President Obama was voting on Monday when a jelice boyfriend confronted potus. The man issued a mock warning to the chief executive: “Don’t touch my girlfriend. The president took it in stride declaring: “There’s an example of a brother just embarrassing me for no reason. The woman apologized, but then Obama kissed her. Afterwards he stated “Give him something to talk about.”
Today is Wednesday, Oct. 22, the 295th day of 2014. There are 70 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Oct. 22, 1934, bank robber Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd was shot to death by federal agents and local police at a farm near East Liverpool, Ohio.
On this date:
In 1746, Princeton University was first chartered as the College of New Jersey.
In 1797, French balloonist Andre-Jacques Garnerin (gahr-nayr-AN’) made the first parachute descent, landing safely from a height of about 3,000 feet over Paris.
In 1836, Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first constitutionally elected president of the Republic of Texas.
In 1883, the original Metropolitan Opera House in New York held its grand opening with a performance of Gounod’s “Faust.
In 1928, Republican presidential nominee Herbert Hoover spoke of the “American system of rugged individualism” in a speech at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
In 1953, the Franco-Lao Treaty of Amity and Association effectively made Laos an independent member of the French Union.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy revealed the presence of Soviet-built missile bases under construction in Cuba and announced a quarantine of all offensive military equipment being shipped to the Communist island nation.
In 1964, Jean-Paul Sartre was named winner of the Nobel Prize in literature, even though the French writer had said he would decline the award.
In 1979, the U.S. government allowed the deposed Shah of Iran to travel to New York for medical treatment a decision that precipitated the Iran hostage crisis. French conductor and music teacher Nadia Boulanger died in Paris.
In 1981, the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization was decertified by the federal government for its strike the previous August.
In 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed into law sweeping tax-overhaul legislation.
In 1991, the European Community and the European Free Trade Association concluded a landmark accord to create a free trade zone of 19 nations by 1993.
Ten years ago: In a wrenching videotaped statement, aid worker Margaret Hassan, kidnapped in Baghdad, begged the British government to help save her by withdrawing its troops from Iraq, saying these “might be my last hours. (Hassan was apparently killed by her captors a month later.) President George W. Bush signed a corporate tax overhaul to close loopholes and provide $136 billion in new tax breaks for businesses, farmers and others.
Five years ago: Mortars fired by Islamic militants slammed into Somalia’s airport as President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed boarded a plane, sparking battles that killed at least 24 people; the president was unhurt. Gunmen kidnapped Gauthier Lefevre, a French staff member working for the International Committee of the Red Cross, in Sudan’s western Darfur region. (Lefevre was released in March 2010.) Comedian Soupy Sales died in New York at age 83.
One year ago: The United States defended drone strikes targeting al-Qaida operatives and others, rejecting reports by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International questioning the legality of attacks that the groups asserted had killed or wounded scores of civilians in Yemen and Pakistan. h/t The Associated Press
Below is the top shows from last week.
1. NFL Football: San Francisco at Denver, NBC, 23.79 million.
2. “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 17.76 million.
3. “NCIS,” CBS, 17.26 million.
4. “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 16.14 million.
5. NFL Football: NY Jets at New England, CBS, 16.09 million.
6. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 15.32 million.
7. “The OT,” Fox, 13.78 million.
8. “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 13.28 million.
9. Football: Notre Dame at Florida State, ABC, 13.25 million.
10. “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 12.74 million.
11. “Football Night in America,” NBC, 12.61 million.
12. “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 12.34 million.
13. “Madam Secretary,” CBS, 12.28 million.
14. “Scorpion,” CBS, 11.51 million.
15. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 11.39 million.
16. “The Big Bang Theory” (Monday repeat) CBS, 11.38 million.
17. “Criminal Minds,” CBS, 10.90 million.
18. “The Good Wife,” CBS, 10.88 million.
19. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 10.70 million.
20. “Scandal,” ABC, 9.91 million.
h/t The Associated Press
1. Out Of The Woods, Taylor Swift
2. Shake It Off, Taylor Swift
3. All About That Bass, Meghan Trainor
4. Animals, Maroon 5
5. Bang Bang, Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj
6. Habits (Stay High), Tove Lo
7. Trumpets, Jason Derulo
8. Don’t Tell ‘Em (feat. YG), Jeremih
9. Cool Kids, Echosmith
10. Black Widow (feat. Rita Ora), Iggy Azalea
1. Anything Goes, Florida Georgia Line
2. 1989, Taylor Swift
3. rose ave., You+Me
4. Old Boots, New Dirt, Jason Aldean
5. In the Lonely Hour, Sam Smith
6. Hozier, Hozier
7. Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf (…, Game)
8. FOUR (Deluxe Version), One Direction
9. Sweet Talker, Jessie J
10. Sonic Highways, Foo Fighters
Copyright 2014 Apple Inc.
h/t The Associated Press
The New York Time’s headline is perfect when it comes to describing Oscar de la Renta: Designer Who Clothed Stars, and Became One.
I think I can declare that Oscar ran the red carpets. He was the man who was mentioned the most when people asked “who are you wareing.” The first line in the Times article was awesome: “Oscar de la Renta, the doyen of American fashion, whose career began in the 1950s in Franco’s Spain, sprawled across the better living rooms of Paris and New York, and who was the last survivor of that generation of bold, all-seeing tastemakers, died on Monday at his home in Kent, Conn. He was 82.” (New York Times, 2014)
Oscar had his first chance to dress the first family starting with Nancy Reagan, and most recently with Ms. Obama. in their article the New York Times described his life like this:
“Oscar Aristedes de la Renta was born in Santo Domingo on July 22, 1932. The youngest of seven children and the only boy, he often recalled that he usually got what he wanted from his family. He finished high school in Santo Domingo, and although his father preferred that he join him in the insurance business, young Oscar persuaded his mother to send him to Madrid to study art. At 19, a year after her death, he left for Spain on a passenger ship.
Besotted by postwar Madrid, and his new freedom, Mr. de la Renta was soon spending more time in the cafes and nightclubs, meeting flamenco dancers, than in class. As well, he acquired a ‘señorito’ wardrobe, he told the writer Sarah Mower, which consisted of custom-made suits from the tailor Luis Lopez, high starched collars and a carnation of deepest red in his buttonhole. The $125 his father sent each month paid for fancy clothes and in a sense his broader education afoot in Spain.
For extra money, he drew clothes for newspapers and fashion houses. He later admitted that his drawings were not technically accomplished or original. Nonetheless, some of his sketches were seen by Francesca Lodge, the wife of John Davis Lodge, then the United States ambassador to Spain. In 1956, she asked Mr. de la Renta to design a coming-out dress for her daughter Beatrice. The dress and the debutante appeared on the cover of Life that fall.
He was soon working in the Madrid salon of Cristobal Balenciaga, perhaps the greatest couturier of that period. Mr. de la Renta’s job was to sketch dresses to send to clients. But when he asked Mr. Balenciaga to transfer him to the main studio in Paris, the couturier told him he wasn’t qualified yet and to wait a year.
Instead, armed with letters of introduction, Mr. de la Renta left for Paris and was immediately offered a job at Christian Dior.
The following day he went to see Antonio del Castillo, the designer at Lanvin, who was looking for an assistant. ‘He loved me because I spoke Spanish, and he asked me if I could cut, drape and sew, and of course I said yes1′ Mr. de la Renta told Bernadine Morris, a former fashion reporter for The Times. ‘He offered me a little more money than Dior, and I said I would start in two weeks. Then I went to a fashion school and asked the woman who ran it if she could teach me the year’s course in two weeks.
Mr. de la Renta remained with Mr. Castillo from 1961 to 1963, when he decided to try his luck in the United States. He joined Elizabeth Arden, which then produced a couture line. Mr. de la Renta recalled that when Ms. Arden asked how much money he wanted, he threw out the largest number he could think of – $700 a week – and then sat back to wait. ‘Did I have the know-how to really earn that? he recalled. ‘Probably not.
Six months later, when Ms. Arden complained about his long vacation in Europe, he cannily proposed dinner at her apartment, where he let her win at cards. ‘From then on I could do in that house anything1′ he said.
In 1965, Mr. de la Renta left Arden to join the Seventh Avenue company of Jane Derby, as partner and designer. Miss Derby retired shortly after, and Mr. de la Renta took over, with backing from Ben Shaw. The brand eventually grew to include fragrances, boutiques in the United States and abroad, and dozens of licenses.” (New York Times, 2014) All I can say is Rest in Peace Mr. de la Renta, you will be missed. (October 21, 2014
Designer Who Clothed Stars, and Became One.
Horyn, C. & Nemy, E.
New York Times
retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com
A man in New Jersey is facing federal charges over water.
Federal prosecutors say 43-year-old Nicholas Vene, of Holmdel, New Jersey pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to commit mail fraud. For 5 years Vene and his cohorts deverted water away from the meeter. Because of these actions he faces 5 years in jail when he is sentenced Jan. 26.
A thaughtful statement on wrong.
Thought for Today: “There are different kinds of wrong. The people sinned against are not always the best. Dame Ivy Compton-Burnett, English author (1892-1969).