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Todays Americana Question
Posted:Apr 24, 2018 4:38 am
Last Updated:Apr 24, 2018 12:13 pm

American Presidents have uttered some statements which are silly, clever, witty, or downright "brilliant".

Which one said the following?

"Being president is like being a jackass in a hailstorm. There's nothing to do but to stand there and take it". Which eloquent President uttered this lovely sentiment?
Andrew Jackson
Herbert Hoover
Lyndon Johnson
Theodore Roosevelt
I don't know
2 Comments , 7 votes
Yesterdays Answer
Posted:Apr 24, 2018 4:26 am
Last Updated:Apr 24, 2018 4:27 am

George McLintock

George McLintock was the title character for the movie "McLintock!" that starred John Wayne. McLintock was a cattle baron with an estranged wife (Maureen O'Hara) and a whole mess of problems.

Eastwood's characters:
Robert Kincaid was from "The Bridges of Madison County". The movie also starred Meryl Streep and was a romantic drama about a lonely housewife and a photographer.
Frankie Dunn was from "Million Dollar Baby". The movie also starred Morgan Freeman as an ex-boxer and Hilary Swank as a female boxer. Dunn was a boxing trainer who taught Swank's character to box. Freeman won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar, Swank won a Best Actress Oscar, Eastwood won the Best Director Oscar and the film won the Best Picture Oscar.
Gunny Highway was from "Heartbreak Ridge". Highway was a grizzled old Marine Sergeant about to retire ,with one last chance to prove his metal by whipping a recon team into shape then leading them in the Invasion of Grenada.
Eastwood produced and directed all three films.
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Todays Americana Question
Posted:Apr 23, 2018 7:07 am
Last Updated:Apr 24, 2018 4:26 am

This question is a story using characters Clint Eastwood has played in the movies. Your mission will be to determine which character does not belong to Clint. Within each question are the Eastwood movies the characters were in.

The Preacher reluctantly joined the posse but told them, "Madmartigan belongs to me; he is my million dollar baby." At the bridges of Madison County near Heartbreak Ridge, the posse ran into Robert Kincaid, Frankie Dunn, and Gunny Highway. "George McLintock knows where to find the outlaws," they said.

Which one did Eastwood not portray?
George McLintock
Robert Kincaid
Frankie Dunn
Gunny Highway
I don't know
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A Class Act
Posted:Apr 22, 2018 1:46 pm
Last Updated:Apr 23, 2018 12:45 pm

First lady Melania Trump brought two White House staff members who were close to the Bush family as her guests to former first lady Barbara Bush’s funeral on Saturday in Houston.

Mrs Trump was accompanied by former White House head maitre d' George Hainey and current White House usher Buddy Carter, the first lady’s office said.

“She knew they were very close to the Bush family from the Bush days in the White House and wanted them to be able to pay their respects,” spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said.

In a statement following the service, Trump praised Bush as “a woman of indisputable character and grace."

“It was my honor to travel to Houston to give my respects to Barbara Bush and the remarkable life she led as a mother, wife, and fearless First Lady,” she said.

The first lady attended Bush’s services in Houston on Saturday.
Yesterdays Answer
Posted:Apr 21, 2018 3:36 am
Last Updated:Apr 21, 2018 3:40 am

Would You Lay With Me (In a Field of Stones)

Recorded when she was 15, Dave Allen Coe's "Would you Lay With Me (In a Field of Stone) was instantly branded as a song promoting underage sex. Because of this the song was banned from radio plays and Tanya was not allowed to perform the song at rodeos or county fairs. Eventually the song was accepted and immediately went into the Country Charts.
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Another One on his Way Down
Posted:Apr 20, 2018 12:33 pm
Last Updated:Apr 21, 2018 6:49 am

The Justice Department’s internal watchdog is probing James Comey's handling of classified information as part of the memos he gave to a friend documenting discussions with President Trump.

A source familiar with the probe confirmed to Fox News the inspector general is looking at whether classified information was given to unauthorized sources as part of a broader review of Comey's communications outside the bureau -- including media contact.

The developments put the ex-FBI boss in the crosshairs of an investigation just as his former deputy, Andrew McCabe, faces a criminal referral over a separate leak.

The Wall Street Journal reported that at least two of those Comey memos have been to found to contain material now deemed classified, prompting the inspector general investigation.

A broader set of memos, documenting Comey’s conversations with President Trump, were handed over to Congress Thursday evening.

Comey has maintained he didn’t release any memos containing classified material. In his testimony last year before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey said he made the decision to document the interactions in a way that would not trigger security classification.

But the newly released memos could cause problems for Comey.

The Journal noted that Comey himself redacted classified elements in one of those memos, and another memo had material later upgraded by the FBI to “confidential” (a low classification level).

They apparently were among the four memos Comey gave to friend Daniel Richman, a professor at Columbia Law School.

In the seven total memos handed over to congressional committees, eight of the 15 pages have redactions under classified exceptions. They include classified information at one of the most sensitive levels -- SECRET -- as well as the lower level of confidential.

In one memo documenting his January 2017 Trump Tower meeting, Comey wrote that the material should be classified at the SECRET level unless the intelligence agencies thought otherwise.

“I am not sure of the proper classification here,” Comey writes, “so have chosen SECRET. Please let me know if it should be higher or lower than that.”

This, too, could be at odds with Comey’s June 2017 Senate testimony that he avoided classified material in the memos so that they could be widely shared.

The scrutiny of Comey comes as his former deputy McCabe faces potential legal complications from another IG probe that found he lied about a leak to The Wall Street Journal. The IG referred the findings to the U.S. attorney for Washington, D.C., to determine whether to seek charges.

Comey has backed the IG’s findings and said Thursday that he "could well be a witness" in a criminal case against McCabe.

Article by Catherine Herridge and Judson Berger
Todays Americana Question
Posted:Apr 20, 2018 6:07 am
Last Updated:Apr 21, 2018 3:36 am

A little question about music.

What song, recorded by Tanya Tucker when she was 15, was banned from the radio and was not allowed to be played at rodeos and country shows?
The Man That Turned My Mama On
If You Touch Me (You've Got to Love Me)
Your Good Girl's Goint to Go Bad
Would You Lay With Me (In a Field of Stones)
I don't know
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Yesterdays Answer
Posted:Apr 20, 2018 6:01 am
Last Updated:Apr 20, 2018 6:04 am

Erle Stanley Gardner

Because the story was about a television show there were many glimpses "backstage" during the episode and thus there are some shots of the original crew. An attempt to revive the show with Monte Markham in 1973 failed and Raymond Burr returned in 1985. His main requirement was that Barbara Hale be hired again to play Della.
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One Down Three to go
Posted:Apr 19, 2018 12:32 pm
Last Updated:Apr 22, 2018 7:56 am

The Justice Department’s internal watchdog has sent a criminal referral for fired FBI official Andrew McCabe to the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington.

The move follows a recent DOJ inspector general report that found McCabe leaked a self-serving story to the press and later lied about it to then-Director James Comey and federal investigators, prompting Attorney General Jeff Sessions to fire him on March 16.

A source confirmed to Fox News that the referral was sent.

The Washington Post reported earlier that the IG referred the finding that McCabe misled investigators "some time ago," asking the top federal prosecutor for D.C. to examine whether he should be charged.

The investigation was spurred by a desire to find who leaked to The Wall Street Journal in October 2016 about an FBI probe of the Clinton Foundation. The story said a senior Justice Department official expressed displeasure to McCabe that FBI agents were still looking into the Clinton Foundation, and McCabe had defended agents' authority to pursue the issue.

That leak confirmed the existence of the probe into the Clinton Foundation, which Comey, who led the bureau at the time, refused to do.

Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report said McCabe authorized the leak and then misled investigators about it, leaking in a way that did not fall under the “public interest” exception.

Horowitz found that McCabe lacked “candor” when questid by FBI agents on multiple occasions, and that he told agents he did not authorize the dilosure and did not know who was responsible.

The IG referral, however, could represent a more serious problem for McCabe.
Todays Americana Question
Posted:Apr 19, 2018 4:31 am
Last Updated:Apr 20, 2018 6:02 am

A little Perry Mason question.

Who played the judge in the final televised episode "The Case of the Final Fadeout"?
Ronald Reagan
Burt Reynolds
Gail Patrick
Erle Stanley Gardner
I don't know
3 Comments , 7 votes

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