Romney-Ryan quiz answers.........
1: C. Romney was named after family friend and hotel magnate J. Willard Marriott. 2. D . When Lenore Romney ran for Senate in 1970, women senators were rare and she would have been only the third woman ever elected to serve a full Senate term. “It was disappointing to find so many people closed their minds just because I was a woman,” she said. 3. B. Romney’s middle name honors his uncle, Milton “Mitt” Romney, star quarterback for the Bears in the 1920s. 4. A. An English major at Brigham Young University, class of ‘71, Romney advises today’s English majors to plan on graduate school. He earned dual degrees from Harvard Law and Harvard Business School. 5. C. If elected, Romney will be the first president since George H.W. Bush to have sons. Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama have only daughters. 6. C. Ryan and Taggart “Tagg” Romney are both 42. Mitt Romney is 65. 7. D. A fitness buff, Ryan, 6-feet 2 and 163 pounds, leads morning sessions of the P90X muscle-building program on Capitol Hill. 8. C. Ryan admits coffee is his vice. Romney has indulged in coffee ice cream. 9. C. Janna Ryan’s grandfather, Reuel W. Little, helped form the American Party in Oklahoma in the 1960s to support former Alabama Gov. George Wallace’s presidential bid. Little ran for governor on the American Party in 1970. Janna Ryan’s uncle, David Boren, a Democrat, served as senator and governor of Oklahoma. Her cousin is Rep. Dan Boren, D-Okla. 10. B. A gastroenterologist in Ryan’s congressional district offered Ryan’s family free colonoscopies for life if Ryan would run for president. “That seals it,” Ryan deadpanned, the National Review Online reported. BONUS: Tagg, Matt, Josh, Ben and Craig. One point for each correct answer.SCORING: 85 to 100 – Congratulations! You’re so savvy you could be family. 70 to 85 – Political pro. Angling for a job in the Romney White House? 55 to 70 – Author, author. You could write a book. 40 to 55 – No slacker, your knowledge exceeds that of most bloggers. 25 to 40 – Tweet away. You certainly have 140 characters’ worth of insight. Below 25 – Too busy leading your own life for politics? You have time to brush up. —Compiled by Marsha Mercer
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10 Biggest Superstars in the History of the WWE
Paul Michael Levesque—better known by his ring name Triple H, an abbreviation of his former ring name Hunter Hearst Helmsley—has proven himself to be both the dumbest and also the smartest man in professional wrestling history. Levesque, who began his career in 1994 with the WCW, came to the WWF in 1995, and immediately displayed an utter lack of brainpower by dating (in real life, I might add) fellow wrestler Joanie Laurer, a.k.a. Chyna, a.k.a. Steroid-Ridden She-Male. But even with that big, ugly, alcoholic bitch on his arm, Levesque still managed to push his way to WWF and WWE superstardom.
Overall, Levesque has won 23 championships in WWE and is also recognized as the first World Heavyweight Champion under WWE’s lineage. One needs to wonder, though, if any of this would have been possible if he hadn’t made the wisest move in professional wrestling history when he ditched Chyna and started dating, and then married the boss’ daughter—Stephanie McMahon. The couple has three kids, and in 2010, while recovering from an injury sustained in the ring, Levesque was officially named WWE Senior Executive Advisor. Apparently, dipping your pen in the company ink can be a smart and incredibly lucrative move.
Vince McMahon, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. (WWE), is a third generation promoter who has made WWE into the global phenomenon it is today. As a pioneer in the television syndication business, a recognized television personality throughout the world, a visionary promoter and a fearless marketer, he continues to make his presence known as a leader within the broadcast and entertainment industries… as well as in the ring.
Like any good CEO, McMahon is hated by the masses. His cutthroat business practices and poor treatment of his performers, including allegations that he supplied his wrestlers with steroids (not to mention, the “Montreal Screwjob”—see #8), have made him a man vilified by his employees and, more importantly, the fans. But ever the shrewd businessman, McMahon has merely embraced this bad guy persona and used it to his benefit, becoming quite possibly the greatest “heel” in WWE history.
For his accomplishments in entertainment, television, and pay-per-view, McMahon, one of the longest running personalities on television, was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2008.
Mark William Calaway began his professional wrestling career with World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) in 1984. He joined the WCW as “Mean” Mark Callous in 1989, where he was crowned World Tag Team Champion. But only a year later, when WCW failed to his contract, Calaway joined the WWF and took the name that has since become known to millions upon millions around the world—The Undertaker.
The Undertaker has two contrasting gimmicks: “the Deadman,” an undead occult like figure, and “the American Bad Ass,” a biker. Needless to say, it is the first persona that has earned The Undertaker all-time superstar status with such specialty matches as the Casket match, the Buried Alive match, and the notorious Hell in a Cell – not to mention the presence of his one-time manager, the creepy Paul Bearer.
At the Royal Rumble in 1993, The Undertaker was sealed in his own casket and seemingly vanquished for good. But because it is professional wrestling, an Undertaker was soon reintroduced back to the WWF. This Undertaker, however, played by Brian Lee, was an impostor Undertaker (dubbed the “Underfaker” by fans) and led to the return of the real Undertaker. Appearing as a new version of his original Deadman persona, replacing grey with purple, The Undertaker defeated the imposter after three Tombstone Piledrivers, thus restoring order to the world.
Overall, as The Undertaker, Calaway is an eight-time world champion, four-time WWF/E Champion and three-time World Heavyweight Champion, a one-time WWF Hardcore Champion, and a six-time WWF World Tag Team Champion. He was, at one point, the youngest WWF Champion in history and is undefeated at WrestleMania, with an 18-0 record, which is the single longest undefeated WrestleMania streak in WWE history.
Not only is Michael Shawn Hickenbottom, a.k.a. Shawn Michaels, one of the greatest superstars in WWE history, he is without a doubt the greatest ladies man the WWE has ever seen. Women simply adored “The Heartbreak Kid,” as Michaels became known, showing up in droves to mob the longhaired lothario—something I seriously doubt would have happened if he’d wrestled under his real name of Hickenbottom.
Michaels, who wrestled for WWE from 1988 until his retirement in 2010, was considered one of WWE’s senior performers, having showcased his talents for over 20 years. During that time, he racked up numerous accolades including being a four-time world champion, a three-time WWF Champion and a former World Heavyweight Champion. He was also the winner of the 1995 and 1996 Royal Rumbles (while a member of Degeneration-X, along with Triple H and Chyna) and was the company’s first Grand Slam Champion. He has also won the Slammy Award (WWE’s version of the Oscar) a record 10 times.
Michaels is probably best remembered, however, for his televised real-life feud with Bret “The Hitman” Hart—another legendary WWE superstar who easily could have made this—that culminated in the “Montreal Screwjob,” one of the most controversial professional wrestling events ever in which Vince McMahon (with the help of Michaels and the referee) double-crossed Hart, the defending WWF Champion.
A number of factors led to the Montreal Screwjob. For starters, Michaels and Hart had several backstage arguments including a fight before a house show in Hartford, Connecticut (after Michaels had publicly accused Hart of having an affair with his then-girlfriend, WWF Diva Sunny), which saw Michaels suspended for 2 months. Secondly, and more importantly, McMahon was planning to take WWF public, which required him to minimize any long-term financial commitments, such as the 20-year contract Hart had just signed. So, with that said, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise when the ref called for the bell to ring and ended the match as Michaels held Hart in the Sharpshooter submission hold (Hart’s signature finishing move), even though Hart had not submitted. Michaels was declared the victor by submission and crowned the new WWF Champion.
“Can you smell what The Rock is cooking?”
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was born to be a wrestler. Literally. He is the first third-generation wrestler in WWE history. However, it wasn’t in the ring that Dwayne first gained national attention. Rather, it was in college as a member of the University of Miami’s national championship football team that he first garnered the spotlight… when he was caught chasing San Diego State’s Aztec mascot around the field during a live nationally televised game.
When his dreams of a professional football career fizzled, Dwayne decided to follow the family tradition and become a professional wrestler. He gained mainstream fame in World Wrestling Entertainment from 1996 to 2004, quickly being given a push, first as “Rocky Maivia,” and then as “The Rock,” a member of the Nation of Domination. Two years after he joined the WWF, Johnson won the WWF Championship, and became one of the most popular wrestlers within the company’s history for his engaging interviews and promos. A nine-time world champion, he decided, in 2001, to cash in on his immense popularity—much like Hulk Hogan before him—by trying his hand at acting. But in stark contrast to Hogan, Johnson’s career on the big screen has actually proved quite successful. In fact, Arnold Schwarzenegger—the greatest action star of all time—literally passed the action movie crown to The Rock in the opening scene of The Rundown. But unfortunately, and again like the Hulkster, Dwayne hasn’t always had the best eye for scripts. Of course, it could be that wrestlers/actors just love seeing themselves on the big screen… in tutus! I mean, c’mon, how else would you explain such epic flops as Suburban Commando and The Tooth Fairy?
“I’m a limousine ridin’, jet flyin’, kiss stealin’, wheelin’ dealin’ son of a gun. WOOOO!”
Sure, Richard Morgan Fliehr, better known by his ring names Ric Flair and “The Nature Boy,” dresses like Liberace and can easily be considered the original WOOOO Girl, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t all man. To quote the 16-time World Heavyweight Champion and 2008 WWE Hall of Fame inductee: “Girls, you can’t be the first, but you can be next.”
One of the most well known professional wrestlers in the world, The Nature Boy has been welcoming opponents and fans to “Flair Country” since 1972. A multiple-time champion in the NWA, WCW and WWF, he has even served as the on-camera co-owner of WWE—a role that spawned an on-screen feud between he and Vince McMahon, ultimately leading to the two men wrestling for sole ownership of the company (McMahon won with the help of Brock Lesnar).
In 2009, at the tender young age of sixty, Flair signed with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling and is still hamming it up in the ring. Now, while many may be wondering what The Nature Boy—old floppy man-boobs and all—is doing still cracking skulls, I need only quote the man himself: “Space Mountain may be the oldest ride in the park, but it has the longest line!”
Steve Austin (born Steven James Anderson; later Steven Williams), better known by his ring name “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, wrestled for several well-known wrestling promotions such as World Championship Wrestling (WCW), Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) and most famously, the WWF/WWE. Billed as “The Most Popular Superstar in WWE History,” the organization has also named Austin as the greatest talker in the history of professional wrestling—a funny fact considering that he gained significant mainstream popularity in the WWF during the mid-to-late 1990s as a disrespectful, beer-drinking antihero who routinely defied his boss, Vince McMahon, frequently flipping the CEO the bird and incapacitating him with the Stone Cold Stunner, his signature finishing move. Still, in-ring antics aside, McMahon didn’t hesitate to induct Austin into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009.
Austin held nineteen championships throughout his professional wrestling career and is recognized by WWE as a six-time world champion, having held the WWF Championship on six occasions, and the fifth Triple Crown Champion. He was also the winner of the 1996 King of the Ring tournament, as well as the 1997, 1998 and 2001 Royal Rumbles. He was forced to retire from in ring competition in early 2003 due to a series of knee and neck injuries sustained throughout his career – although he has continued to make part-time appearances.
Austin’s genuine rise to superstardom began at the 1996 King of the Ring. Austin began using his trademark finishing maneuver, the Stone Cold Stunner; and with this new technique, he won the King of the Ring tournament, defeating the legendary Jake “The Snake” Roberts in the finals. At the time, Roberts was portraying a born-again Christian, so after the match, Austin cut a now famous promo during his coronation, telling Roberts, “You sit there and you thump your Bible, and you say your prayers, and it didn’t get you anywhere! Talk about your psalms, talk about John 3:16… Austin 3:16 says I just whooped your ass!” “Austin 3:16″ ultimately became one of the most popular catch phrases in wrestling history and subsequently went on to become the highest selling tee shirt in WWE merchandise history.
Oooooh yeeeah! The madness is runnin’ wild! Dig it!”
What would the WWF/E have been without Randall Mario Poffo, a.k.a. “Macho Man” Randy Savage? Too hot to handle and too cold to hold, Macho Man is one of the most recognizable wrestlers in history, thanks to his distinctively deep and raspy voice, his ring attire (comprising sunglasses, a bandanna or head band, gaudy robes, and a cowboy hat), intensity, and (of course) his signature catch phrase: “Oooooh yeeeah!”
A twenty-time champion and ten-time world champion, the WWE has named Savage the greatest champion of all time, saying: “There has never been a Superstar more colorful than “Macho Man” Randy Savage. His style – perfectly punctuated by his entrance music, “Pomp and Circumstance” – has only been outshined by his performance in the ring. He has brought a higher level of credibility to the title through his amazing in-ring performances.”
Of course, while Macho Man’s in-ring performances are things of legend (he is also responsible for introducing the world to Miss Elizabeth, the first true WWE Diva), many of his performances outside the ring have been legendarily ludicrous. Why he ever decided to cut a rap album (“Be A Man”) with lyrics referring to Hulk Hogan as a homosexual, I have no idea. But hey, it did make me laugh, so I guess I’ll just chalk it up to his larger-than-life persona. And with that being said… “Snap into a Slim Jim! Oooooh yeeeah!”
Wrestling aside, any man who can drink 119 beers in a single sitting is an all-time superstar in my book.
His parents named him Andre Rene Rousimoff, but we knew him as The Eighth Wonder of the World, Andre the Giant. For two decades, from the late 1960s through the mid 1980s, Andre the Giant was the highest paid professional wrestler in the business and a household name across the globe. Promoters fought tooth and nail to book Andre, as his presence on a card guaranteed a sell-out. Fans cheered his every move and mobbed him on the street as if he were a great big Beatle.
For proof of his drawing power, look no further than WrestleMania III in 1987. The main event was Andre vs. Hulk Hogan. The show drew the first million-dollar gate in wrestling history, set a pay-per-view record that lasted a decade, and set the all-time indoor attendance record for any live event ever—78,000+ at the Pontiac Silver Dome in Detroit—destroying the previous record set by some no-name rock band called the Rolling Stones. His rematch with Hogan two months later, broadcast live on NBC, attracted 33 million viewers, making it the most watched wrestling match ever.
Known to his friends simply as “Giant” or “Boss,” Andre was born on May 19th, 1946, in Grenoble, France, the child of Russian immigrants. Shortly after his birth, he was diagnosed with a rare glandular disease, acromegaly, which caused his body to over-produce growth hormones. As a result, Andre grew to a height of somewhere between 6’11″ and 7’5″ and a weight of over 500 pounds. His actual height and weight have been speculated about for decades – the business is notorious for inflating wrestlers’ statistics. However, Andre’s illness sometimes made him slouch or bow his shoulders, so he might well have been the advertised 7’5″. He first wrestled as Andre the Butcher, but it was Vincent J. McMahon Sr., owner of New York’s World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF), who christened him
“Andre the Giant.”
There were only two things that the big man loved: wrestling and booze—mostly booze—and his appetites were of mythic proportion. While it can be argued that a miniscule handful of professional wrestlers matched Andre’s in-ring achievements (Gorgeous George back in the ’40s and ’50s, Dusty Rhodes in the ’70s, and Hulk Hogan in the ’80s), no other wrestler ever matched his exploits as a boozehound. In fact, no other human has ever matched Andre as a drinker. He is the zenith. He is the Mount Everest of inebriation. Known to have regularly demolished a dozen or so quarts of beer as a “warm-up” for a match, it has been estimated that Andre the Giant drank 7,000 calories worth of booze every day. The figure doesn’t include food. Just booze. Furthermore, while you won’t find it in the Guinness Book of World Records, Andre the Giant holds the world record for the largest number of beers consumed in a single sitting. These were standard 12-ounce bottles of beer, nothing fancy, but during a six-hour period Andre drank 119 of them. Think about it: 119 beers in six hours. That’s a beer every three minutes, non-stop. That’s beyond epic. It’s beyond the ken of mortal men. It’s god-like.
When ill health forced Andre to largely quit wrestling in the late ’80s, he accepted the role of Fezzik in Rob Reiner’s movie The Princess Bride. Everyone on the set loved the big man, with the possible exception of Reiner himself. Ever the sociable fellow, he kept fellow cast members Mandy Patinkin and Carey Elwes out night after night, drinking and goofing around. The actors were incapable of matching Andre’s intake, but certainly gave it a serious try. As a result, they often showed up on set still loaded or suffering from the sort of hangovers that make death seem a pleasant alternative.
Following WrestleMania III, Andre retired for good, returning to France to be with his family. He was still there when, on January 26th, 1993, Andre died in his sleep of heart failure at the age of 47.