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The Philadelphia Story

The Philadelphia Story is a 1940 American romantic comedy film[ directed by George Cukor, starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and James Stewart and featuring Ruth Hussey. Based on the Broadway play of the same name by Philip Barry, the film is about a socialite (Hepburn) whose wedding plans are complicated by the simultaneous arrival of her ex-husband (Grant) and a tabloid magazine journalist (Stewart).

Written for the screen by Donald Ogden Stewart and an uncredited Waldo Salt, it is considered one of the best examples of a comedy of remarriage, a genre popular in the 1930s and 1940s, in which a couple divorce, flirt with outsiders and then remarry – a useful story-telling ploy at a time when the depiction of extramarital affairs was blocked by the Production Code.

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Read more, HERE:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Philadelphia_Story_(film)

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June 9, 2012 Posted by | celebs | , , , , | Leave a comment

St. Louis – Image Gallery

Via: Shorpy – ‘ALWAYS Something Interesting’

“The boy on the right, nicknamed Turk, said he was going to Texas soon. The investigator found him recently with $1.75 he had just won at craps.”

– May, 1910

– Lewis Wickes Hine

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See more images of St. Louis, Missouri, HERE:

http://www.shorpy.com/image/tid/279

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Note: I’m not sure what $1.75 was worth in 1910; but in 1913 it was worth $40.67 in 2012 dollars.

http://146.142.4.24/cgi-bin/cpicalc.pl?cost1=1.75&year1=1913&year2=2012

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June 9, 2012 Posted by | U.S. Cities | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Godzilla

Man, are those kids tall, or what!

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(2 of 2) 40 Percent of Fortune 500 Companies Founded by Immigrants or Their Children

Via: Forbes

We know about immigrant founders at large technology companies, such as Intel, Google and eBay. Less well known is how many immigrants and children of immigrants have founded other successful American companies.

A new report from the Partnership for a New American Economy found more than 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or their children. Eighteen percent (or 90) of the 500 companies had immigrant founders. The children of immigrants started another 114 companies.

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The research shows the attribute of risk-taking that results in immigrants taking a chance on a new land in many cases can be passed along to their children.

Another argument for maintaining a legal immigration open to ambitious immigrants and their families.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/stuartanderson/2011/06/19/40-percent-of-fortune-500-companies-founded-by-immigrants-or-their-children/

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June 9, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 1 Comment

(1 of 2) Trade secrets of oldest family firm in US

Via: BBC

Nearly 400 years ago, in 1623, Avedis Zildjian founded a cymbal-manufacturing company in Istanbul.

Now run by 14th generation family member Craigie Zildjian, along with her sister Debbie, the company has outlasted empires, survived a move overseas to the US, and thrived during the economic turmoil of the Great Depression and two World Wars.

Today, the company controls 65% of the world’s cymbal market, and took in more than $50m in revenues last year.

But for the Zildjians, it’s more than just a business.

Walking through the halls of the Zildjian factory in Norwell, Massachusetts, is like getting a front row seat to music history.

The hallways are lined with photos of famous drummers such as Ringo Starr and Roy Haynes. Jazz drummer Buddy Rich’s drum kit is preserved in full.

Drummers of all stripes often arrive to test the Zildjians’ latest cymbals – there’s even a special pressurised room that can re-create the acoustics of concert venues around the country.

Yet musicians are a fickle bunch, and the music industry is constantly in flux.

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So what are the Zildjians’ secrets to staying in business for nearly four centuries?

Every Zildjian who wants to work in the family business must get a college degree, preferably in business. They also must intern while in high school or college, to get a taste of the company’s standards.

But come graduation, don’t expect a job with the company right away, say Craigie and Debbie.

Another rule requires family members to work elsewhere to get experience outside the company.

Even once they join the company, as Debbie’s daughter Cady recently did, strict rules ensure that a family member never reports to another. This, says Craigie, is simply just best practice – family business or not.

Beyond that, though, there are a few quirky rules that the sisters have instituted.

“One of the things we’ve always done is we have never had spouses involved in the business,” says Debbie Zildjian.

She jokingly adds another rule: “We’ve always encouraged our daughters not to get involved with musicians, especially drummers.”

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Koran-Hating Pastor Hangs Barack Obama In Effigy In Florida Church’s Front Yard

Via: Smoking Gun

The Florida (Florida – I mean who would’ve guessed?) pastor who ignited an international furor by threatening to burn a pile of Korans has applied his subtle touch to the 2012 presidential campaign by constructing a gallows from which a likeness of President Barack Obama now hangs in effigy.

The display in the front yard of Terry Jones’s Dove World Outreach Center (DWOC) in Gainesville features a dummy wearing an Obama mask hanging from a yellow noose.

Along with an American flag and a rainbow-striped gay pride flag, the scene includes an Uncle Sam dummy and a child’s doll hanging from the right hand of the Obama figure.

Nearby, the words “Obama is Killing America” are printed on a trailer. So, it appears, the creepy Jones is returning the favor.

Despite the small size of his following, Jones has had an outsized impact due to his inflammatory (and shameless) tactics, which included his 2010 threat to burn Korans on the anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks.

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June 9, 2012 Posted by | 2012, President Obama | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

(2 of 2) “Quote of the Day”

He wants another stimulus, he wants to hire more government workers.

He says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers.

Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.”

Romney ‘the Manchuian Candidate’ Candidate

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The Manchurian Candidate (1959), by Richard Condon, is a political thriller novel about the son of a prominent US political family, from Michigan, who is brainwashed into being an unwitting stooge for Wall Street.

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

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June 9, 2012 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons, Romney | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

(1 of 2) Doughnut Identification Glitch Detected in Mitt Romney Software

Via: Wonkette

Your mostly lazy editor had vowed to challenge herself when typing nonsense posts about Mitt Romney, to not go for the perpetually obvious Mittens-qua-robot theme as a matter of trying to avoid worn-out tropes, but… we give up here.

This man cannot identify a doughnut. He looks at a plate of them for several seconds, but no… no, it doesn’t quite come to him. (see above)

He’ll just point at the items and laugh!

Whew, good save.

He then promises to perform “testing” upon one of them, to later ascertain the relevant data points and incorporate them into his memory bank.

Oop, can’t put it in his mouth, though! Might goo up the circuits.

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And then he goes and says stuff like this about his opponent in the same visit:

“Is he [Barack Obama] really that out of touch? I think he is defining what it means to be detached and out of touch with the American people,” Romney said in Council Bluffs, Iowa after a roundtable discussion with farmers.

http://wonkette.com/474818/doughnut-identification-glitch-detected-in-mitt-romney-software

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personal thought:

I can’t see how the First Lady would be ‘thrilled about it’, but I would expect to see Obama and Biden sharing boxes of donuts with the ‘people in blue’; and good for them.

Re-Elect Obama/Biden!

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June 9, 2012 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons, Romney | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments