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Saturday, July 12, 2008


Today is Saturday, July 12, the 194th day of 2008. There are 172 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
  • One hundred years ago, on July 12, 1908, comedian Milton Berle was born Mendel Berlinger in New York City.
On this date:
  • In 1543, England's King Henry VIII married his sixth and last wife, Catherine Parr.
  • In 1690, forces led by William of Orange defeated the army of James II at the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland.
  • In 1812, United States forces led by Gen. William Hull entered Canada during the War of 1812 against Britain. (However, Hull retreated shortly thereafter to Detroit.)
  • In 1817, naturalist-author Henry David Thoreau was born in Concord, Mass.
  • In 1862, Congress authorized the Medal of Honor.
  • In 1948, the Democratic National Convention opened in Philadelphia.
  • In 1977, President Carter defended Supreme Court decisions limiting government payments for poor women's abortions, saying, "There are many things in life that are not fair."
  • In 1984, Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale announced he'd chosen U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York to be his running mate; Ferraro was the first woman to run for vice president on a major-party ticket.
  • In 1988, Democratic presidential candidate Michael S. Dukakis tapped Sen. Lloyd Bentsen of Texas as his running mate.
  • In 1993, some 200 people were killed when an earthquake measuring magnitude 7.8 struck northern Japan and triggered a tsunami.
Ten years ago:
  • In Ballymoney, Northern Ireland, three young brothers who had been asleep in their beds burned to death in a sectarian attack.
  • France beat Brazil 3-0 for its first World Cup soccer championship.
Five years ago:
  • Wrapping up a five-day tour of Africa, President Bush said he would not allow terrorists to use the continent as a base "to threaten the world."
  • The USS Ronald Reagan, the first carrier named for a living president, was commissioned in Norfolk, Va.
  • Jazz great Benny Carter died at age 95.
One year ago:
  • A Bush administration assessment said Iraq had achieved only limited military and political progress toward a democratic society; Iraqi leaders responded by insisting they were making progress.
  • The House of Representatives voted to withdraw U.S. troops by spring 2008 despite a veto threat from President Bush.
  • British soccer star David Beckham and his wife, Victoria (of Spice Girls fame), arrived in Los Angeles to begin their new lives in the United States.
Today's Birthdays:
  • Artist Andrew Wyeth is 91.
  • Movie director Monte Hellman is 76.
  • Pianist Van Cliburn is 74.
  • Comedian Bill Cosby is 71.
  • Singer-musician Christine McVie is 65.
  • Actress Denise Nicholas is 64.
  • Singer-songwriter Butch Hancock is 63.
  • Fitness guru Richard Simmons is 60.
  • Actor Jay Thomas is 60.
  • Singer Walter Egan is 60.
  • Writer-producer Brian Grazer is 57.
  • Actress Cheryl Ladd is 57.
  • Country singer Julie Miller is 52.
  • Gospel singer Sandi Patty is 52.
  • Actress Mel Harris is 52.
  • Actor Buddy Foster is 51.
  • Rock guitarist Dan Murphy (Soul Asylum) is 46.
  • Actress Judi Evans is 44.
  • Rock singer Robin Wilson is 43.
  • Actress Lisa Nicole Carson is 39.
  • Olympic gold medal figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi is 37.
  • Country singer Shannon Lawson is 35.
  • Rapper Magoo is 35.
  • Actress Anna Friel is 32.
  • Rhythm-and-blues singer Tracie Spencer is 32.
  • Actor Steve Howey is 31.
  • Actor Topher Grace is 30.
  • Actress Michelle Rodriguez is 30.
  • Actor Erik Per Sullivan is 17.
Thought for Today:
"I'd rather be a 'could-be' if I cannot be an 'are'; because a 'could-be' is a 'maybe' who is reaching for a star. I'd rather be a 'has-been' than a 'might-have-been,' by far; for a 'might-have-been' has never been, but a 'has' was once an 'are.'"
Milton Berle, American comedian (1908-2002)

"Let's all be careful out there!"


"Let's all be careful out there!"



A technique abandoned back in the 70s is coming out again due to advances in science. Researchers at MIT have found a cheaper way to produce solar panels by replacing regular window panes in a structure with specially tinted ones.

It is about 3 years away from being marketable. Think of how much electricity could be produced just on the island of Manhattan and the savings in fuel costs and environment issues.


The basic rule in NASCAR racing is that you put "the pedal to the metal and turn left." Obama might just do that as rumors abound about his campaign considering sponsorship of one of the race cars. He needs to tap into the segment of the electorate he benn missing.

Auto racing (which includes NASCAR) is most popular among those with a high school education or less (19%) and Baby Boomers (15%), while it fares worst among those with a post graduate degree (2%) and Generation X (4%)


He been a professional wrestler and was the governor of Minnesota. Now Jesse "The Body" Ventura is considering running for the US Senate. I liked him. He was an independent candidate that upset the political apple cart when elected. He spoke his mind freely and really didn't give a rats ass whether you liked him or not. I would love to see him shaking up things "inside the beltway". Sadly, the way the power stucture is established in Washington tends to negate the influence of people like him.


The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals

Now this looks like an interesting read.

Thank you for your visit. I hope you are having a great weekend. Catch up with you later.

"Let's all be careful out there!"