On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted the Stars and Stripes as the national flag. The Library of Congress has a report on Flag Day.
Of interest to us computer nerds, The History Channel’s This Day in History feature for today is UNIVAC, which stood for Universal Automatic Computer. If you want a humorous take on a 1950s computer, I recommend the Danny Kaye movie The Man From Diner’s Club. I don’t think it’s available on DVD, but TMC plays it every so often.
At the blogs:
Court Urged to Protect CIA Documents From ACLU
Today’s articles from Maria
Mary Katherine Ham isSetting the record straight on Haditha
David Klinghoffer looks at what’s behind Coulterian Contempt
Mourad Benchellali, former al-Qaeda trainee and Guantanamo detainee, writes about Detainees in Despair. He’ll will go on trial next month in Paris.
What on earth?? Israel ships weapons to Abbas.
West faces another ‘barbarian invasion’: Analyst compares threat to border breach that preceded collapse of Roman Empire. Not that World Net Daily is ever alarmistic.
HOW TO KEEP A CLEAR HEAD
Electric comb When the buzzing stops during combing a louse has been trapped in the metal-coated teeth. A small electrical charge passes between the teeth and kills the insect, which can then be removed
Home remedy Equal amounts of cooking oil and white vinegar, adding 20 drops of tea-tree oil. The mixture is massaged into the scalp and combed through to the ends of the hair. The hair is wrapped in a plastic bag (young children should not be left unattended) for three hours or more. Lice and nits are said to slide off easily and be suffocated
Neem oil Products using neem oil are increasingly popular in beating headlice. Many parts of the neem tree have antimicrobial properties, which provide ingredients for traditional and modern toothpastes, medicines, cosmetics and insect repellents in South Asia
Merchandise time: Real women don’t wear code pink.
In the entertainment section
Christoper Orr reviews A CRAFTY TAKE ON THE HARD-BOILED GENRE, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
He also recommends the very hilarious The Imposters, plus Murder by Death, Play It Again, Sam, the vey chic Charade, and the original The Ladykillers.
More blogging later.