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It might be hard for modern generations to believe it but, there was a time when Presidents didn’t complain about the hard work of being President of the United States. (que sappy music) There was a time when we all got a little excited by the possibilities of new challenges. And few things represent those thrills like the “Rosie the Riveter” poster. The look of tough determination on Rosie’s face has inspired generations of Americans to meet challenges they never expected.

Geraldine Doyle, 86, dies; one-time factory worker inspired Rosie the Riveter and ‘We Can Do It!’ poster

Geraldine Doyle, 86, who as a 17-year-old factory worker became the inspiration for a popular World War II recruitment poster that evoked female power and independence under the slogan “We Can Do It!,” died Dec. 26 at a hospice in Lansing, Mich.

. . .

Rosie’s rolled-up sleeves and flexed right arm came to represent the newfound strength of the 18 million women who worked during the war and later made her a figure of the feminist movement.

But the woman in the patriotic poster was never named Rosie, nor was she a riveter. All along it was Mrs. Doyle, who after graduating from high school in Ann Arbor, Mich., took a job at a metal factory, her family said.

An amazingly in depth story — Geraldine only worked at that plant for 2 weeks. She was a cellist and after finding out that a co-worker’s hands were badly injured in an accident she found another job in a soda fountain/bookstore. And it never occurred to her that she was the model for the poster until she read an article about its history in 1984.

What do you do with a Congressman, when he stops being your Congressman?

Kucinich worries his district will be eliminated

In an e-mail to supporters Wednesday, the seven-term Democratic congressman and two-time presidential candidate says the Republican-controlled Ohio legislature is likely to eliminate his heavily Democratic Cleveland-area district.

But Kucinich says he’s not just going to stand by while that happens.

“I will not wait until a new Ohio map is produced to begin this crucial discussion of the consequences of congressional redistricting,” writes Kucinich. “I will not wait until the Ohio Legislature produces a new map to start thinking of the options. The question will not be: Who is my opponent? The question will be: Where is my district? Seriously.”

Kucinich has let us down too many times for me to think it’s the worst thing in the world for him to lose his seat. But (in spite of that foolish decision to get on Air Force One that fateful day), he’s pretty to close to being all we’ve got.

Crap! Who would have guessed this?

Delaying Sex Makes Better Relationships, Study Finds

Delaying sex makes for a more satisfying and stable relationship later on, new research finds.

Couples who had sex the earliest — such as after the first date or within the first month of dating — had the worst relationship outcomes.

. . .

“Curiously, almost 40 percent of couples are essentially sexual within the first or second time they go out, but we suspect that if you asked these same couples at this early stage of their relationship – ‘Do you trust this person to watch your pet for a weekend many could not answer this in the affirmative’ – meaning they are more comfortable letting people into their bodies than they are with them watching their cat,” Busby said.

Did you feel something this morning?

4.2 magnitude earthquake hits north central Indiana

Gabrielle Sauce, who co-owns an advertising/marketing company agency in Noblesville, said she was working while sitting on her couch when “the house began to rattle and shake. It lasted probably 5 to 7 seconds.”

>> Fritz Wurster, 12, was asleep in the upper berth of a bunk bed when the ladder began shaking. “I thought my friend was jumping on it trying to wake me up, but then I realized I didn’t have a friend over,” he wrote in an e-mail. “I fell back asleep, and about 10 minutes later my sister rushed into my room and said, ‘Did you feel that earthquake?'”

Life is so complicated — now we’ve got to worry about taking the wrong lunch box to school:

Lunchbox mix-up leads to charges for Sanford teen

An athletic and academic standout in Lee County said a lunchbox mix-up has cut short her senior year of high school and might hurt her college opportunities.

Ashley Smithwick, 17, of Sanford, was suspended from Southern Lee High School in October after school personnel found a small paring knife in her lunchbox.

Smithwick said personnel found the knife while searching the belongings of several students, possibly looking for drugs.

“She got pulled into it. She doesn’t have to be a bad person to be searched,” Smithwick’s father, Joe Smithwick, said.

The lunchbox really belonged to Joe Smithwick, who packs a paring knife to slice his apple. He and his daughter have matching lunchboxes.

“It’s just an honest mistake. That was supposed to be my lunch because it was a whole apple,” he said.

Ashley Smithwick said she had never gotten in trouble before and was surprised when the principal opened her lunchbox and found the knife.

The teen was initially given a 10-day suspension, then received notice that she was suspended the rest of the school year.

I can just see myself asking a surgeon if he’s had a nap:

Researchers urge doctors to disclose sleep fatigue before surgery

Medical institutions should put into place policies to minimize the likelihood of a sleep-deprived doctor performing elective surgery, researchers said Wednesday in an editorial.

Absent such policies, sleep-deprived doctors should — at a minimum — tell their patients about their sleep status prior to performing any elective surgery, and offer those patients the opportunity to postpone the procedure or select a different surgeon, said the editorial, published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Examples of the dangerous effects of sleep deprivation are not tough to find.

“Once, when I was a med student, assisting in a complicated abdominal surgery case by holding a retractor, the student opposite me (that is, holding the other side of the patient open) fell asleep and slid down to the floor,” said one doctor, who did not want to be identified because he did not want to embarrass his colleague. He noted that he and the other student had both been up all night the night before. “One of the nurses simply dragged the student out of the way and a resident who was scrubbed in took over holding the retractor. No harm to the patient at all, but it was odd.”

“Odd.” That’s the least of it.

That’s it around here — what’s new in your neighborhood?

19 Responses

  1. 18 Million women….awesome. That’s a number we recently heard again – this time referring to the progress of women and 18 Million cracks in the glass ceiling.

  2. I’m stealing the Rosie the Riverter link for my FB page.

  3. Couples who had sex the earliest — such as after the first date or within the first month of dating — had the worst relationship outcomes.

    Well that explains a lot.

  4. Tell you what new in Mississippi – the governor pardoned the Scott sisters. You might recall they were imprisoned for 16 years for steling $11 dollars.

    thanks to all who signed the petition to set them free.

  5. 4.2 magnitude earthquake hits north central Indiana

    4.2? That’s not an earthquake. It’s more of a quiver.

  6. Man’s penis amputated following misdiagnosis

    No wonder Assange doesn’t want to go back to Sweden

  7. The kid accidentally takes her daddy’s lunch box and gets suspended for the year, even after her daddy explains the truth.

    Bureaucracy. 👿

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