e-mail claiming you have a "refund notifications purportedly from the IC3 and the government of the United Kingdom. The e-mails claim the refunds are being made to compensate the recipients for their losses as victims of Internet fraud."
There is a good number of Web sites that deal with the issue. Here's but a few:
* The Federal Trade Commission: http://www.ftc.gov/spam/ * FBI on scams: http://www.fbi.gov/cyberinvest/escams.htm
One of the new features of the Freeman's new Web site is the not-so-new concept of RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, a nice way of getting updates on your computer and even your phone, if your phone is more expensive than my television*
There are many news readers, like my Yahoo page, shown below, which allow me to scan many sites at the same time. If you click on the image, you'll see the Freeman's news on top right.
Most browsers (Internet Explorer, Safari, Mozilla) have an RSS button. Google, Yahoo, AOL and many other provide "readers" as well. The button looks like this (sans the 3-D and the shadows):
If you are super lazy, I've got one better for you. Below, you'll see the Freeman's latest news in a widget.
You can grab this and put it in your site or blog.
Or - this may sound crazy to some - you could buy a copy of the paper.
Presented to FDR by F. Robers of Chicago, Illinois.
Gift of the Roosevelt Estate
P.S. It might be my beer goggles, but John Garner looks an awful lot like movie critic Roger Ebert.
Prohibition Beer Glass Unknown Maker, 1933 Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum
Clear drinking glass with red rim and image of donkey and elephant. Imprinted on the glass, in white, are the images of a "G.O.P." elephant and a "D.E.M." donkey facing off with their front legs resting on a barrel labeled "BEER." Above them are the words "AT LAST!" and between them "1933."
Prohibition was a major issue during the 1932 campaign, with the Republicans supporting it and the Democrats trying to repeal it. In 1933, while the Twenty-First Amendment (designed to do away with Prohibition) was making its way through the government, FDR amended the Volstead Act to allow the sale of beer.
Gift of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute (FERI)
"The Oxford English Dictionary’s three core entries on the word — noun, verb and interjection — are about six times as long as this article. That doesn’t count about 30 derivations and compounds, all colorful and many recent. The nimble word, the dictionary tells us, can help express that a person is incompetent; that another is not be meddled with; that a situation has been botched; that one does not have the slightest clue; and, in a recent addition, that someone has enough money to be able to quit an unpleasant job."
"Solicitor General Gregory Garre warned the justices that the broadcasters who challenged the 2004 rule want the right "to use expletives, whether in an isolated or repeated basis, 24 hours a day, going from the extreme example of Big Bird dropping the F-bomb on "Sesame Street," to the example of using that word during "Jeopardy" or opening the episode of "American Idol.'"" (emphasis mine)
"The FCC's finding is 'absolute rubbish,' says Jesse Sheidlower, North America editor at large for the Oxford English Dictionary and author of its entry for f-." ... "As for Bono, he regrets he used the word at the time. 'It's an uncool thing to do. I genuinely blew it,'"
Best part, on Carter Phillips, who argued on behalf of Fox and the other broadcasters:
"Phillip's brief, by the way, uses the word “f---” 30 times, and “s---” 23 times. The government brief uses them only three times, when it quotes from the actual broadcasts at issue, but it uses asterisks or euphemisms in all other mentions of the word."
Primary Sources (PDF): Raw document: U.S. Court of Appeals forthe Second Circuit: Fox Televisions Stations v. Federal Communications Commission (52 page PDF file, filled with "f" bombs)