Browsing: January 4

A Brief History On January 4, 1999, former professional wrestler and actor Jesse Ventura was sworn in as the Governor of Minnesota.  A veteran of at least 11 movies prior to his inauguration, Ventura had previously served in the US Navy in the U.S. Navy Underwater Demolition Team during the Vietnam War, an assignment similar to that of Navy SEALS.  Other people from the world of entertainment, sports, singing, acting and other forms, have also enjoyed success in being elected or appointed to high office.  Today, we list 10 of those such persons. Digging Deeper 1. Jesse Ventura, pro wrestler,…

A Brief History On January 4, 2019, the new thriller/horror movie, Escape Room, made its US debut.  We had the opportunity to screen the movie several weeks ago and would like to give you our impression.  Right off the bat we have to warn real horror fans that the movie is rated PG which means the gore is kept to a “safe” level.  The tension and terror the movie creates is still there, so we expect most people would like the film, as we did.  Capably directed by Adam Robitel (he of Insidious: The Last Key, 2018), the movie moves…

A Brief History On January 4, 2007, Nancy Pelosi, US Representative to Congress from California, was sworn in as the first woman Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States congress.  Once again, on January 4, 2018, she begins her first full day as Speaker of the House of Representatives having been sworn in for the second time yesterday.  Pelosi previously had tenure as Speaker of the House from 2007, when she became the first and only female Speaker of the House, to 2011, when the Democratic Party became the minority party in the House of Representatives and…

A Brief History On January 4, 1847, inventor of the modern revolving pistol, Sam Colt, first sold his 1847 Walker .44 caliber revolver to the US Army, and the pistol promptly made its mark in the Mexican-American War (1846-1848) where the revolver gave the Americans a decided advantage.  Since then, there have been many assorted pistols issued for use in combat by the US Military, some successful designs that lasted many years and some not so successful designs.  Today we list the 10 Pistols/Revolvers that we think are the best of the bunch.  (We will also mention a few of…

A Brief History On January 1, 2016 we started a new year with the same hopes and expectations we normally start every year.  Despite all the acrimonious politics, the Obama years had actually been slowly improving across the economy, for rich and poor alike.  Job numbers had grown for 81 consecutive months (a record) and Obamacare resulted in more Americans than ever having health insurance.  A Presidential election year had begun, and it was widely thought that this year would see the first ever woman nominated by a major political party (Hillary Clinton by the Democrats) and that she would…

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