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calendar   Wednesday - July 21, 2004

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Quote Of The Day

"One ought never to turn one's back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half."
-- Sir Winston Churchill


On This Day In History

July 21, 1861 - The First Battle Of Bull Run
In the first major land battle of the Civil War War Of Northern Aggression, a large Union force under General Irvin McDowell is routed by a Confederate army under General Pierre G.T. Beauregard.

Three months after the Civil War War Of Northern Aggression erupted at Fort Sumter, Union military command still believed that the Confederacy could be crushed quickly and with little loss of life. In July, this overconfidence led to a premature offensive into northern Virginia by General McDowell. Searching out the Confederate forces, McDowell led 34,000 troops--mostly inexperienced and poorly trained militiamen--toward the railroad junction of Manassas, located just 30 miles from Washington, D.C. Alerted to the Union advance, General Beauregard massed some 20,000 troops there and was soon joined by General Joseph Johnston, who brought some 9,000 more troops by railroad.

On the morning of July 21, hearing of the proximity of the two opposing forces, hundreds of civilians--men, women, and children--turned out to watch the first major battle of the Civil War War Of Northern Aggression. The fighting commenced with three Union divisions crossing the Bull Run stream, and the Confederate flank was driven back to Henry House Hill. However, at this strategic location, Beauregard had fashioned a strong defensive line anchored by a brigade of Virginia infantry under General Thomas J. Jackson. Firing from a concealed slope, Jackson's men repulsed a series of Federal charges, winning Jackson his famous nickname "Stonewall."

Meanwhile, Confederate cavalry under J.E.B. Stuart captured the Union artillery, and Beauregard ordered a counterattack on the exposed Union right flank. The rebels came charging down the hill, yelling furiously, and McDowell's line was broken, forcing his troops in a hasty retreat across Bull Run. The retreat soon became an unorganized flight, and supplies littered the road back to Washington. Union forces endured a loss of 3,000 men killed, wounded, or missing in action while the Confederates suffered 2,000 casualties. The scale of this bloodshed horrified not only the frightened spectators at Bull Run but also the U.S. government in Washington, which was faced with an uncertain military strategy in quelling the "Southern insurrection" attacking the Southerners' defense of their homeland.




Today's Birthdays

Ernest Hemingway, American novelist (1899)
Janet Reno, U.S. Attornery General (1938)
Kenneth Starr, Independent counsel (1946)


Thanks to The Quotations Page - The History Channel - The Biography Channel.
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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/21/2004 at 02:25 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - July 20, 2004

On Gay Marriage

One of the hot-button issues of this Presidential campaign is the subject of "gay marriage". Personally, I think everyone has it all wrong. That includes the Left and the Right. We have more important issues to obsess over during this election year, like national security, the economy, taxes, etc. I think it's time to defuse this issue before it gets out of hand.

For the record, I am not homophobic or "anti-gay". I am, however, a staunch Conservative and can proudly boast that I have never voted for a Democrat or Liberal candidate for office since 1972 (when I became eligible to vote). Regarding homosexuality, I can sum up my entire philosophy about homosexuals in three words: "I DON'T CARE". It is no more any of my business what Bruce and Steve do in their home than it is what Bill and Susan do in theirs. I just don't care. All I ask is that they keep it to themselves. I don't want to have Bruce and Steve over for dinner and listen to their sexual exploits any more than I want to have Bill and Susan over for lunch and listen to them talk about their love life. LA-LA-LA-LA-LA .... I CAN'T HEAR YOU ....

Love is a private matter between two human beings. The only type of "love" I absolutely, totally disapprove of is that between that damned gecko and the gorgeous brunette in the GEICO commercials on TV. There is no place for "lizard love" in my universe.

I also have a problem with incest and polygamy although not as intense as my dislike of "lizard love". Anything else .... I couldn't care less. As long as it involves two consenting adults.

Which brings me to the subject of "gay marriage" (again). Here's the problem: Conservatives and Liberals are taking it too seriously because of an often misunderstood Article of the Constitution ....
Article IV

Section 1. Full faith and credit shall be given in each state to the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of every other state. And the Congress may by general laws prescribe the manner in which such acts, records, and proceedings shall be proved, and the effect thereof.

Section 2. The citizens of each state shall be entitled to all privileges and immunities of citizens in the several states.
What did the framers of the Constitution intend with that? Generally speaking, they wanted to insure some sort of homogeneity between the states such that if you bought land in Georgia, the Florida government had to recognize you as a landowner. Or if you were tried of a crime in Nebraska and acquitted, then the Texas government had to recognize that you were a free man. And on and on ....

Here's the catch, though .... whatever you may think, in legal terms "marriage" is a contract between you and another human being that is licensed by the state in which you reside. Did you catch that word? Let me repeat it: licensed. Marriage is not a "right" bestowed upon you by a state or federal government. You are simply given a "marriage license" that entitles you to live together legally and enjoy the benefits of your mutual contract.

Here's the point everyone out there (and I do mean everyone) is missing: historically, "licenses" have not been transferable from state to state. Don't believe me? Try moving from Mississippi to Indiana. You have 60 days to turn in your Mississippi driver's license, take a written test and get issued an Indiana license. Fail the test and you get no license and can't drive in Indiana. Or an even better example, move from Indiana to Illinois. Your license to carry a concealed weapon is no longer valid at all and you better leave your firearms at home. The list goes on: fishing licenses issued in Louisiana are not valid in Arkansas - you need to re-apply. Hunting licenses, ditto.

Marriage licenses are the only state-issued licenses that have never been treated this way and that has only been by public consensus. A marriage license is still a state issued license just like the others mentioned above, no more and no less.

The solution to this whole "gay marriage" issue is really quite simple: treat marriage licenses just like other state-issued licenses. If you get married in Ohio and later move to Wyoming, you go to the courthouse, present evidence of your marriage in Ohio, take a test (optional) and get issued a Wyoming marriage license. If the voters of Wyoming pass a law saying "gay marriage" is not legal then .... let me see, you get issued a temporary permit to live together while you're in Wyoming but without the benefits of a legal Wyoming license (whatever they may be). I'm sure our various state legislators can sort out the details.

This solution is really very simple and satisfies everyone, Liberals as well as Conservatives. If a homosexual couple wants to get married in California or Massachusetts and the law there says the state may issue them a marriage license, then they may feel free to do so and enjoy all the privileges of married bliss (whatever they may be).

If, however, that homosexual couple decides to move to some other state where "gay marriage" licenses are not issued, they know beforehand that the rules will be different in their new home. And if they decide to sue in their new home state because they think their "rights" are being violated, everyone yell "BULLSHIT!" because, as stated above, marriage is not a "right". It is merely a state-issued license.

On this issue, Conservatives are wrongly assuming it is a Constitutional issue and an attack on "traditional marriage" from the Left. Liberals are wrongly assuming it is a Constitutional tool they can use. Both sides are wrong for all the wrong reasons. Liberals want to use state-issued licenses to enforce a Liberal agenda nationwide, regardless of what the people in other states think. They wrongly assume marriage is a "right". Conservatives, on the other hand, see it as something in the Constitution that needs to be fixed or sodomy will be forced on the nation as a whole, thereby destroying the "sanctity of marriage".

I say to both sides: the solution is right there, in front of your eyes .. as I described above. Stop fighting over a non-issue.

And while we're at it, let's make marriage licenses renewable every ten years or so, just like driver's licenses. If the marriage is failing, the couple just doesn't renew the license (of course suitable penalties would apply for "early withdrawal"). We could put millions of divorce lawyers out of business overnight. And that would be a good thing, wouldn't it? And don't even get me started on "learner's permits" ....

OK, everyone! Time to weigh in on this issue! The discussion is wide-open. Tell me if you think I'm full of shit on this issue. Tell me if you think I'm right or wrong. Speak your mind or forever hold your peace.
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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/20/2004 at 06:00 PM   
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Under the radar?

Hell, I'm on a roll and it's raining (finally) so I might as well post one more. Then it's off to re-write and re-design my website.

It was only after reading a letter to the editor in my local paper that it dawned on me: the recent vote in the senate on same sex marriage failed, 50-48. Sure, you probably all noticed it or read it or saw it. That means two senators were missing. We all know who they are, right? The Poodle and The Breck Girl. Yep, we all knew that, too.

But what's never been addressed by media is the link between this failure to vote and the lack of leadership skills displayed by these two assclowns for not voting. What does that tell you about how they want to be perceived?

I see it as nothing more than a couple of snake oil salesmen who think they are too slick. Do we really want someone in charge of this country who can not commit to an issue simply because he does not want to piss off any group of people? Do we want a guy who looks for ways to weasel out of commitments? If so, The Poodle is your man.

I once had a local County Commissioner use the logic these assholes are using to NOT vote to try and explain why he DID vote for something we were all against ideologically. He said he voted for the measure because he knew that if he voted against it there would be no effect as he was outnumbered so by voting for it he was proving to the others he was not antagonistic. For a while I actually understood what he was trying to do. Then I got wise and realized he's nothing but a weasel.

At least we know where our President stands. That's the kind of person I want to see running---one who has the courage of his convictions and is unafraid to tell you which side he stands on in relation to any fence.

In the end, true colors flying proudly, we have the Poodle and his Puppy..... a couple of low-down, dirty, rotten, verminous scoundrels unfit to grace our White House.

And, OBTW, I looked at a Washington Post article about this vote. It takes them 19 (NINETEEN) paragraphs to inform the reader that The Poodle and The Breck Girl did not vote.
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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 07/20/2004 at 02:23 PM   
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Stuff for you to pass on

I forgot where I got this link but do us all a favor and spread this to as many people as you can. Hell, send it to everyone in your address book.

It deals with 40 reasons to vote for Bush or 40 reasons to NOT vote for Kerry. Good stuff!
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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 07/20/2004 at 02:06 PM   
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Misled by Enviro-wackoes?

Could it be we are not responsible for global warming after all? Swiss and German researchers have determined that over the past 1000 years the sun has been burning brighter and hotter than before resulting in more radiation reaching the earth and being the possible cause for "global warming."

Shhhh! Do you hear it? Yeah, I do, too! It's the shrieking and wailing by tree huggers saying the researchers have got to be wrong and only evil (American) humans driving SUVs are responsible.

So if this proves conclusive, what radical steps will the enviro-weenies have us take next? Start killing ourselves off as we generate heat through simple existing (we are, you know, all running at 98.6 degrees all the time! That's GOT to generate excess heat!)

Here's a great quote from David Bellamy, a conservationist:
"Global warming - at least the modern nightmare version - is a myth. I am sure of it and so are a growing number of scientists. But what is really worrying is that the world's politicians and policy-makers are not. "Instead, they have an unshakeable faith in what has, unfortunately, become one of the central credos of the environmental movement: humans burn fossil fuels, which release increased levels of carbon dioxide - the principal so-called greenhouse gas - into the atmosphere, causing the atmosphere to heat up. They say this is global warming: I say this is poppycock." (emphasis mine)

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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 07/20/2004 at 02:04 PM   
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PC Alert

It's official. Texans in Jefferson County will have to come up with a new name for Jap Road. The Anti-Defamation League filed suit and got a judge to order the name change.

In other PC Madness, MoveOn.Org has filed a petition with the FTC to make Fox News cease and desist from using the slogan "Fair and Balanced", claiming the news organization is part of the Republican Attack Machine.

What next?

We're glad you asked ....

The State Of Georgia will be suing Keebler to make them stop calling their product "crackers", claiming it is offensive to southern white people.

It will no longer be allowed to refer to cold weather as "a little nip in the air" as it might offend Japanese parachutists. No word yet on the "nip and tuck" surgical procedure.

When going on a certain type of date, you can no longer call it "going Dutch" but will instead be referred to as "shared foreplay investment".

Amazon.Com will be forced to change its name after protests from female bodybuilders. The new name will be "HunkOfBurningLove.com".

Couples will no longer be allowed to "French Kiss" each other but instead will have to settle for a "tongue-bath" or "slobber-knocker". The French were highly offended.

A "Mexican Standoff" will be referred to in the future as a "mutually agreed acceptance of equality of force". Ai, Caramba!

The mythical aphrodisiac "Spanish Fly" has been trashed after Spain filed suit. The new name will be "intercourse initiator".

After protests from the NAAWP (National Association For The Advancement of White People), jockey shorts may no longer be referred to as "tighty whiteys" but will henceforth be called "all-cotton jewel pouches".

And finally, the term "Mongolian Idiot" will no longer be used after the Mongolian government filed suit in US Court. From now on, people with genetic birth defects which limit intelligence and who exhibit strange behavior will be referred to as "Democrats".
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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/20/2004 at 11:52 AM   
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The (spit!) French (spit!) May Be Learning A Lesson

Let's face it. (spit!) France (spit!) is one sorry-ass country. Full of ragheads, lousy GDP, dogshit filled streets, high unemployment.

The asshat, bleeding heart, moonbat socialists in our country are constantly trying to tell us how great the French system is: free education, nationalized health care, 4 weeks vacation, 35 hour work week, etc.

Hey! Give me 6 weeks vacation and work me only 30 hours a week if you want but if I can only make enough money in those 46 weeks at 30 hours to get, at best, a nasty little Renault with a 1200 CC engine to take on vacations at overcrowded beaches along with millions of other (spit!) French (spit!) in their little Renaults while walking dogs who shit on the streets, a 3 room flat in a 7th floor walk-up (or elevators so small only one person with 2 shopping bags fit in it), and a diet of vegetables with animal innards because I can't afford boneless pork steaks, a nice roast or boneless chicken breasts....well, then it just ain't worth it, is it?

Looks like some workers in (spit!) France (spit!) are actually getting fed up enough they've done something about it and in so doing dealt a HUGE blow to their labor unions' fight to keep weekly hours to 35. In this case the (spit!) French (spit!) workers will get no increase in salary but the company told them, "you vote this down, we move out. If we move, you become unemployed."

You gotta love it!!
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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 07/20/2004 at 07:09 AM   
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Something smells rotten… (updated!)

The specter of Clinton interference rears its ugly head once more. This time it deals with missing and highly classified documents allegedly taken by Clinton's ex NSA, Sandy Berger.

Let's see if I can put all this together....

Clinton has been very quiet regarding any criticism of President Bush regarding Iraq. At first I thought this was because he actually agreed with Dubya. Now I wonder if he's just out there trying to cover his ass, laying low, hoping no one will turn up the heat.

The documents go missing just before the 9-11 commission begins to meet. (HMMMM!?!?!?!?!) What is it that's missing? Just some
"drafts of a sensitive after-action report on the Clinton administration's handling of al-Qaida terror threats during the December 1999 millennium celebration."


He takes the documents and leaves,
"sticking them in his jacket and pants. He also inadvertently took copies of actual classified documents in a leather portfolio"


Meanwhile he says it was all inadvertent? Give me a fucking major league break!! This asshole was the NSA! If ANYONE knows how to handle classified documents, if anyone knows about requirements for paper trails in the movement of classified documents, if anyone knows you are not supposed to take these things at all without signing receipts---it is the NSA!!!

There is a huge mo-fo rat in this story and its name is Sandy Berger.

Oh, this one is good, too. Guess which file are missing?
"two or three copies of the highly classified millennium terror report."


WHAT THE FUCK does this asshat need with more than one copy of the same report? And stuffing them into his trousers?

Can we say, "cover-up?"

How does he explain the missing documents? He "apparently discarded" them. So now you have documents with HUGE "SECRET" or "TOP SECRET" branded across the top and bottom and he just "discarded" them? What is he, a total incompetent? (don't answer that. He worked for Clinton, That should give you all the answer you need.)

The final nail in this coffin comes from a description of the missing documents by officials investigating the case:
"The officials said the missing documents were highly classified, and included critical assessments about the Clinton administration's handling of the millennium terror threats as well as identification of America's terror vulnerabilities at airports to sea ports."


Go ahead. Re-read that last quote. Anything jump out at you? Like HIGHLY CLASSIFIED!?!?! VULNERABILITIES AT AIRPORTS!?!?!?!

But it gets better. Back when these documents were discovered missing, Berger claims to have turned them all in. Of course he did not. The FBI gets a search warrant and finds some of them in his safe!

What is this? A Clinton law office missing memo re-run? The stupid fuck does not even know to look in his own safe? If you believe that I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.

This is not the first time Clinton officials were involved in security breaches. Hours before leaving office, Clinton pardoned John Deutch for having taken classified information and kept it on unsecured computers.

Any bets the media buries this story?

UPDATE: It was on page 17 of the NY Times; carried as an AP story and buried on the web version of the LA Times, and carried on page 2 of the Washington Post
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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 07/20/2004 at 06:53 AM   
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Just the facts, Ma’am……

Thanks to Laurie for these!


Learn these facts to properly debate our poor misguided friends & family before election time !!!

There were 39 combat related killings in Iraq during the month of January.....
In the fair city of Detroit there were 35 murders in the month of January. (That's just one American city, about as deadly as the entire war torn country of Iraq.)

When some claim President Bush shouldn't have started this war, state the following ...

FDR... led us into World War II. Germany never attacked us: Japan did. From 1941-1945, 450,000 lives were lost, an average of 112,500 per year.

Truman... finished that war and started one in Korea, North Korea never attacked us. From 1950-1953, 55,000 lives were lost, an average of 18,334 per year.

John F. Kennedy... started the Vietnam conflict in 1962. Vietnam never attacked us.

Johnson... turned Vietnam into a quagmire. From 1965-1975, 58,000 lives were lost, an average of 5,800 per year.

Clinton... went to war in Bosnia without UN or French consent, Bosnia never attacked us. He was offered Osama bin Laden's head on a platter three times by Sudan and did nothing. Osama has attacked us on multiple occasions.

In the two years since terrorists attacked us

President Bush has ... liberated two countries, crushed the Taliban, crippled al-Qaida, put nuclear inspectors in Libya, Iran and North Korea without firing a shot, and captured a terrorist who slaughtered 300,000 of his own people.

The Democrats are complaining about how long the war is taking, but... It took less time to take Iraq than it took Janet Reno to take the Branch Davidian compound. That was a 51 day operation.

We've been looking for evidence of chemical weapons in Iraq for less time than it took Hillary Clinton to find the Rose Law Firm billing records.

It took less time for the 3rd Infantry Division and the Marines to destroy the Medina Republican Guard than it took Ted Kennedy to call the police after his Oldsmobile sank at Chappaquiddick.

It took less time to take Iraq than it took to count the votes in Florida!!!!

Our Commander-In-Chief is doing a GREAT JOB! The Military moral is high! The biased media hopes we are too ignorant to realize the facts.
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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 07/20/2004 at 06:27 AM   
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Drudge Does A Smackdown On Kerry

Drudge is a man of few words. This time is no exception. Drudge rips Kerry's latest campaign promise to shreds. To shreds, I tell ya!

And he does it with just a handful of words and a WHOLE LOT OF revealing pictures.

OUCH! That's gotta hurt!
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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/20/2004 at 01:48 AM   
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Quote Of The Day

"When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators."
-- P. J. O'Rourke (1947 - )


On This Day In History

July 20, 1969 - Neil Armstong, First Man To Walk On Moon
At 10:56 p.m. EDT, American astronaut Neil Armstrong, 240,000 miles from Earth, speaks these words to more than a billion people listening at home: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." A moment later, he stepped off the lunar landing module Eagle and became the first human to walk on the surface of the moon.

The American effort to send astronauts to the moon has its origins in a famous appeal President John F. Kennedy made to a special joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961: "I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth." At the time, the United States was still trailing the Soviet Union in space developments, and Cold War-era America welcomed Kennedy's bold proposal.

In 1966, after five years of work by an international team of scientists and engineers, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) conducted the first unmanned Apollo mission, testing the structural integrity of the proposed launch vehicle and spacecraft combination. Then, on January 27, 1967, tragedy struck at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, when a fire broke out during a manned launch-pad test of the Apollo spacecraft and Saturn rocket. Three astronauts were killed in the fire.

Despite the setback, NASA and its thousands of employees forged ahead, and in October 1968, Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission, orbited Earth and successfully tested many of the sophisticated systems needed to conduct a moon journey and landing. In December of the same year, Apollo 8 took three astronauts to the dark side of the moon and back, and in March 1969 Apollo 9 tested the lunar module for the first time while in Earth orbit. Then in May, the three astronauts of Apollo 10 took the first complete Apollo spacecraft around the moon in a dry run for the scheduled July landing mission.

At 9:32 a.m. on July 16, with the world watching, Apollo 11 took off from Kennedy Space Center with astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin Jr., and Michael Collins aboard. Armstrong, a 38-year-old civilian research pilot, was the commander of the mission. After traveling 240,000 miles in 76 hours, Apollo 11 entered into a lunar orbit on July 19. The next day, at 1:46 p.m., the lunar module Eagle, manned by Armstrong and Aldrin, separated from the command module, where Collins remained. Two hours later, the Eagle began its descent to the lunar surface, and at 4:18 p.m. the craft touched down on the southwestern edge of the Sea of Tranquility. Armstrong immediately radioed to Mission Control in Houston, Texas, a famous message: "The Eagle has landed."

At 10:39 p.m., five hours ahead of the original schedule, Armstrong opened the hatch of the lunar module. As he made his way down the lunar module's ladder, a television camera attached to the craft recorded his progress and beamed the signal back to Earth, where hundreds of millions watched in great anticipation. At 10:56 p.m., Armstrong spoke his famous quote, which he later contended was slightly garbled by his microphone and meant to be "that's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." He then planted his left foot on the gray, powdery surface, took a cautious step forward, and humanity had walked on the moon.

"Buzz" Aldrin joined him on the moon's surface at 11:11 p.m., and together they took photographs of the terrain, planted a U.S. flag, ran a few simple scientific tests, and spoke with President Richard M. Nixon via Houston. By 1:11 a.m. on July 21, both astronauts were back in the lunar module and the hatch was closed. The two men slept that night on the surface of the moon, and at 1:54 p.m. the Eagle began its ascent back to the command module. Among the items left on the surface of the moon was a plaque that read: "Here men from the planet Earth first set foot on the moon--July 1969 A.D--We came in peace for all mankind."

At 5:35 p.m., Armstrong and Aldrin successfully docked and rejoined Collins, and at 12:56 a.m. on July 22 Apollo 11 began its journey home, safely splashing down in the Pacific Ocean at 12:51 p.m. on July 24.




Today's Birthdays

Sir Edmund Hillary, New Zealand explorer - first man to climb Mt. Everest (1919)
........ [Note: Tenzing Norkay of Nepal, was the other member of the team to reach the summit]

Carlos Santana, Really Excellent Hispanic musician (1947)


Confession From Allan: my definition of "natural high" is laying around a campfire way back in the woods, looking up at the stars circling around the sky and listening to Carlos Santana doing "Europa" from the Amigos album. Damn! It just doesn't get any better than that, folks! You oughta try it some time. The last time I did that was on a camping trip in 1999 in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park and the music attracted two owls, a bear cub and a little doe. I had to play the tune four times before they all got enough and left me alone. True story.

Thanks to The Quotations Page - The History Channel - The Biography Channel.
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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/20/2004 at 01:16 AM   
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calendar   Monday - July 19, 2004

OOH-RAH!

Nobody ever said Marines were shy. These guys make their point quite clearly. If anyone knows these troops, let me know. I want to send them a couple of pizzas and a coupon entitling them to two free cases of beer when they return home.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/19/2004 at 06:07 PM   
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The Children

The future of the world belongs to them. The children, that is. They will write the history books of the future, not us. They will remember what happened when they were growing up and who protected them and who tried to hurt them. Theirs is a simple world. How do they feel about the current times and American soldiers?

Here’s how they feel in Surobi, Afghanistan ....

Here’s how they feel in Al Kut, Iraq ....

And finally, here’s how they feel in Asheville, North Carolina ....

Whether it’s marching along with the G.I.’s on patrol in Afghanistan, getting coloring books from G.I.’s in Iraq or just welcoming daddy home in North Carolina, there is nothing more precious in this world than the smile on a child’s face. In the history of the world, how many armies have spent as much time helping the people (and the children) as they have fighting? To the guys and gals in uniform, we offer our proud support of your efforts and we will continue to do whatever we can to support you. We will make sure you get a happy homecoming when this is all over. All we (and the children) can say for now is ....

THANKS!

(Photos courtesy of US Army Public Affairs)


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/19/2004 at 05:55 PM   
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Desperado

You can add Linda Ronstadt to the list of HollyWeirdos.

LAS VEGAS - Singer Linda Ronstadt not only got booed, she got the boot after lauding filmmaker Michael Moore and his new movie "Fahrenheit 9/11" during a performance at the Aladdin hotel-casino.

Before singing "Desperado" for an encore Saturday night, the 58-year-old rocker called Moore a "great American patriot" and "someone who is spreading the truth." She also encouraged everybody to see the documentary about President Bush.

Ronstadt's comments drew loud boos and some of the 4,500 people in attendance stormed out of the theater. People also tore down concert posters and tossed cocktails into the air.
When will these performers learn? Not everyone goes along with their agenda and paying customers want entertainment, not bullshit that they disagree with. If I were the manager of the Aladdin, I would have terminated her contract and thrown her out on the street for offending paying customers.
"It was a very ugly scene," Aladdin President Bill Timmins told The Associated Press. "She praised him and all of a sudden all bedlam broke loose."

Timmins, who is British and was watching the show, decided Ronstadt had to go — for good. Timmins said he didn't allow Ronstadt back in her luxury suite and she was escorted off the property.

Ronstadt's antics "spoiled a wonderful evening for our guests and we had to do something about it," Timmins said.

Timmins said it was the first time he sent a performer packing.

"As long as I'm here, she's not going to play," Timmins said.
My bad. The Aladdin President did what he had to do to keep paying customers coming back. Neither Ms. Ronstadt nor her agent were returning any phone calls. I guess it's hard to return calls when you're unemployed and out on the street.

Anyone want to take any bets on how long before Ms. Ronstadt starts crying "censhorship"? I give it 48 hours at the most. Remember, you heard it here first.
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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/19/2004 at 05:54 PM   
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The Real Stuff
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