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December 10th

What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight ­ it’s the size of the fight in the dog. – Dwight Eisenhower, address to Republican National Committee


TODAY – DECEMBER 10th

344th day of the year (345th in leap years) with 21 days to follow.

Holidays for Today:
~ Dewey Decimal System Day
~ International Human Rights Day
~ International Animal Rights Day
~ Jane Addams Day (celebrates the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize)
~ National Lager Day
~ Nobel Prize Day
~ Spiritual Literacy Month

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It is easier to find a score of men wise enough to discover the truth than to find one intrepid enough, in the face of opposition, to stand up for it. – A.A. Hodge
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BIRTHDAYS ON THIS DATE:

  • 1787 Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, pioneer in education of the deaf
  • 1830 Emily Dickinson, Amherst, Massachusetts, poet (The Poems of Emily Dickinson)
  • 1851 Melvil Dewey, Adams Center, New York, librarian (inventor of Dewey Decimal system of library classification)
  • 1914 Dorothy Lamour, New Orleans, Louisiana, actress (“Road to..” movies with Bing Crosby & Bob Hope)
  • 1923 Harold Gould, Schenectady, New York, actor (The Golden Girls, Rhoda, The Sting, Stuart Little, Freaky Friday)
  • 1928 Dan Blocker, DeKalb, Texas, actor (Bonanza, Gunsight Ridge, Cimarron City)
  • 1933 Philip R. Craig, Santa Monica, California, mystery author (J.W. Jackson series: Vineyard Blues, Vineyard Enigma, Vineyard Prey)
  • 1941 Tommy Kirk, Louisville, Kentucky, actor (Old Yeller, The Shaggy Dog, Swiss Family Robinson, The Education of a Vampire)
  • 1952 Susan Dey, Pekin, Illinois, actress (The Partridge Family, L.A. Law, Love & War, Rain)
  • 1961 Nia Peeples, Hollywood, California, singer and actress (Fame, The Young and the Restless, Walker Texas Ranger, Pretty Little Liars, The Fosters)
  • 1964 Bobby Flay, New York City, NY, chef and author (From My Kitchen to Your Table, Grilling for Life, Throwdown, Barbecue Addiction)
  • 1964 George Newbern, Little Rock, Arkansas, actor (Father of the Bride, Friends, Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Saw VI, Scandal, Granite Flats)
  • 1985 Raven-Symoné, Atlanta, Georgia, actress and singer (The Cosby Show, Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, That’s So Raven, The Backyardigans, Dr. Dolittle, The Cheetah Girls, State of Georgia, Raven’s Home)

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Beware lest in your anxiety to avoid war you obtain a master. – Demosthenes
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HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS:

  • 1817 Mississippi becomes the 20th U.S. state.
  • 1864 American Civil War: Sherman’s March to the Sea – Major General William Tecumseh Sherman’s Union Army troops reach the outer Confederate defenses of Savannah, Georgia.
  • 1868 The first traffic lights are installed, outside the Palace of Westminster in London. Resembling railway signals, they use semaphore arms and are illuminated at night by red and green gas lamps.
  • 1869 Kappa Sigma Fraternity is founded at the University of Virginia.
  • 1884 Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is published for the first time.
  • 1899 Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity is founded at the City College of New York.
  • 1901 The first Nobel Prizes are awarded.
  • 1906 U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt wins the Nobel Peace Prize, becoming the first American to win a Nobel Prize.
  • 1927 The phrase “Grand Ole Opry” is used for the first time on-air.
  • 1935 The Downtown Athletic Club Trophy, later renamed the Heisman Trophy, is awarded to halfback Jay Berwanger of the University of Chicago.
  • 1955 The Mighty Mouse Playhouse premieres on television.
  • 1984 United Nations General Assembly recognizes the Convention against Torture.

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A lawyer, a priest, and a young boy were in a plane that was going to crash, yet they only had 2 parachutes. The lawyer proclaimed that since he was the smartest man on the plane, that he deserved to survive. He took a chute and jumped.

The priest looked and the young boy, and reflecting back on his life, told the young boy to take the last parachute since he had already lived a wonderful and full life.

The boy replied, “You can have the other chute because the smartest man on this plane just jumped out with my book bag!”
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A 55-year-old man who was born on May 5, has been married 5 years, has 5 children, makes $55,555.55 a year, who’s lucky number is 5 receives a phone call from a friend.
The friend informs the man that a horse named Lucky 5 will be running in the fifth race at the local track that evening. Excitedly, the man withdraws 5,555.00 cash from his bank account, goes to the races and bets on Lucky 5 to win.
Sure enough, the horse comes in fifth.
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TOP TEN POLITICALLY CORRECT CHRISTMAS — EXCUSE ME, HOLIDAY — SONGS

10. Chestnuts Roasting on an Environmentally-friendly Fuel Source
9. Rudolph, the Endangered and Exploited Specie
8. We Three Politically Oppressive Patriarchs
7. Rocking Around the Recycled, Flame-retardant, Artificial Holiday Tree
6. All I Want For Christmas is a Dental Plan
5. Frosty the Snowperson
4. I Saw Mommy Suing Santa Claus for Sexual Harassment
3. I’m Dreaming of a Racially Diverse Christmas
2. I’ll Be Home For Ramadan (or Chanukah or Kwanzaa or Winter Solstice or . . .)
1. We Wish You a Non-sectarian Holiday
Copyright 1998 James N. Watkins. Permission is granted to send this to others, with attribution, but not for commercial purposes.

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A guy goes up to this girl in a bar and says,”Would you like to dance?”
The girl says, “I don’t like this song, but even if I did, I wouldn’t dance with you.”
The guy says, “I’m sorry, you must have misunderstood me, I said you look fat in those pants.”
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“My doctor says I have dementia.”
“That’s terrible! What happened?”
“I told him I thought that the next Congress will work together effectively to fix more problems than they create.”
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“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” ― Maya Angelou
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pic of the day: Santa and reindeer in flight…

Santa and reindeer
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My boss is without peer when it comes to the rules and regulations that customs officials must follow. But when it comes to the law, well, that’s a different story.

We were attending a court case in which we were prosecuting a smuggler. The judge asked the court, “Who is making these allegations?”

My boss stood up and proclaimed, “I am the alligator, your honor.”
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WARNING! ENTERING THE PUN ZONE!

A chicken farmer put in a playground for his chickens to see if happier chickens would make more eggs. Sure enough, his egg production increased.

His neighbor across the street caught wind of this and put in a playground for his chickens. In fact, he put one in with a 15 foot slide.

So, one by one, the first farmer’s chickens began crossing the road to get to the other slide.
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Working in an ophthalmology practice that specializes in LASIK surgery, I am expected to comfort nervous patients. But prior to one operation, the patient was so nervous she was actually shaking.

Nothing I said to her would comfort her so after the doctor finished on the first eye and before he began on the second I wanted her to know the surgery was going well.

“There, there,” I said, patting her hand reassuringly, “Now you only have one eye left.”
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Our manager at the restaurant where I worked was a friendly, jovial man. But there was one subject you didn’t dare discuss in front of him–his height. Or, should I say, his lack of it.

One day he stormed through the door and announced angrily, “Someone just picked my pocket!”

Most of my fellow waitresses and I were speechless, except for one who blurted out, “How could anyone stoop so low?”
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FRACTURED CHRISTMAS SONGS FROM KIDS
~ Deck the Halls with Buddy Holly
~ We three kings of porridge and tar
~ On the first day of Christmas my tulip gave to me
~ He’s makin’ a list, chicken and rice.
~ Noel. Noel, Barney’s the king of Israel.
~ With the jelly toast proclaim
~ In the meadow we can build a snowman, Then pretend that he is sparse and brown
~ Oh, what fun it is to ride with a one horse, soap and hay
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DURING MY TOUR OF DUTY at a U.S. Air Force radar site in Morocco, the commander published a regulation banning gambling. Later the officer of the day caught some enlisted men in a poker game, but one airman protested that they weren’t gambling.
“Then what’s that money doing on the bunk?” the officer demanded.
“Sir,” the airman explained, “we’re only keeping score with it!” – Tim Soxman
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TODAY IN TRIVIA: Who founded Spiritual Literacy Month? It was founded by authors Frederic and Mary Brussat in 1996 to promote respect for the world’s religions and spiritual traditions by encouraging people to read sacred texts from all religions.

~ How are you supposed to celebrate Spiritual Literacy Month? Since it’s about literacy, it’s a time to read books about spirituality, faith, or religion.

~ What’s the difference between being religious and being spiritual? Being spiritual refers to something that affects the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things. Religion usually refers to a particular system of faith and worship, usually with a set of rules for that particular system.

~ Can you be spiritual without being religious? Religion is organized and has specific beliefs, that usually come with a strict set of rules. You can be religious AND spiritual. However, many people also believe in spirituality in terms of just believing in something bigger than humanity and being empowered, but not necessarily sticking to a set of rules or believing precisely in any particular religion, so they are spiritual without being religious.
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QUIP OF THE DAY: Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours. – Yogi Berra

THAT’S (ALMOST) ALL FOLKS!

Thought for the day. . . Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. – Theodore Roosevelt, Speech in New York, September 7, 1903

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