Monthly Archives: May 2009

Announcement: Posting Will Be Sporadic (Possibly) For a Few Days

I just wanted to let everyone know that tomorrow I will be driving to visit with family for Memorial Day, so posting could possibly be sporadic until Monday/Tuesday.  I will try to get in the usual “lite” posts that are just fun to do (Poll of the Day, Video of the Day, Pointless Post of the Day, This Day In History, Etc.), but anything else is questionable.  Look forward to being in full gear on Monday or Tuesday!
Thanks and have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

Rick

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This Day in History: Canes, Volcanoes, and Mexico

May 22nd

  • 1807- A grand jury indicts former V.P. Arron Burr on a count of treason.
  • 1843- Thousands of people and their cattle head west via wagon train from Independence, Missouri to what would later become the Oregon Territory. It is part of the Great Migration. They follow what is now known as the Oregon Trail.
  • 1848- Slavery is abolished in Martinique.
  • 1856- Congressman Preston Brooks of South Carolina beats Senator Charles Sumner with a cane in the hall of the United States Senate for a speech Sumner had made attacking Southerners who sympathized with the pro-slavery violence in Kansas.
  • 1906- The Wright brothers are granted U.S. patent number 821,393 for their Flying-Machine.
  • 1915- Lassen Peak in California erupts, joining Mt. Saint Helens as the only eruptions in the continental U.S. during the 20th century.
  • 1942- Mexico enters World War II on the side of the Allies.\
  • 1947- U.S. President Harry Truman enacts the Truman Doctrine, giving $400 million of aid to fight communism in Turkey and Greece.
  • 1960- The largest earthquake ever recorded hits southern Chile.  It registered a 9.5.
  • 1962- Continental Airlines Flight 11 crashes after bombs explode on board.
  • 1992- After 30 years, 66-year-old Johnny Carson hosts The Tonight Show for the last time.
  • 2008- The Late-May 2008 tornado outbreak sequence unleashes 235 tornadoes, including an EF4 and an EF5 tornado, between 22 May and 31 May 2008. The tornadoes struck 19 states and one Canadian province.

Birthday Shoutouts

The Conservative Journal wishes a Happy Birthday to..

  • American businessman T. Boone Pickens, 81.
  • Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski, 52.
  • former left handed MLB pitcher Tommy John, 66.

Also, don’t forget to go buy a banjo because today is “Buy a Musical Instrument Day”!

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Pointless Post of the Day: Top 10 Largest Public and Private Universities in the U.S.

The largest university campus is the Columbus campus of Ohio State

The largest university campus is the Columbus campus of Ohio State

This is a list of the Top 15 largest actual campuses.  It does not include full enrollment numbers for some colleges, as they are spread out amongst several campuses.

  1. Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio- 53,715
  2. Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona- 52,734
  3. University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida- 51,413
  4. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota- 51,141
  5. University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida- 50,254
  6. University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas- 50,006
  7. Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas- 48,029
  8. Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan- 46,648
  9. University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida- 46,174
  10. Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania- 44,406

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Poll of the Day: Do You Think America Got it Right on American Idol?

I haven’t seen quite the outrage I was expecting upon Adam Lambert taking the runner-up spot, but maybe people have just realized that second place can easily be as successful as the winner.  It’s all about singing and entertaining when it comes down to selling CDs.  Vote below in today’s poll of the day:

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Video of the Day: Allison Iraheta and Cyndi Lauper Duet

From the American Idol Finale last night.  Definitely one of my favorite moments from the show.  Allison sounds great and Cyndi is classic Cyndi!  Watch the video below:

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This Day in History: Airplanes, Abortion, and Yemen

May 21st

  • 1851- Slavery is abolished in Columbia, South America.
  • 1881- The American Red Cross is established.
  • 1927- Charles Lindbergh completes the first solo, non-stop trans-Atlantic flight.
  • 1932- Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo, non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean.
  • 1994- The Democratic Republic of Yemen secedes from the Republic of Yemen.
  • 1998- In Miami, Florida, five abortion clinics are hit by a butyric acid attacker.

Slow day.

Birthday Shoutouts

The Conservative Journal wishes a Happy Birthday to..

  • The manager of my ex-favorite baseball team Bobby Cox, 68.
  • Al Franken even though I can’t stand him, 58.
  • Mr. T because he owns the mohawk, 57.
  • Judge Reinhold because he is in the “Santa Clause” series, the “Beethoven” series, AND Beverly Hills Cop 3, 52.
  • Baseball player Kent Hrbek because his name has the letters “h”, “r”, and “b” consecutively, 48.
  • Co-star of one of my favorite shows (House) Lisa Edelstein, 43.

Oh, and I wanted to wish everyone a happy World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, because that’s today.  Don’t forget to go and buy the people that matter most a WDfCDfDaD gift!

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Pointless Post of the Day: Dr. Charles R. Baxter

Dr. Charles R. Baxter was the doctor that unsuccessfully attempted to save Presiden John F. Kennedy after he was shot in Dallas, Texas.  Baxter was born in Paris, Texas, and earned his degree in medicine from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 1954.  He also worked on Texas Governor John Connally, who also suffered injuries from the Dallas shooting.  After operating on Kennedy, Baxter had this to say:

As soon as we realized we had nothing medical to do, we all backed off from the man with a reverence that one has for one’s president, and we did not continue to be doctors from that point on. We became citizens again, and there were probably more tears shed in that room than in the surrounding hundred miles.

Baxter also made great advances in the care of burn victims, and played a large part in the creation of Gatorade.  Baxter died March 10, 2005 from Pneumonia at the age of 75.

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Congratualtions to Kris Allen for His American Idol Win!

Sorry I coulnd’t post last night, I was quite busy.  But I am pleased this morning to say congratulations Kris, I look forward to hearing his music post-idol.  He’s come a long way from being unknown in the Top 36.  I wish him the best of luck.  Also worth noting, Adam couldn’t have been a more gracious loser last night.  I’m sure he’d probably thought he was going to win deep down (I sure did!), but I think he was truly happy for Kris win the results were announced.  I’m sure he’ll also have success, and I wish him the best of luck as well.

Highlights of the Finale for me in the order I remembered them, if that tells you anything:

  • Allison and Cyndi Lauper duet.  Cyndi wasn’t at her finest, but they sounded great together!
  • Kris Allen and Keith Urban duet.  Kris outdid Keith on this one.  I could see him doing country/pop.
  • David Cook singing “Permanent” for charity.  I thought was a great vocal.  I love the song as well.
  • Megan Joy/Steve Martin singing and banjo-ing to his song.  I know Michael was a part of that as well, but this is the highlight section!
  • Kara DioGuardi killing Bikini Girl.  And the whole bathing suit.  One of my favorite moments ever.
  • Adam/Kris singing “We Are the Champions” with Queen.
  • Adam singing with KISS.  Adam’s voice  sounds excellently in this kind of setting.  It’s the songs like “One” that a perpetual screech does not work.
  • The one note Fergie hit properly during “Boom Boom Pow” that was incredible.
  • The Golden Idols.  I know, I know, they are incredibly corny.  But I also think they are incredibly entertaining.

Lowlights

  • Lil Rounds and Queen Latifah.  This was just a whole lotta “okay”.  Quite monetenous after a while.
  • The Santana medley thing.  Santana was great on guitar, but I didn’t like these performances.
  • “I’m Yours” with all the Idols and Jason Mraz.  I couldn’t be more sick of this song.  Plus I thought it was a Megan Joy/Anoop duet.  NEED MEGAN.
  • Rod Stewart.
  • Danny Gokey and Lionel Ritchie dueting.  Too “meh”, too old.
  • The other notes Fergie hit during “Boom Boom Pow”/”Big Girls Don’t Cry”.
  • Michael Sarver’s part in the “Pretty Flowers” trio.

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This Day in History: Earthquakes, Cuba, and Cher

May 2oth

  • 526- A huge earthquake kills around 300,000 in Syria and Antiochia.
  • 1609- Shakespeare’s sonnets are originally published.
  • 1896- The six ton chandelier of the Palais Garnier falls and crushes a human.
  • 1902- Cuba gains independence from the U.S.
  • 1980- Quebec fails to gain independence from Canada.
  • 1990- Romania holds it’s first election after the fall of communism in the nation.
  • 1995- Quebec fails to gain independence from Canada.  Again.

Birthday Shoutouts

  • English singer Joe Coker, 65.
  • My personal favorite ultra-liberal and Hollywood communist Cher, 63.
  • Wife of the maverick Cindy McCain, 55.
  • Son of da bomb dot com Prez Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan Jr., 51.

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Pointless Post of the Day: The Tree Circus

The most famous Tree Circus tree, The Basket Tree.

The most famous Tree Circus tree, "The Basket Tree".

The Tree Circus was opened in 1947 by Axel Erlandson after he visited “The Mystery Spot” in Santa Cruz, California.  Erlandson decided that if the people lined up and paid to see “The Mystery Spot” he could make some cash showcasing

One of the many tree circus trees.

One of the many tree circus trees.

the odd trees he had been cultivating for several years.  He bought a patch of land in Scotts Valley, California, and began moving his most bizarre and interesting trees to that location.  The Tree Circus never produced millions for Erlandson, one of his best years he made a mere $320.  However, Erlandson’s trees were popular among the Ripley’s Believe it Or Not! circuit, being featured in Ripley’s publication 12 times.

Upon Erlandson’s death, the owner of Gilroy Gardens in Gilroy, California, purchased the trees and had them moved to his theme park.  24 of the trees can be found there today.

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American Idol Finale Performances Recap

This….. is…… American Idol!  Sorry, I had to.  I hadn’t done that yet this season I don’t think.  Anyway, Season 8 comes down to this, the final six competition performances of the year.  I’m sure it’ll be epic.  Hmm.

Ryan reminds us to all fix our DVRs for the finale runover, but I will predict now that millions of people will still flock to message boards to complain.  First up is…

Adam Lambert singing “Mad World” by Tears for Fears for his re-do performance.  What’s up with the cape, man?  Haha, and the dramatic fog screens going across the floor?  This is over the top without even trying to be.  But in all seriousness, this is good.  I think it’s better than the first time he did it overall.  There aren’t any small bum notes anywhere, which is always a plus.  I’m not seeing the big twist that we heard he was going to do, but it was still good.  Not your typical Adam Lambert here.  Randy gave it an A+ and loved the fog machines, Kara said he is an incredible artist, Paula told him to bask in it, and Simon thought it was over theatrical like Phantom of the Opera.  Next up is…

Kris Allen singing “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers for his re-do performance.  Kris has really nice parents, I really like them.  I will probably miss them more than anyone this season, except for Allison.  And Meghan.  So nevermind.  Anyway, this has been one of my favorite performances from Kris this year, so I’m glad he went with this one.  It’s more understated than his other two, so it’ll be good to bring it back to the fore front.  Great performance.  This is more my kind of thing.  Really good ending, too.  Randy thought it was one of his best ever, Kara complicated his ability to make an intimate bond, Paula says something about “Allenizing” things, and Simon said he had doubted America’s choice last week, but now he takes it all back.

I’d have to give that round to Kris, and Simon agrees with me.  I always knew Simon knew what he was talking about.

Adam Lambert singing “A Change is Gonna Come” by Patti LaBelle and Sam Cook for Simon Fuller’s choice.  Wow, this is really good, I’ve gotta say.  He’s hitting some big ole notes as usual, but it seems to work well for this song.  I enjoyed this much more than the first one.  It’s one of my favorite Adam performances of the year for sure.  There’s more substance to it than usual screech fest.  The judges pretty much all thought that it was his best ever, and Simon said he was definitely back in the game.  Next up is…

Kris Allen singing “What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye for Simon Fuller’s choice.  This is very Kris Allen, to quote Paula.  A very cool pop sound to this one, which is definitely what he should go with after Idol.  I think this performance is proof that he has the most potential radio success after Idol from anyone this season.  It’s not his best, but I could imagine hearing it on the radio.  Randy thought it was a little light for him, Kara like the song choice and thought he delivered a message, Paula thought he “tore it up” and made Marvin Gaye proud, and Simon thought it was like 3 friends in a bedroom strumming along to Marvin Gaye and too laid back for a finale.

Simon gave that round a million percent to Adam.  I think it goes to Adam as well, but not by a million percent.

Oh great, now the epic coronation song is up.  I can’t wait to see that one.  Not.

Adam Lambert singing “No Boundaries”, this year’s coronation song written by Kara DioGuardi.  This song typical Idol cheese, limburger to be exact.  He’s doing a great job vocally, though it gets a little shouty in the end.  Not typical Adam “screech” just shouty.  This song is going to kill Kris unless they allowed them to change it up.  Good vocal for Adam, though not the most captivating performance.  Randy thought it was pitchy, Kara gave herself a shout out for writing it (Come on Kara), Paula will forever be his fan, and Simon made fun of the song, but said Adam has been one of the best and most original ever.  Next up is…

Kris Allen singing “No Boundaries” as well.  Unless Kris can change it up it’s going to kill him.  Well, the beginning was really good!  In the middle it kind of fell a part a bit, but he got it back together.  I actually really liked that.  The song didn’t kill him like I thought it would.  Adam’s always got him beat as far as range and ability, but Kris knows what he can do and does it really well.  Randy thought the key was high, but said he was amazing; Kara said he is a compelling artist and incredible person; Paula said he’s done an amazing job this season and deserved every bit of it; and Simon said the first was his best, but watching him as been incredible because he has improved so much.

Now the real reason everyone’s watching American Idol tonight…

Carrie Underwood singing the good-bye song “Home Sweet Home”.  Carrie’s looking great back on the Idol stage!  Great performance of “Home Sweet Home” by Carrie.  I think this just proves that she is the greatest winner of American Idol.  She is one of the only people that actually sound better live than in the studio.  I will always be a fan.  I give the night to Carrie Underwood!

What did you think of tonight’s show?  Who do you think will be winning tomorrow night?

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Poll of the Day: Who Do You Think Will Win American Idol?

Season 8 of American Idol all comes down to this night, who do you think is going to go all the way and claim this year’s American Idol crown?  Vote below in today’s poll of the day.

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American Idol Finale Pre-Show Scoop

I will be recapping tonight’s episode, but it will come about an hour or so later than usual.  Until then, enjoy the following fun facts about tomorrow’s finale, as well as the poll that will be up after the performances.

Tonight is the final performance night for Season 8 of American Idol, and surprisingly I haven’t lost interest.  I haven’t watched a finale performance show because I wanted to since Season 4 or 5, so this is a pleasant change.  Though I’ve said numerous times that Adam’s music isn’t my kind of thing, he generally gives great performances (“One” from last week is the exception.  Every time I watch it back it gets worse.) and he’s a great entertainer.  Kris is much more my style of music, and if he gives 3 solid performances and isn’t thrown under the bus, he might have a chance.  We’ll have to see for sure after tonight’s show.  Anyway on to the point of this post, here are the confirmed spoilers and rumored appearances on Idol’s two-part finale:

Tuesday, 8/7 c.:

  • Carrie Underwood will be singing the farewell song, “Home Sweet Home” live at the end of the show.  I’m sure this will be great, as she is always wonderful live.  Speaking of Ms. Underwood, here is an article I wrote about her a few days ago: TCJ Seal of Approval: Carrie Underwood!

Wednesday, 8/7 c.:

  • Lionel Ritchie will be dueting with Danny Gokey.
  • Cyndi Lauper will be dueting with Allison Iraheta (Woo!).
  • Adam Lambert will be dueting with KISS.
  • Kris Allen will be dueting with Keith Urban.
  • Adam Lambert is set to reprise “Mad World” for his repeat song, but with a twist of some sort.
  • Kris Allen is rumored to be doing either “Falling Slowly” or “Heartless” for his repeat song.
  • The Top 13 will sing “So What” by P!nk as a group, as well as “Smooth” by Santana with Santana.
  • David Cook will be singing “Permanent”  (Best song on his album) as a tribute to his brother who recently passed away.  It will be sold as a charity single on iTunes.

What do you think of this finale set?  What duet do you think is the best matching?  Leave your comments below or send an e-mail to theconservativejournal@gmail.com.  Don’t forget to bookmark The Conservative Journal and sign up for the RSS Feed and the daily e-mail newsletter.

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This Day in History: Mexico, JFK, and Paper Mario

May 19th

  • 1780- Thick smoke and heavy cloud cover cause complete darkness to befall New England and Canada.  It was big Colonial-style blackout.
  • 1848- Mexico officiates the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which gives us California, Nevada, Utah and parts of four other modern-day states.  This ends the Mexican-American War, and all for less than $15 million out of our vault.
  • 1921- Congress passes the Emergency Quota Act, which for the first time sets a limit on the volume of national immigration.
  • 1962- Marilyn Monroe performs her infamous rendition of “Happy Birthday” for then President John F. Kennedy.
  • 1991- Croatia becomes an independent nation.

Birthday Shoutouts

The Conservative Journal wishes a happy birthday to…

  • former NFL football star Archie Manning, 60.
  • AC/DC drumer Phil Rudd, 55.
  • the voice of “Goombella” from the game Paper Mario Kelly Sheridan, 32.

Only the very rich and famous get a shout out from us.

In Memory of..

  • author Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1864.
  • former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, 1994.

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Pointless Post of the Day: The Ugli Fruit

This is one ugly Ugli.

This is one ugly Ugli.

Yes, the Ugli is a real fruit.  It is not, however, pronouced like the adjective “ugly”, but rather like “ooo-glee”.  This is far more fun than just calling it an ugly, and it’s correct.  The Ugli is native to Jamaica and is a hybrid tangerine and grapefruit.

Though Ugli is not pronounced “ugly”, that is how it received it’s name.  The Ugli fruit shown above is actually a very pretty Ugli.  Most Uglis have wrinkly, saggy skin that is the color of an old orange or tangerine.  In fact, many people mistake Ugli fruits at the grocery store for old oranges that are a little too ripe.  That is not the case, however, as Ugli fruits are very juicy and relate more closely in taste to the tangerine side of it’s family tree.  Go out and buy your Ugli today!

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