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Tuesday, July 22, 2008


Today is Tuesday, July 22, the 204th day of 2008. There are 162 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On July 22, 1933, American aviator Wiley Post completed the first solo flight around the world as he returned to New York's Floyd Bennett Field after traveling for 7 days, 18 3/4 hours.
On this date:
  • In 1587, an English colony fated to vanish under mysterious circumstances was established on Roanoke Island off North Carolina.
  • In 1796, Cleveland was founded by Gen. Moses Cleaveland.
  • In 1908, American etiquette expert Amy Vanderbilt was born in New York City.
  • In 1934, a man identified as bank robber John Dillinger was shot to death by federal agents outside Chicago's Biograph Theater.
  • In 1937, the Senate rejected President Roosevelt's proposal to add more justices to the Supreme Court.
  • In 1942, the Nazis began transporting Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto to the Treblinka concentration camp.
  • In 1943, American forces led by Gen. George S. Patton captured Palermo, Sicily, during World War II.
  • In 1946, Jewish extremists blew up a wing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, killing 90 people.
  • In 1975, the House of Representatives joined the Senate in voting to restore the American citizenship of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
  • In 1983, Samantha Smith and her parents returned home to Manchester, Maine, after completing a whirlwind tour of the Soviet Union.
Ten years ago:
  • The Senate Armed Services Committee rejected, on a 9-9 vote, Daryl Jones' bid to become Air Force secretary.
  • President Clinton, with Republican lawmakers at his side, signed a bill designed to mold the Internal Revenue Service into a friendlier, fairer tax collector.
Five years ago:
  • Saddam Hussein's sons Odai and Qusai were killed when U.S. forces stormed a villa in Mosul, Iraq.
  • Months after her prisoner-of-war ordeal, Pfc. Jessica Lynch returned home to a hero's welcome in Elizabeth, W.Va.
One year ago:
  • A bus carrying Polish Catholic pilgrims from a holy site in the French Alps plunged off a steep mountain road, killing 26 people.
  • Padraig Harrington survived a calamitous finish in regulation and a tense putt for bogey on the final hole of a playoff to win the British Open.
  • Cinematographer Laszlo Kovacs died in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 74.
Today's Birthdays:
  • Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., is 85.
  • Singer Margaret Whiting is 84.
  • Actor-comedian Orson Bean is 80.
  • Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta is 76.
  • Actress Louise Fletcher is 74.
  • Movie director John Korty is 72.
  • Rhythm-and-blues singer Chuck Jackson is 71.
  • Actor Terence Stamp is 69.
  • Game show host Alex Trebek is 68.
  • Singer George Clinton is 67.
  • Actor-singer Bobby Sherman is 65.
  • Singer Estelle Bennett (The Ronettes) is 64.
  • Movie writer-director Paul Schrader is 62.
  • Actor Danny Glover is 61.
  • Actor-comedian-director Albert Brooks is 61.
  • Rock singer Don Henley is 61.
  • Movie composer Alan Menken is 59.
  • Actor Willem Dafoe is 53.
  • Rhythm-and-blues singer Keith Sweat is 47.
  • Actress Joanna Going is 45.
  • Actor Rob Estes is 45.
  • Folk singer Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls) is 45.
  • Actor John Leguizamo is 44.
  • Actor-comedian David Spade is 44.
  • Actor Patrick Labyorteaux is 43.
  • Rock musician Pat Badger is 41.
  • Actress Irene Bedard is 41.
  • Actor Rhys Ifans is 41.
  • Actor Colin Ferguson is 36.
  • Rock musician Daniel Jones is 35.
  • Singer Rufus Wainwright is 35.
  • Actress Franka Potente is 34.
  • Actress A.J. Cook is 30.
Thought for Today:
"Somehow a bachelor never quite gets over the idea that he is a thing of beauty and a boy forever."
Helen Rowland, American writer and humorist (1875-1950).

"Let's all be careful out there!"


"Let's all be careful out there!"



Thats right. After gutting the tomato industry, it turns out the salmonella didn't come from those delicious red orbs. The FDA has traced the contamination to some jalapeños. Some very specific jalapeños. Of course, their mis-IDing the source initially has cost the growers a few $100 million in destroyed crops. Which makes me wonder. What political opponent of the current administration has large holdings in the vegetable growing business? Someone the administration needed to kick in the balls to provide a lesson.

The UK seems to be kind of a nice place. The people are pleasant. Except for their various levels of government that seem to want to micro-manage every aspect of a person's life. One community is seeking to effectively ban the jingles played by ice cream trucks for decades. The assinine new law only allows the ringing of the chimes for 4 seconds every three minutes. There are even more Draconian strictures that must be complied with. Something about polluting the "atmosphere" of the community. Give me a frakking break.

Or their new "permissions" that allow so called inspectors to enter any structure, commercial or residence, to be sure you aren't in violation of over 1,000 new restrictions. No wonder Blair and Bush got on so well. Neither wanted their people to have any rights (or privacy) at all.

I guess we can call this "COLD WAR ver2.0". Russia is considering stationing long range bombers in Cuba in retaliation for the missle defense system we are installing in the Czech Republic.

"Put down the remote! You're too drunk to channel surf." First it was a wheelchair. Now its a riding mower. I busted a guy for DUI while he was riding a horse. Long ago and far, far away.

Rising scrap metal prices are squeezing the brass nuts off fire hydrants. Never thought I could say that without referencing a very cold monkey.

"The Changing Newsroom: What is Being Gained and What is Being Lost in America's Daily Newspapers." Besides readship, quality and coverage? How about revenue?

The annual meeting of Santa's (helpers) from around the world began their 3-day stay on Monday in Denmark.. I guess they are exchanging their naughty & nice lists. There is no truth to the rumor that Bill Clinton tried to buy the naughty girls list. But his name is permanently engraved at the top of the boy's.

You saw the video! Now read the news! Flesh eating carp the latest rage in pedicures.

The high cost of fuel may have rendered another tradition to the Dodo bird squad. The county fair midways and the carnies who run them.

Thanks for you visit. There will be more (always) later.

"Let's all be careful out there!"