December 4th, 2009


buy MY STUFF for Christmas!

Don't know what to get your loved ones as holiday presents? Try MY STUFF! There's lots and lots of MY STUFF available at your local bookstore and/or comic book store, or online from such dealers as,, and so on.

They include:

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So what're you waiting for? Go out and buy MY STUFF! *grin*
  • Current Music
    "Baby Gonna Leave Me" by Tom Waits

Schott's Miscellany 2 December 2009

The U.S. Senate voted 65 to 22 to condemn Senator Joseph McCarthy for conduct unbecoming of a senator (1954)


The 1865 edition of The Book of Days: A Miscellany of Popular Antiquities lists some once-popular moon superstitions, including these: It is unlucky to kill a pig in the wane of the moon, or the pork will waste in boiling.

It is unlucky to see the new moon for the first time through glass.

A Saturday moon, / If it comes once in seven years, / Comes once too soon. (In other words, if the new moon is on a Saturday, the weather will likely be bad for the ensuing month.)

To see "the old moon in the arms of the new one" is a reckoned sign of fine weather; and so is the turning up of the horns of the new moon. In this position it is supposed to retain the water that is imagined to be in it, which would urn out and fall to earth as rain if the horns were turned down.

Sport strips away personality, letting white bone of character shine through.
Rita Mae Brown (1944-)
  • Current Music
    "Two Short Planks" by Ian Anderson

Schott's Miscellany 3 December 2009

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams opened on Broadway (1947)


After the assassination of President William McKinley on September 6, 1901, by Leon Czolgosz, Congress charged the Secret Service with protecting the President of the United States. Nowadays, the Secret Services is mandated by law to protect:
---the president, th evice president (or other individuals next in order of succession to the office of the President)
---the president-elect and vice president-elect
---the immediate families of the above individuals
---former presidents and their spouses for their lifetimes, except when the spouse remarries (in 1997, congressional legislation became effective limiting Secret Service protection to former presidents for a period of not more than 10 years from the date the former president leaves office [Bill Clinton will be the last president to enjoy lifelong protection])
---children of former presidents until age 16
---visiting heads of foreign states or governments and their spouses traveling with them, other distinguished foreign visitors to the United States, and official representatives of the United States performing special missions abroad
---major presidential and vice presidential candidates and their spouses, within 120 days of a presidential election

I am willing to love all mankind, except an American.
Samuel Johnson (1709-84)
  • Current Music
    "Rocks on the Road" by Jethro Tull