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June 14th

There are some defeats more triumphant than victories. – Michel de Montaigne


165th day of the year (166th in leap years) with 200 days to follow.

Holidays for Today:
~ National Flag Day (US)
~ National Bourbon Day
~ National Flip Flop Day
~ International Bath Day
~ National Pop Goes the Weasel Day
~ National Strawberry Shortcake Day
~ Wear BLUE Day (to raise awareness about men’s health)
~ World Blood Donor Day


  •  1811 Harriet Beecher Stowe, Litchfield, Connecticut, author (Uncle Tom’s Cabin)
  •  1864 Alois Alzheimer, Germany, psychiatrist/pathologist (Alzheimer Disease)
  •  1906 Margaret Bourke-White, Bronx, New York, photojournalist (1st Western photographer allowed in Soviet Union, 1st female photojournalist for Life magazine, 1st female war correspondent allow to work in combat zones)
  •  1909 Burl Ives, Hunt, Illinois, folk singer/actor (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; voice of snowman on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer classic)
  •   1921 Gene Barry, New York City, New York, actor (Bat Masterson, Name of the Game, Burke’s Law)
  •  1931 Marla Gibbs, Chicago, Illinois, actress (Jeffersons, 227, Madea’s Witness Protection, Second Sight)
  • 1946 Donald Trump, Queens, New York, The Apprentice/ master builder (Trump Towers/Plaza/Castle); US President
  • 1948 Laurence Yep, San Francisco, California, author (Dragon’s Gate, Dragonwings, The Chinatown Mysteries, Child of the Owl, The Rainbow People)
  • 1949 Harry Turtledove, Los Angeles, California, author (SciFi/Alternate History series: World War, Colonization, Southern Victory; Darkness, Hellenic Traders)
  • 1954 Will Patton, Charleston, South Carolina, actor (A Mighty Heart, Remember the Titans, No Way Out, Ballzaire the Cajun, Falling Skies)
  • 1966 Traylor Howard, Orlando, Florida, actress (Monk, Two Guys & A Girl)
  • 1982 Lang Lang, Chinese pianist (1999, at age 17, played Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  Played with many orchestras including Boston Symphony, Houston Symphony; in London, Berlin, Sweden Israel, Australia, etc.  Also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.)

The difference between a good life and a bad life Is how well you walk through the fire. – Carl Jung


  • 1775 The United States Army was founded by the Continental Congress.
  • 1777 The Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted the “Stars and Stripes” as the national flag of the United States.
  • 1834 Cyrus Hall McCormick received a patent for his reaping machine.
  • 1893 Philadelphia observed the first Flag Day.
  • 1900 Hawaii became a U.S. territory.
  • 1922 Warren G. Harding became the first U.S. president to be heard on radio. The event was the dedication of the Francis Scott Key memorial at Fort McHenry.
  • 1937 Pennsylvania becomes the first (and only) state of the United States to celebrate Flag Day officially as a state holiday.
  • 1938 Action Comics issues the first Superman comic.
  • 1951 “Univac I” was unveiled. It was a computer designed for the U.S. Census Bureau and billed as the world’s first commercial computer.
  • 1952 The Nautilus was dedicated. It was the first nuclear powered submarine.
  • 1967 Mariner 5 was launched from Cape Kennedy, FL. The space probe’s flight took it past Venus.
  • 2002 Near-Earth asteroid 2002 MN misses the Earth by 75,000 miles (121,000 km), about one-third of the distance between the Earth and the Moon.


There was once a small boy who banged a drum all day and loved every moment of it. He would not be quiet, no matter what anyone else said or did. Various attempts were made to do something about the child.

One person told the boy that he would, if he continued to make so much noise, perforate his eardrums. This reasoning was too advanced for the child, who was neither a scientist nor a scholar.

A second person told him that drum beating was a sacred activity and should be carried out only on special occasions. The third person offered the neighbors plugs for their ears; a fourth gave the boy a book; a fifth gave the neighbors books that described a method of controlling anger through biofeedback; a sixth person gave the boy meditation exercises to make him placid and docile. None of these attempts worked.

Eventually, a wise person came along with an effective motivation. He looked at the situation, handed the child a hammer and chisel, and asked, “I wonder what is INSIDE the drum?”

No more problem.

It’s my wife’s birthday tomorrow. Last week I asked her what she wanted as a present.
‘Oh, I don’t know ,’ she said . ‘Just give me something with diamonds.
That’s why I’m giving her a pack of playing cards.

* Cleanliness – and a “G” rating – are next to Godliness.
* Karo Syrup with food coloring is thicker than water.
* To err is human, to be forgiven is good PR.
* A gross point negotiated is a gross point earned.
* You can get more of what you want with a kind word and $20 million than you can with just a kind word.
* A rehab stint in time saves nine (days in the slammer).
* ‘Tis better to have been filmed and panned than never to have filmed at all.
* If at first you don’t succeed, do a sequel anyway.

A note about politics. . .

A group of etymologists has discovered the two root words of the word ‘politics’.

Greek polu-, from polus, much, many

Tick: Any of numerous small bloodsucking parasitic arachnids of the family Ixodidae, many of which transmit febrile diseases, such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease.

Make your own conclusions.


You know what I hate? I hate it when I say, “I can’t find my keys” and someone says, “Where were you the last time you had them?” If I knew where I was the last time I saw them, I wouldn’t be looking for them.

You know what I hate worse? I hate it when I say, “I can’t find my glasses” and someone says, “You’re wearing

pic of the day: In honor of Flag Day

US Flag

My pregnant wife was standing on the bathroom scale, sucking in her stomach. I, of course, figured she was
trying to weigh less with this maneuver. I commented, “I don’t think that’s going to help.”

“Sure it will.” she said. “It’s the only way I can see the numbers.”

It took five years of post-grad work, but I finally fulfilled my dream of becoming an archaeologist. My first
job was with a museum supervising a dig in a nearby town.

As we worked under the hot sun, I noticed a woman and her son peering down at us. Seeing me in a hole, covered in mud with a pickax in hand, the mother told her son, “See what happens when you don’t finish school? You end up like HIM!”

WARNING! One word in PUN ZONE!

~ Dismay: The doctor pulled out a big needle and said, “DISMAY hurt a bit.”
~ Overture: Let’s go OVERTURE house and shoot some baskets.
~ Clothesline: “When I came home late again, I found my CLOTHESLINE on the porch.”

~ Passionate: The young boy in his PASSIONATE all his Halloween candy in one day.
~ Library: If you want to shoot a deer, you need to LIBRARY still and stay quiet.

An airhead standing by the river sees another airhead on the opposite bank.
Airhead #1: “Yoo-hoo! Hello over there! How can I get to the other side of the river?”
Airhead #2: “Idiot — you ARE on the other side.”

My 14-year-old daughter, Maggie, and her best friend, Joannie are fans of 60’s music. They recently got front- row tickets to attend a Peter, Paul, and Mary concert in our town.

When they returned home from the concert that night, I wanted to hear all the details of the concert. My daughter says, “Mom, during the show, we looked back an saw hundreds of little lights swaying to the music. At first we thought people were holding up cigarette lighters. Then we realized that the lights were the reflections off all the eyeglasses in the audience!”

(Nowadays it would be lights from all the smart phones…)

One day, an employee received an unusually large paycheck. She decided not to say anything about it.
The following week, her check was for less than the normal amount, and she confronted her boss.

“How come,” the supervisor inquired, “you didn’t say anything when you were overpaid?”
Unperturbed, the employee replied, “Well, I can overlook one mistake,­ but not two in a row!”

When a customer slid into the barber chair, the barber asked him how he wanted his hair cut.
“Make it short,” the customer replied, “with a bare patch above my left ear, but longer on the right side so that it covers my right ear. I also want my left sideburn above my left ear and the right sideburn below my right ear.”

The barber looked puzzled and said, “I don’t think I can do that.”
The customer replied, “I don’t know why not–that’s the way you cut it the last time I was here!”

TODAY IN TRIVIA: Was Sitting Bull a Jumping Badger? Chief Sitting Bull was originally named “Jumping Badger.” Among some American Indian tribes, it was customary to give newborn males temporary names. The names were changed later, as the boys developed character and showed courage in manhood.

~ What time did Levi’s alarm go off? Levi Hutchins of Concord, New Hampshire, invented the first alarm clock in 1787. It only rang at 4 a.m. because that’s what time he got up.

~ What was Martha’s title? During her husband’s presidency, Martha Washington was formally addressed as Lady Washington.
QUIP OF THE DAY: Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition. – Timothy Leary


Thought for the day. . . The future you see is the future you get. – Robert G Allen

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