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BBHQ Newsletter Archive: 02/29/16

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February 29, 2016

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Tolerant societies value freedom of expression, but not when that includes freedom to assault and kill. BBHQ
Tolerant societies are ready to welcome others, but not those whose values are discordant with the freedoms they've strived to uphold.
   ~ Michael Barone

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Links here are good only for the week of February 29. After that... is anybody's guess.

The Upper and the Real Deal

The BBHQ Monday Morning Upper

Delores Works De Balls!

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This is part 2 of a bizarre act that was part of the stage show of “The Devine Miss M,” Bette Midler. Wait'll you see what happens when she twirls those balls!


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Great Misconceptions


We're working on a series of essays called "Great misconceptions." Some silly things like "A watched pot never boils." And some serious things like "An income tax refund is a great thing."

What great misconceptions bug the heck out of you? Click reply and tell us. We may include your suggestion.

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And now, a word from our sponsor:

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OK, our sponsor is not TurboTax. But honestly, how did we survive without it? Not well, huh?

And why do we need any type of tax preparation assistance? Oh... another topic for another day.

But for now, it is what it is. Thank goodness there is TurboTax!

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This Week with the Chicowitz

Our Most Urgent Need

Our country needs a great many things. More stealth bombers. More Marines. More medical care for Veterans and their families. More good teachers. But our most urgent need is for more fathers.


Fatherlessness predicts trouble for kids of any race. But roughly 30 percent of white kids grow up fatherless. Roughly 3/4 of black kids do. This is a national catastrophe. One out of every three black youths will spend time behind bars, a rate astronomically higher than that of whites. A large majority in some urban areas are illiterate. Fatherlessness is behind much of this.

This is serious stuff. The emotional pain that these kids feel is cruel. Their rate of death at an early age is horrifying. They are a rapidly growing fraction of the population. The majority of first graders in America are now nonwhite. Close to half of all first graders have no father at home. We are creating a new generation of largely illiterate, violent, fatherless Americans. If this continues, America’s days as a first world nation are numbered.



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A Few of Our Favorite Things

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I Remember... February 29

Though rare, February 29 has not been devoid of memorable events. On February 29, 1940, Gone with the Wind won 8 Oscars.

On February 29, 1968, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band won a Grammy.

And.... on February 29, 1960, the first Playboy Club opened in Chicago.

So... it has not been a lost cause, altogether.


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While You were Working -- Recent Stories You May have Missed


Socialism is in the Air

Love Songs of the Chicowitz

Everybody's Got a Story

Al Gore to Earth: "You're Dead!".

A Twisted Cinderella

2015: That Was the Year That Was




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The BBHQ Trivia Teaser
 
Here are three questions from the BBHQ cloud:


1. First, our current events question:
Fair share... fair share... fair share. The candidates want their subjects to pay their fair share of taxes. To Bernie Sanders, that means upwards of 90% of their income for the heavy hitters. The top 1% of Americans currently pay about what percent of all income taxes collected by the government?
      14%
      23%
      36%
      48%
      98.6%

2. Last week we referenced the "miracle on the ice." Remember the line, "Do you believe in miracles?"
What sports analyst first said that on the air?

3. OK; we have established it: it was Tarzan, Jane, and Boy. And their pet dog?
Oh, wait; they had no dog. But they did have a chimpanzee. What was his name?

This week we are introducing a new feature in our Trivia Teaser: Grade our Newsletter. It's optional. There is no right or wrong answer here; your response will not "go on your permanent record." We just want to hear from you.

So... how did we do this week? Grade this week's newsletter:
      A: Great! Lottsa' fun.

      B: Pretty good.

      C: So-so.

      D: Eh... not so good.

      F: A complete failure


What say you? Comments for the good of the order:

Though some e-mail software does not allow it, you can (try to) submit your answers to our online grading system here, and see how close you came. There are no prizes here... it's just for fun.

If the submit button does not work for you, you can take the quiz online by clicking here.

Members can play all of our trivia games in The BBHQ Trivia Library.

The BBHQ Joke of the Week

I was running a tennis camp for little kids.

At the beginning, I talked to the campers about good sportsmanship. I asked "Can anyone tell me what a good sport is?"

One little 5 year-old raised his hand and said, "Baseball."


Have a great week. We'll share the fun next Monday.

- the Boomer Crew at BBHQ

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