Monday, May 5, 2014

Today Is Cinco De Mayo

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"Every year thousands of Americans mistakenly refer to cinco de mayo as Mexico’s Independence Day."
--Joe Baca

The day before yesterday (Saturday) I noticed a typed letter posted on the wall above the boxes of the mail station at my apartment complex, Toscana Cove. It was affixed so high that it was difficult for me to read, even with using my strong, Dollar Store reading glasses. But the gist of it was that the day before a man had jumped the fence around the swimming pool in the late-night darkness and gone for a swim, a swim that was his last. By some accidental means the interloper had drowned.

The police were called, but that was all the information on the message. I tried to find more info by checking the internet - News, Police, etc. - but found nothing. I will check in with the office staff when I return to the apartment next weekend.

It seems that life does indeed go on in the world, even when I am not present.


Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality is a subject about which I had no knowledge until recently. After viewing an eye-opening Bill Moyers video things changed. Now I know what it is and why it is so important.

According to Moyers, the U.S. government has upheld the principle of “Net neutrality,” the belief that everyone should have equal access to the web without preferential treatment. But now, Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and a former cable and telecommunications top gun, is circulating potential new rules that reportedly would put a price tag on climbing aboard the Internet.

But be warned: If you are one of the few who are able to think more than minimally, this short video will reinforce any government distaste you may already harbor.

View Net Neutrality


Slate has something to say about this latest affront to the American People.


Did You Know . . .?

After their relationship turned sour, Adolph Hitler's only male heir, hie nephew William Patrick Hitler, fled to the United States, joined the navy and fought against Nazi Germany in World War II.



On this day, May 5 in 1862, during the French-Mexican War, a poorly supplied and outnumbered Mexican army under General Ignacio Zaragoza defeated a French army attempting to capture Puebla de Los Angeles, a small town in east-central Mexico. Victory at the Battle of Puebla represented a great moral victory for the Mexican government, symbolizing the country's ability to defend its sovereignty against threat by a powerful foreign nation.

Today, Mexicans celebrate the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla as Cinco de Mayo, a national holiday in Mexico.



1.  a lock or curl of hair brought forward over the forehead.
2.  ( slang) a woman, especially one who is promiscuous.



Brian Douglas Williams
(born May 5, 1959)
Brian Williams is the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, the evening news program of the NBC television network, a position he assumed in 2004.

Tammy Wynette
(May 5, 1942 - Apr 6, 1998)
Tammy Wynette was an American country music singer-songwriter and one of country music's best-known artists and biggest-selling female singers. She was a country music icon. Wynette was called the "First Lady of Country Music", and her best-known song, "Stand by Your Man", was one of the best-selling hit singles by a woman in the history of country music.

Vincent Paul Kartheiser
(born May 5, 1979)
Vincent Kartheiser is an American actor known for playing Connor in Angel and Pete Campbell in Mad Men.

Tina Yothers is an American actress and singer. Beginning a career as a child actor at the age of three, she is best known for her role as Jennifer Keaton on the hit NBC series Family Ties, as well as for her roles in numerous television films throughout the 1980s and early 1990s including The Cherokee Trail, Crash Course, and Spunk: The Tonya Harding Story among others.


"After all these years, it’s still embarrassing for me to play on the American golf tour. Like the time I asked my caddie for a sand wedge and he came back ten minutes later with a ham and rye."
--Chi Chi Rodriguez



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