On September 23, 1952, Vice President Candidate, Richard Nixon, gave a speech that was called the “Checkers Speech”. Accused of improprieties relating to a fund established by his backers to reimburse him for his political expenses, Nixon needed to defend himself. His place on the Republican ticket was in jeopardy as well, so he flew to Los Angeles and delivered a half-hour television address. It was in this speech that Nixon stated that regardless of what anyone said, he intended to keep one gift; a black-and-white dog the Nixon children had named “Checkers”, thus giving the speech its famous name.
The “Checkers Speech” was seen, or heard, by about 60 million Americans, the largest television audience at that time, and it led to an outpouring of public support.
Thanks to Checkers, Nixon made the ticket and we celebrate Dogs in Politics Day or better known as National Checkers Day.
A Republican-led House committee has voted to hold in contempt of Congress a former State Department employee who helped set up Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved the contempt resolution on a 19-15 vote along party lines on Thursday. The resolution states that the computer specialist tasked with setting up Clinton’s server did not comply with two subpoenas ordering him to appear before the panel.
Bryan Pagliano’s attorneys said in a letter to the committee that the subpoenas revealed “a naked political agenda” to embarrass Pagliano by forcing him to assert his constitutional rights before the cameras just weeks before the presidential election.
Clinton is the former secretary of state now running as the Democratic nominee for president.
Lee County sheriff’s deputies made a Lehigh Acres girl’s 17th birthday particularly special.
Jessica Romero, who suffers from autism and microcephaly, usually spends her birthdays at home. Her mother sent out a message via social media soliciting birthday cards.
Deputies responded with a card and much more, showing up Tuesday at Romero’s home bearing gifts to help her celebrate.
The gesture left a strong impression with her mother.
Anyone can send their best wishes to Romero by writing to P.O. Box 1964, Lehigh Acres, FL 33970.
Written by Glenn Mollette
President Obama said Tuesday the United States will spend $90 million over the next three years to clear unexploded bombs dropped on Laos during the Vietnam War. A decade ago we began spending $2.5 million a year to $15 million this year. During the Vietnam War America spent nine years bombing Laos with the goal of blocking supplies to Vietnam and fighting communist forces in northern Laos. Our bombing effort left tens of millions of unexploded cluster bombs. These bombs are about the size of a baseball.
During the nine-year bombing we conducted 580,000 missions over Laos and dropped over 270 million cluster bombs on this neutral country. An estimated 80 million of the cluster bombs failed to detonate and thousands have been killed since 1973 when we ended the bombing.
We need to clean our mess up in Laos. This is good news for that tiny country. It’s not so great news for America.
Our war expenditures continue to be bad news for America. $90 million dollars out the window for more International efforts. We have communities all over our country with dilapidated schools, outdated or unsafe water supplies, desperate economies and yet we take from our own people to spend more and more overseas.
KFC gave away 3,000 bottles of sunscreen that it said smelled like fried chicken to drum up buzz for its Extra Crispy chicken.
The stunt is another way for KFC to promote its Extra Crispy fried chicken. In June, it hired always-tan actor George Hamilton to appear in commercials as Colonel Sanders.
KFC, which is owned by Louisville, Kentucky-based Yum Brands Inc., said Monday that it was out of the bottles a few hours after they appeared on its website.
The senior population in the U.S. is expanding at an astounding rate. Each day 10,000 of us celebrate our 65th birthdays, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens.
Although the longevity statistic implies that medical care for the elderly is progressing at a fast pace, the fact of the matter is that not all older Americans are in good health. And, not all of them are financially healthy. Many of them need help and so AMAC encourages family members and friends to get involved in their lives to whatever extent they are able.
And, if you need help in order to offer help, you may want to visit such Web sites asaoa.gov/, cdc.gov, eldercare.gov and fda.gov/oc/seniors. In addition there are sites that provide information on how to find financial help for older relatives or friends such as the National Council on Aging’s benefitscheckup.org Web site. There are numerous commercial sites for senior assistance, but it is advised that you check them out before using them, AMAC advises.
Babcock Ranch developer Syd Kitson is returning to Alva Inc. for a special meeting Monday, Aug. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Alva Community Center to address concerns raised last week by Alva Inc. president Ruby Daniels. The sole topic for this meeting is Babcock’s impact on Alva and Lee County. This meeting is open to the public.
Topics for discussion from Alva Inc. are:
1. DRGR density number of houses in the Lee County portion vs number in Charlotte County which area will be built first legs 20/20
what protections are there for wildlife independent survey prior to infrastructure educational programs for residents prior to occupation fire-driven ecosystem pets/domestic animals