Just for Fun

Candidate cuisine

  My wife likes to cook, and loves The Food Network. Her tastes within that channel are very broad, but I sometimes join her for the cooking-as-a-sport shows like Chopped, Cutthroat Kitchen, and The Next Food Network Star – and for some of their other classic programming like Restaurant Impossible and Mystery Diners (where I learn how not to run a business!), and Diners, Drive-ins, and...

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The Thanksgiving Turkey Pardon

Don Smith’s Peculiarities of the Presidents (1946) tells an entertaining story about pardoning a turkey (pp. 60-61): When Lincoln began his first term as president, his son, Tad, was only nine, and after the death of his older brother Willie, became quite a favorite… A live turkey had been sent to the White House for the Thanksgiving dinner. Soon the big bird was following the boy around and as...

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For Halloween: A political horror story

Since this newsletter happens to fall on Halloween, we’ll take a break from political activism to bring you a previously unpublished political horror story, written by Ohio author Rebecca Besser. Before we give  you the story, though, here is an interview with its author. Harold: Thanks for stopping by my blog and sharing your wonderful short story with us for Halloween! Please start by telling...

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Saving the election, Hollywood-style

Wag the Dog (New Line Cinema, 1997), 97 min. While you are mourning for summer’s end, it’s time to do another “Just for Fun” post. In October 2012, Jason Fraley, film critic at television station WTOP in Washington, D.C., created a list of what he called the 25 Greatest Movies on American Politics. Every now and then, we review a movie from this list. The last review, in...

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Take our Constitution Day quiz

How much do you know about the U.S. Constitution and its history? How many states hadto ratify the Constitution before the federal government could assume its powers?  a. 7, b. 9, c. 10, d. 13. What publication did Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison co-author? a. Letters from a Pennsylvania Farmer, b. The Centinel, c. The Federalist Papers,  d. New Views of the Constitution How many...

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Presidential Dogs

We are coming into the “Dog Days” of August, so named because the star Sirius, known as the “Dog Star” and worshipped by the ancient Egyptians, rose over the horizon in early August. The Dog Days are associated with the hottest days of the year in North America. Since it’s too hot and (where this is written) too humid to think about anything serious, I thought a little fun quiz about...

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