“There are three things in life that people like to stare at: a flowing stream, a crackling fire and a Zamboni clearing the ice.” -- “Peanuts’ “ Charlie Brown CAN YOU NAME where the famed Zamboni machine was invented? If you said, “Iceland,” you’re absolutely right. ... Unless you meant the country. The Zamboni, that ever-present sight at hockey matches and figure-skating competitions the globe over, was invented more than 60 years ago in — of all places — Southern California, in the Los Angeles harbor area now known as Paramount.
Comments: Just for fun, I´m posting this at the request of another L-Dotter. I had noticed the Google animation, but hadn´t made the connection.
I used to know somebody who ran a County-owned ice rink. Sometimes he drove the Zamoboni. One night, after a few "brewskies" he did a pick-up at the local Jack-in-the-Box. So, they do more than re-surface ice. Multi-tasking.
I grew up ice skating at that rink in Paramount. I was deeply motivated to speed skate after the team was killed in a plane crash on its way to the Olympics in 1956. The Zamboni family put up a large memorial to all of the skate team that died. A new speed skate club formed afterward.
An Andy Warhol portrait of Farrah Fawcett belongs to actor Ryan O´Neal, a jury determined on Thursday. The artwork´s ownership has been fiercely contested during a three-week trial in which Fawcett´s final wishes and her relationship with O´Neal were dissected. Jurors voted 9-3 in O´Neal´s favor. Their verdict will allow the actor to keep the portrait in his beachside home, where he has said it remains a powerful reminder of his decades-long relationship with Fawcett. O´Neal wasn´t in the courtroom when the verdict was read, but his sons Patrick and Redmond were. The brothers hugged as jurors filed out of the courtroom. Patrick O´Neal said
Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu rolled out her pitch for a fourth term in an interview with the Times-Picayune in April. "I´m indispensable," she told the New Orleans newspaper, noting that her pull in the Senate would "secure for Louisiana a significant and reliable string of revenue." As usual, Ms. Landrieu was talking about her efforts on behalf of Louisiana´s oil and gas sector, the bedrock of the state´s economy. She claims to be her party´s fiercest advocate for that industry, and she talks extensively about her support for the Keystone XL pipeline, her opposition to industry taxes and her desire to
Advocates of immigration reform often argue that sweeping new laws are needed because "the system is broken." But a newly released court opinion suggests the system is broken in part because the Obama administration stubbornly refuses to enforce immigration laws already on the books. United States vs. Mirtha Veronica Nava-Martinez is a human trafficking case. On May 18, Nava-Martinez was caught trying to smuggle a 10-year-old Salvadoran girl across the border checkpoint at the Brownsville & Matamoros International Bridge in Texas. According to an order signed last week by U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen, this is what happened: The girl,
As Secretary of State John Kerry gets ever deeper in the weeds of an Israeli-Palestinian process that he alone believes will lead to peace in our time, the omens suggest things are more likely to get worse. Wednesday brought signs that renewed violence lurks, as well as new complaints about Kerry’s work from both sides. That night, an elite Israeli Defense Force unit, trying to arrest a Hamas top terrorist in the West Bank town of Jenin, got caught in a firefight with armed Palestinians. Nafa al-Saedi, a member of the Palestinian Authority’s internal security apparatus, got caught in the crossfire and killed.
President Barack Obama has never been a man’s man, or, more precisely, a men’s man. In 2008 he failed to win a majority of men’s votes, and in 2012 he lost men decisively. Hostility toward the president is not distributed evenly among men: He does fairly well among Hispanics and enjoys nearly unanimous support among blacks, but he lost the last election by 27 points among white men. In the most recent Quinnipiac poll, men report disapproval of the president by a more than 2-to-1 margin. Men aren’t buying what President Obama is selling. The president’s low standing among the Y-chromosome set,
Ronald Reagan loved to tell stories. When he ran for president in 1976, many of Reagan’s anecdotes converged on a single point: The welfare state is broken, and I’m the man to fix it.(Snip)“In Chicago, they found a woman who holds the record,” the former California governor declared at a campaign rally in January 1976. “She used 80 names, 30 addresses, 15 telephone numbers to collect food stamps, Social Security, veterans’ benefits for four nonexistent deceased veteran husbands, as well as welfare. Her tax-free cash income alone has been running $150,000 a year.” As soon as he quoted that dollar
If Barack Obama wants a worthy legacy, now that he is well on his way to wrecking the health care system, he should establish a Cabinet-level department to make sure that every American gets all the apologies he deserves. Demanding apologies has become the national pastime. The apologies don’t have to be authentic, and in fact few of them are. The most often heard apology, usually offered by a politician, is something like “I sincerely apologize to anyone who might have been offended for anything I said.” Translated from the corporate vernacular, that’s “if I said anything to hurt your feelings,
Is this man simply expressing his beliefs or spewing bigotry?Either way, Phil Robertson, the patriarch in A&E´s "Duck Dynasty," won´t be duck calling on air anytime soon. The network suspended him after slamming gays in a magazine interview. In the January issue of GQ, Robertson said homosexuality is a sin and puts it in the same category as bestiality and promiscuity. "It seems like, to me, a vagina -- as a man -- would be more desirable than a man´s anus. That´s just me. I´m just thinking: There´s more there! She´s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know
A&E broke its silence on Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson’s anti-gay comments late Wednesday. The cable network announced Robertson is off the hit show for the time being. The network issued the following statement to EW: “We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty. His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was hospitalized early Friday morning as a “precaution” after feeling ill, a spokesman said, adding that doctors concluded "everything is normal" after testing. “Early this morning, Senator Reid was not feeling well and as a precaution decided to go to the hospital. Tests have been conducted and everything is normal. He is alert, resting and feeling better,” spokesman Adam Jentleson said in a statement. "Doctors have asked that he remain in the hospital for observation so he will not be working today." The Senate is set to finish its business for the year on Friday.
For a few hours, it looked like Americans would quietly accept the suspension of popular “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson for his unfiltered opinions about sin, sex, gays and blacks in a magazine interview. But then, as if on cue, hundreds of thousands of fans of the openly Christian, duck-hunting businessman took to social networks and started their backlash. As of Thursday night, more than 1.1 million people “liked” the “Stand With Phil Robertson” Facebook page, while about the same number had clicked their support for another Facebook page called “Boycott A&E Until Phil Robertson Is Put Back On Duck
The suspension of Phil Robertson from A&E’s Duck Dynasty is outrageous in a nation that values freedom, according to social critic and openly gay, dissident feminist Camille Paglia. “I speak with authority here, because I was openly gay before the ‘Stonewall rebellion,’ when it cost you something to be so. And I personally feel as a libertarian that people have the right to free thought and free speech,” Paglia, a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, said on Laura Ingraham’s radio show Thursday. “In a democratic country, people have the right to be homophobic as well as they have
The Obama administration Thursday night significantly relaxed the rules of the health-care law for millions of consumers whose individual insurance policies have been canceled, saying they could buy bare-bones health plans or entirely avoid the requirement that most Americans have health insurance. The surprise announcement, four days before the Dec. 23 deadline for people to choose coverage that begins on Jan. 1, triggered an immediate backlash from the health insurance industry and raised new fairness questions about a law intended to promote affordable and comprehensive coverage. “This type of last-minute change will cause tremendous instability in the marketplace and lead
O ne year removed from re-election, President Obama´s approval rating has sunk to the lowest level of his presidency. Furthermore, Obama´s popularity among the Democratic Party base — whose rejuvenated support proved crucial last November — took a huge hit this past year. Only 54 percent of self-described liberals "very strongly" approve of Obama´s job performance, according to a Pew survey released this week. That´s down from an all-time high of nearly 90 percent, and a significant decline from the 73 percent who strongly approved of the president back in June. Why the steep drop? Well, the first year of Obama´s second term