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Joe Martin

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 6:00pm
"If it weren't for my lawyer, I'd still be in prison. It went a lot faster with two people digging."
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 12:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 13, 2015 is:

bipartisan • \bye-PAR-ti-zun\  • adjective
: of, relating to, or involving members of two parties; specifically : marked by or involving cooperation, agreement, and compromise between two major political parties

The bill has bipartisan support in the Senate, since it stands to benefit both Democrats and Republicans equally.

"The stated aim of No Labels, the group giving the dinner ahead of its Problem Solver Convention on Monday, was to encourage bipartisan leadership." — Ruth La Ferla, The New York Times, 12 Oct. 2015

Did you know?
Bipartisan is a two-part word. The first element is the prefix bi-, which means "two"; the second is partisan, a word that traces through Middle French and north Italian dialect to the Latin part- or pars, meaning "part." Partisan itself has a long history as a word in English. It has been used as a noun in reference to a firm adherent to a party, faction, or cause (especially one exhibiting blind, prejudiced, and unreasoning allegiance), since the 16th century. The related adjective (meaning "of, relating to, or characteristic of a partisan") appeared in the 19th century, as did, after a space of some 50 years, the adjective bipartisan.

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November 13, 1982: Vietnam Veterans Memorial dedicated

This Day in History - Thu, 11/12/2015 - 11:00pm

Near the end of a weeklong national salute to Americans who served in the Vietnam War, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington after a march to its site by thousands of veterans of the conflict. The long-awaited memorial was a simple V-shaped black-granite wall inscribed with the names of the 57,939 Americans who died in the conflict, arranged in order of death, not rank, as was common in other memorials.

The designer of the memorial was Maya Lin, a Yale University architecture student who entered a nationwide competition to create a design for the monument. Lin, born in Ohio in 1959, was the daughter of Chinese immigrants. Many veterans’ groups were opposed to Lin’s winning design, which lacked a standard memorial’s heroic statues and stirring words. However, a remarkable shift in public opinion occurred in the months after the memorial’s dedication. Veterans and families of the dead walked the black reflective wall, seeking the names of their loved ones killed in the conflict. Once the name was located, visitors often made an etching or left a private offering, from notes and flowers to dog tags and cans of beer.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial soon became one of the most visited memorials in the nation’s capital. A Smithsonian Institution director called it “a community of feelings, almost a sacred precinct,” and a veteran declared that “it’s the parade we never got.” “The Wall” drew together both those who fought and those who marched against the war and served to promote national healing a decade after the divisive conflict’s end.

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Daily Puzzle - November 12

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Thu, 11/12/2015 - 9:20pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

Half of zero is still zero.

What other number can be halved to make zero?

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Daily Sudoku - November 12 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Thu, 11/12/2015 - 9:20pm
BrainBashers Daily Sudoku

Complete the grid such that every row, every column, and the nine 3x3 blocks contain the digits from 1 to 9.

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Game - November 12

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Thu, 11/12/2015 - 9:20pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Bump Copter
   Navigate your 'copter and avoid bumping things on the way.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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O. Henry

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 11/12/2015 - 6:00pm
"It was beautiful and simple, as truly great swindles are."
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Judith Martin

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 11/12/2015 - 6:00pm
"It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help."
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German Proverb

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 11/12/2015 - 6:00pm
"A country can be judged by the quality of its proverbs."
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Joseph Heller

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 11/12/2015 - 6:00pm
"Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them."
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