February 21, 2014 archive

XXII Day 15

    Time     Network Event
5 pm CNBC Curling, men’s gold medal final: Great Britain vs. Canada.
5 pm Vs. Hockey, men’s semifinal: USA vs. Canada. (repeat)
8 pm NBC Alpine skiing: women’s slalom gold medal final; short track: men’s 500m gold medal final, 5000m relay gold medal final, women’s 1000m gold medal final; speed skating: men’s team pursuit semifinals.
12:30 am NBC Speed skating: women’s team pursuit quarterfinals.
1:30 am NBC Alpine skiing: women’s slalom gold medal final; short track: men’s 500m gold medal final, 5000m relay gold medal final, women’s 1000m gold medal final; speed skating: men’s team pursuit semifinals. (repeat)
3 am Vs. Snowboarding: men’s and women’s parallel slalom competition.
4:30 am Vs. Cross-country skiing: women’s 30km freestyle gold medal final; snowboarding: men’s and women’s parallel slalom gold medal finals.
10 am Vs. Hockey, men’s bronze medal game: Finland vs. USA.
12:30 pm Vs. Figure skating gala.
2:30 pm NBC Snowboarding: women’s parallel slalom gold medal final; cross-country skiing: women’s 30km freestyle gold medal final; biathlon: men’s 4×7.5km relay gold medal final.
6 pm Vs. Hockey: Game of the Day.

Friday’s medal results are below the fold ~TMC~

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January 2014 4th Warmest on Record

Die Winter, Die photo SbrPSgdhy_zps8ec885b5.jpg You would never know that if you live in the upper Midwest and Northeastern US but according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration the earth was 1.17 degrees warmer in January making it the 4th warmest on record.

The globe cozied up to the fourth warmest January on record this year, essentially leaving just the eastern half of the United States out in the cold.

And the northern and eastern United States can expect another blast of cold weather next week. [..]

Almost all of Africa, South America and Australia and most of Asia and Europe were considerably warmer than normal. China and France had their second warmest Januaries. Land in the entire Southern Hemisphere was hottest for January on record.

While more than half of America shivered last month, it was one of the few populated spots on Earth cooler than normal. The opposite happened in 2012, when the United States had its warmest year ever and the globe was only the eleventh hottest on record.

Winter is not over yet for the US Northeasteners and Midwesteners. Another blast of Arctic air is expected next week after teaser temperatures in the 50’s over the weekend. The extended outlook is for warmer temperatures in the Southwest starting in March, spreading to the entire South in April and May.

The drought in the West is expected to continue as the snow fall in the mountains was half the normal leading to worries about crops and wild fires.

The state to be in next week, Alaska. Just keep in mind that the sun passes over the Equator, re-entering the Northern Hemisphere, bringing spring with it on March 20, at 12:57 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

Keith Olbermann on Michael Sam

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At the beginning of February, University of Missouri defensive end, Michael Sam announced that he was gay. The fall out from that was predictable with support coming openly from most of the press and many players, as well as NFL officials. However, there were the usual anonymous “manly men”, expressing the usual homophobic memes about naked men in locker rooms. ESPN’s Keith Olbermann weighed in on the homophobia of the nameless NFL executives and highlighted a fellow sports caster’s criticism of Sam’s spineless detractors.

Michael Sam Comes Out of the Closet, NFL Executives Go Into It

Michael Sam makes a brave and courageous entrance into the NFL…and he is met by men too weak to stand behind their own words. Keith explains.

On This Day In History February 21

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February 21 is the 52nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 313 days remaining until the end of the year (314 in leap years).

On this day in 1965, Malcolm X, an African American nationalist and religious leader, is assassinated by rival Black Muslims while addressing his Organization of Afro-American Unity at the Audubon Ballroom in Washington Heights in New York City.


Malcolm X began to speak to a meeting of the Organization of Afro-American Unity when a disturbance broke out in the crowd of 400. A man yelled, “Nigger! Get your hand outta my pocket!” As Malcolm X and his bodyguards moved to quiet the disturbance, a man rushed forward and shot him in the chest with a sawed-off shotgun. Two other men charged the stage and fired handguns, hitting him 16 times. Furious onlookers caught and beat one of the assassins as the others fled the ballroom. Malcolm X was pronounced dead at 3:30 p.m., shortly after he arrived at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.

Talmadge Hayer, a Nation of Islam member also known as Thomas Hagan, was arrested on the scene. Eyewitnesses identified two more suspects, Norman 3X Butler and Thomas 15X Johnson, also members of the Nation. All three were charged in the case. At first Hayer denied involvement, but during the trial he confessed to having fired shots at Malcolm X. He testified that Butler and Johnson were not present and were not involved in the assassination, but he declined to name the men who had joined him in the shooting. All three men were convicted.

Butler, now known as Muhammad Abdul Aziz, was paroled in 1985. He became the head of the Nation of Islam’s Harlem mosque in New York in 1998. He continues to maintain his innocence. Johnson, now known as Khalil Islam, was released from prison in 1987. During his time in prison, he rejected the teachings of the Nation of Islam and converted to Sunni Islam. He, too, maintains his innocence. Hayer, now known as Mujahid Halim, was paroled in 2010.


The number of mourners who came to the public viewing in Harlem’s Unity Funeral Home from February 23 through February 26 was estimated to be between 14,000 and 30,000. The funeral of Malcolm X was held on February 27 at the Faith Temple Church of God in Christ in Harlem. The Church was filled to capacity with more than 1,000 people. Loudspeakers were set up outside the Temple so the overflowing crowd could listen and a local television station broadcast the funeral live.

Among the civil rights leaders in attendance were John Lewis, Bayard Rustin, James Forman, James Farmer, Jesse Gray, and Andrew Young. Actor and activist Ossie Davis delivered the eulogy, describing Malcolm X as “our shining black prince”.

   There are those who will consider it their duty, as friends of the Negro people, to tell us to revile him, to flee, even from the presence of his memory, to save ourselves by writing him out of the history of our turbulent times. Many will ask what Harlem finds to honor in this stormy, controversial and bold young captain-and we will smile. Many will say turn away-away from this man, for he is not a man but a demon, a monster, a subverter and an enemy of the black man-and we will smile. They will say that he is of hate-a fanatic, a racist-who can only bring evil to the cause for which you struggle! And we will answer and say to them: Did you ever talk to Brother Malcolm? Did you ever touch him, or have him smile at you? Did you ever really listen to him? Did he ever do a mean thing? Was he ever himself associated with violence or any public disturbance? For if you did you would know him. And if you knew him you would know why we must honor him.

Malcolm X was buried at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York. At the gravesite after the ceremony, friends took the shovels away from the waiting gravediggers and completed the burial themselves. Actor and activist Ruby Dee (wife of Ossie Davis) and Juanita Poitier (wife of Sidney Poitier) established the Committee of Concerned Mothers to raise funds to buy a house and pay educational expenses for Malcolm X’s family.

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XXII Day 14

    Time     Network Event
5 pm CNBC Curling, women’s gold medal final: Canada vs. Sweden.
5 pm Vs. Women’s hockey, gold medal final: Canada vs. USA.
8 pm NBC Figure skating: ladies’ gold medal final; freestyle skiing: women’s halfpipe gold medal final, men’s ski cross gold medal final.
1 am NBC Nordic Combined: men’s team K-125 large hill gold medal final.
2 am NBC Figure skating: ladies’ gold medal final; freestyle skiing: women’s halfpipe gold medal final, men’s ski cross gold medal final. (repeat)
3 am Vs. Curling, men’s bronze medal game: Sweden vs. China; freestyle skiing: women’s ski cross.
6:30 am Vs. Hockey, men’s first semifinal: Sweden vs. Finland.
9:30 am Vs. Biathlon: women’s 4x6km relay gold medal final; freestyle skiing: women’s ski cross gold medal final.
11:30 am Vs. Hockey, men’s second semifinal: USA vs. Canada; speed skating, women’s team pursuit quarterfinals.
3 pm NBC Freestyle skiing: women’s ski cross gold medal final; biathlon: women’s 4x6km relay gold medal final.
3 pm Vs. Hockey.
5 pm CNBC Curling, men’s gold medal final: Great Britain vs. Canada.
5 pm Vs. Hockey: Game of the Day.

Medal Results for Wednesday and Thursday are below the fold. ~TMC~