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Trecdom2 wrote:Two other news stories that didn't get mentioned are.

Thank you for mentioning those two news stories, Trec Buddy.

Trecdom2 wrote: 1. Dame Vera Lynn died at age 103.

That sucks. May Dame Vera Lynn Rest In Peace. Amen.

Trecdom2 wrote:2. The Supreme Court denied the White House's attempt to end DACA.

That must have brought relief to all the DACA recipients. Unfortunately, President Trump will probably attempt to rescind DACA again.

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Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas!

Today is:
Juneteenth
National Garfield the Cat Day

National Martini Day

Quotes of the Day:
“No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up and never give up.” - Anonymous

“Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion. Muhammad Ali” - Anonymous

“Difficult things take a long time, impossible things a little longer. ” - Anonymous

“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” - Albert Einstein

Music of the Day:

Enya - Caribbean Blue (Official 4k Music Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jl8iYAo90pE

On This Day In History:
2017 First full genetic study of cats published in "Nature Ecology and Evolution", reveals domesticated 9,000 years ago, descended from one species (African wildcat)

2018 US ambassador Nikki Haley announces the US is leaving the UN Human Rights Council

2018 Canada's Senate votes to legalize recreational marijuana use, first major economy to do so

2018 General Electric is dropped form the Dow Jones Index, the last original member from 1907

2019 Oklahoma writer Joy Harjo is named the first Native American US Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress

2019 UN says over 70 million people in the world are displaced, asylum seekers or refugees around the world, their highest-ever number in 70 years

2019 US Senators receive a classified briefing on possible UFO sightings by the US Navy

Juneteenth

Juneteenth, which marks the end of slavery in the U.S., commemorates African American freedom — while emphasizing education and achievement.

JUNETEENTH TIMELINE

June 14, 2019
Call for a national holiday

Boston Globe columnist Renée Graham wrote that Juneteenth deserves an elevated status — noting that many African Americans regard the nation's July 4 holiday with deep ambivalence. Graham also mentioned that Thomas Jefferson, who wrote "All men are created equal," owned hundreds of enslaved people."

She went on to say: "As a day marking American independence, July 4 is incomplete. Only with the freeing of those enslaved thousands in Texas could this nation try to claim Jefferson’s lofty words as its own."

1980
Texas declares Juneteenth a state holiday

While Texas was the first state to observe Juneteenth as a state holiday, many others have since followed suit. Only five states do not recognize the day of celebration — Hawaii, Montana, New Hampshire, South Dakota and North Dakota.

July 2, 1964
President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act

This act gave the federal government the power to enforce desegregation while prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, religion or national origin.

August 28, 1963
Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech

Dr. King spoke in front of roughly 200,000 people at the Lincoln Memorial. Now, a half century later, his speech ranks among the all-time most inspirational in American history.

June 19, 1865
Texas slaves finally gain their freedom

Even though they were officially made aware of the Emancipation Proclamation on this day, many slaves stayed with their masters as paid hands. Of those who chose to leave their former owners, some were tracked down and killed. The proclamation did not mean immediate freedom.

HOW TO OBSERVE JUNETEENTH

Fly the Juneteenth Flag
Echoing the red, white and blue of the U.S. flag, the Juneteenth flag signifies that slaves and their descendants are true Americans. A star in the middle represents Texas, with a larger outer star representing a new freedom and a new people.

Attend a Juneteenth Celebration
Some citizens in the southern states celebrate with readings and oral histories of their ancestors, which is an honorable way to remember a somber period in American history. Celebrations also include cookouts, rodeos, concerts and parades.

Watch a movie about slavery
Recent titles include 12 Years a Slave, Glory, Amistad and Django Unchained.

5 COURAGEOUS AMERICANS WHO FOUGHT FOR EQUALITY

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Perhaps the most widely-recognizable name associated with the civil rights movement, Dr. King gave us the famous "I have a Dream" speech in August 1963. His 1968 murder proved that the movement still had a lot of work to do.

Rosa Parks
With a simple refusal to surrender her seat on a public bus, Parks made a bold statement for African Americans in the South. Her December 1955 arrest inspired the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Mildred Loving
Loving and her husband, Richard were jailed for unlawful cohabitation in Virginia where interracial marriage was illegal in 1958. Their case reached the Supreme Court in 1967, which ruled unanimously in their favor.

Frederick Douglass
An escaped slave, Douglass became an advocate for the abolition of slavery as well as women's rights.

Dred Scott
Enslaved African American Dred Scott sued for his family's freedom in 1857. The Supreme Court ruled against him — finding that no person of African ancestry could claim U.S. citizenship.

WHY JUNETEENTH IS IMPORTANT

We need to learn from past mistakes
Acknowledging our past helps us to understand what all of us must do as a society to improve.

Empathy
Most of us can't imagine a world like this. When Texas finally "freed" their slaves in 1865, it came 30 months after Lincoln's proclamation. Still, even today, America struggles with race relations.

Redemption
Texas was the first state to establish Juneteenth as a state holiday in 1980. Today it's a "partial staffing" holiday in Texas; government offices do not close but agencies may operate with reduced staff.

https://nationaltoday.com/juneteenth/

National Garfield the Cat Day

He’s witty, he’s sassy, he’s blunt, he’s saucy…he’s, well, Garfield. On June 19, National Garfield the Cat Day celebrates the world’s most opinionated feline. With insights ranging from global politics to his infatuation with lasagna, Jim Davis’s lovable tabby cat has endeared himself to audiences of all ages around the world. So, come enjoy a few candid one-liners and some heartfelt laughs on this warm summer day, and leave admitting that, deep down, we all want to know what our pets really think about us.

NATIONAL GARFIELD THE CAT DAY TIMELINE

1984
Garfield becomes a high flying feline

Garfield blows up as the giant Garfield helium balloon makes its debut in the Macy’s Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade.

1982
Garfield becomes a cover cat

Garfield makes the cover of People magazine as America’s #1 personality.

June 19, 1978
Garfield first debuts

Originally rejected by the King Features, Post-Hall and The Chicago Tribune-New York News agencies, United Feature Syndicate accepted the retooled strip and debuted it in 41 newspapers.

3100 B.C.
Cats become deities

The earliest evidence of felines as deities comes from an Ancient Egyptian 3100 B.C. crystal cup decorated with an image of the cat-headed goddess Mafdet.

NATIONAL GARFIELD THE CAT DAY ACTIVITIES

Write your own comic strip
Learn to write and draw like the legendary Jim Davis. With sketch artists to aid in your quest for comedic brilliance, explore the comic strip world and bring your own ideas and characters to life.

Try a lasagna blind taste test
How well do you know Garfield’s favorite dish? Ricotta, sausage, squash…doritos?! Throw on a blindfold and delve into the depths of Garfield’s psyche as you try and decipher the plethora of ingredients that make our tabby cat’s mouth water.

Liven up your Monday
Ah, Mondays – what a day indeed. Can you come up with the best, worst thing about that detestable day? Have no fear, you’re in a safe place – we are all on the same side here. Let’s see who can articulate their “fondest” memory about the wretched day, and earn Garfield’s eternal praise.

WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL GARFIELD THE CAT DAY

Cats are sacred
Ancient Egyptians considered cats, or “Mau,” to be sacred, and domesticated cats became known as symbols of grace and poise. If you know Garfield, then you know, without an ounce of doubt, he unequivocally agrees.

Learn opinion versus perception
An opinion is a belief regarding something, whereas a perception is how we see that belief relate to other things. Is there a difference? Ask Garfield – he’ll give you his opinion, or rather, his perspective…well, one way or another, he’ll give you plenty to think about.

Laughter is the best medicine
Enjoying a good laugh is for everyone – it relieves stress, lowers blood pressure, and fires up your immune system. What better way to stay healthy than to explore Garfield’s sardonic truisms on anything and everything, laughing all the way?

https://nationaltoday.com/national-garfield-cat-day/

Live updates: On Juneteenth, Trump honors 'indomitable spirit' of Black Americans; Rayshard Brooks to be buried
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/06/19/rayshard-brooks-funeral-juneteenth-donald-trump/3215484001/

Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams, BLM co-founder and other Black leaders on what Juneteenth 2020 means
https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/opinion/contributors/2020/06/18/what-juneteenth-means-kamala-harris-stacey-abrams-martin-luther-king/5322164002/

Tulsa mayor imposes curfew ahead of Trump's rally; police move out supporters who had camped out
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/06/19/trump-tulsa-rally-curfew-imposed-mayor/3221319001/

'I think this is a moment to put a woman of color on that ticket': Amy Klobuchar withdraws from vice president consideration
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/06/18/amy-klobuchar-joe-biden-woman-color-running-mate/3220011001/

Ian Holm, star of 'Lord of the Rings' and 'Alien', dead at 88
https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/celebrities/2020/06/19/ian-holm-death-lord-rings-star-dead-88/3220660001/

That sucks. May Ian Holm Rest In Peace. Amen.

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History of Juneteenth and why it's important
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mH0zi-hLVU

Why all Americans should honor Juneteenth
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FX-Iisvrj8

Senator Burris Gives Colleagues an Important Juneteenth History Lesson | NowThis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqMsTYfEE9o

The Origins of Garfield
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVnu2jr1rU4

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Balestier Majestic wrote:I’d like this Los Santos card from Fort Verden please:
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Los Santos’ Season 1 Card gifted to The Green Gardens By The Bay of Balestier Majestic for 0.50. Enjoy your prize Buddy!

Everyone else who has a BINGO will have until this Sunday to post in our RMB to claim your prize.

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Have an absolutely fantastic, healthy and safe day everyone!

Your Buddy Verner

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