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Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Today is Wednesday, August 13, the 226th day of 2008.
There are 140 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
  • On August 13, 1961, Berlin was divided as East Germany sealed off the border between the city's eastern and western sectors and began building a wall in order to halt the flight of refugees.
On this date:
  • In 1521, Spanish conqueror Hernando Cortez captured Tenochtitlan, present-day Mexico City, from the Aztecs.
  • In 1624, French King Louis XIII named Cardinal Richelieu his first minister.
  • In 1704, the Battle of Blenheim was fought during the War of the Spanish Succession, resulting in a victory for English-led forces over French and Bavarian soldiers.
  • In 1846, the American flag was raised for the first time in Los Angeles.
  • In 1889, William Gray of Hartford, Conn., received a patent for a coin-operated telephone.
  • In 1910, Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, died in London at age 90.
  • In 1932, Adolf Hitler rejected the post of vice-chancellor of Germany, saying he was prepared to hold out "for all or nothing."
  • In 1934, the satirical comic strip "Li'l Abner," created by Al Capp, made its debut.
  • In 1960, the first two-way telephone conversation by satellite took place with the help of Echo 1.
  • In 1981, in a ceremony at his California ranch, President Reagan signed a historic package of tax and budget reductions.
Ten years ago:
  • President Clinton led the nation in mourning 12 Americans killed in a pair of U.S. embassy bombings in Africa. Standing before black hearses carrying ten of the bodies, the president pledged to seek justice "for these evil acts."
Five years ago:
  • Iraq began pumping crude oil from its northern oil fields for the first time since the start of the war.
  • Libya agreed to set up a $2.7 billion fund for families of 270 people killed in the 1988 Pan Am bombing.
One year ago:
  • President Bush's political strategist, Karl Rove, announced his resignation.
  • A bridge under construction in the ancient Chinese city of Fenghuang collapsed, killing 64 people.
  • Two women among the 23 South Koreans kidnapped by the Taliban in Afghanistan were freed.
  • Philanthropist Brooke Astor died in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., at age 105.
  • Hall of Fame Yankees shortstop and broadcaster Phil Rizzuto died in West Orange, N.J., at age 89.
Today's Birthdays:
  • Former Cuban President Fidel Castro is 82.
  • Actor Pat Harrington is 79.
  • Former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders is 75.
  • Actor Kevin Tighe is 64.
  • Actress Gretchen Corbett is 61.
  • Opera singer Kathleen Battle is 60.
  • Movie director Paul Greengrass is 53.
  • Actor Danny Bonaduce is 49.
  • TV host/weatherman Sam Champion ("Good Morning America") is 47.
  • Actress Dawnn Lewis is 47.
  • Actor John Slattery is 46.
  • Actress Quinn Cummings is 41.
  • Actress Seana Kofoed is 38.
  • Country singer Andy Griggs is 35.
  • Country musician Mike Melancon (Emerson Drive) is 30.
  • Actress Kathryn Fiore is 29.
Thought for Today:
"You should avoid making yourself too clear even in your explanations."
Baltasar Gracian, Spanish philosopher (1601-1658).

"Let's all be careful out there!"


"Let's all be careful out there!"



When most people think of Modesto CA, their first recollection is Gary Condit/Chandra Levy or Scott and Lacy Peterson. Dubious recognition at best. But Modesto is also where George Lucas graduated from high school. And is also the home of Gallo Wine. I am sure most of you have heard of Ernest & Julio. I believe Gallo is the largest winery in the world. Oh, they do NOT offer tours.

Will any movie ever surpass Titanic?

Is Will Ferrel funny? I understand his humor. I just don't enjoy it.

Next time you go to your favorite fast food restaurant, think about this:

Oh, he was terminated by Burger King.

How badly were you affected by Monday's outage of Google apps and G-Mail?

The war between Russia and Georgia is also being fought in cyberspace.

Those who don't understand technology are always trying to control the flow of information. And whenever these "Harolds" (obscure Star Trek reference) try to stop something, the more likely they are to spread it even further.

You go to the Mall, buy a really cute summery dress. The next day you return to same Mall, wearing your new dress, and get ejected by the rent-a-cops for attracting too much attention. The Mall may have some legal problems ahead:

I just love those Kentucky accents.

Dubya is proving himself to be a true friend of the rapers of our environment. Again.

Chalk this one up in American Airlines' "Frak You" column.

"Let's all be careful out there!"