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Saturday, July 19, 2008


"Let's all be careful out there!"


Today is Saturday, July 19, the 201st day of 2008. There are 165 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
  • On July 19, 1848, a pioneer women's rights convention convened in Seneca Falls, N.Y.
On this date:
  • In 1553, 15-year-old Lady Jane Grey was deposed as Queen of England after claiming the crown for nine days. King Henry VIII's daughter Mary was proclaimed Queen.
  • In 1870, the Franco-Prussian war began.
  • In 1943, allied air forces raided Rome during World War II.
  • In 1944, the Democratic National Convention convened in Chicago with the renomination of President Franklin D. Roosevelt considered a foregone certainty.
  • In 1969, Apollo 11 and its astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins, went into orbit around the moon.
  • In 1975, the Apollo and Soyuz space capsules that were linked in orbit for two days separated.
  • In 1979, the Nicaraguan capital of Managua fell to Sandinista guerrillas, two days after President Anastasio Somoza had fled the country.
  • In 1984, U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro, D-N.Y., won the Democratic nomination for vice president by acclamation at the party's convention in San Francisco.
  • In 1989, 111 people were killed when a United Air Lines DC-10 crashed while making an emergency landing at Sioux City, Iowa; 185 other people survived.
  • In 1993, President Clinton announced a policy allowing homosexuals to serve in the military under a compromise dubbed "don't ask, don't tell, don't pursue."
Ten years ago:
  • Seeking to break a 16-month deadlock, Israel and the Palestinians held their first high-level talks in months.
  • Hundreds of Serb police battled secessionist guerrillas for control of the central Kosovo town of Orahovac.
Five years ago:
  • A chartered aircraft carrying three families to a game reserve plowed into Mount Kenya, killing all 12 American tourists and the two South African pilots on board.
One year ago:
  • A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by former CIA operative Valerie Plame, who was demanding money from Bush administration officials she blamed for leaking her agency identity.
  • Taliban gunmen abducted 23 South Koreans who worked at an aid organization in Kandahar, Afghanistan. (Two hostages were fatally shot; the rest were later freed.)
Today's Birthdays:
  • Former Sen. George McGovern is 86.
  • Actor Pat Hingle is 84.
  • Actress Helen Gallagher is 82.
  • Country singer Sue Thompson is 82.
  • Country singer George Hamilton IV is 71.
  • Actor Dennis Cole is 68.
  • Singer Vikki Carr is 67.
  • Country singer-musician Commander Cody is 64.
  • Actor George Dzundza is 63.
  • Rock singer-musician Alan Gorrie (Average White Band) is 62.
  • Rock musician Brian May is 61.
  • Rock musician Bernie Leadon is 61.
  • Actress Beverly Archer is 60.
  • Movie director Abel Ferrara is 57.
  • Actor Peter Barton is 52.
  • Rock musician Kevin Haskins (Love and Rockets; Bauhaus) is 48.
  • Movie director Atom Egoyan is 48.
  • Actor Campbell Scott is 47.
  • Actor Anthony Edwards is 46.
  • Country singer Kelly Shiver is 45.
  • Actress Clea Lewis is 43.
  • Country musician Jeremy Patterson (Flynnville Train) is 38.
  • Classical singer Urs Buhler (Il Divo) is 37.
  • Actor Andrew Kavovit is 37.
  • Rock musician Jason McGerr (Death Cab for Cutie) is 34.
  • Actress Rachel Miner is 28.
  • Actor Jared Padalecki is 26.
  • Actor Steven Anthony Lawrence is 18.
Thought for Today:
"I always turn to the sports page first. The sports page records people's accomplishments; the front page nothing but man's failure."
Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the United States (1891-1974).

"Let's all be careful out there!"


"Let's all be careful out there!"



Then Heaven help NOLA.

Okay, what is it with construction cranes? This makes the fifth incident since the first of the year. Used to be they were up everywhere and there never seemed to be a problem. Somebody is doing something different, obviously.

This is why we Americans just love SUVs. A Prius couldn't have come close in destruction factors.

Every time I hear a story about paparazzi, I am amazed at how low these scumbags will stoop to get their pics. Unlike most folks, I am not hypocritical. These scrotes earn their money by selling the images to the trash mags and gossip TV shows. I refuse to read or watch either. Any one who does is giving defacto legitimacy to this activity and complicity to their actions.

Electrocuting a pickle proves the existence of gawd?

When our gov't is spending counter-terrorism money, is this what you had in mind? That goodness some people are raising questions.

I mentioned earlier about some folk's effort to get a proposal on the ballot in November to rename a sewage treatment plant "in honor" of Dubya. They were successful and now the ultimate decision is up to the voters.

You know what is hard about getting old? Not so much my own age but when I see a story or image about someone else following life's inevitable track. Phoebe Cates is a person whose image at a certain age is forever carved in stone in my brain. I first saw her in the movie Fast Tines At Ridgemont High when she was just barely 18. She is now married to Kevin Klein and has 2 kids and on the 17th turned 45.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Thanks for your visit.

"Let's all be careful out there!"