Sunday, November 3, 2013

Obama Quotations

"As long as I am President, our national mission will remain building an America where everyone belongs, and everyone who works hard has a chance to get ahead."

When people are judged by merit, not connections, then the best and brightest can lead the country, people will work hard, and the entire economy will grow - everyone will benefit and more resources will be available for all, not just select groups.

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
~Barack Obama, speech, February 5, 2008

“A good compromise, a good piece of legislation, is like a good sentence; or a good piece of music. Everybody can recognize it. They say, ‘Huh. It works. It makes sense.’”
Barack Obama, The New Yorker, May 31, 2004

“It was the labor movement that helped secure so much of what we take for granted today. The 40-hour work week, the minimum wage, family leave, health insurance, Social Security, Medicare, retirement plans. The cornerstones of the middle-class security all bear the union label.”
~Barack Obama, Labor Day Speech, September 7, 2010

If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress.

Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. And it will leave you unfulfilled.

Faith doesn't mean that you don't have doubts.

Don't become lazy as a democracy

I always believe that ultimately, if people are paying attention, then we get good government and good leadership. And when we get lazy, as a democracy and civically start taking shortcuts, then it results in bad government and politics.

When people are judged by merit, not connections, then the best and brightest can lead the country, people will work hard, and the entire economy will grow - everyone will benefit and more resources will be available for all, not just select groups.

It's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you will realize your true potential.

We have a stake in one another … what binds us together is greater than what drives us apart, and ... if enough people believe in the truth of that proposition and act on it, then we might not solve every problem, but we can get something meaningful done for the people with whom we share this Earth.

Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it's not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won't. it's whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.

Most people who serve in Washington have been trained either as lawyers or as political operatives – professions that tend to place a premium on winning arguments rather than solving problems. 

"We've got a story to tell that isn't just against something but is for something."

“With the magnitude of the challenges we face right now, what we need in Washington are not more political tactics — we need more good ideas. We don’t need more point-scoring — we need more problem-solving.”
~Barack Obama, press conference, March 17, 2009

“I reject the view that says our problems will simply take care of themselves; that says government has no role in laying the foundation for our common prosperity. For history tells a different story. History reminds us that at every moment of economic upheaval and transformation, this nation has responded with bold action and big ideas. ... In each case, government didn’t supplant private enterprise; it catalyzed private enterprise. It created the conditions for thousands of entrepreneurs and new businesses to adapt and to thrive.”
~Barack Obama, Address to Joint Session of Congress, February 2009

“Hostility and hatred are no match for justice; they offer no pathway to peace.”
~Barack Obama, speech, February 2009

Presented by Stephen D. Foster Jr.

Election Day - USA - Tuesday Following First Monday - November

Election Day in the United States of America is the Tuesday following the first Monday in November. It can fall on or between November 2 and November 8. It is the day when popular ballots are held to select public officials. These include national, state and local government representatives at all levels up to the president.

In 1792, a law was passed allowing each of the states to conduct presidential elections at any point in the 34 days before the first Wednesday in December.  A date in November or early December was preferable because the harvest would have been finished, but the most severe winter storms would not have begun.

As long distance communication improved and became quicker with the advent of trains and telegraphs, allowing each state to conduct its elections at any point in a period of more than a month, became outdated. The results of the elections that were announced earliest could influence the outcomes of elections held later in the permitted period.

In 1845 the United States Congress chose a single date for all national elections in all states. The first Tuesday after the first Monday in November was chosen so that there would never be more than 34 days between Election Day and the first Wednesday in December. Election Day is held on a Tuesday so that voters will not have to vote or travel on Sunday. 

Use Your Common Sense Day - 4 November

 The day got started back with the American cowboy and actor, Will Rogers.  Rogers use to say that, “Common sense ain’t all that common.”  He was born on November 4th in the year 1879.

National Chicken Lady Day - November 4

National Chicken Lady Day is for honoring Dr. Marthenia "Tina" Dupree who was given this nickname because she worked for a major chicken fast food chain for many years of her life and many people in the community refered to her as the chicken lady.

Dr. Dupree worked for several years in one of the highest level positions for the second largest chicken restaurant chain in the world as their Director of Community Relations and Training. When Tina resigned her position with the corporation to start her own business, the fast food restaurant chain hired her and retained Tina as their spokesperson and community representative.

Tina Dupree was invited to meet President Bush in the Oval Office due to her efforts to raise the educational standards in her community.

In honor of Dr. Dupree, President Bush proclaimed November 4th as "National Chicken Lady Day!"

Sandwich Day - November 3

The annals of English history report that John Montagu was the 4th Earl of Sandwich.
Montagu often spent many long hours in London's gambling parlors. In 1762, he created the sandwich, by putting meat between two pieces of bread that allowed him to remain at the gambling table for long periods of time. The sandwich got its name from him.

It is no coincidence that November 3 is also the birthday of John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich.



America's Favorite Sandwiches

Housewife's Day - November 3

Origins not known.

Housewifes and wives are appreciated on this day.

March - National - Celebration - Days

1 National Pig Day

1 Peanut Butter Lovers' Day

2 Old Stuff Day

3 I Want You to be Happy Day

3 If Pets Had Thumbs Day

3 National Anthem Day

3 Peach Blossom Day

4 Holy Experiment Day

4 Hug a GI Day

5 Multiple Personality Day

6 Dentist's Day

6 National Frozen Food Day

7 National Crown Roast of Pork Day

7 Employee Appreciation Day first Friday in March

7 National Salesperson Day - first Friday in the month

8 Be Nasty Day

8 International (Working) Women's Day

9 Panic Day

10 Middle Name Pride Day

11 Johnny Appleseed Day

11 Worship of Tools Day - guys, you can relate

12 Girl Scouts Day

12 Plant a Flower Day

13 Ear Muff Day

13 Jewel Day

13 Popcorn Lover's Day second Thursday

14 Learn about Butterflies Day

14 National Potato Chip Day

14 National Pi Day- Why today? Because today is 3.14, the value of Pi.

15 Everything You Think is Wrong Day

15 Ides of March

15 Incredible Kid Day

15 Dumbstruck Day

15 National Quilting Day - third Saturday of month

16 Everything You Do is Right Day

16 Freedom of Information Day

17 Submarine Day - the hero sandwich or the boat??

17 Saint Patrick's Day

18 Goddess of Fertility Day

18 Supreme Sacrifice Day

19 Poultry Day

20 International Earth Day

20 Extraterrestrial Abductions Day

20 Proposal Day

21 Fragrance Day

22 National Goof Off Day

23 National Chip and Dip Day

23 Near Miss Day

24 National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day

25 National Agriculture Day (date varies)

25 Pecan Day

25 Waffle Day

26 Make Up Your Own Holiday Day

27 National "Joe" Day

28 Something on a Stick Day

29 National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day

29 Smoke and Mirrors Day

30 National Doctor's Day

30 I am in Control Day

30 Take a Walk in the Park Day

31 Bunsen Burner Day

31 National Clam on the Half Shell Day

February - National - Celebration - Days

February 2014

1 National Freedom Day

2 Ground Hog Day

2 Candlemas

3 The Day the Music Died - Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper died in a plane crash in 1959.

4 Create a Vacuum Day

4 Thank a Mailman Day

5 National Weatherman's Day

6 Lame Duck Day

7 Wave All you Fingers at Your Neighbor Day

7 Send a Card to a Friend Day - obviously created by a card company

7 Winter Olympics Opening ceremony

8 Boy Scout Day - celebrates the birthday of scouting

8 Kite Flying Day - in the middle of winter!?!

9 Toothache Day

10 Umbrella Day

10 Clean out Your Computer Day - second Monday of Month

11 Don't Cry over Spilled Milk Day

11 Make a Friend Day

11 White T-Shirt Day

12 Abraham Lincoln's Birthday

12 Plum Pudding Day

13 Get a Different Name Day

14 Ferris Wheel Day

14 National Organ Donor Day

14 Valentine's Day

15 Candlemas - on the Julian Calendar

15 National Gum Drop Day

15 Singles Awareness Day

16 Do a Grouch a Favor Day

17 Random Acts of Kindness Day

18 National Battery Day

17 President's Day - third Monday of month

19 National Chocolate Mint Day

20 Cherry Pie Day

20 Hoodie Hoo Day

20 Love Your Pet Day

21 Card Reading Day

22 George Washington's Birthday

22 Be Humble Day

22 Walking the Dog Day

22 International World Thinking Day

23 International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day

23 7 Winter Olympics ends

23 Tennis Day

24 National Tortilla Chip Day

25 Pistol Patent Day

26 Carnival Day

26 National Pistachio Day - it's a nutty day!

26 Tell a Fairy Tale Day

27 Polar Bear Day

27 No Brainer Day - this day is for me!

28 Floral Design Day

28 Public Sleeping Day

28 National Tooth Fairy Day - and/or August 22

29 Leap Day - not until 2016, once every four years

January - National - Celebration - Days

January 2014 Daily Holidays, Special and Wacky Days:

1 New Year's Day

2 Run up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes Day

3 Festival of Sleep Day

3 Fruitcake Toss Day

3 Humiliation Day

4 Trivia Day

5 National Bird Day

6 Bean Day

6 Cuddle Up Day

7 Old Rock Day

8 Bubble Bath Day

8 Male Watcher's Day

9 Play God Day

10 Houseplant Appreciation Day

10 Peculiar People Day

11 Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friend's Day

12 Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day

12 National Pharmacist Day

13 International Skeptics Day

13 Make Your Dream Come True Day

14 Dress Up Your Pet Day

15 National Hat Day

16 National Nothing Day

17 Ditch New Years Resolutions Day

18 Thesaurus Day

18 Winnie the Pooh Day -The Birthday of Winnie's author A.A. Milne

19 National Popcorn Day

20 National Buttercrunch Day

20 Penguin Awareness Day

20 Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday  , celebrated on the third Monday

21 National Hugging Day

21 Squirrel Appreciation Day

22 National Blonde Brownie Day

23 National Pie Day

23 National Handwriting Day

23 Measure Your Feet Day- we only ask...."Why!?!"

24 Beer Can Appreciation Day

24 Compliment Day

25 Opposite Day

26 Spouse's Day

27 Chocolate Cake Day

27 Punch the Clock Day

28 Fun at Work Day

28 National Kazoo Day

29 National Puzzle Day

29 National Cornchip Day

30 National Inane Answering Message Day

31 Backward Day

31 Inspire Your Heart with Art Day

December - National - Celebration - Days

December, 2013 Daily Holidays, Special and Wacky Days:

1 Eat a Red Apple Day

1 World Aids Awareness Day

2 National Fritters Day

3 National Roof over Your Head Day

4 Santas' List Day - we hope you are on the "Nice" list

4 Wear Brown Shoes Day

5 Bathtub Party Day

5 Repeal Day - The 21st Amendment ends Prohibition. I'll drink to that!

6 St. Nicholas Day

6 Mitten Tree Day

6 Put on your own Shoes Day

7 International Civil Aviation Day

7 Letter Writing Day

7 National Cotton Candy Day - would you like some fairy floss?

7 Pearl Harbor Day

8 International Children's Day - Second Sunday in December

8 National Brownie Day

8 Take it in the Ear Day

9 Christmas Card Day

9 National Pastry Day

10 Human Rights Day

11 National Noodle Ring Day

12 National Ding-a-Ling Day

12 Poinsettia Day    

13 Ice Cream Day

13 Violin Day

14 National Bouillabaisse Day

15 Bill of Rights Day

15 National Lemon Cupcake Day

16 National Chocolate Covered Anything Day

17 National Maple Syrup Day

18 Bake Cookies Day

18 National Roast Suckling Pig Day

19 Look for an Evergreen Day

19 Oatmeal Muffin Day

20 Go Caroling Day

21 Forefather's Day

21 Humbug Day

21 National Flashlight Day

21 Look on the Bright Side Day

22 National Date Nut Bread Day - or September 8!?

23 Festivus - for the rest of us

23 Roots Day

24 National Chocolate Day

24 National Egg Nog Day

25 Christmas Day

25 National Pumpkin Pie Day for recipes see Pumpkin Nook 's Cookbook

26 Boxing Day

27 Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day

27 National Fruitcake Day

28 Card Playing Day

29 Pepper Pot Day

30  National Bicarbonate of Soda Day

31 Make Up Your Mind Day

31 New Year's Eve

31 Unlucky Day

November - National - Celebration - Days

November, 2013 Daily Holidays, Special and Wacky Days:

1 All Saint's Day

2 All Soul's Day

2 Book Lovers Day - first Saturday of the month

2 Deviled Egg Day

2 Look for Circles Day

3 Housewife's Day

3 Sandwich Day

4 National Chicken  Lady Day

4. Use Your Common Sense Day

5 Gunpowder Day

5 Guy Fawkes Day

6 Marooned without a Compass Day

6 Saxophone Day

7 Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day

8 Cook Something Bold Day

8 Dunce Day

9 Chaos Never Dies Day - you've got that right

10 Forget-Me-Not Day

10 USMC Day

11 Veteran's Day

12 Chicken Soup for the Soul Day

12 Young Readers Day second Tuesday of month

13 National Indian Pudding Day

13 Sadie Hawkins Day

13 World Kindness Day

14 Operating Room Nurse Day

15 Clean Your Refrigerator Day

15 America Recycles Day

15 National Philanthropy Day

16 Button Day

16 Have a Party With Your Bear Day

17 Electronic Greeting Card Day - now who do you think created this day!?

17 Homemade Bread Day

17 Take A Hike Day

17 World Peace Day

18 Occult Day

19 Have a Bad Day Day

20 Absurdity Day

20 Beautiful Day

20 Universal Children's Day

21 False Confession Day

21 Great American Smokeout  - third Thursday in November

21 World Hello Day

22 Go For a Ride Day

23 Eat a Cranberry Day

23 National Cashew Day

23 National Adoption Day - Saturday before Thanksgiving

25 National Parfait Day

26 Shopping Reminder Day

27 Pins and Needles Day

28 Make Your Own Head Day

28 Red Planet Day

28 Thanksgiving - Eat, drink, and be thankful.

29 Black Friday Friday after Thanksgiving

29 Buy Nothing Day - always the day after Thanksgiving...does anyone abide by it!?!

29 Square Dance Day

29 You're Welcome Day - the day after Thanksgiving

30 Stay At Home Because You Are Well Day

See also

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Top News Papers - USA

Top 10

The Wall Street Journal 2 million+ national circulation
The New York Times
USA Today
Los Angeles Times
San Jose Mercury News
Daily News New York City
New York Post New York City
The Washington Post Washington D.C.
Chicago Sun-Times Chicago
The Denver Post Denver
Chicago Tribune Chicago

Friday, March 29, 2013

Fortune 500 Companies - Based on 1992 sales - Position in 2013

Data under development to aid Research

401 Quaker State 822.1
402 Valhi 821.8
403 Pilgrim's Pride 817.4
404 Herman Miller 809.7
405 Hudson Foods 809.2
406 SPX 801.2
407 Hubbell 800.2
408 Cray Research 797.6 -14.9
409 Foodbrands America 796.1 -26.8
410 Safety-Kleen 795.9 45.6
411 Tri Valley Growers 795.1 N.A.
412 Cincinnati Milacron 792.1 21.5
413 Louisiana Land & Exploration 787.4 -6.8
414 Kaman 784.7 17.4
415 Millipore 783.9 33.2
416 Molex 782.1 67.5
417 Georgia Gulf 779.5 46.3
418 Primedia 778.2 -145.3
419 Leslie Fay 777.4 N.A.
420 Ametek 776.2 44.4
421 Kendall International 774.9 226.9
422 Cone Mills 770.1 43.4
423 Tyco Toys 768.6 18.0
424 Applied Materials 757.1 39.5
425 Stanhome 744.1 46.7
426 Thorn Apple Valley 740.4 21.1
427 A. Schulman 738.9 43.8
428 Crystal Brands 736.3 -75.3
429 Abex 728.4 -203.0
430 International Controls 725.6 -7.6
431 Meredith 724.6 -6.3
432 Insilco 724.1 -31.3
433 Gaylord Container 722.8 -132.5
434 Maxus Energy 718.4 74.2
435 UIS 715.9 40.1
436 HNI 712.3 38.7
437 Interlake 711.1 -27.7
438 Betz Laboratories 710.2 82.0
439 Delta Woodside Industries 705.5 40.0
440 Standard Register 705.2 26.0
441 Huffy 703.6 4.2
442 Union Texas 700.7 13.6
443 Fisher-Price 695.5 41.3
444 Longview Fibre 691.4 32.1
445 Pall 690.5 92.7
446 Imperial Sugar 690.2 -2.8
447 Tambrands 687.5 121.4
448 Stewart & Stevenson Svcs. 686.4 35.7
449 Valspar 683.5 34.4
450 Carter-Wallace 681.1 45.7
451 Homestake Mining 681.0 -175.8
452 Nerco 672.0 -551.2
453 Valassis Communications 671.0 74.4
454 NCH 670.8 39.4
455 Vishay Intertechnology 664.2 30.4
456 Dr Pepper/Seven-Up 663.2 -140.1
457 Commerce Clearing House 659.4 -64.1
458 Prairie Farms Dairy 659.3 N.A.
459 Standard Products 657.7 23.3
460 Coca-Cola Bottling 655.8 -114.1
461 Banta 655.3 35.7
462 Sigma-Aldrich 654.4 95.5
463 Sealy 654.2 10.0
464 Baroid 648.1 17.7
465 Reynolds & Reynolds 647.5 39.2
466 Natl. Coop. Refinery Assn. 646.4 N.A.
467 Riceland Foods 642.4 N.A.
468 Oshkosh Truck 641.2 8.8
469 Blount 637.3 0.7
470 Toro 635.2 -23.8
471 Specialty Coatings International 635.0 22.2
472 Anacomp 632.0 26.9
473 Newmont Mining 631.7 79.0
474 Silgan Holdings 630.0 4.6
475 LSI Logic 629.9 -110.2
476 Warnaco Group 626.9 -17.5
477 Kimball International 624.4 38.6
478 Sun-Diamond Growers 623.2 .
479 Ply Gem 623.2
480 Giddings & Lewis 622.9
481 La-Z-Boy 621.2
482 Joy Technologies 621.1
483 AM International 620.4
484 Loctite 617.1
485 Guilford Mills 614.9
486 Security Benefit 613.2
487 Eagle-Picher Industries 612.2
488 Texas Industries 611.1
489 St. Joe Paper 607.8
490 Harman Intl. Industries 604.5
491 Bandag 602.4 82.8
492 Kennametal 594.5
493 Interface 594.1 12.3
494 Vector Group 594.1
495 Exide Technologies 593.6
496 Arcadian 593.4 4.5
497 Avondale Industries 592.0
498 Carlisle 591.1
499 Carpenter 590.0
500 Block Drug 585.3


Fortune 500 US US Industrial Corporations - Lists

2012 List (based on 2011 sales)

1993 list (based 1992 sales. I have a copy of this Fortune International with me)

1973 list based on 1972 sales
Compare these companies with their state in 2013. Will be an interesting exercise.

The average life expectancy of a multinational corporation-Fortune 500 or its equivalent-is between 40 and 50 years.

1972 List (Published in 1972) (Based on 1971 sales)

Harman International Industries


Muscatine, Iowa

Ranked 491 in F500 - 1992

April 2007: Bandag shareholders approve the sale of Bandag, Incorporated to Bridgestone Americas Holding, Inc.

June 2007: Bandag begins operating as Bridgestone Bandag, LLC, but continues to operate as "Bandag" in the marketplace. A big "Day One" celebration takes place in Muscatine, Iowa, attended by all local Bandag employees, plus executives from Bridgestone Americas including Mark Emkes, chairman and CEO of BSA.



Lagrange, Georgia

Ranked 493 in F500 - 1992

$594.1 mil sales

Vigoro Corporation

Exide Technologies

Arcadian Corporation

Ranked 496 in F500 ranking in 1992.

Memphis, Tennesee

Company was merged into PCS Nitrogen in 1997

See the proxy statement filed with SEC

Avondale Industries

Ranked 497 in Fortune 500 ranking in 1992  (Fortune issue dated 19 April 1993)

Acquired by Lytton in 1999

Will be closed in 2013



Formerly E.R. Carpenter

Ranked in 499 in Fortune 500 ranking in 1992

Block Drug Company

Jersey City, New Jersey

Fortune 500 company with rank 500 in 1992

Sold to GlaxosmithKline in year 2001

Monday, January 21, 2013

Omaba - Second Term President USA - News and Videos - 2013

21 January 2013  Public inauguration of the second term Presidency of Barrack Obama.






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